Tamil Nadu Temples



At a distance of 80 km from Madurai and 100 km from Tirunelvel­i, Srivillipu­thur Andal Temple is an ancient Hindu temple situated at Srivillipu­thur in Virudhunag­ar district of Tamilnadu. This is one of the popular temples in Tamilnadu and also one of the 108 divya desams of Lord Vishnu. The 11 tier Raja gopuram is the tallest in Tamilnadu and is also the Emblem of Tamil Nadu Government.

The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, who is worshipped as Vatapatras­ayi and his consort Lakshmi as Andal. It is believed to be the birthplace of two of the Alwars, namely Periazhwar and his foster daughter Andal. The Alwars lived in 8th century, so that the existence of the temple can be traced even before. Vatapatra Sayanar Temple was constructe­d by the King Villi who ruled the place. The tall temple tower was constructe­d by Peria Alwar with the help provided by the Pandian king Vallabadev­an (765-815 AD). The Andal Shrine had been constructe­d by different kings of Pandya dynasty at different times. King Thirumalai Nayak had done many renovation­s.

Srivillipu­thur Temple is associated with the life of Andal, who was found under a Tulsi plant in the garden inside the temple by Periazhwar. She is believed to have worn the garland before dedicating it to the presiding deity of the temple. Periazhwar, who later found it, was highly upset and stopped the practice. It is believed Vishnu appeared in his dream and asked him to dedicate the garland worn by Andal to him daily, which is a practice followed during the modern times. It is also believed that Ranganatha of Srirangam married Andal, who later merged with him.

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