Wednesday, 8 November 2017


05th November 2017.
This temple’s visit is a part of Heritage walk organized by Chozha Mandala Varalaru Thedal Kuzhu on 05th November 2017 along with Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Srirangam and Sri Jumbukeswarar Temple, Thiruvanaikaval. This Thiruvellarai temple’s visit was planned after lunch. Since the participants are more than the capacity of the Van, reached the temple in two batches.

This temple is built on a white rock mountain approximately 50 feet high, hence this place was called as Thiruvellarai otherwise known as Ichvethagiri shetram.

Moolavar: Sri Pundarikakshan ( Uyyakkondar)/ Senthamarai Kannan
Thayar   : Sri Pangajavalli Thayar / Shengamala thayar.
Some of the important features of this temple are….

This temple is one of the 108 Divya Desa temple. Periyalwar and Thirumangai Alwar has sung hymns in praise of Lord Sri Pundarikakshan. The temple is facing east with a small entrance arch on the east side. There is a  un finished Rajagopuram on the south side. The temple has 3 prakaras. The third prakara has a rock cut cave.

In the second prakara sannadhi for Kariyasidhi Anjaneyar, Chakkarathalwar, Andal, Alwars  and thayar Shengamalavalli Thayar.

In the 1st Prakara the main sanctorum is built.  At the entrance stucco images of Sri Pundarikakshan, Garudan, and on the left is the stucco image of Shiva’s Bramahathi dhosha with Perumal and Garudan.

There are two entrances to the main sanctum with 18 steps ( represents 18 chapters of Bhagavat Githa ) on each side. The Dhakshinayana entrance will be kept open between  Tamil maontha Aadi to Margazhi ( From July – August to December – January ). The Utharayana entrance will be kept open between Tamil months Thai to Aani ( January- February to June – July ). Between the two entrances stucco images of Gangatharan, Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva and Govarthanagiri. Again to the main sanctum  we have climb 5 steps which represents the pancha bootham ( Earth, Water, Fire, Air/wind and space ).

In the sanctum Perumal Sri Pundarikakshan is in standing posture of about 7 feet tall. The upper hands holds the conch and Shakra in prayoka position. Above Perumal’s head, Suryan and Chandran. On his right is Adhishesan in standing posture with human head. Markandeya Maharishi on the left and Boodevi on the right in sitting posture worshiping Sri Pundarikakshan. 
It was believed that Sri Ramanujar and Vedanta Desikar stayed and worshiped Perumal of this temple. Also this is the birth place of Bhakthar Uyykondaar   The prakaras are separated by high walls, It was told that this temple was used for wars.

As per the inscriptions in the rock cut cave in the 3rd prakara, the temple was built by Nandivarman-II ( 732 -796 AD). There is another inscription of Dandivarman ( 796 – 847 AD). It also has Pallava sculptural depictions of Narasimha and Varaha. From the inscriptions it is evident that this temple is older than the Srirangam Temple.

The temple will be kept opened between 07.00hrs to 13.00 hrs and 15.30 hrs to 20.30 hrs.

Since this temple is under the control of Srirangam Sri Ranganathar Temple, Srirangam temple may be contacted for further details.

This temple is situated between Trichy to Thuraiyur Road, 13 KM from bus stop.
Town bus is available from Srirangam
Since there is no boarding and lodging facility, the devotees are advised to take care before going to this temple.

East side entrance to the temple

South side Rajagopuram is under reconstruction using 10 lakhs bricks, 15000 cft lime mortar, 20000 vilva fruits and 50000 aluveera . The Rajagopuram is measuring 75 feet in length, 45 feet in width ( existing ) and 115 feet height ( estimated ).  This project is being sponsored by Coimbatore Ranganayaki, Narayanaswamy, Jayapaul and Velumani. These works will be carried out through TNHRCE under consultation with IIT ( Madras) and NCSHS

2nd level 3 tier rajagopuram

Urchava mandapam

Thayar Sannadhi and on the left is the pushkarani

Stucco images of Vishnu, Shiva and Krishna  holding  Govarthanagiri

Stucco images of Gangadharan ( Shiva holding Ganga on his right upper hand), Brahma and Vishnu

Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva  

Shiva's Brahmahathi dhosha stucco image  with Vishnu and Garudan 

Kuda koothu and one of the Vishnu’s leela

8th Century Dhandivarman-II and Nandivarman,Pallava Period rock cut cave in the 3rd prakara. 
8th Century Dhandivarman-II and Nandivarman,Pallava Period rock cut cave in the 3rd prakara. 
Un finished dwarapalaka