Kalyana Venkatrama Temple-Karur
Kalyana Venkatrama Temple-Karur

Sri Kalyana Venkataramanan temple,is located in the district of karur in Tamil Nadu. This temple is located 4 kms south of Karur on the Karur – Dindigul state highways via Gujiliamparai. Kalyana Venkataramana Swamy Temple, popularly known as Then (South) Tirupati is in Thanthoni. Thanthonrimalai is the original name of the Thanthoni. The name Thanthondrimalai is because the god himself appeared and called as Thaan Thondriya Malai and lateer it is known as Thanthoni malai. Lord Perumal of the temple is a swayambumurthi on a big rock in a standing posture. Devotees offer sandals as contribution to the temple. One of the most sacred and sanctified of them is the Arulmigu Kalyana Venkataramanaswamy temple in Thanthondrimalai. The rock-cave temple is on an outcrop of a hillock and is one of the famous temples in this area.  A flight of 70 odd steps up the hillock leads to the entrance of the temple. Kalyana Venkataramana Swamy (Vishnu or Srinivasa) is the main deity with Goddesses Sridevi and Bhoomidevi with him. The temple is 300 years old. Presiding deity is formless.

The deity is accepted today in general by the locals as Lord Vishnu in the form of Kalyana Venkatramana Swamy. The four arms of the deity, the two upper arms hold the conch and discus. The lower right arm shows the Varada Hasta (boon giving) gesture and the lower left arm is in the Katyavalambita pose (palm resting on the hip). If you look carefully, the deity’s head is slightly lowered. To the right is a huge mandapam (hall) which is used for the performance of Radha Kalyanam and Sita Kalyanam. This shrine is popular as a wedding destination.


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A distant view of Venkatesa Perumal

Lord Perumal of the temple is a swayambumurthi on a big rock in a standing posture. Devotees offer sandals as contribution to the temple.

In general, temples in Tamil Nadu will be facing the Eastern direction. But this Thanthondriperumal Temple is facing the west. This west facing temple is a cave temple. The Sanctum Sanctorum when the daily Perumal is presented is in the eastern part of the (Artha Mandapam). Only the Sanctum Sanctorum is the cave.


Sri Kalyana Venkataramana Temple-Karur
A beautiful view of the Kalayana Venkatarama Temple tower

A devotee Susharma by name was proceeding to Tirupathi with his wife seeking child boon and stayed on the banks of Cauvery for a break.  Sage Naradha appeared in his dream and directed him to go to a place called Tirumakudalur where some would receive him.  When Susharma reached the place, some sculptors received him and took him to this place. Bright light appeared on a rock. The Rock split. Perumal appeared at this interval and granted the boon sought by the devotee and chose to stay for every here for the benefit of devotees. It is also said that this is the place where, the hill of Thiruvengoda is a bit while competing between vayu and Adhisesha.

Once upon a time, Agarkar conducted the pujas regularly. Once his relative died, He sent his son who was a little boy to perform the puja. There is a custom that the Lord is decorated with the life size garland (Nilai malai). On that day a devotee arrived at Nilai malai(Hill). That little boy is so short, he could not decorate the Lord with that garland. So he cried and prayed the Lord to bend a little (Venkataramana Devudu, please bend a little). Lord Perumal worshiped for his convenience. Then the Archagas his son happily decorated the Lord with the garland.Thus Lord Perumal has always lends his ears to the prayers offered by his devotees. Only because of this the number of devotees has been improving day by day.

Opening Time

Morning 6.00 a.m. to 12.30 a.m.

Evening 5.00 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.


  •  Viswaroopam – 06:00 A.M. to 06:30 A.M
  •  Kaala Shanthi Pooja – 08:00 A.M. to 08:30 A.M.
  •  Thirumanjanam – 11:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M
  •  Uchchi Kaala Pooja – 12.00 Noon to 12:30 P.M
  •  Sayaratchai – 06:30 P.M. to 7:00 P.M


  • 22 day Purattasi utsav in September-October
  • 17 day Masi Magam car festival in February-March
  • Krishna Jayanthi in August-September
  • Vaikunda Ekadasi in December
  • Tamil and English New Year days
By Bus

Sri Kalyana Venkataramanan temple is 74.8km from the erode bus stand, Taxi and Buses are available to this temple.

By Train

Nearest railway station is Karur railway station, 72.5 km from Sri Sri Kalyana Venkataramanan temple to Karur railway station.

By Air

Nearest Airport is Coimbatore Airport and Trichy Airport, 155 km distance between Coimbatore Airport and 86.3 km Distance between Trichy Airport to Sri Kalyana pasupatheeswarar Temple.

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