Nithyakalyana Perumal Temple, Thiruvidandai – Prayers
The Thiruvidanthai Nithya Kalyana Perumal Temple attracts many pilgrims who come here to get the blessings of Lord Nithyakalyana Perumal. Those who want to get married offer two garlands to the Lord. After the special puja is performed, the priest will give one of the garlands to the devotee. The devotee will wear that garland and do pradakshinam (circumambulation) nine times around the temple. Later they take the Garland home. This ritual is practiced to finalize suitable alliances of marriage.
After Marriage as a thanksgiving gesture, the couple revisits the Temple and offer flower garlands to the Lord. They carefully bring the old garland from Home and offer them to the Sthala Vriksham-Punnai Maram in the backside of the Temple. Women facing delays in their wedding come to pray to Goddess Akhilavalli in this temple. People suffering from Dhrushti Dosha (envious eye) and affected by adverse aspects of the serpent planets Rahu and Kethu visit this kshetra (holy destination) searching for remedies.
Holy dips in the sacred temple tank Varaha Theertham in Maasi (February-March); in the Kalyana Theertham in Chithirai (April-May); and in the Ranganathar Theertham in Margazhi (December–January) are supposed to fulfill all the devotees’ wishes and they can gain ultimate redemption. The Temple authorities also perform marriage ceremony for the Nithya Kalyana Utsava Murthy on request on weekdays. They also perform Homam on request.