Friday, March 31, 2017

Venkatachalapathy Temple, Mela Thiruvenkatanathapuram, Thirunelveli

Venkatachalapathy Temple, Mela Thiruvenkatanathapuram, Thirunelveli 
Venkatachalapathy Temple is dedicated to Hindu God Vishnu located at Mela Thiruvenkatanathapuram in Thirunelveli District of Tamilnadu. This is a Prarthana Sthalam for a healthy life, prosperity, liberation from curse and a good marriage. The temple is revered as “Then Thirupathi” and visiting this temple is considered equivalent to visiting Thirupathi. It is an Abhimana Sthalam. The temple is also called Tirunankovil.





It is also a Swayam Vyaktha Kshetram. It is located at about 10 Kms South West of Thirunelveli Junction. The Temple is located atop the Swetha Varaha hill. Varadaraja Perumal temple at Keezha Thiruvenkatanathapuram is about half a kilometer north of this temple. This is the ancestral village of Sri Srinivasan, a US Federal Judge who was considered by US President Barack Obama for nomination as a Supreme Court Justice in March 2016.





Legends
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History
King Venkatappa Naicker who was blessed by Lord Srinivasa with a child has constructed the temple in a big way. He also named the associated village in his name to be known as Thiruvenkatanathapuram. The relics in Telugu script reveal that king Thirumalai Naicker (who ruled Madurai and a great devotee of Goddess Meenakshi) and Viswanatha Naicker visited this place in Kollam year 722 (corresponding to 1546 AD), took a holy bath in Srinivasa Ghat and worshipped Lord Srinivasa. They have also made several endowments to the temple for its regular functioning.






The Temple
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Temple Opening Time
·        7 am – 11 am and 5 pm – 8 pm
·        Saturday 6 am – 1 pm and 5 pm – 8.30 pm
·        Sunday 6 am – 12 noon and 5 pm – 8 pm 
Festivals
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Prayers
Belief is that Lord Venkatachalapathy will bless childless couples if they perform Pal payasam pooja on the Shravanam day. Those unable to take a trip to Tirupathi in north, offer their prayer commitments here. Devotees pray for removal of obstacles in marriage efforts, remedy from illness and relief from snake planet aspects, child boon, trade development, family prosperity etc. Devotees offer special abisheka, clothe the flag post, arrange Garuda Seva, offering sweet porridge (Payasam) as Nivedhana to Lord on Tiruvonam star day, tonsuring and offer things equal to their weight (Tulabaram) and offer jewels too.
Contact
Sri Venkatachalapathy (Then Tirupathi) Temple,
Mela Tiruvengadanathapuram,
Thirunelveli District
Phone: +91 – 462 – 2341292 / 2340075
Mobile: +91 – 97918 66946 / 99766 10768
Connectivity
The Temple is located at around 10 Kms South-West of Thirunelveli on the northern bank of River Thamirabarani, atop the Swetha Varaha hill. There are 3 different routes from Thirunelveli to reach this place. The village is located on a hillock and the temple is located at an elevated plane surface. Even though these roads are narrow, they are navigable and every day mini bus service (Route No. 6A and 6B from Thirunelveli) is in operation which goes up to the temple entrance. Nearest Railway Station is located at Thirunelveli and Nearest Airport is located at Madurai.

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