Srivilliputhur – Nachiyar ( Andal ) Temple :

God and Godess :

  • Arultharum Andal
  • Arulmigu Vatapatra Sayanar
  • Arulmigu Azhavar
  • Srinivasa perumal

Location :

Srivilliputhur Andal Temple
Nachiyar temple, Mangapuram, Srivilliputhur Town,
Viridhunagar district-626125

Timings :

6:00 AM 9:00PM

Temple History :

Sri Vadapatrasai and Andal Amman Temple, is the famous and historical temple located at Srivilliputhur, Virudhunagar district of Tamilnadu state. Lord Sri Mahavishnu is the presiding deity of this temple. This temple of Lord Vishnu is one of the 108 Divya Desams, the most important abodes of Lord Vishnu. It is the birthplace of two of the most important Alvars (saints) in the Vaishnavite tradition: Periyazhvar and Andal. The temple follows Thenkalai tradition of worship. The temple is in the town of Srivilliputtur, about 74 km from Madurai City. It is significant that the temple tower (Raja Gopura) is used in the Tamil Nadu government’s official seal.

As per Hindu legend, the land around Srivilliputhur was under the rule of Queen Malli. The queen had two sons called Villi and Kandan. While the two were hunting in a forest, a tiger killed Kandan. Unaware of this, Villi searched for his brother, got tired and fell asleep. In his dream, divinity narrated to him what happened to his brother. By divine orders, Villi founded a city. The city is originally named after its founder, Villi forming the word Sri-Villi-Puthur. Srivilliputtur is known by other names such as Varaha kshetra, Thenpuduvai, Vadeswarapuram, Vadamahadamapuram, Shenbagaranya kshetra, Vikrama Chola Chaturvedi Mangalam, and Sridhanvipuri. Within the temple’s sanctum sanctorum is an image of the Lord in a reclining posture. The consorts of Lord Maha Vishnu, Sri Devi, and Bhoo Devi, are shown attending to him at His feet. Sage Bhrgu stands near His head and Markandeya is near lord’s feet here. The banyan tree — whose leaf is known as Vatapatram, on which the Lord is said to rest in the form of a baby during deluge — is at His head, behind Sage Bhrgu. Images of Panchamurtis, Thumburu, Narada, Sanatkumara, Kinnara Mithuna, the Sun and the Moon are shown all around Rangamannar as well as representations of Villi and Puttan, who stand reverently at His feet. The sanctum sanctorum has three doorways from which the Lord can be seen in His reclining posture. A flight of stairs leads to the sanctum sanctorum; below them is a large, impressive hall with detailed wooden carvings depicting incidents from the Puranas. These carvings support as well as decorate the ceiling. Srivilliputtur (Shenbagaranyakshetram) finds mention in the Brahmakaivatsa Purana and the Varaha Purana. The Varaha Purana foretells the existence of Srivilliputtur and the consequent visit of Bhagavan during the Varaha Avataram. The Brahmakaivatsa Purana mentions the location of Vatapatrasayi Temple in Srivilliputtur.

In the 8th centuryAD, there lived a devotee of Lord Vishnu called Vishnu Chithar. Also called Periyazhwar, he has been living in Srivilliputhur near the temple of Vadapathrasayee Perumal, offering prayers to the Lord every day sincerely. One day Periyazhwar found a baby girl in his Thulasi Garden and brought her up. He named her “Kodhai” and she grew up as an ardent devotee of Lord Maha Vishnu there. Her Bhakti, transformed into love towards God and she wanted to marry Him(Maha Vishnu). Periyazhwar used to pick Thulasi leaves from his garden, weave them into a garland, keep it in a basket carefully to offer it to the Lord. One day, out of innocence, Kodhai took the garland, adorned herself with it to see in the mirror whether she would be a suitable bride to the lord. Periyazhwar saw this act of Kodhai and got furious with her and wove another fresh garland and offered it to the God. To his surprise, the garland fell down from the God’s shoulders. He tried many times but didn’t succeed. He got worried and prayed to the Lord. He heard a voice saying “Why didn’t you offer me the garland worn by Kodhai? I am eager to adorn the garland touched and smelt by my devotee, Kodhai.

