A view infront of the Sri Pundarikakshan Perumal Temple at Thiruvellarai
A view infront of the Sri Pundarikakshan Perumal Temple at Thiruvellarai

Sri Pundarikakshan Perumal Temple is situated in Thiruvellarai village of Tiruchirappalli, Tamilnadu. Thiruvellarai Sri Pundarikakshan Perumal Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and also one of the 108 Divya Desam Temples. The mountain on which the temple is located is white in color and so the temple is called as Thiruvellarai, a Dravidian style temple. It is said that Sri Pundarikakshan Perumal Temple is built by the King Sibi and later developed by Cholas, Pandyas, Vijayanagar kings and Madurai Nayakars.

Sri Pundarikakshan Perumal Temple is surrounded with walls made by granite. The Rjagopuram (the temple tower) of this temple is found to be uncompleted because of the unlucky accident took place during the construction of the tower. The Vimanam (the tower above the Sanctum) of this temple is called Vimalaakkruthi Vimaanam. This temple is also called as Adhi Vellarai, since 64 Chathuryugas was said to be passed the shrine of Sri Pundarikashan Perumal Temple as soon as the Lord appeared there.

Specialty

The main deity of this Pundarikakshan Perumal Temple is ‘Lord Pundarikakshan Perumal’, in standing posture facing the east direction. The other important deities of this temple are Goddess Shenbagavalli is also called as ‘Peria Pirattiyaar Lakshmi Devi’, Garuda (the sacred eagle bird), Goddess Bhoomadevi, Lord Shiva, Lord Brahma, Lord Surya, Lord Chandra, Aadisesha. There are two entrances found for this temple at Moolasthanam (Sanctum Sanctorum) are named as “Utharayanya Vaasal” and “Dhakshanayana Vaasal”. Utharayanya Vaasal is opened from 15 January to 15 June, Dhakshanayana Vaasal is opened for the rest of the period. Lord Pundarikashan perumal is worshipped by the name ‘Lord Maayavan’ during Dakshinayanam and as ‘Lord Thai Maatha Naayagan’ during Uttarayanam. The two entrances signifies the birth and death of living beings.

The carvings of Lord Narasimha and Lord Varaha, the two great Avatars of Lord Vishnu are found in this temple. The temple tank of this Pundarikakshan Perumal Temple is called Swastika (form of an equilateral cross), which is considered to be a very sacred and auspicious symbol. There are carvings on the pillars of the temple representing the different postures of Lord Krishna, especially Lord Krishna dancing on a pot in swastika posture.

Festivals

  • Brahmotsavam – April
  • Pongal – January
  • Diwali – October or November

Pooja Timings

  • Ushathkala Pooja – 7 a.m.
  • Kalasanthi Pooja – 8:00 a.m.
  • Uchikala Pooja – 12:00 p.m.
  • Sayarakshai Pooja – 6:00 p.m.
  • Irandamkala Pooja – 7:00 p.m.
  • Ardha Jama Pooja – 10:00 p.m.
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