Monday, January 11, 2010

Srivilliputthur Andal temple.

  1. Srivilliputthur:

    One of 108 Divya Desam temples.
    The place is about 4kms from Virudhunagar, and 75 kms from Madurai.

    Main deity is Rangamannar and Thayar Andal.

    Importance of the temple is it is the birth place of two Azwars,
    One is Periyazwar and the other Andal.

    The temple is of two portions Nachiar Temple and Vadapathrasai temple.
    There is a garden inbetween the two temples, which was cultivated by Periyazwar.

    He found Andal as a child in this garden. The garden is taken of even today.
    This was the garden from where daily Andal use to pluck and make garland for Rangamannar.Periyazwar’s house is the place where Andal Nacchiyar temple is found now.

    Perumal temple is of two floors.

    We find Narashima Perumal sanctum. Here we see Dasavathara moorthy and Azwars.
    We climb few steps to reach the second floor and enter in artha mandapam, were we see Utsava Moorthy, Chakkratzwar and Kannan.

    Inside the main sanctum perumal is seen in sleeping posture on Adiseshan, with Sridevi and Bhoodevi under Vada vruksham.

    To the side walls inside the sanctum we see sudai chirpam (sculptures) of Garuda, Surya, Thumburu, Naradha, Sanath Kumarar, Brahma, Sankarar, Gandharvas, Chandra, Madhukaitapar, Brugu and Markendeyar. All these are painted with colours. Andal and garuda are seen to either side.

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