The Kalyana Venkataramanan temple is located in Thanthondrimalai, Karur district, Tamil Nadu state. The main deity here is Kalyana Venkataramanan also called as Prasanna Venkataramanan and goddesses are Sridevi and Bhoodevi. This temple is a Perumal (Vishnu) Koil.
About the Temple
This temple is facing the west. The western part of the hillock Thandhondrimalai is elevated at the eastern part. This temple is a cave temple where the Sanctum Sanctorum, the deity Perumal is presented is in the eastern part of the ‘Artha Mandapam’. With two pillars, there is a big stage in the Sanctum Sanctorum whose three sides were deepened. In the east of the stage, facing the western direction, Arulmigu Kalyanavenkataramana Perumal poses with Goddess Lakshmi in His Chest. Lord Perumal is also known as Bhaktha Pratheenan.
About the Deity
On the top, in a beautiful cave (Kudavarai) is the Lord Venkataramana swamy. He is seen facing west in the standing position and blesses the people. Here, Lord Vishnu poses gigantically with Goddess Lakshmi in his chest. There is no separate shrine for the goddess here.
Legend and Stories
There are many stories on the name 'Thanthondri'. It is believed that this hillock has formed itself and some others say that it was found by devotees of the Lord. Also it is said that there was a king named Thaamaan Thondrikon who ruled over this region with his residence at this hillock which is evident from the Puranaanuru. A few say that this place could have been named after him.
In Thirupaarkadal once, Lord Vishnu was conversing with his Goddess Lakshmi. Adhisheshan was guarding the entrance. Vayubaghavan wanted to see the Lord but Adhisheshan did not permit. It started a debate between them on who is stronger and powerful. To solve it, Lord Thirumal gave them a task to accomplish which is Lord Adhiseshan should hold Thiruvenkatamalai (Venkatachalam) with his body and Vayudevan is to take the hill out of the clutches of Adhisheshan. Adhisheshan held firmly, so Vayubhagavan could not succeed in his attempt and he was furious. He transformed into a great cyclone and broke the hill. It was thrown into pieces in all directions and one such piece is Thanthondrimalai. This hillock having got the holiness of the Thiruvenkadamalai, is also called as the 'Then Thirupathi'.
There was a priest who performed the pujas regularly. Once he sent his as he could not come on that day. On that day a devotee came there with life size garland. The boy was so short so he prayed the Lord to bend a little. Lord Perumal also bent so the boy happily decorated the Lord with the garland.
The 22 day Purattasi festival in September-October, 17 day Masi Magam car festival in February-March, Krishna Jayanthi in August-September, Vaikunda Ekadasi in December and Tamil and English New Year days are the festivals celebrated in the temple.
Viswaroopam - 6:00 A.M. to 6:30 A.M
Kaala Shanthi Pooja - 8:00 A.M. to 8:30 A.M.
Thirumanjanam - 11:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M
Uchchi Kaala Pooja - 12.00 Noon to 12:30 P.M
Sayaratchai - 6:30 P.M. to 7:00 P.M
Devotees perform Sandal Alankara and abishek to Lord. They offer butter, sandal, clothes, light lamps, tulsi garlands, arrange nivedhanas to Perumal and distribute it.
People pray for cure from pimples and scars in the body by offering salt, pepper and jaggery. They also pray for marriage proposals, child boons and health problems.
Tiruchirappalli (70 Km) and Coimbatore (121 Km) are nearest airports.
The nearest railway station is in Karur.
Karur to Thanthonimalai is 4 kms. Thanthonimalai Bus stop is nearest to temple.
Arulmighu Kalyana Venkataramana Swamy Temple, Thanthondrimalai – 639 005.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Relief from diseases
- Purchase of vehicles
- Gain Knowledge
Daivi Hyesa Gunamayi Mama Maya Duratyaya Mameva Ye Prapadyante Mayametam Taranti Te
Meaning -According to this sloka, the heavenly maya of God is very complicated, but those who worship God will be able to overcome it.
Balam Balavatam Caham Kamaragavivarjitam Dharmaviruddho Bhutesu Kamo'smi Bharatarsabha
Meaning -According to this sloka, God is the isolated and aloof strength of the controlling and virtuous craving in men.
Ye Caiva Sattvika Bhava Rajasastamasasca Ye Matta Everti Tanviddhi Na Tvaham Tesu Temayi
Meaning -According to this sloka, though the only source of satva, rajas and tamas (good, obsessive and dark) elements is God, they are not present within the God or the deity.
Tribhirgunamayairbhavairebhih Sarvamidam Jagat Mohitam Nabhijanati Mamebhyah Paramavyayam
Meaning -According to this sloka, the entire world doesn't recognize the eternal God beyond them, because they are consumed by the elements of satva, rajas and tamas (good, obssessive and dark).
The temple is open from 06:00 am to 01:00 pm and from 04:00 pm to 08:00 pm.