Name of the Temple
Sri Azahiyasingar Temple
Period of origin
Before 1600 years
Name of deity
Moolavar: Sri Lakshmi Narashimar, Vayalaali Manavalan
Thayar: Amrudhakada Valli.
Pushkarani: Ilaakshani Pushkarani.
Mangalaashaasanam: Kulasekara alwar, Thirumangai alwar and Manavala Maamunigal
Thirumangai alwar refers to the Lord at Thiruvali as Vayalaali Manavalan. However Lord Vayalaali Manavalan is enshrined at Thirunagari and hence both these temples together comprise of one divyadesam.
Sumangalai was the head to the Deva Kanni who were involved in the job of fanning the lord using the “Samaram”. Once while saint Kabila was preaching the qualities of Lord Narayana, Sumangali distracted him by making an odd remark of his ugly students. So he cursed her to take birth in earth. As a curse, she was born in a place covered with lilly. Hence she was named as “Kumudhavalli”. Her beauty attracted the king Thirumangai Mannan and he asked her to marry him, she accepted his feel on one condition. She asked him to become a Vaishnavan. On hearing this he headed straight to Thirunarayur and asked the Lord to be his Guru and transform him into a pure Vaishnavity.
After that she played on more trick on him and came to an agreement. She ordered him to serve food for 1008 disciples of Lord. She asked him to accept the remaining food and drink the water which is used to wash their feet. Thirumangai Mannan accepted her terms and fulfilled her desire. On seeing his love towards her she fell in love with him and married happily. His extreme love for his wife, brought him into a delicate position of finding enormous money required for the second condition. He even used the many intended to pay the revenue to the chola king. The king ordered him to pay the revenue, he was worried about his stage at that time, he surrendered himself to the lord and went to sleep. Varadharaja perumal of Kanchipuram, came in his dreams and asked him to come to the bank of river Vegavathi to collect the required money.
So along with many Ministers, he came to Kanchi under a tight security and amazingly he found the required money.But, as the day passed on, he spent all the money he had.He had no money for further expenses, so he made up his mind to rob money from rich people.
Once Lord Narayana and lakshmi made a plane to test the king. So they took the form of a newly married couple and passed through the forest where Thirumangai Alwar was waiting. While they were passing, all people around them sang lots of marriage related songs and on hearing this, Thirumangai Mannan was so happy that he could get lots of ornaments from them. He stopped them and asked for all of their belongings and while the conversation between them was going on, he took away all of their jewles from the marriage party but could not get the precious ring of the Groom. Finally he took the ring by biting the Groom’s finger. After that he gathered all the things and asked his servants to lift. But the parcel was too heavy even for Thirumangai alwar. He scolded the groom with suspicion while he was chanting some manthra. The groom asked alwar to come near him to know the Manthra he chanted and he preached alwar the most powerful “Ashtaksara Mandiram – Om Namo Narayanaya”. And gave dharsan to him in his original form and gave him the title “Nam Kaliyan”, Nam – Our, Kaliyan – Thief.
It is said that after killing Hiranyakasipu the Lord Narasimha was still in a furious state; seeing this Devas and munis sent his consort Lakshmi who went and sat on the Lord’s lap; the Lord hugged her and calmed down and as he gives Darshan in this posture the place attained the name Thiruvaali. Here the Lord married Thirumagal ( Lakshmi ) who was grown up by Poorna muni; after giving darshan in that state the lord in the same newly wed state left for Thirunagari; on the way at a place called Vedharajapuram, ThirumangaiAzhwar interrupted him to rob and the Lord himself bestowed him with the ‘Thiru Mandhira upadhesam’.
This place is also one of the Pancha Narasimha kshethrams (the others being Kurayalur Ugra Narasimhar, Mangaimadam Veera Narasimhar, Thirunagari Yoga Narasimhar and Thirunagari Hiranya Narasimhar ).
Every year on the Tamil Panguni month Uthiram first night, the waylaying by the Azhwar and the Thirumandhira Upadhesam by the Lord are enacted in a grand festive manner. In the month of Thai Thirumangai Azhwar upon returning from Thirunangur after the grand Garuda seva, visits this temple and does ManagalAsAsanam on the Lord.
Thirumal searched for the Thirumagal everywhere and found her finally in a Lotus flower in the pushkarini here and hugged her; hence this place is known as Aalingapuri ( Aalinga means hugging ) and Sripuri ( Sri meaning the Goddess ); hence it became Thirunagari (Sri-Thiru , puri-nagar) in Tamil.
Thirumangai alwar was born on Thirukurayalur near Thirunagari. His orinigal name was “Neelan” and was the Army chief (Padai Thalapathi) of the Chola Kingdom. He was well versed in Tamil and Sanskrit. Out of the five Narasimhas he worshipped, two are here. Inside the temple, in the first prakaram, there is a sannidhi for him where he stands looking like a hunter along with Kumudhavallidevi
10 days of Brahmothsavam in Panguni and 10 days of Thirumangai Azhwar uthsavam in Karthigai are celebrated here.
At Thirunagari, there are two Narasimha idols- Yoga Narasimha and Hiranya Narasimha and here at Thiruvali, one can see Lakshmi Narasimha with the Goddess on his right lap.
It’s about 6 miles from Thirunaangur. If taken the route of Keezh salai from Thirunaangur about 3 1/2 miles.
07:30 am to 11:00 am ; 04:00 pm to 09:30 pm
Temple Telephone Number:
04364 – 256927,
Sri Azahiyasingar Temple,
Thirunangur – 609 106,