Anthili is a village to the south of Arakanda Nallur on the banks of River South Pennai. This temple is located on the river banks of Then Pennai River. The Temple is 1600 year old and is one of the four Narasimha temples in this region, the others being at Parikkal, Poovarasan Kuppam and Singiri and is part of the Eight Prominent Narasimha temples in Tamil Nadu.
About The Temple
On hearing the glory of this temple, Sri Vyasarajar, an enlightened soul wedded to the Madhva philosophy visited Andhili to worship the Lord. He was His Holiness Sri Raghvendra in his next birth. He was excited to see the temple built on a Garuda shaped rock. He stayed here for some time and installed Sri Anjaneya in a separate shrine behind the temple.
Legend and Stories
Lord Narayana comes to the rescue of His true devotees without any delay. He took the Narasimha Avatar (incarnation) to protect His devotee Prahladha from the hands of his father Hiranya. In his swift action, he did not wait for his vehicle Garuda but appeared instantly from a pillar and protected Prahladha. Garuda was annoyed as this was the first time that the Lord left him behind and ran so fast. He wanted to know whether he had committed anything wrong incurring the wrath of the Lord and came to Earth. He felt much distressed even then. Finally, he came to Andhili situated on the banks of River Thenpennai, venerated as Dakshina Pinahini, came to a rock and started intense penance without food and water. The heat of the penance showed its might both in Vaikundam the abode of Lord Vishnu and at Kailash the abode of Lord Shiva. All the Devas (inhabitants of the celestial world) ran to Lord Narayana for protection from the heat of Garuda’s penance. Lord Narayana appeared before Garuda and lauded his penance and offered a boon of his choice. Garuda got the boon. Based on this event, the temple is built here for Lord Narasimha with Sri Mahalakshmi sitting on His lap.
Narasimha Jayanthi, Hanuman Jayanthi, Swathi Star days, Vaikunda Ekadasi are the festivals celebrated in the temple.
Those facing burden of debt and threat from enemies, obstacles in marriage talks, for child boon, suffering from eye disease and mentally ill pray to Lord Narasimha in this temple.
The nearest airport is in Chennai and Trichy. The nearest railways station is in Villupuram. The temple can be reached from Arakandanallur 30 km from Villupuram. The temple is about 2 km from Arakandanallur where auto facility is available.
Sri Narasimhar Temple,
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Relief from burden of debts
- Seeking child boon
- Removal of hindrance from marriage talks
- Cure from mental illness and eye ailments
- To remove the fear of enemies
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 7.30 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.