Thiruvilliputhoor Divya Desam is a popular 2000-year-old Hindu temple and one of the 108 Divya Desams, the most important abodes of Lord Vishnu. It is the birthplace of two of the most important alvars (saints) in the Vaishnavite tradition: Periyazhvar and Andal. The temple is in the town of Srivilliputtur, about 74 km from Madurai, India.
As per Hindu legend, the land around Srivilliputhur was under the rule of Queen Malli. The queen had two sons called Villi and Kandan. While the two were hunting in a forest, a tiger killed Kandan. Unaware of this, Villi searched for his brother, got tired, and fell asleep. In his dream, divinity narrated to him what happened to his brother. By divine orders, Villi founded a city. The city is originally named after its founder, Villi forming the word Sri-Villi-Puthur. Thiru is the Tamil salutation and an alternative to the Sanskrit word “Sri” and hence Srivilliputhur is also called Thiruvilliputhur.
This sthalam was once covered full of trees and lots of plants and it is considered to be a forest type of land. This kind of land was under the rule of Malli, who is a lady, who had two sons, named Villi and Kandan.
Kandan was killed by a tiger in the forest. One day, in the dream of Malli, Sriman Naryanan gave his Seva and ordered her that the forest should be destroyed and thereby getting Andanars to live. In the same way, told by Sriman Naryanan, the forest was destroyed and the Malli Nadu became “Villiputtoor”. This sthalam is also called as “Puttoor Pudhuvai”.
In the 9th Century, in Kurodhana yer, Aani Month, Valarpirai Ekadesi, Sunday as the hammam of Garudan, Periyalwar born in Swathi natshatram (star).
He was also named as “Vishnu Sitthar”, since he had always the bhakti towards the Emperumaan in his mind. He constructed a small flower Nandhavanam (park) and planted all of the flower plants, these flowers are made as Garlands and were dedicated to Villiputtoor Sri Rangamannar. Since he gave his blessings (Aasi) for the Perumal by singing the “Pallandu”, he was named as “Periyalwar”.
In the same 9th century in Nala year, Aadi Month, Valarpirai, Chaturdasi, Tuesday, in poora Natshatram (star) as the hamsam of Bhoomi piratti, Sri Andal was born in the Nandhavanam and was taken care by Periyalwar.
As the daily work, periyalwar used to dedicate the Garlands to Sri Emperumaan, Rangamannar. One day, he saw that the Garland which should be around the thirumeni (body) of Rangamannar is found on the body of Sri Andal. On seeing this, Periyalwar got angry on her and warned her not to repeat the same ever after.
On that day, in the dream of Periyalwar, Sri Rangamannar asked him not to get angry on the action performed by Sri Andal and he too added that from next day, he should be dedicated the Garland which is worn first by Sri Andal and that Garland only should be dedicated to him. He also said that he will accept her love and will marry her soon. Because of this, Sri Andal is popularly called as “Soodi Kodutha Sudar Kodi”. Periyalwar explained the beauty of Sri Vishnu in Vada Madhura and in Thirumaaliruncholai, Sri Andal got over joy and had a stubburn mind that she should get married to Sri Vishnu. As her love towards Emperumaan, Sri Ranganathar of Sri Rangam, came in the dream of Periyalwar and asked him to come along with Sri Andal to Thiruvarangam. As his command, Periyalwar along with Sri Andal went to Sri Rangam.
Sri Andal, on seeing Sri Ranganathar started to admire his beauty. Then, Sri Ranganathar acquired Sri Andal towards him and gave the father-in-law position to Periyalwar.
Sri Andal temple is found close to Vadabathre Saayi temple. 20 Pandha Mandapam is found in the entrance of Andal temple. After crossing along the left side, we can find the Kalyana Mandapam and after crossing this is the separate sannadhis for Sri Ramar, and Sri Srinivasa Perumal. Then, we have to cross the Kodi maram, a mandapam named “Madhavi Mandapam” is found and lots of beautiful paintings of the Emperumaan are found. Next to it is the Mani Mandapam and then the Artha Mandapam and then the Moolavr sannadhi is found.
In Moolavar Sannadhi, Sri Aranganathar having the instrument to ride the Chariot is found in Kalyana Kolam is found along with Sri Andal and Garudan. In all the Vaishnava temples, Garudan is found in the opposite side of the perumal sannadhi, but only in this sthalam, he is found along with the Thaayar.
