Saturday, September 26, 2015

Devanathaswamy Temple, Thiruvanthipuram, Cuddalore

Devanathaswamy Temple, Thiruvanthipuram, Cuddalore
Devanathaswamy Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu located at Thiruvanthipuram, a village in the outskirts of Cuddalore Town in Cuddalore District of Tamilnadu. Constructed in the Dravidian style of architecture, the temple is glorified in the Divya Prabandha, the early medieval Tamil canon of the Azhwar saints from the 6th–9th centuries AD. It is one of the 108 Divyadesam dedicated to Vishnu, who is worshipped as Devanathaswamy and his consort Lakshmi as Hemabhujavalli.

The temple in its current form is believed to have been built during the Medieval Cholas, with later expansion from PandyasHoysala Empire and Vijayanagara Empire. A granite wall surrounds the temple, enclosing all its shrines and bodies of water. The Rajagopuram, the temple's gateway tower has five tiers and raises to a height of 60 ft (18 m). Though the presiding deity is Devanathaswamy, the temple is known for Hayagriva, the horse faced avatar of Vishnu. The temple is the only historical temple in South India to have a shrine of Hayagriva.

This temple is closely associated with Swami Vedanta Desika, a Sri Vaishnava guru and one of the most brilliant stalwarts of Sri Vaishnavism in the post-Ramanuja period. Six daily rituals and three yearly festivals are held at the temple, of which the chariot festival, celebrated during the Tamil month of Chittirai (March–April), is the most prominent. The temple is maintained and administered by the Hindu Religious and Endowment Board of the Government of Tamil Nadu.

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The Temple
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Temple Opening Time
The temple remains open from 06.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m and from 04.30 p.m. to 08.00 p.m.
Festivals & Religious Practices
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Literary Mention
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Those unable to fulfil their prayer commitment at Tirupathi can do it here. It is the staunch faith of the devotees that those praying at the feet of Lord Devanatha Perumal are blessed with economic stability, children, health and longevity. Devotees place jaggery, salt and pepper in the well of the temple seeking remedy for their illness of any severity. Those afflicted with adverse aspects of serpent planets Rahu and Ketu, pray for reversal of bad effects. Devotees offer Tulsi garlands and light ghee lamps and Maa Vilakku little lamp made of a paste of rice flour and ghee. The also tonsure here. They also perform Tirumanjanam, abishekam and offer pure white garments to Lord. They also arrange Nivedhana to Lord and distribute the Prasad to other visitors. Some organize feeding-Annadhana also.
Devanatha Perumal Temple,
Thiruvanthipuram – 607 401
Cuddalore District
Phone: +91 4142 287 515 / 288 999 / 287 277
Mobile: +91 94434 44778
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