Adi Narayana Perumal Temple is located at Enkan near Thiruvaur in Tamil Nadu, India. That murti of Lord Vishnu worshiped in the temple is sitting atop Garuda, is the unique aspect of the temple. Thus, devotees have the opportunity of getting Garuda seva darshan everyday.
About the Temple
This is one rare temple where Vishnu appears on top of Garuda in the sanctum santorum. Legend states that once Sage Brigu performed a penance in the place where the temple stands. It is believed that Sage Mrigandu is still worshipping in this temple in an invisible state. It is also believed that Lord would appear on Garuda, if people born in Mrigasheersha Nakshatra (star) worship here often or on the day of the star. Sri Aadhinarayana Perumal, the procession deity, graces with His discus and conch along with consorts Sridevi and Bhoodevi. People seeking a job equivalent to their qualification and a job with a decent salary are advised to perform abishek to Perumal on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Usually, the god appears on Garuda only during festivals. But, this is a temple where Garuda Seva is available to the devotee every day. People of Mrigasheersha star worship here for quick solutions to problems.
About the Deity
The main deity is Vishnu and called Aadhinarayanaperumal and his consorts are known as Sridevi and Bhoodevi. This is a Vaishnava temple where Perumal appears on Garuda unlike in other temples where he is seen in sitting, standing or reclining form only.
Legend and Stories
Sage Bruhu was performing penance here surrounded by Vanni trees but was interrupted by a chola king who raised high sounds to hunt a lion. Enraged, he cursed the king that he would have a lion’s face. The king begged for a remedy. The sage suggested that he bathe in Vettraru River known as Vruddha Cauvery and worship Perumal and get back his human face. Thus, the place assumed importance for Mrigasheersha star as the king was relieved from the animal (Mriga) face.
Vaikunda Ekadasi in December-January months, Garuda Panchami, Gokulaashtami in August-September months and Sri Rama Navami in March-April months are the festivals celebrated in the temple.
Those seeking child boon make a frame with four sugarcanes and fasten a sari on it as a cradle called Thooli in Tamil and place fruits in it, carry it around the outer prakara (corridor) of the temple in a step by step manner.
Besides Mrigasheersha starrers praying in this temple for relief from adverse planetary consequences, those seeking child boon, early wedding crossing the obstacles, afflicted by Naga (snake), Pakshi (bird) dosha, suffering from skin diseases, threatened by enemies, family unity and upset by recurring deaths in family, and child health problems pray in this temple on Poornima (full moon) days and Mrigasheersha star days. It is believed that on Wednesdays and Saturdays performing Tirumanjanam to Perumal yields all happy results and brings relief to all from any problem the devotee faces.
Nearby Place to Visit
Mukundanur is 50 km from Thanjavur on Tivarur route. One kilo meter far from Mukundanur bus stop is the Enkan Aadhinarayana Perumal temple
Sri Aadhinarayana Perumal Temple,
Pincode – 612 603.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Relief from adverse planetary effects for Mrigasheersha star
- Child boon
- Early and happy wedding
- Naga dosha
- Pakshi dosha
- Skin diseases
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.
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.