Thiru Venkada Natha Puram Temple also known as Sri Venkatachalapathi Temple is Located at Mela Thiruvengadanatha Puram, Tirunelveli District in the state of Tamil Nadu. This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
About The Temple
When Perumal took on a war to protect Mother Earth, He left His conch and discus with Garuda to protect the world which Garuda did till the return of the Lord. Hence, Garuda in this temple graces with conch and discus. The structure of the temple being similar to Tirupathi, the place is revered as Then Tirupati. As the Lord in the North is on the seven hills with lower Tirupati and Kalahasthi, there is a Then Kalahasti named Sangani Kailanathar temple. Here too, the hill is of white stones. As Akasha Ganga falls exists there, three is Tambirabarani falls here. Srinivasa Kattam has many sacred springs here as Pushkarani with other such springs in the north.
Venkatappa Naicker, ruling this region then went on a pilgrimage to various sacred places seeking a child boon and finally came to this place. When he had his dip in Srinivasa Gattam, he had a voice that he would be blessed with a child if he fed 1000 children quenching their hunger. He followed the directions of the voice and was blessed with a child. Immensely pleased with the male child he was blessed with, he built this temple, cured the land and made it fit for human habitation. He named the place Tiruvengadanatha Puram after his name.
12 sage poets who eulogized Perumal in their hymns and celebrated as Azhwars wished to be at the feet of the Lord in this temple on the northern bank of River Tambirabarani. The 12 steps leading to the sanctum sanctorum represent 12 Azhwars. Lord Srinivasa graces devotees with all assurance. Sri Anjaneya is on left front of the Lord as His Vahan. Those unable to take a trip to Tirupati in north, offer their prayer commitments here.
Legend and Stories
In days of yore, the place was but a jungle named Vaiprajyam. Pailar the chief disciple of Sage Veda Vyasa performed penance on the banks of Tambirabarani on Lord Srinivasa, installing him in his heart as there was no idol then with millions of flowers. On the seventh day, Lord appeared before Pailar in the form of Jyothi with His feet on the River. Enjoying the darshan of the Lord, in ecstasy, the sage begged the Lord to stay here itself in the form as in Tirupati. Responding to the prayer of the sage, Lord Srinivasa chose this place with His consorts Sridevi, Bhoodevi and Alarmelmanga Thayar. Sri Garudazhwar graces in the temple with conch and discus
Brahammotsavam in Chithirai (April-May), Saturdays in Purattasi (September-October), Pari Vettai, Vaikunta Ekadasi in December-January, Thai Oonjal in January-February and Panguni Garuda festival in March-April are the festivals celebrated in the temple.
Devotees pray for removal of obstacles in marriage efforts, remedy from illness, relief from snake planet aspects, child boon, trade development, family prosperity etc.
Devotees offer special abisheks, clothe the flag post, arrange Garuda Seva, offering sweet porridge (Payasam) as nivedhana to Lord on Tiruvonam star day, tonsuring and offer things equal to their weight (Tulabaram) and offer jewels too.
How To Reach Sri Venkatachalapathi (Then Tirupati) Temple, Mela Tiruvengadanatha Puram
The nearest airport is Madurai Airport.
The nearest railway station is Tirunelveli Railway Station.
The place is 9 km far from Tirunelveli old bus stand.
Sri Venkatachalapathi (Then Tirupati) Temple,
Mela Tiruvengadanatha Puram,
Tirunelveli district, Tamil Nadu, Pincode - 627604.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Seeking child boon
- Removal of hindrance from marriage talk
- Relief from adverse effects of serpent planets
- Growth in business
- Cure from ailments
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 6.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m