The cave temple at Yanaimalai, eight kilometres from Madurai, on the road to Melur. This place, though not a `Divyadesam' sanctified by Azhwars' hymns, is situated between two holy places — Azhagarkoil in the north and Thirumohur in the east. There is a hill in the shape of an elephant adjoining it, hence the name Yanaimalai. The Yoga Narasimha Perumal temple is situated to its west in a village called Narasingam. It was built by Maran Kari, a minister of the Pandya king Jatila Varman, also known as Komaran Sadaiyan. Thiru Mogur Kaalamegha Perumal makes his annual trip to this temple on Maasi Pournami to enact Gajendra Moksham episode.

oga Narasimha Perumal Temple Raja Gopuram
Yoga Narasimha Perumal Temple Raja Gopuram
According to the Sthala Puranam of Madurai Koodal Azhagar Temple, known as Koodal Manmiyam, published 80 years ago, sage Romasa had installed the Narasimha idol in a cave in the hill. And the 87th chapter of the Uthara Kandam of the Brahmanda Puranam says the sage did penance on the banks of the tank called Padma Thadagam, as it was filled with lotus flowers, near the Gajagiri Kshethram (the present Yanaimalai) seeking progeny, and wanted the Lord to appear in His Narasimhavatara. The Lord appeared as Ugra Narasimha and the heat that emanated from Him was unbearable. Even the celestials were affected by it and they all came to Gajagiri Kshethram and prayed to the Lord to calm down. The Lord could not be pacified and then they sought the help of Prahlada, whose arrival quietened Him to some extent. They prayed to Goddess Mahalakshmi, who also took Her abode in Him as Narasingavalli, after which He became Yoga Narasimha. The Lord later granted the boon sought by the sage.

Yoga Narasimha Perumal Temple Complex
Yoga Narasimha Perumal Temple Complex
According to another legend, Lord Siva was afflicted by Brahmahathi Dosha after He plucked one of the five heads of Lord Brahma. He was relieved of it after He took bath in the holy water source here, also known as Chakra Theertham, and He worshipped Lord Narasimha. It is believed that taking a dip in the Chakra Theertham, which is near the temple, rids one of all sins. The Thiruvilaiyadal Puranam, written first by Perumbatrapuliyur Nambi and later by Paranjothi Munivar, says that the Chozha king, who could not win the battle against the Pandya ruler, sought the help of Jains. They created a giant elephant using their mystic powers and directed it to kill the Pandya king and destroy his capital. But the Pandya prayed to Lord Siva to save him and his capital. The Lord sent to him the `Narasinga Asthram,' which turned the elephant into a hill.

Yoga Narasimha Perumal Temple Complex
Yoga Narasimha Perumal Temple Complex
Inscriptions belonging to the rule of later Pandyas, especially Maravarman Sundara Pandya I, are also available but most of them are incomplete. The Yoga Narasimha idol at the temple is six feet high, sculpted on the hill itself. There are Mahamandapam, Garuda Mandapam and Mukhamandapam of the Pandya period. The shrine of Goddess Narasingavalli faces south, at the entrance. Inscriptions say that there was also an `agraharam' for Vedic Brahmins, but there is no trace of it now. The temple bustles with activity during the Narasimha Jayanthi, and on Masi Makam day, when Sri Kalamega Perumal of Thirumohur visits this place for the `Gajendra Moksham' festival.

Yoga Narasimha Perumal Temple Main Deity
Yoga Narasimha Perumal Temple Main Deity
The temple is unique for its utsava idol of Narasimha in a standing posture with the Sudarsana and Panchajanya in His upper two hands while the left lower hand holds the Gathai and the right is in the Abhaya Hastha posture. A similar Narasimha idol is worshipped atParikkal.

