Monday, March 6, 2017

Lakshmi Narayana Perumal Temple, Ambasamudram, Thirunelveli

Lakshmi Narayana Perumal Temple, Ambasamudram, Thirunelveli
Lakshmi Narayana Perumal Temple in Ambasamudram is located on the banks of the Northern Banks of the River Thamirabarani. This temple is dedicated to the worship of Lord Vishnu who is in his fierce form with his head having resemblance to a lion and with his consorts Maha Lakshmi sitting on his lap.

Lakshmi Narayana Perumal Temple at Ambasamudram is located at 8°42'09.8"N 77°27'08.7"E or 8.702727, 77.452425. Vilva which is usually meant for Lord Shiva is the holy tree in this temple of Vishnu. The temple is the remedial centre for the adverse effects caused by planets Shukra-Venus and Budha-Mercury.

As per the legend, some seers who wanted to meet seer Agastya in Podhigai hills were passing through this town. They got a doubt if Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu are one and the same. In that period, this temple was apparently dedicated to Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva appeared in the form of Vishnu and Lakshmi to those seers. Based on that memory, this temple of Lakshmi Narayana was built.

Lord killed demon Hiranya at about sunset known as Pradosham time and was too furious. To restore the Lord to a pleasant mood, a drink made of dry ginger, jaggery, cardamom, water and lime juice is offered as Nivedhana during the evening pujas. On the Swati star day devotees offer this to Lord Narasimha for the same purpose.

The Temple
The east facing temple is located at the center of Ambasamudram town. It is located in a lane near 200 - 300 meters from the famous Agastheeshwarar temple. The temple is small in size; it does not have tower or flag staff. Although the temple is supposed to be very old as per the legend, the current structure cannot be dated more than half a century. Perhaps it could have been renovated multiple times. Perumal grants a pleasant darshan to his devotees from the sanctum sanctorum with Mother Mahalakshmi on his lap.  

As the temple was once attached to Lord Shiva, the Vilwa belonging to him continues to be the sacred tree of the temple. Chakkarathzhwar graces in the front mandapam with his 16 hands. Behind him is Lord Yoga Narasimha with four hands holding the discus and is sitting on Adi Sesha, the divine serpent. Lord Shiva and Lord Brahmma are on both sides. Adhishesha the divine serpent is above his head. This is a rare form of Lord Narasimha. Lord Hanuman is found in the maha mandapa.

Sri Anjali Anjaneya appears with a small Shivalinga on his head. This darshan is not available in other temples. The idols of Ramanuja, Nammalvar and Vedanta Desikar are found in the maha mandapa. The front side mandapa has the sub-shrines of Vishwaksenar and Sudarsana with 16 arms. Garuda is facing the main shrine.

Temple Opening Time
The temple is open 9.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and from 6.30 p.m. and 8.00 p.m.
Vaikasi annual abishek in May-June; Purattasi Saturdays in September-October and Vedanta Desikar Utsavam are the festivals celebrated in the temple.
It is believed that prayer to Lord will develop unity among couples and in family. Those with a distressed mind and fear of something pray to Chakkarathzhwar on Thursdays offering garlands of red flowers. Realizing their wishes, devotees perform Tirumanjanam to Lord and offer vastras. Perumal is the deity for planet Budha (Mercury) and Mother for Shukra-Venus, hence the temple is the remedial centre for those facing problems from these two planets.  
The place is known as Budha-Shukra planets remedial centre-Parihara Sthala. Those facing problems from Mercury pray to Perumal with Tulsi garlands and those from Venus perform archanas to Mother with kumkum. Devotees also worship Perumal before sending children to schools praying for their shining in education.  Those facing problems in wedding proposals light ghee lamps on coconut shells placing it on rice spread on plantain leaves.
Sri Lakshmi Narayana Temple,
Ambasamudram – 627 401
Thirunelveli District
Mobile: +91 – 94420 64803
Ambasamudram is 37 Kms from Tenkasi, 12 Kms from Veeravanallur, 47 Kms from Thirunelveli, 206 Kms from Madurai and 143 Kms from Thiruvananthapuram. Nearest Railway Station is located at Ambasamudram. Nearest Airport is located Madurai and Thiruvananthapuram. The devotee has to get down at Agastheeshwarar bus stop. The temple is very near this bus stop. 

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