Annai Oru Aalayam (Eng: Mother is a Temple) is a 1979 Tamil adventure-comedy film directed by R. Thyagarajan. The film stars Rajinikanth as an animal hunter who helps a baby elephant to reach its mother. It was a commercial success and included music composed by Ilaiyaraaja. The film was a remake of Hindi film Maa (1976).
Rajinikanth catches forest animals through traps and sells them. Rajni’s mother will tell him to stop his business, but he will not listen. Later he traps a elephant calf and the mother elephant comes in search of its calf.
Directed by R. Thyagarajan
Produced by C. Dhandayudhapani
Written by Thooyavan (dialogues)
Story by Sandow M. M. A. Chinnappa Devar
Starring Rajinikanth, Sripriya
Music by Ilaiyaraaja
Cinematography P. N. Sundaram
Edited by M. G. Balurao & P. Nandakumar Reddy
Production Devar Films
Release date 19 October 1979