Yoga Narasimha Perumal Temple Procession Deity
Yoga Narasimha Perumal Temple Procession Deity
The fort around Azhagarkoil is also known as Iranyan Kottai, and even now a stone idol of Lord Yoga Narasimha is found atop its entrance. A big idol of Yoga Narasimha, found in the outer Prakaram of the Azhagarkoil temple, known as `Jwala Narasimhar,' is said to be ferocious. To pacify Him, regular Thirumanjanam is performed with gingelly oil. A hole is found in the ceiling above the idol which is believed to let out the fire emanating from it. The foot of the hill, where the Narasimha temple is located is known as Narasingam or Hasthigiri or Gajagiri.

Temple Timings:

Morning Timings: 07:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Evening Timings: 04:00 PM to 08:00 PM
On Special Occasions timings might differ.

Temple Location:

Located 8kms East of Madurai off the Melur Highway and 4kms North of the Thiru Mogur Kaalamegha Perumal Divya Desam at the foot of the huge Yanaimalai (elephant hill) is the Yoga Narasimha temple in Narasingam (Y. Narasingam). This place is referred to as the Gaja Giri Kshetram and this temple is known as ‘Kodavarai Koil’ signifying the construction of the temple by breaking the huge piece of rock. Narasingam is a village located 8 km from Madurai on the road to Melur. It is named for the nearby cave temple dedicated to Yoga Narasimha Perumal, at the foot of the Yanaimalai hills.

Yoga Narasimha Perumal Temple Pond
Yoga Narasimha Perumal Temple Pond

Temple Address & Contact Details:

Sri Narasingam Yoga Narasimha Perumal Temple,
Yanaimalai, Othakadai,
Madurai,
Pin Code : 625 107,
Tamil Nadu.
Phone : 0452 2422750 ; 0452 2422158 ; 94864 68780 ; 98654 88821

The most famous Parasurama Temple in Kerala is the Thiruvallam Sree Parasurama Swamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram district. This temple is situated at Thiruvallam in Thiruvananthapuram City on Kazhakkuttam-Kovalam By-pass. The temple is located at the Triveni Sangama of rivers Karamana, Killi and Parvathiputhanar. The main speciality of this temple is that it is a Trimurthy Trmple were Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahama has seperate shrines. It is the only temple in Kerala dedicated to Lord Parasurama.[1] The temple is 6 km from Kovalam Beach and 5 km from Trivandrum International Airport and 3 km from Thiruvananthapuram.3 km from Sree Attukal Devi Temple 2 km from Sree Pazhanchira Devi temple and 1km from Sree Alukadu Devi temple.

Sri Parasurama Temple Archway
Sri Parasurama Temple Archway
This temple has strong connection with Sree Padmanabha Swami Temple. According to the legends, the Sree Padmanabha Swami Temple was set up by a Tulu Brahmin ascetic named Divakara Muni on the 950th day of the Kali Yuga. Divakara Muni, a great devotee of Vishnu, was doing penance and Tapas in 'Aatharta' desa. One day Maha Vishnu appeared before him in the form of a beautiful child. The Sanyasi was taken up with the charms of the divine child and requested him to stay with him. The child agreed but on one condition that the sage would never get upset with him. The Muni agreed and tolerated all the childish pranks of the little boy. But one day, while Divakara Muni was in meditation the child took the 'salagram', which he was worshipping and put it into his mouth and made such a nuisance of himself, that the Muni chastised him.

Sri Parasurama Temple Premises
Sri Parasurama Temple Premises
The child immediately ran away and disappeared saying, "if you wish to see me again You will find me in Anantankadu, the forest of Ananta". The sage was inconsolable and followed the child. Finally, he reached a wooded area near the sea coast and saw the child vanishing into a hug ilippa(bassia longifolia) tree. Immediately, the tree fell the ground assuming the shape of a recumbent Maha Vishnu. The divine form was nearly 13-km. long, having his head at Thiruvallam and its feet at Trippapur. Overawed by the majesty and the size of the divine form which manifested itself before him, the Sanyasi prayed that the Lord condense himself in size so that it would be possible for him to see Him within his limited field vision and offer puja. Accordingly, Lord Vishnu shrank in size and Divakara Muni offered pujas. The King constructed a temple there. Anachronisms exist as the temple is known to be of earlier origin. Hence it is concluded that it was a reconsecration that was carried out then by the King.

