Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Only Temple In India Where Lord Narasimha & Goddess Are Seen Embracing Each Other - Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple - Parikkal, Villupuram

Ancient temple built by Vasantharaja of Vriddachalam is one of the four Narasimha temples in the Villupuram region. Prarthana Sthalam - Debts, Enemies and Diseases are said to go away if one offers prayers at this temple. Located around 25 kms South West of Villupuram and 3 kms west of the Kedilam Cross Road off the Chennai-Trichy National Highway is the 1800 year old Lakshmi Narasimha temple in Parikkal. This is one of the four Narasimha temples in this region. The others being Anthili (near Thiru Kovilur), Poovarasan Kuppam (15kms North of Panruti) and Singiri (12kms South of Pondicherry). Also, there is the Sayana Narasimha in Thiru Vathigai in Panruti.

Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple Entrance
Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple Entrance
While generally, Lord Narasimha is seen embracing Sri Mahalakshmi sitting on His lap, this is the only temple where the Lord and Mother are seen embracing each other. This is to show that Lord Narasimha has shed His fury and graces devotees with all mercy. Veera Anjaneya and Bhakta Anjaney grace devotees together. Devotees light lamps with gingely oil and spread all the nine varieties of pulses in his shrine and write on them their prayers. It is believed that their prayers would be responded.

Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple Kodimaram & Front View
Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple Kodimaram & Front View
Vasantharaja ruled this place with his capital at Vriddachalam and wanted to build a temple for Lord Narasimha. Constantly troubled by Parakalasura (said to be a relative of Hiranyakashipu), Vasantharaja undertook a penance here as directed by his Guru. Answering his prayers, Lord Narasimha is said to have appeared here and killed the Asura. Having only seen the destructive mood of an angry Narasimha, Vasantharaja invoked the blessings of Goddess Lakshmi to provide darshan with the Lord displaying his softer form. Kanakavalli Thaayar is said to have sat on his lap, cooled him down and provided darshan to Vasantharaja, the Devas and the Rishis at this place.

Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple Praharam
Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple Praharam
Delighted at the darshan of Lord Narasimha in this form, Vasantharaja requested that this place be named after the asura who provided the king with the opportunity to have a darshan of the Lord. Hence, this place was referred to as ‘Parikala’puram, which in course of time became ‘Parikkal’. While the original temple was built by Vasantharaja using red bricks, lime and wood, it is believed to have been destroyed during the Mughal invasion. The temple that one sees today is said to have been built by Veera Narasimha of Karnataka using granites. Parikkal Lord Narasimha is said to be the Kula Deivam for the Madhwas of Karnataka.

Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy
Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy
An interesting feature at this temple is the presence of two Anjaneya idols in the same Sannidhi. Unlike other temples, Anjaneya gets the 2nd right of Thirumanjanam after Lord Narasimha (in other temples, Thaayar is the one who gets the Thirumanjanam after the Lord). Confirming the rich history behind this temples are the several inscriptions found on the outside walls of the temple dating back several hundred years, prominent among them include the fish shaped inscriptions. This leads one to two inferences: One, the Pandya kings, whose symbol was a ‘Fish’, may have contributed to this temple in a big way. The other is the story relating to Vasantharaja, who one night saw in his dreams fishes near this place…an indication of impending victory in his battle against the asura.

Temple Timings:

Morning Timings : 06:00 AM To 01:00 PM
Evening Timings : 04:00 PM To 08:00 PM
On Special Occasions timings might differ.

Temple Location:

Located around 25kms South West of Villupuram and 3kms west of the Kedilam Cross Road off the Chennai-Trichi National Highway is the 1800 year old Lakshmi Narasimha temple in Parikkal. Proceed along the Chennai-Trichy highway and after crossing Villupuram at about 20 kms you will see a huge Anjeneya statue on the left hand side. Directly opposite this is the road to parikkal. Take a right from the highway. The temple is situated between two rivers Thenpennai and The Garuda Nadhi flows two km north of Parikkal. As it is situated between two rivers, it is considered as holy as Srirangam.

Temple Address & Contact Details:

Sri Lakshmi Narashima Swamy Temple,
Parikkal,
Villupuram,
Pin Code : 607 204,
Tamil Nadu.
Phone : 99442 38917 ; 99430 73722 ; 96004 55395

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