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Perumal – About Hindu God Perumal

Perumal is a term commonly used to refer to Hindu God Vishnu in Tamil Nadu. The word is widely used by Vaishnavites. Perumal is also used to refer to other deities worshipped in a temple. Kings in ancient times in Tamil land were also called as Perumal – a mark of respect.

Some of the temples associated with Bhagavan Vishnu with the title Perumal are Sundararaja Perumal, Varadaraja Perumal, Lakshmi Narayana Perumal, Adi Narayana Perumal, Venkateswara Perumal etc.

Perumal simply means ‘god’. Thus they use it along with Muruga, Shiva and Ganesha. Thus we have Shivaperumal.

Currently the term Perumal is a synonym of Vishnu and His manifestations like Balaji or Venkateswara.