Lakshmi Narayana Temple, Akkur, Thiruvannamalai
Lakshmi Narayana Temple is dedicated to Hindu God Vishnu located at Akkur Village in Thiruvannamalai District of Tamilnadu. Akkur Village is located at about 20 Kms from Kanchipuram on the Vandavasi Road. This Temple is almost 1300 years Old. Presiding Deity is called as Lakshmi Narayana Perumal and Mother is known as Ambujavalli. The beautiful presiding deity of Lakshminarayana Perumal in a sitting posture, holding his consort, is an awesome sight.
As per the legend, Lord appeared and revealed his existence near Tumburu Theertham at Thirumala Hills, to a great scion called Doddacharyar. Doddacharyar fetched the idols of Lord Lakshminarayana, Goddess Ambujavalli, Garuda and Viswaksenar which were found hidden in the earth, installed it at Akkur village and built the temple. Later, Sri Ramanuja and Sri Nigamantha Mahadesikan and Saint Srimad Akkur Andavan were also installed.
It is believed that whoever worships the Lord here is bestowed with prosperity. The temple was renovated in 2003 and a mahasamprokshanam was conducted. The ancient temple may not attract devotees from far and wide to its precincts daily, yet it has its own unique features. The temple is very small but beautiful and apart from the sanctum sanctorum, there are only a couple of other shrines dedicated to Andal and Ambujavalli Thayar. Several ancient inscriptions are also found in the temple.
According to archaeologists, Akkur village originally comprised six hamlets — Samburanatham, Singili Pattarai, Thatha Pattarai, Dhaneswaran Modu, Purangavasam and Srinivasapuram. Later it was named Akkur. Several functions and special pujas are being organized every year for Sri Jayanthi, Hanumath Jayanthi, Vaikunta Ekadasi Garuda Seva, Purattasi third Saturday, Panguni Uthiram and Tamil New Year's day. The Temple is located at about 20 Kms from Kanchipuram on the Vandavasi Road. It is located at about a km further to the west of Pesum Perumal Temple at Koozhamandal.