A view behind the Srivilliputhur Andal Temple tower
A view behind the Srivilliputhur Andal Temple tower

Srivilliputhur Sri Vatapathrasayee Perumal Temple, also known as ‘Srivilliputhur Andal Temple’ located at Srivilliputhur, Virudhunagar district of Tamilnadu. Srivilliputhur Temple is one of the 108 Divya Desam Temples, which are dedicated to Lord Vishnu and also named as ‘Thiruvilliputhur’. This temple is also called by the names Vanpudhuvai, Sri Dhanvipuram, Thiruvilliputhur Andal kovil, Thiruvilliputhur, Srivilliputhur Divya Desam. Srivilliputhur is said to become very popular during the period when Thirumalai Naikar, the most notable ruler of Madurai between 1623 and 1659 AD and Rani Mangammal, the queen of Madurai Nayak Kingdom between 1689 and 1704, ruled the region.

The legend says that, the place now called Srivilliputhur was ruled by Queen Malli earlier. And it is said that the sons of Queen Malli named Villi and Kandan while hunting in a forest, Kandan was killed by a tiger. Unaware of his brother’s death, Villi was in search of Kandan. Finally he got tired of searching for his brother and fell asleep. And it is said that in his dream, sanctity narrated him what was happened to his brother. By the help of sanctity, Villi found the place and his brother. And hence the place is named as Srivilliputhur.

Specialty

Srivilliputhur is said to be the birth place of Periyazhwar and Andal, the most important saints in the Vaishnavite tradition. The presiding deity of this Srivilliputhur Temple is Lord Vatapathrasayee (Lord Vishnu) with Goddess SriDevi and Goddess BooDevi. The other deities of this temple are Panchamurtis, Thumburu, MahaRishi Naradar, Sanatkumara, Kinnara Mithuna, the Sun God and the Moon God. The images of Villi and Puttan are also found in this temple. This temple is said to be dedicated to Andal, the only female saint among the 12 saints of South India.

The saint Andal is respected as a form of goddess and most of the Lord Vishnu temples houses a separate shrine for Goddess Andal. Srivilliputhur Temple follows the Thenkalai, a subsect of the Sri Vaishnava Iyengar community of Hindu Brahmins tradition of worship. The remarkable feature of this temple is that the Rajagopuram (temple tower) of this temple is used in the Tamilnadu Government’s official seal.

Pooja Timings

  • Ushathkalam Pooja – 7 a.m.
  • Kalasanthi Pooja – 8:00 a.m.
  • Uchikalam Pooja – 12:00 p.m.
  • Sayarakshai Pooja – 6:00 p.m.
  • Irandamkalam Pooja – 7:00 p.m.
  • Ardha Jamam Pooja – 10:00 p.m.

Festivals

  • Aadi Pooram festival (Sri Rengamannar and Goddess Andal are taken in decorated palanquins to the car) – July Or August
  • Aani Azhwar Uthsavam – June or July
  • Thiruvadipooram Festival – August
  • Ennaikappu Festival – December or January
  • Pagal Pathu Adhyayana utsavam – December or January
  • Unjal thavam festival – October or November
  • Vaikunta Ekadasi Festival – December or January
By Road

State Express Transport Corporation operates long-distance buses connecting the town to important cities like Chennai, Tiruppur and Thoothukudi and for other major cities.


By Train

The Virudhunagar railway station is located in the major rail head from Madurai to Kanyakumari. The Southern Railway operates daily express trains to places like Chennai, Tuticorin, Kanyakumari, Tirunelveli, Tenkasi, Guruvayoor, Tirupathi, Mumbai, Trivandrum, Mysore, Howrah and Nizamuddin.


By Air

The nearest airport is Madurai Airport, located 45 km northeast of the town.

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