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| Last Updated:: 14/06/2017

Thiruvidanthai

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thiruvidanthai suburban village located in South Chennai. The village derives its name from the Nithyakalyana Perumal temple and its history is centered on the temple. 

 

 

 

Thiruvidanthai is dedicated to Sri Adi Varaha Perumal (Lord Vishnu in the form of Wild Boar). The presiding goddess is Akhilavalli Ammal. 

 

 

 

Thiruvidanthai is the 62nd temple of 108 Divya Desam vishnu Temples. Mangalasasanam (Praised as a holy Shrine) to this temple was done by Thirumangai Alwar (One of the 12 Alwars Saints). The temple is more than 1000 Years Old. This temple well known to locals as Nithya Kalyana Perumal Temple. 

 

 

 

As per the legend, Lord Narayana came here as a Brahmachari, answering the prayers of Kalava Rishi and married 360 young daughters of the Rishi in one year. On the last day, he is said to have merged them into one and gave darshan with Goddess on his left. Hence the Goddess here is called ‘Akhila Valli Thaayaar’. Having married one girl a day here at this temple, the Lord is called ‘Nithya Kalyana Perumal’. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is a separate shrine for Komalavalli Nachiyar. Perumal appears majestically in His standing form facing east. The Vimana above the sanctum sanctorum is called Kalyana Vimanam. The Lord here stands on Adisesha and holds his consort on his left thigh. There is also separate shrine for goddess Andal, Lord Ranganatha, Goddess Ranganayaki and others. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holy dips in the sacred temple tank Varaha Theertham in Maasi (February-March); in the Kalyana Theertham in Chithirai (April-May); and in the Ranganathar Theertham in Margazhi (December–January) are supposed to fulfill all the devotees’ wishes and they can gain ultimate redemption. 

 

 

 

Aspiring grooms and brides visit this temple. Those who want to get married offer two garlands. After Puja, the priest gives back one of the garlands. The person wears that garland and does Pradakshinam around the Temple. Later they bring the Garland home. This pooja blesses one to have early and happy married life. After marriage as a thanksgiving gesture, the couple revisit the Temple and offer flower garlands to the Lord. They carefully bring the old garlands from home and offer them to them to the divine tree in this temple, which is a Punnai Tree (Calophyllum inophyllum) behind the Temple. 

 

 

 

Large crowds throng the temple for worship on the days of Vaikunta Ekadasi. The annual festival is celebrated with much pomp and splendour on the day of star Pushya in the solar month of Capricorn (January-February). The deity is taken on a procession in a palanquin, exquisitely carved with ivory images, depicting the ten incarnations of Lord Maha Vishnu. 

 

 

 

During the solar month of Pisces (March-April), a 9-day festival "Panguni Uththiram" is celebrated. The day of the star "Uttara Phalguni" assumes significance. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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