The Laxmi Narayana Perumal Temple is located in Ambasamudiram and is dedicated to God Laxmi Narayana Perumal. There are separate shrines in this temple for Saint Nammazhwar, Acharyas Ramanuja and Vedanta Desika.
About the deity
The main God here is Laxmi Narayana and the Goddess is Laxmi.
About The Temple
Vishnu grants a pleasant darshan to His devotees from the sanctum sanctorum with Mother MahaLaxmi on His lap. Vishnu is the deity for planet Budha (Mercury) and Mother for Shukra-Venus. Hence the temple is the remedial centre for those facing problems from these two planets. The place is known as Budha-Shukra planets remedial centre. Devotees pray to Vishnu with Tulsi garlands and those from Venus perform archanas to Mother with kumkum. They also worship Vishnu before sending children to schools praying for their education. Those who are facing problems in wedding proposals light ghee lamps on coconut shells placing it on rice spread on plantain leaves.
As the temple was dedicated to Lord Shiva, the Vilwa belonging to Him continues to be the sacred tree of the temple. Chakarathazhwar graces in the front mandabam with His 16 hands. Lord Yoga Narasimma with four hands holding the discus is behind him. Lord Shiva and Lord Brahma are on both sides. Lord Adisesha the divine serpent is above His head. This is a rare form of Lord Narasimma.
The Lord killed demon Hiranya at about sunset known as Pradosha time and is too furious. A drink made of dry ginger, jaggery, cardamom, water and lime juice is offered during the evening pujas. On the Swati star day devotees offer this to Lord Narasimma for the same purpose.
Sri Anjali Aanjaneya appears with a small Shiva lingam on his head. This image is not available in other temples.
Legend and Stories
This was a Shiva temple once. Some sages on their way to Mount Pothigai to meet Sage Agastya had a doubt about the unity of Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. They approached Lord Shiva to enlighten them. Lord Shiva in His Lingam form came out as Lord Vishnu with Mother MahaLaxmi. Lord Laxminarayana idol was made on the basis of this story and temple built then.
Vaiakasi annual abishek in May-June; Purattasi Saturdays in September-October and Vedanta Desikar urchavam are the festivals celebrated in the temple.
The nearest airport to Sri Laxmi Narayana Temple is Madurai airport.
The nearest railway station to Sri Laxmi Narayana Temple is Tirunelveli Railway Station.
Ambasamudiram is 40 km far from Tirunelveli. The devotee has to get down at Agastheeswarar bus stop. The temple is very near this bus stop.
Sri Laxmi Narayana Temple,
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Maintain unity among couples
- Relief from mental tensions
- Relief from adverse planetary effects
- Excellence in education
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 9.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and from 6.30 p.m. and 8.00 p.m.