The Thiruparkadal village, known as Karapuram in ancient times, is a scenic fertile area that is surrounded by greenish fields. It is the site of two Shiva temples and two Vishnu temples. This is where Lord Vishnu lay on Adisheshan in order to prevent the gushing River Sarasvathi from disrupting and destroying the yagha performed by Lord Brahma to seek the grace of Thirumal at Kanchipuram Thiruparkadal has a rarest among the rare, temple in the country, where Thirumal stands on God Siva to show the world, the amalgamation of Vaishnavism with Saivism and to enlight both of them are one and the same.
About the Temple
Out of the 27 stars, only 2 have the prefix Tiru, Tiru Onam attributed to Perumal and Tiru Adhirai to Lord Shiva. The beauty and luster of Chandra the Moon began to diminish due to a curse. One of his wives, the deity of Tiruvonam star performed intense penance on Perumal for his remedy. Pleased with her penance, Perumal appeared before her on a Tiruvonam star day and relieved Moon of his curse. Since then, this shrine assumed importance for the Tiruvonam star. Those born under Tiruvonam are advised to visit and worship in this temple on the star days, Rohini and Hastham star days and on the third day from the New Moon day called Moondram Pirai in Tamil and perform abishek and archanas to Perumal to gain wisdom. As this star is specifically related to Perumal all pray here. The standing form of Lord Perumal on the Avudayr of Shivalinga symbolizes the oneness of Shiva-Vishnu worship. Hence, Pradosham related to Shiva also is devoutly observed in this temple. Legend has it that Tiruparkadal cannot be reached with human body as it is not on earth. To make up this loss to the devotees, the worship in this temple gives the devotee the gift of Tiruparkadal darshan, the 107th Vishnu Divyadesa. There is no Sorgavasal system in the temple. Instead, there are three entrances through which Perumal can be worshipped directly at the sanctum itself on the Vaikunda Ekadasi day. This is a rare structure in the temple.
About The Deity
The presiding deity is Vishnu. He is called Sri Akashapureeswarar . His consort is known as Goddess Mangalambikai.
Legend and Stories
Maharshi Pundarika took up a pilgrimage to Vishnu temples. When he landed on this temple at Narayana Chaturvedhi Mangalam, he was shocked to see Shiva in the sanctum and retreated regretting the mistake. An aged person intercepted him and told the Rishi that what he saw was the shrine of Lord Vishnu. Rishi denied. The aged person took the Rishi to the sanctum and stood on the Avudayar as Prasanna Venkatesa Perumal and explained him that Shiva-Vishnu were one and not different from each other. The Lord also told the Rishi that as he could not worship Vishnu in Tiruparkadal, the darshan was offered to him here. As the Lord offered his ‘Prasanna’ – darshan, the Lord is praised as Prasanna Venkatesa Perumal.
Vaikunda Ekadasi in December-January and all Pradosham days (13th day both from New Moon and Full Moon days) are festive days in the temple.
The belief is that all efforts end in success if the devotee lights ghee lamps and perform Tulsi archans for Perumal. They also offer garlands made of 108 turmeric pieces to Mother Alarmel Mangai Thayar for a happy marriage.
Besides Tiruvonam starrers worshipping in the temple for relief from doshas they face, others include ENT surgeons, lawyers, audio businessmen and students aspiring excellence in their academic pursuits. Those facing problems in marriage affairs often seek the blessings of the Lord.
Nearby Place To Visit
Pallikonda Perumal Temple
The devotee has to reach Kaveripakkam 20 km from Vellore on the Chennai road. There is a branch road. Tiruparkadal is 2 km from this place. As there are two Vishnu temples, the visitor has to ask for Prasanna Venkatesa Perumal temple specifically. The closest railways are in Wallajapet and the closest airport is in Chennai.
Sri Venkateswara Perumal Temple,
Tiruparkadal Post, Kaveripakkam,
Wallajapet Taluk, Vellore district, Pincode -632 508.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Relief from doshas on Tiruvonam star
- Excellence in academic and professional pursuits
- For general well-being of people born under Shravana/Tiruvonam star
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 12.00 a.m. and from 4.30 p.m. and 7.30 p.m.