Praying Thirupathi Venkatesa Perumal more than a minute in His sanctum is an almost impossible task. But can we believe seeing Him in another shrine for long time is damn easy?
Seeing Sri Krishna with Bhama and Rukmani is quite rare in Tamil nadu. Having His darshan with Srinivasa Perumal, is it not a pleasure?
We all know Shiva temple in Thiruvannamalai. Do we know that there is a place by the same name elsewhere in Tamil nadu, which has a Vishnu temple?
Let us see this temple which is near Srivilliputhur, in this post.
Once in a Sathuragiri trip, I found a different face of otherwise very low traffic Srivilliputhur roads. It was a Saturday, and many buses were plying to this place. So visited this place, and I have written following information as I saw them.
I asked a Battacharyar in the Lord Sri Krishna sannidhi regarding this. He politely said, “We don’t know all that. We believe this shrine to be 700 years old, and the main shrine to be 1500 years old.” After this answer, I didn’t venture to ask this question to others in the temple. So no stories in this post 🙂
Sri Periya Aadhi Vinayagar:
When we walk in from the main road, we first have a Vinayagar sannidhi, to our right. Nearby this temple, there is a thiru-kulam also. “Sri Periya Adhi Vinayagar” blesses devotees from here. Also, as the name denotes, He is too big and majestic. Mukkuruni Pillayar, we call Vinayagar of this size in our native words.
His vigraham was found from the nearby Thiru-kulam, my friend Madasamy from Srivilliputhur says.
Prayed Him for a minute and left towards the Perumal Temple.
Temple in hillock:
This temple is on a small hillock. There are 194 steps in total. I might have missed counting a few steps. The complete way is sheltered. So there is no issue of timing to visit.
When we cross half mark, we take a small de-tour to our right. Sri Venugopala swamy waits there to bless us.
Lord Venugopala Swamy Temple:
This temple complex is very good to pray, since it houses many deities.
Since we entered through the back door, we went for a pradakshina, and outside the main shrine, there is a shrine, for Lord Shri Hanuman.
We pray Lord Hanuman and come inside the main Shrine.
Lord Krishna, Bhama and Rukmani stand and bless people.
After praying them, we do a ul-praharam (round in the inner praharam). In one side, there are the Dasa-Avatarams of Lord Shri Vishnu, standing in small sannidhis.
When we pray them and come to the other side, we have “Pattabishega Ramar” sannidhi.
When we complete the other half of the praharam, we have “Ashta Lakshmi sannidhis”.
We pray them, and come out of the temple, and continue our walk upwards.
Once we cross around 144 steps from ground, we need to take a left, where Thaayar Lakshmi sits beneath a tree to bless us in a shrine. It was very easy to find Her, since it was very crowdy, and people were thronging for praying Her 🙂
Once we come out of the shrine, we have the steepest 50 steps, which draw our energy out.
We need to climb this, and we come to the Lord Sri Srinivasa Perumal shrine.
Lord Srinivasa Perumal Shrine:
There are rocky terrains inside the temple itself 🙂
we go on a pradakshinam before entering the sanctum. To the left, though it is a slightly secluded place, we have “Sri-Vari Padham (Lord’s feet)”.
We come to the main way again, and we enter the Lord’s shrine. Wow. Lord Srinivasa Perumal here is an exact replica of Tirupathi Venkatesa perumal. And the board in his sanctum has a prefix, “Then-Thirupathi”! (South Thirupathi).
Had a very peaceful darshan for around 10 minutes. Though there was a bit of crowd, no one pushed others in the queue. Since it was written that photography is banned, I didn’t take any snap inside the main shrine.
When we come down, there is Chakrathaazhwar shrine in the steps.
Felt very peaceful and content as I left the temple.
How to Reach:
From Srivilliputhur town, this place is close to 4 Kms. There are buses for sure on Saturdays. Even then autos should be good means to visit this place.
Temple timing: 7 AM to 7 PM.