Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Azhagiya Singa Perumal Temple (Tiruvelukkai), Kanchipuram

Azhagiya Singa Perumal Temple (Tiruvelukkai), Kanchipuram
Tiruvelukkai located in Kanchipuram in the South Indian state of Tamilnadu, is dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu. 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 Azhagiya Singar and his consort Lakshmi as Amruthavalli.

The temple is believed to have been built by the Pallavas of the late 8th century AD, with later contributions from Cholas and Vijayanagar kings. The temple has three inscriptions on its walls, two dating from the period of Kulothunga Chola I (1070–1120 CE) and one to that of Rajadhiraja Chola (1018-54 CE). A granite wall surrounds the temple, enclosing all the shrines and two bodies of water. There is a four-tiered Rajagopuram, the temple's gateway tower, in the temple.

Azhagiya Singar is believed to have appeared to slay Hiranya, the demon king. Six daily rituals and three yearly festivals are held at the temple, of which the Krishna Janmashtami festival, celebrated during the Tamil month of Aavani (August–September), being the most prominent. The temple is maintained and administered by the Hindu Religious and Endowment Board of the Government of Tamil Nadu.

According to scriptures, Lord granted darshan to sage Brugu from under the Kanaka Vimana facing east.  Saint Peyazhwar in his hymns praises this shrine equal to that of Lord Uppiliappan and temples of Kumbakonam and Tirupathi.  Vaishnava Acharya Sri Mahadesikan had praised Perumal in his celebrated Kamasikashtakam.  It is believed that chanting this Sloka daily will bring in tallest benefits of the blessings of Lord Narasimha. The shrine is also known as Kamashika Narasimha Sannadhi.

This Divya Desam is located in Kanchipuram 1 km south west of Ashtabujakaram, which is a mile west of Varadaraja Perumal temple. It is in the vicinity of Tirutanka. This is one of the celebrated 108 Divya Desam of Perumal and it is ranked 46. The Perumal of this temple is "Azhagiya Singar or "Mukuntha Nayakan". Moolavar in found in Yoga Position facing east. Mangalasasanam done by Thirumangai Alwar (1 Paasuram) and Peyazhwar(3 Paasuram).

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The Temple
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Temple Opening Time
The temple is open from 7.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and from 5.00 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.
Pooja Timings
·        Ushathkalam Pooja – 7 a.m.
·        Kalasanthi Pooja – 8:00 a.m.
·        Uchikalam Pooja – 12:00 p.m.
·        Sayarakshai Pooja – 6:00 p.m.
·        Irandamkalam Pooja – 7:00 p.m.
·        Ardha Jamam Pooja – 10:00 p.m.
Festivals & Religious Practices
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Literary Mention
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Devotees pray to Perumal for relief from the various problems they experience in life. Devotees perform Thirumanjanam to Perumal and Mother on realizing their wishes.
Sri Azhagiya Singa Perumal Temple,
Kancheepuram-631 501
Phone: +91- 44 6727 1692, 98944 15456
The temple is just a kilometer far from Kancheepuram bus stop. This temple is situated South of Tiruththanka and about ½ km West of Ashtabujakaram Temple, Kanchipuram.
By Bus:
From Kanchipuram there are many auto-rickshaws that drive you to the temple. Kanchipuram is well connected by several bus services from Chennai and other places in Tamil Nadu.
By Train:
This Temple is located a km away from Kanchipuram Railway Station. From Kanchipuram Railway Station private taxis are available to reach this temple. Kanchipuram rail-line is connected to Chennai, Pondicherry, Nagaercoil and Madurai.
By Air:
Chennai is the nearest airport. From Chennai the temple in Kanchipuram is 75 kms away.