Sri Parasurama Temple Entrance
Sri Parasurama Temple Entrance
The same story is associated with Vilwamangalam too. Vilwamangalam Swamiyar was a great devotee of Lord Vishnu. Such was his bhakti that Vishnu appeared in the form of a small boy and stayed with the Swamiyar on the condition that if the Swamiyar got annoyed with the boy, the boy would immediately leave. Swamiyar accepted to this condition. Whenever the Swamiyar used to meditate, the boy would displace the idol of Vishnu. One day the boy took the Nivedyams prepared for the pooja and swallowed it. This annoyed the Swamiyar and he beat the boy with his right hand. Immediately the boy reminded the Swami that he had broken his promise and if he wished to see Him, he could do so at Ananthankadu. Then Swamiyar realised that the boy was Lord Vishnu itself.

Sri Parasurama Temple Prakaram
Sri Parasurama Temple Prakaram
The repentant Swami started in search of the boy. He could hear only the sound of anklets and could see the foot prints of the boy. After a long search, when he was walking on the banks of Arabian Sea, he heard a pulaya lady threatening her child that she would throw him in Ananthankadu. The moment the Swami heard the word Ananthankadu, he was delighted. He proceeded to Ananthankadu based on the directions of the lady from whom he enquired. He once again heard the sound of anklets and waist bell and suddenly a big Iluppa tree fell down and it got transformed into Ananthasayana form. The idol was so long that its head was in Thiruvallam (5 km away from east fort) and feet in Trippappur (13 km away from east fort, near Kazhakkuttam) and the middle part in Ananthankadu (where the present Padmanabhaswami Temple is situated). Swami prayed to Padmanabha to be forgiven and prayed Him to contract Himself. Accordingly, Perumal contracted His body.

Sri Parasurama Temple Aerial View
Sri Parasurama Temple Aerial View
Devotees believe that Adhi Sankara performed the Bali for his mother at this temple after her death. Because of this Pithru Tharpanam performed at this temple is considered as special. On the new moon day (Amavasya) of the month of Karkidaga (July–August) very large number of devotees visit the temple to give Bali to their ancestors. Similarly the Amavasya day of month of Makara (January-February) is also considered important for this purpose. Parasurama Jayanthi also celebrated in the temple in a grand scale. Devotees must visit Trippapur, Thiruvananthapuram and Thiruvallam temples in a single day to get the full blessings of Lord Padmanabha and Lord Mahadeva. This temple is a venue for ancestor worship. As part of the bali ritual, devotees make offerings to the souls of the departed, after taking a dip in the holy water.

Temple Timings:

Morning Timings: 05:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Evening Timings: 04:00 PM to 07:00 PM
On Special Occasions timings might differ.

Temple Location:

Thiruvallam Parasurama Temple is dedicated to Sage Parasurama, the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu, who is believed to have created the state of Kerala. This 2000-year-old granite temple on the banks of the River Karamana, is the only one in Kerala dedicated to Parasurama and is a venue for paying respects to one’s ancestors. The temple is located 6 kms south of Trivandrum (Thiruvananthapuram). Temple is famous for rituals related to deported souls Calm temple on the way to Kovalam beach.

Temple Address & Contact Details:

Sri Parasurama Temple,
Thiruvallam,
Thiruvananthapuram,
Pin Code : 695 027,
Kerala.
Phone : 0471 2380706

The Thanumalayan Temple, also called Sthanumalayan Temple is an important Hindu temple located in Suchindram in the Kanyakumari district of Tamil Nadu, India. The Thanumalayan Temple is of importance to both Shaivaite and Vaishnavite sects of Hinduism, as the name Stanumalaya denotes Trimurtis; "Stanu" means Siva; "Mal" means Vishnu; and the "Ayan" means Brahma. The linga is in three parts. The top represents “Sthanu” name of Siva, the middle “Mal” name of Vishnu, and the base “Ayan” name of Brahma. The temple is an architectural achievement, known for its quality of workmanship in stone. There are four musical pillars carved out of a single stone, and which stand at 18 feet (5.5 m) in height; these are an architectural and design highlight of the temple grounds.