A separate statue is kept for Sri Andal in the Nandhavanam, where she was born, which is found on the North East direction of Sri Andal temple.
The Arayar sevai, which is sung in Sri Rangam and Thriukurugoor – Alwar Thirunagari, is also sung in this kshetram.
Periyalwar sannadhi is found on the North side of the temple and he is faced towards the south direction. Two thalams (floors) are found in this temple. In the bottom thalam, Sri Narashimhar and the 12 Alwars and Dasavatharam of Emperumaan is found. When going through the steps of the bottom thalam, we can reach the upper thalam where we can find the Moolavar sannadhi, where Vadabadhara Saayi is giving his seva.
In Artha Mandapam, Chakrathalwar, Sri Kannan and Allal Thavirtha piraan Utsavars are found.
Thiru Aadi Pooram, which is the birth star of Sri Andal, is done as a big Utsavam and the biggest Chariot is taken out and Sri Andal comes around the Mada streets of Sri Villiputtoor.
In Panguni Utthiram, Sri Andal’s Kalyana Utsavam is done, which is one of the specialised utsavam of this temple.
Vyasa Bharatham, which was translated in Tamil by Villiputtoor Alwar, Pattarpiraan Periyalwar who is called as the senior alwar and Sri Andal, all of these 3 great followers of Sriman Narayanan born in this kshetram.
Next to Sri Rangam Gopuram, which is the biggest Gopuram in Asia continent, Srivilliputtoor Gopuram is the biggest Gopuram next to Sri Rangam.
Moolavar and Thaayar:
The Moolvar of this temple is Sri Vadabhatra Saayi. Also named as Ranga Mannaar. Prathyaksham for Mandooga rishi and Periyalwar Moolavar in Bhujanga Sayanam, giving his seva facing along the east direction.
Thaayar: Sri Andal. Also named as Kotha Naachiyaar, Soodi Kodutha Sudar Kodi.
Pushkarani: Thirumukkulam. Vimanam:
Thousands of people from the state participate in the “Aadi Pooram” festival celebrated in the Andal Temple. After early morning special pujas, the presiding deities, Sri Rengamannar and Goddess Andal are taken in decorated palanquins to the car. The festival marks the adoption of presiding deity, Andal, by Periyazhwar after he found her near a Tulsi plant in the garden of Vadabadrasai Temple at Srivilliputhur on the eighth day of the Tamil month Aadi.
Andal oil file:
At the Srivilliputhur temple, distilled balm containing 61 types of herbs is used for 40 days for the Andal oil storage in the month of March.
Add good oil, cow’s milk, gooseberry, hyacinth, young water, etc. There are four types of balm available.
This ointment is poured every year during the eight days of the Andal Oil Festival in the month of March. This ointment is offered to the devotees after the end of the month of March. This balm is believed by devotees to be healing.
On the first day of the day festival of Markazhi at the Srivilliputhur temple, Andal will go to the house of his native descendant Vedapran Butter. The householders spread vegetables in front of them and welcome the year. This is called “greening”. With the addition of chickpeas, stewed fermented milk and jaggery, bean curd is made annually. This was also given to her before her marriage to Perumal for the year. People of that time. The practice continues today in its memory. If women eat this after marriage, they will get healthy health. Hope nutritious babies are born!
The Western Ghats nearby would be a rich experience for trekkers looking for a trudge.To an entrepreneur it is not only a place for devotion; but also it gives ample opportunity for seeking business by prowling around Rajapalayam — an industrial hub for textiles, handloom and cements -about 10 Kms from here or the world famous Sivakasi- 30 minutes drive by car- a well known manufacturing centre for match boxes, fireworks and litho printing.If you like sweets you are likely to be surprised by the taste of Srivilliputtur Palkhoa (Milk Khoa) which is as famous as Tirunelveli Halwa. Andal Temple Andal Temple
Thus attracting a diverse collection of people is situated our Srivilliputtur in Virudhunagar District about 75 kms away from Madurai from north and about 70kms away from Tirunelveli from south. From all these places Srivilliputtur is approachable by road and rail. One can go there almost at any time of the year.