Tiruvellarai/Shwethagiri-Sri Pundarikaksha Temple
Sri Pundarikaksha Perumal Temple, Tiruvellarai
Pundarikaksha Perumal Temple is located in Tiruvellarai village in the outskirts of Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu. It is one of the 108 Divyadesam dedicated to Vishnu, who is worshipped as Pundarikakshan and his wife Lakshmi as Pankajavalli.
The temple was built by Shivi Chakravarthy, king of Ayodhya in Treta Yuga 15 lakh years ago. A Swastika shaped temple tank built in 800 AD by Kamban Araiyan during the reign of Dantivarman is outside the Temple complex. The Vijayanagar and Nayak kings commissioned paintings on the walls of the shrine of Pudarikakshan, some of which are still present.
As per Hindu legend, the eighteen steps in the temple represent the eighteen chapters of the Hindu scripture. Bhagwat Gita and the last four steps represent the four Vedas the sacred Hindu religious texts. The sound made in front of some big pillars of the temple echoes around the temple. Some of the ancient Sanskrit books consider the temple as a uthamakshetram, meaning the place that gives the best to its devotees