Sri Thanumalayan Temple
Sri Thanumalayan Temple
Goddess Vinayaki or Ganeshani, also known as Gajanani, Ganeshari or Vigneshwari, is the feminine form of Lord Ganesh. Goddess Vinayaki is the idol worshipped in Tamil Nadu. Goddess Vinayaki or Ganeshani is considered as a form of Shakti rather a Yogini Devata. While the Ganapati appears with elephant head and human body, Vinayaki appears with the elephant head and a woman body. In Madurai, Vinayaki is worshipped as ‘Vyagrapada Ganapati. Vyagrapada Ganapati appears with female body and tiger feet (Vyagra = Tiger; Pada = feet). In Suchindram, a feminine Ganesha in Sukhasana pose is worshipped.

Lord Ganesha In Female Form
Lord Ganesha In Female Form
In Tibet, the feminine Ganesh form is worshipped as Gajanani. Some Puranas and ancient scriptures mentioned the female Shakti of Ganapati as Vainayaki or Ganeshini. Several Puranas referred Ganeshani or Vinayaki as one of the Yogini Shaktis. But the worship of Ganeshini is very less known in ancient rituals and pujas. A village called Cigar in Rajasthan, the feminine form of Ganesha called Vigneshwari is worshipped in an ancient Shiva temple. In the Vedas, the appearance of Vidhya Ganapati is described as feminine form of Ganapati.

Temple Timings:

Morning Timings: 04:30 AM to 11:30 PM
Evening Timings: 05:00 PM to 08:00 PM
On Special Occasions timings might differ.

Temple Location:

Located almost mid way between Nagercoil and Kanyakumari Suchindram is a very famous pilgrim center. At just 7 kms from Kanyakumari Suchindram is famous for the Thanumalayan Temple. Thanumalayan Temple built in the 17th century and is famous for its sculptures and is known for its quality of workmanship. Suchindrum known as Gnanaranya, is well known for its sculptural wealth. It is one of the few temples in the country where the Trinity, Brahma, Vishnu and Ishvara, are worshipped.

Temple Address & Contact Details:

Sri Thanumalayan Temple,
Suchindram,
Kanyakumari District,
Pin Code : 629 704,
Tamil Nadu.
Phone : 04652 241421

Kuchanur is a small village, 20 kms. from Theni town and the temple here is dedicated to the planet Saturn i.e Lord Saneeshwarar. People flock to this temple to ward off any ill effects due to the transit of Saturn by offering worship to the deity here. This place is second to Tirunallar in Kumbakonam district which is also famous for the Saneeshwarar temple. The temple in Kuchanur is small and the idol is resembling a Lingam which is considered to be a swaymbhu. It is believed that the idol is growing in size over the years and turmeric is applied everyday on the idol. A small Utstavar is also near the main deity.

Kuchanur Saneeswara Temple Entrance Archway
Kuchanur Saneeswara Temple Entrance Archway
This temple is exclusively built for Saneeswarar. You may find sani bagwan or navagrahas only in Shiva temples along with other deities.But here the Shiva temple is a little away from Saneeswarar temple. The Sani Bagwan here is called "swayambu" meaning emerged on its own. There is a Uthsava murthy nearer to the main idol.This is the place where Sani Baghwan himself got relieved of the Brahmmahathi dosha. The temple ambience is so excellent that it is on the bank of a flowing river called Surabhi surrounded by green paddy fields and coconut trees. The speciality is it is a running water and kept clean. It is a pleasure to take bath in this small river where the water is upto the shoulder level and we can easily take dips. It is a belief that any one who takes bath in this river is supposed to get liberated from the sins of previous birth. Many people having Sani Dosha come here for getting the blessings of Sani Bagwan.

