Name of the Temple
Sri Prasanna Venkatesaperumal temple
Period of origin
Before 500 years
Name of deity
Moolavar: Prasanna Venkatesaperumal
Pushkarani: Chandra Pushkarini
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.
Omalur is 29 km from Salem. Town buses are available from Omalur to the temple place.
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.
Sri Prasanna Venkatesaperumal Temple,
Karuvalli – 636 305,