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Pundarikaashan deity is the oldest in South India.


Pundarikaashan deity is the oldest in South India.

The temple is considered the oldest of the Vaishnavaite temples of South. It is older than Srirangam which was built during Rama’s period, whereas this temple was built by Sibhi, 4 generations older forefather of Rama. Hence the name Aadhi Vellarai. According to the Puranas, 64 `Chathuryugas’ (the present Kaliyuga being one of them) have passed since the Lord enshrined here.

Main Deity: Perumal Pundarikaashan, east facing, standing posture
Goddess: Shenbagavalli, also called as Periya Piraattiyaar Lakshmi Devi. Seperate sannadhi for Thaayar. Utsavar thaayar is named as Pangajavalli. Mangalasasanam: Periyalwar – 11, Thirumangai Alwar – 13, a total of 14 Paasurams. Perialwar – 71, 192 – 201, Thirumangaialwar – 1368-77, 1851, 2673, 2674

Called as Swetagiri in Sanskrit. Vellarai and Swetagiri mean hillock of white rock. There is another entrance referred as the “Naazhi Kettan Vayil”. It is believed that Lord Vishnu was interpreted and questioned by his consort Lakshmi upon his returning home late.

Legend:

As per the legend, the mythological king Sibi chased a white boar which hid inside an anthill. When he inquired about this to the saint Markandeya who was performing penance here, the saint advised him to pour milk on the anthill. The king did so and discovered the idol of Lord Vishnu. The Lord appeared and ordered him to build the temple. The king brought 3700 families of Vaishnavite Brahmins from the banks of Yamuna and Ganges and settled them here before building this temple as per the advice of sage Markandeya. When one of the Brahmins passed away, Lord Vishnu took the form of Brahmin and helped the king.

As per another legend, Goddess Lakshmi did penance here for union with the Lord. The Lord appeared as Krishna from a well named as ‘Ponkinaru’. It hapenned even before he took the incarnation of Lord Krishna.

Another legend claims that the saint Markandeya, as per the advice of Lord Shiva, worshiped Lord Pundarikakshan in this temple and got moksha (the salvation).

Pundarikaashan deity is the oldest in South India.

The temple is considered the oldest of the Vaishnavaite temples of South. It is older than Srirangam which was built during Rama’s period, whereas this temple was built by Sibhi, 4 generations older forefather of Rama. Hence the name Aadhi Vellarai. According to the Puranas, 64 `Chathuryugas’ (the present Kaliyuga being one of them) have passed since the Lord enshrined here.

Main Deity: Perumal Pundarikaashan, east facing, standing posture
Goddess: Shenbagavalli, also called as Periya Piraattiyaar Lakshmi Devi. Seperate sannadhi for Thaayar. Utsavar thaayar is named as Pangajavalli. Mangalasasanam: Periyalwar – 11, Thirumangai Alwar – 13, a total of 14 Paasurams. Perialwar – 71, 192 – 201, Thirumangaialwar – 1368-77, 1851, 2673, 2674

Called as Swetagiri in Sanskrit. Vellarai and Swetagiri mean hillock of white rock. There is another entrance referred as the "Naazhi Kettan Vayil". It is believed that Lord Vishnu was interpreted and questioned by his consort Lakshmi upon his returning home late.

Legend:

As per the legend, the mythological king Sibi chased a white boar which hid inside an anthill. When he inquired about this to the saint Markandeya who was performing penance here, the saint advised him to pour milk on the anthill. The king did so and discovered the idol of Lord Vishnu. The Lord appeared and ordered him to build the temple. The king brought 3700 families of Vaishnavite Brahmins from the banks of Yamuna and Ganges and settled them here before building this temple as per the advice of sage Markandeya. When one of the Brahmins passed away, Lord Vishnu took the form of Brahmin and helped the king.

As per another legend, Goddess Lakshmi did penance here for union with the Lord. The Lord appeared as Krishna from a well named as 'Ponkinaru'. It hapenned even before he took the incarnation of Lord Krishna.

Another legend claims that the saint Markandeya, as per the advice of Lord Shiva, worshiped Lord Pundarikakshan in this temple and got moksha (the salvation).

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