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Sri Andal Temple

The Sri Andal Temple is located in Srivilliputhur and is dedicated to Andal. It is said that Sri Andal had a habit of wearing the garlands prepared for God Rangamannar. She would then look at the mirror and wonder whether she was a good match for God Rangamannar. Her father Perialwar was not aware of this and would take the garlands to the God every day. One day Perialwar found a hair and got very upset, begging the God for pardon. The God said He was very fond of that garland and asked Perialwar to continue bringing the garland the same way each day. The God asked Perialwar to bring Andal in a palanquin to Srirangam so that He could marry her. They got married and the God and Andal appeared before Perialwar and blessed him. This place is one of the important Divyadesas for Vaishnavites. Within the temple's sanctum sanctorum is an image of the God in a reclining posture. His consorts, Sri Devi and Bhoo Devi, are shown attending to him at his feet. Sage Bhrgu stands near his head and Markandeya is near his feet. The banyan tree — whose leaf is known as Vatapatram, on which the God is said to rest in the form of a baby during deluge — is at His head, behind Sage Bhrgu. Images of Panchamurtis, Thumburu, Narada, Sanatkumara, Kinnara Mithuna, the Sun and the Moon are shown all around Rangamannar as well as representations of Villi and Puttan, who stand reverently at his feet. The sanctum sanctorum has three doorways from which the God can be seen in his reclining posture. A flight of stairs leads to the sanctum sanctorum, below them is a large, impressive hall with detailed wooden carvings depicting incidents from the Puranas. These carvings support as well as decorate the ceiling.

Significance

Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-

  • Children
  • Marriage
  • Education
  • Wisdom
  • Business development
  • Good yielding in farming
Shlokas

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).

Timings

7.00 am to 1.00 pm4.00 pm to 9.00 pm

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