Name of the Temple

Sri Prasanna Venkateswara Perumal temple

Period of origin

Before 1000 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Prasanna Venkateswara Perumal

Ambal: Alarmel Mangai

Star: Tiruvonam

Male:

You have a distinctive and commanding personality. Your words and actions demonstrate your innate nobility. But often others do not treat you in the manner in which you feel you should be treated. You are not willing to wander through life aimlessly. You are adamant about your needs and you try to achieve them by whatever means possible. However, you will maintain your principles. You appear tough and uncaring, but the seriousness is only external. Those you are close to you recognize the difference between your social and private persona. These will be marked fluctuations in your periods of good and bad luck. If you are displaced by any situation, you voice your concerns. Sometimes ignoring the feelings of those around you. Despite your seeming lack of concern for others, you are willing to sacrifice yourself for the betterment of your family. You have a deep desire to help others. You are prone to secretive worries; however, you will lead a good life. Although there may be disappointments, you will ultimately find peace with the person we love.

Female:

You are a women who use her skills to make a good living. You recognize that is only by your hard work that you can get ahead. Your family will be either incapable of or unable to support you in your youth. You will have to make your way in the world through your own efforts. However, marriage should be enjoyable for you. You will probably have a mate who understands your needs your needs and does his best to accommodate them. You will have a happy life. You spent a lot of money and you tend to spend money to make other people happy. But do not be disappointed if those you help do not respond warmly enough. Stay away from convincing sales-people. You will keenly interest in getting to the bottom of any situation. You are religiously inclined and may become more deeply so as you get older. You are methodical in your actions. You believe in order and in cleanliness. You enjoy being a gracious hostess. Even when relationships end, it is hard for those who know you to leave you. Whether it is to your advantage or disadvantage, you have an abiding of truth and fair-play.

Sthalapuranam:

Sage Pundareeka, a staunch Vishnu devotee, was in the habit of visiting “Thirupparkadal” to worship Lord Vishnu every day. He was on his way one Vaikunda Ekadesi day when he got delayed. Therefore he decided to worship the Lord at the nearby village temple before the “Ekadesi naazhigai ” was over. He saw a small temple and Pushkarni at this village which was then called Avani Narayana Chaturvedi Mangalam. After quickly bathing in the pond, he went into the temple only to find a Shivalinga at the Sanctum Sanctorum. Disappointed that he had not got a glimpse of Lord Vishnu as he had expected, and worried that he would not be able to worship him before the auspicious time was over, he walked out of the temple.

An old man appeared before him and asked him why he was so sad. When Sage Pundareeka narrated what had happened, the old man told him that what he had seen was indeed Lord Vishnu’s shrine and invited him to go along with him inside the temple. On reaching the Sanctum Sanctorum, the old man disappeared and Lord Vishnu gave darshan to the Sage as Venkatesa Perumal standing over the Shivalinga. From that day, the Lord is called Pundareeka Varadhan and the Pushkarni is called Pundareeka Pushkarni.

Of the 27 stars, only 2 have the prefix Tiru, Tiru Onam attributed to Perumal and Tiru Adhirai to Lord Shiva.  Tiru represents all auspiciousness.  The beauty and luster of Chandra the Moon began to diminish due to a curse.  One of his wives, the deity of Tiruvonam star performed intense penance on Perumal for his remedy. Pleased with her penance, Perumal appeared before her on a Tiruvonam star day and relieved Moon of his curse.  Since then, this shrine assumed importance for the Tiruvonam star.

Thos born of Tiruvonam star are advised to visit and worship in this temple on the star days, Rohini and Hastham star days and on the third day from the New Moon day called Moondram Pirai in Tamil and perform abishek and archanas to Perumal to gain wisdom.  As this star is specifically related to Perumal all pray here. The standing form of Lord Perumal on the Avudayr of Shivalinga symbolizes the oneness of Shiva-Vishnu worship.  Hence, Pradosham related to Shiva also is devoutly observed in this temple.

Of the 108 Divya Desas – holy places connected with Vishnu worship, Tiruparkadal cannot be reached with human body as it is not on earth.  To make up this loss to the devotees, the worship in this temple gives the devotee the gift of Tiruparkadal darshan, the 107th Vishnu Divyadesa.  There is no Sorgavasal system in the temple.  Instead, there are three entrances through which Perumal can be worshipped directly at the sanctum itself on the Vaikunda Ekadasi day.  This is a rare structure in the temple.

The standing form of Lord Perumal on the Avudayar (stage) on which Shivalingas are installed, represents the philosophy that Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva are not different from each other but one to teach those warring on wrong notions. Also, we see a Sorgavasal separately in all Perumal temples through which Perumal is taken on procession on Vaikunda Ekadasi day. There is no one such in this temple. Instead, there are three entrances through which the devotee can have the darshan of the Lord in the sanctum itself on the day. This is a very rare structure in a Perumal temple.

Vaikunda Ekadasi in December-January and all Pradosham days (13th day both from New Moon and Full Moon days) are festive days in the temple.

Route:

The devotee has to reach Kaveripakkam 20 km from Vellore on the Chennai road. There is a branch road. Tiruparkadal is 2 km from this place. As there are two Vishnu temples, the visitor has to ask for Prasanna Venkatesa Perumal temple specifically.

Temple Timings:

7.30 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 4.30 p.m. and 7.30 p.m.

Temple Telephone Number:

04177 254 929, 94868 77896, 94861 39289

Temple Address:

Sri Venkateswara Perumal Temple,

Tiruparkadal Post-632 508,

Kaveripakkam,

Wallajapet Taluk,

Vellore district.