Thiruvidandai

"Thiruvidandai" is one of 108 Divya desam. It is near Chennai around 40 km. It is Varaha Kshetram. It is famous for marriages.

The temple

The temple was built by Pallavas. It is near Seashore. It has a large temple tank in front of the temple. It is quite an old temple. There is a separate shrine for Komalavalli Nachiyar. The Lord here stands on Adisesha and holds his consort on his left side. There is also separate shrine for Andal. The Temple follows Thenacharya Sampradayam.

Legend

Sage Gavalaa Maharishi had 360 daughters. He was very much worried to get them married. He prayed to Lord Vishnu. The Lord who resides here promised the sage that he would marry one daughter a day and married all the 360 in a year. So the Lord here is called as 'Nithya Kalyana Perumal'.It is also told that Lord then immediately converted all the daughters into one and kept on left lap. Hence the name is called "ThiruVidandai".

Sri Nithyakalyanar Mahatyam

Sage Markandeya and King Mahabali had visited the kshetram. Even today many pilgrims come her and get the blessings of Lord Nithyakalyana Perumal. Those who wants to get married would be offering two garlands to Lord. After Puja, the priest would give one of the garlands. The person should wear that garland and do Pradakshinam. This is practiced, so that marriage would be fixed soon to the bhaktas.

Prasadam

Puliyodharai(Tamarind Rice), Dhadhyonam(Curd Rice), Pongal, Chakkarai Pongal, Vada, Adhirasam, Murukku are offered to Lord as Prasadam.

Darshan, Sevas and Festivals

The Annual Brahmotsavam will be conducted during Chittirai Month. Garuda Seva is held during the months of Aani, Aadi, Masi and Thai.

Composers

Thirumangai Alvar has sung is praise of Lord Nithyakalyana Perumal.

Easy Paasuram to Learn (Tamil)

"Thulambadu Muruval Thozhi Yarkku Arulaal"

"Thunai Mulai Saanndhu Kondaniyaal"

"Kulambadu Kuvalaik Kanninai Yezhudhaal"

"Kolan Naan Malar Kuzhar Kaniyaal"

"Maal Ennum Maal Ina Mozhiyaal"

"Ilam Badiyi Vulak Kenni Naindhirunndhaay"

"Idavenndhai Yenndhai Piraane!"

Travel and Stay

There are many hotels at Chennai and also bus facility available from Tiruvanmiyur to Nithyakalyanar Temple.

List of Other Temples to Visit

Shiva Temples
*Mahabalipuram
*Kapaleeshwarar temple
*Maruntheeswar Temple
*Melmaruvathoor Adhiparasakthi Temple
*Tiruvottiyur Shiva Temple
*Kalikambal Temple
*Mangadu Ambal Temple
*Tiruverkadu Sakthi Temple

Vishnu] Temples
* Thirukadalmallai Temple, Mahabalipuram
* Parthasarathy Temple
* Thiruneermalai
* Bakthavatsala Perumal Temple, Thiruninravur
* Singaperumal Koil
* Tiruvallur, Veeraraghava Perumal Koil
* Thirukkadigai, Sholingapuram
* Tirumala
* Thiruevvul, Thiruvallur Veeraraghava Perumal

References

* [http://www.indian-heritage.org/temple/divyadesams/divya62.html About ThiruVidandai]

External links

* [http://www.divyadesamonline.com/hindu/temples/mahabalipuram/tiruvedanthai-temple.asp Tiruvidandai Temple]


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