She is not a mere mortal. She is born for me” Periyazhwar then offered the garland which was worn by Kodhai and Lord accepted his offering. Thereafter he garlanded the Lord every day, after trying it first with Kodhai. Even today, it is in practice that the garland is offered first to Andal Amman at Sri Villiputhur and the same is removed and sent to Thirupathi to adorn the Lord during Brahmotsavam. Also, a similar practice is followed for Kallazhagar festival at Madurai, where Kallazhagar wears the garland which is already worn by Andal at Sri Villiputhur. Also in Sri Villiputhur temple, Andal is garlanded first and the same garland is offered to the Lord. When Kodhai attained the age for getting married, she was too fascinated with Lord Ranganathar of Sri Rangam as she heard about Him from her father. Periyazhwar meditated to God without knowing what to do. God appeared in his dreams and said not to hesitate to get his daughter married to him. God also made him realize that Kodhai was none other than Bhoodevi herself. Kodhai (Andal) was carried in a palanquin to Sri Rangam and she entered the inner shrine of Sri Ranganathar and joined in the form of a Jyothi with the Lord. Andal has given the world, two great masterpieces of literary works; Thiruppaavai and Naachiyar Thirumozhi, which are even sung today with utmost devotion in temples and homes during the month of Maargazhi.

Festivals :

  • At Sirivilli puthur all the 12 months are festival months
  • Chithirai (9 days)
  • Vaikasi (10 days)
  • Ani (10 days)
  • Adi (Adi poora Brahmotsavam)
  • Avani (7 days)
  • Purattasi
  • Aippasi
  • Karthikai
  • Margazhi
  • Thai
  • Masi
  • Panguni

Ticket price for rituals, darshanams & special sevas :

  • Viswaroopam – 6:30AM
  • Kalasanathi pooja – 8:30AM
  • Uchikalam pooja – 12:00PM
  • Nadaisarthal – 1:00PM
  • Nadai Thirappu – 4:00PM
  • Sayaratchai pooja – 6:00PM
  • Arthajamam pooja – 8:00PM
  • Aravanai – 9:00PM
  • vadapatrasai Temple :
  • Viswaroopam – 7:00AM
  • Kalasanathi pooja – 8:00AM
  • Azhavar Temple :
  • Kalasanathi pooja – 8:00AM
  • Thirumanjanam – 9:30AM
  • Nadaisarthal – 12:30PM
  • Nadai Thirappu – 4:30PM
  • Sayaratchai pooja – 5:30PM
  • Atthalam – 8:00PM
  • Aravanai – 8:30PM
  • Srinivasa Perumal Temple :
  • Nadai Thirappu – 7:00PM
  • Uchikalam pooja – 12:00PM
  • Sayaratchai pooja – 6:30PM
  • Nadaisarthal – 7:00PM

Nearest Temples Around Srivilliputhur – Nachiyar ( Andal ) Temple :

  • Papanasam – Papanatha temple – 115 km
  • Tenkasi – Kasi Viswanatha temple – 81 km
  • Kadayam – Vilava Vananatha temple – 100 km
  • Courtrallam/Kuttralam – Kutranathar temple – 84 km
  • Srivilliputhur – vaidyanatha temple – 1 km
  • Sathuragiri – Sundaramahalingam temple – 31 km
  • Virudhunagar – Chokkanatha temple – 44 km
  • Ilanji – Tiruvailanji Kumarar temple – 83 km
  • Uthamapalayam – Thirukalatheeswarar kovil – 129 km
  • Chinnamanur – Sivakami amman Udanuraipula Nandeeswarar temple – 111 km
  • Thangassery – Amma Chiveedu moorthy temple – 180 km
  • Sasthamcotta – Dharmasastha temple – 173 km
  • Oachira – Parabrahma temple – 193 km
  • Aranmula – Parthasarathi temple – 186 km
  • Malayalappuzha – Malayalappuzha Devi temple – 173 km
  • Kaviyoor – Mahadevar temple – 200 km
  • Kovilpatti – Poovanathar temple – 63 km
  • Sankarankovil – Sankaranarayan temple – 44 km
  • Tirunelveli – Nelliappar temple – 100 km
  • Cumbam – Kambaraya & Kasi viswanatha temple – 139 km
  • Madhurai – Meenakshi Amman temple – 81 km
  • Madhurai – Thiruparakundram Murugan temple – 70 km
  • A.valayapatti – Kallalagar temple – 107 km
  • Thiruvedagam – Edaganatheswarar temple – 84 km
  • Pillayarpatti – Karpaga vinayagar temple – 152 km
  • Madhurai – Madanagopala temple – 77 km
  • Madhurai – Dandayuthapani temple – 80 km
  • Kalugumala – Murugan temple – 63 km
  • Tiruchendur – Subramanya swamy temple – 161 km

Nearest Bus Stations :

  • Srivilliputtur – 1 km
  • Rajapalayam – 14 km
  • Sivakasi – 21 km
  • Puliyangudi – 50 km
  • Madhurai – 76 km

Nearest Railwaystations :

  • Srivilliputtur – 2 km
  • Rajapalayam – 11 km
  • Sivakasi – 20 km

Nearest Airports :

  • Madhurai – 76 km
  • Coimbatore – 274 km
  • Chennai – 521 km
  • cochin – 271 km
  • Trivendram – 200 km

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