The temple is one among the 108 divya desams of vaishnavas and a part of Thondai Nadu divyadesams. Amavasya days are believed to be auspicious for visiting this temple.
How to reach:
I proceeded from Surutapalli towards Uthukottai and took the Chennai Anantapur Road (extension of MTH road) and in about 30 mins I was at the temple.It was about 17.5 kms from surutapalli. The temple is in the bazaar street of Tiruvallur and can easily be reached from the highway . There is One way system around the temple and there is ample parking in the Teppakulam.
( a view of the temple tank where parking is provided)
“Darsanat sparsanat snanat, Sadyo hrittapanasanah,
Ato sarveshu lokeshu, Namna Hrittapanasanah”
The tank is so holy that evens a sight or a touch or a bath would immediately dispel all anguish of heart. The local tradition attaches greater importance to this tank than to the Ganga, the Godavari
Today the Jeeyar of Ahobila mutt was camping there (this temple is under his control) hence there was a huge rush with VIP’s thronging and disrupting the queue but patience paid.
It is a truly remarkable temple very well maintained and the kurukkal said please come on Tuesdays when there will be no rush!
(main entrance from the gate)
(Main gopuram from the inside)
Legend: Thiru vul oor the place where thiru stayed for a night. It seems saalihotra maharishi did penance here and out of his bhikshai was waiting for an athithi .Vishnu came as an old man and had bhikshai and requested all th food which the rishi happily gave . He asked for a place to lie down Uraidarkuria Ull Evvull'? (where is the place to sleep) The rishi happily took care of him in his own hut later he realised his guest was none other than Maha Vishnu and was overjoyed. the Lord was so happy that he discoursed the Vedas to brahma here with an affectionate right hand resting on the Rishi. The main sanidhi has the lord in sleeping posture with Right hand resting on the Rishi with the left hand in the Gnana mudra with Brahma in attendance.The deity of Veera-raghava is lying on Adi Sesa, with Lord Brahma coming out from his navel.
Legend also has it that Vishnu vanquished the demons Madhukaidapas, and protected devotees here. The Vijayakoti vimaanam is named after this victory over demons.
It is believed that bathing in the temple tank, and worshipping Veeraraghavaperumaal with symbolic offerings of salt and pepper here, is a cure to many a physical ailment, and hence the deity is also known as Vaidya Veeraraghava Perumal. It is also believed that barren couples beget progeny upon worshipping here.
The Lord’s abhishekam is performed only with sandalwood oil.
This temple is under the administration of the Ahobila Mutt. It is an east facing temple with a 5 tiered rajagopuram
(view of the main sanctum complex from the gate)
In the north west is the Kanakavalli thayar sannidhi.
. There are also shrines to
. There are inscriptions dating back to the 2nd half of the 9th century Pallava period here.
The temple is open from 6.30 am to 12 noon in the mornings and from 4 pm to 8 pm in the evenings.
The priest Sri. PVS Bhattar can be contacted at 27660378(STD Code-044)
- Thiru Mangai Alwar - 11 Paasurams.
- Thirumazhisai Alwar - 1 Paasuram.
Total - 12 Paasurams.
(inside the approach to the temple)
Main gate to the temple
(View of the chariot mandapam just inside the rajagopuram)