Chinna Tirupati – Sri Prasanna Venkatesaperumal temple

Name of the Temple

Sri Prasanna Venkatesaperumal temple

Period of origin

Before 500 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Prasanna Venkatesaperumal

Thayar:Alamelu Mangai

Pushkarani: Chandra Pushkarini

Sthalapuranam:

As per legends Lord Venkatesa once went for a bath. He wanted Arappu (soapnut powder) to wash his hair. Even Mother Lakshmi was not there to help Him. While he was searching for the powder, he came to this place and was enticed by the beauty of the hill and chose to stay here itself after a bath with Arappu, according to one story. Of the many cows grazing in the area, one was pouring its milk on an ant-hill. When people checked the ant-hill, they found Perumal as a swayambumurthy and built the temple.

According to one story, this hill is a part of the Anandha Parvatha (parvatha-hill) that fell here by the blowing strength of Vayu during his fight with snake king Adisesha. This is also a replica of Tirupathi temple and Lord graces here as in Tirupathi., hence the place is known as Chinna Tirupati. The Swayambu is in front of the Lord in the sanctum sanctorum. Mother Alamelu Mangai graces from Her shrine in the Artha Mandapam.

There is a small idol of Lord Venkataraman in front of the temple. Devotees place Tulsi leaves on the shoulders of the Lord and speak to Him as a friend about their plan of activities and seek his permission. If the Tulsi leaf falls, it means that the Lord had approved their plan. All people around this place follow this tradition generation after generation and begin any function in their homes only after the approval-permission of the Lord.

Those unable to visit Tirupati can come and worship the Lord here gaining the same benefits as in Tirupati. The temple is noted for marriages as people believe that marital life would be happier if they marry in the presence of the Lord.

Chitra Poornima in April-May, Vaikasi Vasantha Utsav in May-June, Aani Tirumanjanam in July-August, Vaikunda Ekadasi in December-January, Navarathri in September-October and Sri Rama Navami are the festivals celebrated in the temple.

Route:

Omalur is 29 km from Salem. Town buses are available from Omalur to the temple place.

Temple Timings:

5.00 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. and 3.30 p.m. to 6.00 p.m

Temple Telephone Number:

04290 – 246 344.

Temple Address:

Sri Prasanna Venkatesaperumal Temple,

Chinna Tirupati,

Karuvalli – 636 305,

Salem district

Thirukanur – Sri Semmeninathar temple

 Name of the Temple

Sri Semmeninathar temple

Period of origin

Before 2000 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Semmeninathar, Karumbeswarar

Ambal: Sivayoganayaki, Soundaryanayaki

Sthala Theertham: Vedhatheertham

Sthala Virksham: Vilwa

Devaram: Tirugnana Sambandar and Tirunavukkarasar

Sthalapuranam:

Three tier Rajagopuram is facing east.  There are shrines for Lords Vinayaka, Muruga with consorts Valli and Deivanai, Arthanareeswara, Brahmma, Chandikeswara, Mahavishnu, Mother Durga, Nagar, Aiyanar, Sun, Moon and Naalvar the Thevaram-Tiruvasagam saints. Mother Parvathi chose this place on earth to perform penance on Lord Shiva.  Pleased with Her severe penance, Lord Shiva appeared before Mother in red as fire, hence came to be praised as Semmeni Nathar.  Mother is praised as Shiva Yoga Nayaki.  It is the faith of people that if couples worship together both Lord and Mother, they also will be blessed with marital life of harmony.
Mother of Karikal Cholan was hiding in this place to protect her son from the threats of enemies.  As there was no king for the kindom, as followed in those days to choose a king, a royal elephant was sent with a garland to pick up person to head the kingdom.  The elephant came to Tirukanur and chose the little boy Karikalan playing there, garlanded him, took him on its back in procession.  Thus Karikalan became the king of the Chola kingdom from this place.

Sage Parasurama is the son of Sage Jamadagni and Renukadevi.  During his absence, a king Kartha Veeryarjunan entered the ashram and took away the divine cow Kamadenu by force.  Coming to know of the incident, Parasurama set out in fury, killed the king along with 21 Kshatriyas and rescued the cow.  Thus, he incurred the Kshatriya dosha.  Parasurama worshipped Lord Shiva in this place bathing in the sacred spring and got relieved of the dosha.

Surya Puja is very devotionally performed on April 2, 3 and 4 as a festive event in the temple. Special abisheks are also performed on Aavani Moola star day in August-September and on Thai Poornima day in January-February.

Route:

Tirukattupalli is 25 km from Tiruvaiyaru. The temple in Vishnampettai is 5 km north of Tirukattupalli. Auto facility is available.

Temple Timings:

10.00 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. and from 3.30 p.m. and 5.00 p.m. Devotees may contact the priest in Tirukattupalli on phone before visiting the temple.

Temple Telephone Number:

+91-4362-320 067, +91- 93450 09344.

Temple Address:

Sri Semmeninathar Temple

Tirukanur,

Vishnampettai,

Thanjavur