The Tiruvelukkai Divya Desam is one among the 108
Divya desamwhich is located in the temple town of Kanchipuram. It is said to be the lord favourite place.
The Moolavar here is Azhagiyasingar or Mukunda Nayakar in a standing posture facing East, while the Thaayaar here is Velukkaivalli or Amritavalli. This Temple has a three tiered rajagopuram and a single prakaram. There are also shrines to Aandaal and the Azhwars.
It is believed that Narasimhar while in his Hastisaila cave (the Attigiri sanctum hill in the Varadharaja Perumaal Temple, with the cave shrine to Narasimhar), manifested himself yet again as Narasimhar, and proceeded westward to banish the asura demons from the vicinity, where he stood in the posture of Yoga Narasimha, in what is known now as Thiruvelukkai. The word Vel means desire; since Narasimha, out of desire for this place, resided here, this shrine is known as Thiruvelukkai.Legend also has it that Bhrigu muni was blessed with a vision of Narasimha at this shrine.
Lord here has manifested himself out of desire (vel means desire) in order to save his devotees. Hence by praying here, one could fulfill their wish with the help of Lord's blessings.
Vedanta Desikahas sung about this sthalam in his 'Kamaasi Ashtakam' (kaama + asika - standing on his own wish).
Puliyodharai(Tamarind Rice), Dhadhyonam(Curd Rice), Pongal, Chakkarai Pongal, Vada, Adhirasam, Murukku are offered to Lord as Prasadam.
Darshan, Sevas and Festivals
The Annual festival is held on Tamil month of Margazi in great glory.
Thirumangai Alvar, Peyalvarhave composed beautiful Paasurams on Lord Azhagiyasingar and his consort Amrithavalli Thayaar. It is one of the compositions in Naalayira Divya Prabandha.
Easy to Learn Paasuram
Paasuram - I
"Sirantha Vensinthaiyum Sengan Aravum"
"Niraintha Seer Neel Kacchiyullum Urainthathuvum"
"Vengadamum Veqkaavum Velukkai Paadiyume"
"Thaam Kadavaar Thanduzaa Yaar!"
Paasuram - II
"Andru Ivvulakam Alantha Asaivekol"
"Nindrirunthu Velukkai Neenakarvaay Andru"
"Kidanthaanai Kedil Seeraanai Mun Kancai"
"Kadanthaanai Nenchame! Kaan! "
Travel and Stay
There are many lodges at Kanchipuram and also bus facility available.
List of Other Temples to Visit
Kamakshi Amman Temple
* Kanchi maţhaVishnu Temples
Varadharaja Perumal Temple
* Tiru oorakam
* Tiru neeragam
* Tiru kaaragam
* Tiru paramechura vinnagaram
* Tiru pavala vannam
* Tiru paadagam
* Tiru nilaaththingal thundam
* [http://www.chennaionline.com/hotelsandtours/Placesofworship/2006/05temple92.asp About Tiruvelukkai]
* [http://www.srivari.com/thondaltirupathigal/thiruvelukkai.htm Azhagiyasingar Perumal]
* [http://www.indiantemples.com/Tamilnadu/df046.html Indian temples article]
* [http://www.divyadesamonline.com/hindu/temples/kanchipuram/tiruvellukai-temple.asp Divya Desam article]
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