The Kattazhagiasingar Temple is located in Srirangam and is dedicated to God Narasimhar. It is said that Pillai Lokachariar the disciple of Acharya Sri Ramanuja wrote Sri Vachana Bushanam and 18 other books from this place.
About the temple
Lord Lakshmi Narasimha, 8 feet tall in the sanctum Sanctorum has Sri Mahalakshmi on his left lap embracing her, while His right hand is in assuring form (Abhayahastha) promising safety to His devotees. Perumal is facing west against the east facing tradition. On Vijayadasami day, the 10th day of Navarathri festival, Srirangam Perumal visits this temple and graces in the Maha Mandap from morning to evening. In the evening, He leaves on a horse, shoots an arrow and finally leaves by the South gate to the sanctum sanctorum. Swati is the birth star of Perumal. Special Tirumanjanam is performed. It is believed that Perumal grants the wishes of His devotees this day. Tirumanjanam is performed also at the request of devotees on other days also. Child boon is sure if one prays to Lord at the Pradosham time. It is from this temple, Pillai Lokachariyar, disciple of Acharya Sri Ramanuja wrote Sri Vachana Bushanam and other 18 books.
Legends and Stories
The place was a jungle in the olden days with elephant menace. Elephants cannot be killed according to scriptures as it would put people in a circle of sins. People were struggling for safety. They prayed to Narasimha building a temple for Him. The animals slowly left the place. Hence the Lord is named Kattazhagiasingar (handsome jungle God).
Narasimha Jayanti in Vaikasi (May-June), Aani Swathi in June-July, Aadi Jeshtabishekam in July-August, Panguni Yugadhi in March-April are the four festivals celebrated in the temple when Thailakappu- an oil mixture for abishek and other preparations are sent to the temple from Srirangam for Nivedhana to Lord.
How To Reach Kattazhagiasingar Temple
The temple is near the Tiruchi Srirangam railway station. Bus facilities are available from Tiruchi Chatiram bus stand. The nearest railway station is in Srirangam. The nearest airport is in Tiruchi.
Tiruchi district-620 006.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Good job opportunities
- Removal of hindrance in marriage
- Child boon
Achutham Keyshavam Rama Narayanam Krishna Damodaram Vasudevam Harim Shridharam Madhavam Gopika Vallabham Janaki Nayakam Ramachandram Bhajey
Meaning -Oh Lord who cannot be perished, who also has names like Keshava, Rama, Damodara, Narayana, Sridhara, Madhava, Krishna, Ramachandra the beloved of Janaki, let me say your name regularly.
Vasudeva Sutham Devam Kamsa Chanoora Mardhanam Devaki Paramanandham Krishnam Vande Jagathgurum
Meaning -I bow to you O Krishna, the ultimate guru, Devaki and Vasudeva's son, and the destroyer of Kamsa and Chanur.
Adharam Madhuram Vadanam Madhuram Nayanam Madhuram Hasitam Madhuram Hridayam Madhuram Gamanam Madhuram Mathuraa Dhipate Rakhilam Madhuram
Meaning -Meaning - Sweet are Your lips, sweet is Your face, sweet are Your eyes, sweet is Your smile, sweet is Your heart, sweet is Your gait, O Lord of Mathura, everything about You is sweet.
Alokya Mathur Mukha Madarena Sthanyam Pibantham Saraseeruhaksham Sachinmayam Devam Anantha Roopam Balam Mukundam Manasa Smarami
Meaning -I think of this Balamukundan as the one who looks lovingly at his mother's face while taking milk from her, who has eyes similar to the red lotus, who is the embodiment of truth and intelligence and other forms.
The temple is open from 6.15 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.