The Thiruvenkatamudayan temple is located in Ariyakudi and is dedicated to Thiruvenkatamudayan. The temple is as famous as all Perumal Kshetras and referred to as South Tirupathi. It is around 400-500 years old. The presiding deity of the shrine is Thiruvenkatamudayan with Sridevi and Bhoodevi thayar and there is a separate sannadhi for Alamelumanga. One can easily associate the place with Ariyakudi Ramanuja Iyengar, a famous musician. Located at about 4 kilometers to the South East of Karaikudi Railway Station on a huge 3-1/2acre land, the temple is the biggest Perumal temple in the Chettinad and one where there are festivals all round the year just like in Srirangam. Sevukan Chettiyar used to walk to Tirupathi with a group of devotees on the Thiruvonam day in Puratsi for a darshan of Srinivasa Perumal. On one such trip, when ill health seemed to disrupt his trip to the hill temple, he heard an invisible voice- that of God Srinivasa Perumal- say that He, the God, would himself provide darshan at the devotee’s place rather than the devotee coming all the way here. He was directed to Srirangam to collect the idol, one which was the Abhisheka Murthy of Ramanuja. He came back here to this dense forest area of Ariyakudi and installed the idol of Srinivasa Perumal and built the first prakara. Subsequently, the 7-tiered 80 feet tall Raja Gopuram was built along with a separate Sannidhi for Alarmel Mangai Thaayar. The speciality at this temple here at Ariyakudi is that the idol is from Srirangam, the Shatari is from Tirupathi and Agni (the sacred fire) is from Thirukoshtiyur. In memory of the construction by Sevukan Chettiyar, his idol can be seen on one of the main pillars inside the first prakara. On the North East corner of the temple is the Garuda Sannidhi. Every month on the Swathi star day, a special Thirumanjana with 108 sacred Kudam is performed for Garuda who is said to remove doshams and enemies.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- To get their wishes fulfilled
- To get married soon
- For child boon
- For education
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.
7.30 am to 12 noon 4.30 pm to 8.30 pm