Among the ten incarnations of Lord Mahavishnu, the third incarnation was of Varaha, the Boar. The temple at Thiruvidanthai is devoted to Lord Vishnu's this form of incarnation. Saint Tirumangai Azhwar has lavishly praised Mother Lakshmi born in the milk ocean and staying in the chest of God Nitya Kalyana Perumal gracing the devotees from this shrine. His Mangalasasanam hymn is the quintessence of not only the saint’s devotion to God and Mother but an exquisite poetic expression through the Tamil language. Only gifted scholars can render the verse in English or any language.
About the Temple
Epigraphical evidences found in the temple speak of Kings belonging to different dynasties like Chola, Udaiyar, Pandya, and others patronising the temple from the 10th to the 16th centuries A.D. On festive occasions, the deity is decorated with a garland of 108 Saligrams, which was presented to the God by a staunch devotee Hariseka Maharaj, the ruling King of Mahabalipuram. The sacred shrine has vast sea to its East. Surrounding the inner sanctum, there are small separate shrines for Komalavalli Thayar(the first daughter of sage Kalava), Sri Andal, God Ranganatha, Goddess Ranganayaki and others. The holy water-front is Kalyana Theertham and Varaha Theertham. Dips in these sacred tanks during the solar months of Aries (April-May) and Aquarius (February-March) respectively would ensure wish-fulfilment and salvation of the devotees. There is also another sacred water-front called "Ranganathar Theertham”.
God of the temple applauded in the Mangalasasanam songs of Saints Tirumangai Azhwar and Manavala Mamunigal. There is a spot on the Lord's cheek which is considered as an assurance from the desirous look of others. Mother made a solitary lady melding 360 virgins, subsequently commended as Akhilavalli Nachiar. The rationality behind this is depicted as that Lord Vishnu alone is Purusha the male and all others are yet females. He is Nayaka. Others are Nayakis. Mother in Her different hallowed place is revered as Komalavalli. Ruler Perumal in the temple shows up with one foot on earth, the other on the heads of Adisesha and his wife and having Akhilavalli Thayar to His left side lap and graces as God Varaha Murthy.
About The Deity
The Lord with the wild pig face is hailed as the epitome of all astuteness and learning. Symbol (unflinching) has His consort Akhilavalli Ammal sitting on His left thigh, His left hand enclosing Her waist, Her feet laying on the Lord's lower palm. ("Ida" in the name "Thiruvidanathai" alludes to the Lord holding His consort on His left side. "Ida" means "left side"). Lord Vishnu's idol is holding a conch in His upraised right hand and a disc in His left. His right foot, raised knee-high, is laying on the numerous hooded serpent Adi Sesha. The Utsavamurthy (parade divinity) is Nithya Kalyana Perumal, constantly dressed as a spouse, with a dark spot (to avoid hostile stare) to His left side cheek. Wedding service is led regular thus the Lord is affectionately called as "Nithya Kalyana Perumal" ("Nithya" implies every day and "Kalyana" the marriage).
Legend and Stories
The sanctuary is rich in pauranic legends. Sometime in the distant past, there carried on a sage, Kalava by name, who had 360 little girls. In those days, this sanctuary town was huge to the point that it had 360 agraharams (principle avenues). Keeping in mind the savvy, inhabitants in every road took up the errand of raising each of the 360 girls of the sage. When they grew up, the savvy felt that it would be a Herculean task undertaking to get every one of them wedded suitably. The sage prayed ardently at the feet of Lord Adi Varaha. The most caring Lord Maha Vishnu accepted the type of a Brahmachari (unhitched male), showed up in the first agraharam, proposed marriage with the first little girl and afterward wedded her. When the newly wedded went to the sanctuary of Lord Adi Varaha, they vanished strangely in the sanctum sanctorum. This was rehashed to whatever remains of sage Kalava's little girls, for a long time.
The stupefied Maharshi needed to know from God Himself the whereabouts of his little girls and sons in-law. When he entered the sanctum sanctorum, Lord Varaha showed up before him, holding all the 360 little girls on His lap. The Lord blended all the 360 souls into the single soul of Goddess Lakshmi, making Her sit on His raised left thigh. The sage was significantly elated to be the father of Goddess Lakshmi Herself. As the wedding service proceeded with for quite a while for 360 days, the spot came to be known as "Nithya Kalyana Puri" and the master as "Nirthya Kalyana Perumal". Vaishnavite logic discusses the entire humankind as female and Lord Maha Vishnu as the main male "Purushothama". Interminable union of the souls with the God brings salvation (Jeevatma converging with Paramatma).
An extraordinary truth is driven home typically as the ladies' merger and the spouse. On the natural level, it is trusted that love of this Lord presents delight of marriage speedier. Mythology says that Lord Sri Adi Varaha helped Lord Srinivasa in Tirupathi, by giving the area. As to clarify this, we can locate a major white bindhi(big spot) in the button of Lord Nithya Kalyana Perumal and the Goddess, as found in the gods of Tirupathi. Noted Vaishnavite holy person of yore, Thirumangai Azhwar, has sung in acclaim for the Lord at Thiruvidanthai. The Lord here is said to have showed up before Markandeyar, the everlasting sage.
Vaikunda Ekadasi is very devotionally celebrated in the temple in December-January.
Devotees perform wedding festival to Lord and Mother.
This is the place of prayer suggested to those affected with evil looks (dhrushti dosha), adverse aspects of serpent planets Rahu and Kethu and those facing delays in marriage.
Nearby Places to Visit
1. Kamakshi Amman Temple
2. Aatcheeswarar Temple
3. Kachi Anekadhangavadeswarar Temple
4. Deivanayaka Easwarar Temple
5. Satyanathaswami Temple
6. Kalva Perumal Temple
The nearest airport is at Chennai.
The nearest railway station is Chengalpattu railway station.
This Temple is Nearby Thiruvidanthai Bus Stop.
Sri Nitya Kalyana Perumal Temple,
Tiruvidandhai, Kancheepuram district,
Pincode - 603 112.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- To overcome Drushti Dosha
- To be cured of adverse effects of Rahu and Kethu
- To hasten delayed weddings
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 6.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 3.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.