Vatapatrasayi Temple is situated in Srivilliputhur of Virudhunagar district in Tamil Nadu. It is one of the most renowned 'Temple Towns' in the state. This temple is one of 108 Divya Desams the most important abode of Lord Vishnu.
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Significance of the temple:
It is believed that after the 'Srichakra' of Lord Patrasayee destroyed Kalanemi, it immersed itself in this reservoir to purify itself. Hence Tirumukkulam is the Punniya theertham for all the followers. The temple has nine more reservoirs inside.
The Abisheka thailam, which contains the essence of 61 herbs, is believed to have healing attributes. People smear this oil on their bodies to cure several illnesses.
Srivilliputtur has an arid climate. Monsoons are the only source of water. Usually wells dry up over the summers, but the well in the temple has never dried up. It is believed that Goddess Andal used the well as a mirror to gaze at her reflection and hence the well is known as the mirror well 'Kannadi Kinnaru' means Mirror Well.
This place was referred as Varaha Kshetra. It was a dense forest named Champaka where the sages Bhrgu and Markandeya were doing penance and had their hermitages in the place. A demon named Kalanerai was troubling the sages and they prayed to Vishnu to relieve them from the demon. Vishnu was pleased by their devotion and appeared in the place to slay the demon. He is believed to have taken the abode in the forest reclining on Adisesha, his serpent bed, on the leaf of a banyan tree. The place thus came to be known as Vadaveshwarapuram
As per ancient tradition, the Lord took refuge here in the form of a pig. Two brothers, by the names of Villi and Kandan, who were hunters by profession, ruled a part of the place. One day when they were out hunting, a tiger attacked Kandan, the younger brother, and he succumbed to his injuries. Not knowing about what had happened, Villi searched up and down for his brother. Eventually, he was exhausted and he fell asleep. God came to him in his dream and told him about what had happened to his younger brother. He also revealed to the king, the avatar that he had taken to destroy Kalanerai, the asura. He also told him that he lives under the banyan tree, in the vatabadra vimanam and he also guided him to a town and asked him to build a temple there, in his name.
The king put together the town and also erected the temple. It came to be known as Villiputhur and it was the birthplace of Devi Andal.
The temple is divided into two sections. The first part is called the 'Vadabadra Sayanar Temple' and the second one is 'Andal Sannadhi'. The temple dates back to the 8th century. It was constructed by King Villi who was the monarch of the village. The soaring citadel was built by Peria Alwar, and he was assisted by the Pandya King, Vallabadevan according to the Guru Parampara.
Andal Sannadhi was built by various emperors who belonged to the different generations of the 'Pandya dynasty '.
Even today, one can see the fish emblem, which used to be a symbol of the Pandya monarchs, on the canopy of the temple. King Thirumalai Naicker had restored the temple on numerous occasions.
The 'Shukravara Kuradu' carries the effigies of his brother, Chokkappa Naicher, himself and their wives. The statue of Raja Gopuram which is here is the tallest in the entire state of Tamil Nadu and this temple tower is also official emblem of the Tamil Nadu government.
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- Evening: 6.00 P.M to 10 P.M
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