Kuchanur Saneeswara Temple Complex
Kuchanur Saneeswara Temple Complex
Sree Saneeswaran, here is a swayambu idol. River Surabhi flows nearby. Surabhi is a Jeevanadhi and gets its water from the main stream of Suruli River. Legend has it that King Dinakaran ruled Kalinganadu with Maninagaram as Capital and was passing through the 7.5 years spell of Saturn and was suffering. Chandiravadanan, son of King Dinakaran did penance among dense forests of Shenbaga, sandalwood and Kongu trees on the banks of the river Surabhi, to get relief for his father. Pleased with the devotion of Chandiravadanan, Saneeswaran appeared before him at Shenbaganallur and granted the wishes of Chandiravadanan. This place was later on called as Kuchanur. Prasadam of Uchikala puja is first offered to the crows. The prasadam normally is Ellu Sadham (mixture of cooked rice and powdered Sesame seeds). Devotees who come here light oil lamps and offer food to crows.

Kuchanur Saneeswara Temple Main Deity
Kuchanur Saneeswara Temple Main Deity
The Chief deity Seneeswaran in the man God and its Genesis was on it own and not created (Suyambu). In all temples Saneeswaran in either of Navagrahah or he remain in separate sannithi. Where as in kuchanoor the Lord exists as prime deity Saneeswaran is other wise called as "Kuchanooran" King Dinakaran ruled "Kulinga" country with its capital Mainagar. This is the only temple in India which is mean solely for Saneeswara Bhagawan situated at Kuchanoor, 20 Km south of Theni. The temple at Thirunallarin Pondy is having only a seperate Sannidhi for Saneeswarar. In Kuchanoor Saneeswara Bhagawan is said to be a Suyambu (Self appeared idol). In front of this temple the perennial river Surabi flows which carried the waters of Periyar river and Suruliyaru. Every year the festival is being celebrated during the Tamil month "Adi" on every Saturday of the week.

Devotees Lighting Oil Lamps At Kuchanur Saneeswara Temple
Devotees Lighting Oil Lamps At Kuchanur Saneeswara Temple
If someone can reign terror with the very thought, then it is Lord Shani. It is usually said that people who are under the influence of Lord Shani suffer a lot. When the lord enters into the 12th, 1st and 2nd house of one’s horoscope, it is the 7.5 years time, one suffers a lot. However, the Lord has no vengeance on anyone. It is based on the karma one suffers, and this is the best period to learn about everything and anything. Lord Shani never goes off without rewarding your efforts. When Lord Shani moves to the 8th place from one’s moon sign, it is called Ashtama Shani, which is said to threaten even the sages who do penance for hundreds of years.

Temple Timings:

Morning Timings: 07:00 AM to 01:00 PM
Evening Timings: 04:30 PM to 08:00 PM
On Special Occasions timings might differ.

Temple Location:

Located in Chinnamanur of Theni district, it is easy to reach here from Theni. Buses ply from Theni via Kuchanoor. From the bus stop it is also easy to walk to the temple. This temple is one of the important Lord Shani temples of Tamil Nadu. The temple is a huge complex with the presiding deity as Shaneeswara. The Surabhi river flows close to the temple. As it is a Suyambu, the self-manifested deity, no abishekam is done. Nearest railway station is Madurai which is 75 kms from Theni.

Rivulet In Front Of Kuchanur Saneeswara Temple
Rivulet In Front Of Kuchanur Saneeswara Temple

Temple Address & Contact Details:

Sri Suyambu Saneeswara Bhagavan Temple,
Kuchanur,
Uthamapalayam (Taluk),
Theni District,
Pin Code : 625 515,
Tamil Nadu.
Phone : 04554 321108 ; 97900 50167 ; 73056 36626 ; 89404 85801 ; 78713 16060
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