The Sri Oppiliappan Temple is located in Thirunageswaram and is dedicated to God Oppilliappan. According to legend, Bhoomadevi, complained to Perumal that though She was equal to Goddess Mahalakshmi in every aspect, She still was not given the honour of being in God Perumal's chest. In answer to Her question, Perumal said that She would be given that place once she was born as the daughter of Markandeya, a sage and that She would be called Tiruthuzhai (Tulasi). When sage Markandeya saw Bhoomadevi as a little child, playing near a Tulsi plant, he adopted her and raised her as his own daughter. Once she had reached the right age, God Vishnu disguised Himself as an old man and asked Markendaya to give his daughter in marriage to Him. However, Markandeya denied the God's request, stating that his daughter was too young for him and that she did not even know the right amount of salt to add to food. The God said that he would eat the food even if there was no salt in it, when the sage realized that it was none other than God Vishnu Himself and agreed to give his daughter's hand in marriage. Since God Vishnu was ready to accept the food even without salt (Tamil-Uppu), He is known as Uppili Appan or Oppili Appan because there is no one equal to Him (Oppili - No equal). After this, Bhoomadevi stayed on the God's chest in he form of Tulsi malas that are placed over the God's neck.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Maintain unity among couples
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.
6.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. and from 4.00 a.m. to 9.00 p.m.