Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Srivilliputhur Andal Temple – Religious Significance

Srivilliputhur Andal Temple – Religious Significance
References in Puranam:
Srivilliputhur finds mention in Brahma Kaivatsa Puranam and Varaha Puranam. Varaha Puranam foretells the existence of Srivilliputhur and the consequent visit of Vishnu during the Varaha Avataram. Brahma Kaivatsa Puranam mentions the location of Vatapatrasayi Temple in Srivilliputhur.
Birthplace of Andal & Periazhwar:
The Srivilliputhur Divya Desam has the unique distinction among all other Divya Desams of being the birthplace of two important Azhwars among the twelve Azhwars, Periazhwar, who became the father-in-law of the Ranganatha himself and Andal who was the incarnation of Bhooma Devi and attained union with the Ranganathan at Srirangam. Andal is the only female Azhwar saint of the 12 Alvar saints of South India.
She is credited with the Tamil works of Thiruppavai and Nachiyar Thirumozhi that are still recited by devotees during the Winter festival season of Margazhi. The town wakes up to the sounds of Thiruppavai is believed to lead to a sublime atmosphere throughout the day. In many places in India, particularly in Tamil Nadu, Andal is treated more than a saint and as a form of god herself and a shrine for Andal is dedicated in most Vishnu temples.
Practice of sending garland worn by Andal to Tirumala Venkateshwara and Alagar Koil Kallazhagar:
It is interesting to know that a garland worn by Andal is sent to Tirupathy one day before the Brahmotsavam begins in Thirumalai and offered to Lord Venkateswara. Kallazhagar of Madurai is also presented with a garland worn by Andal on Chithirai Festival day.
Araiyar Sevai:
As in Srirangam and Alwar Tiru Nagari, Araiyar Sevai where the Alwar Paasurams are recited with expression, music and rhythm is performed here.
Birthplace of Villiputtoor Alwar:
Srivilliputhur is the birthplace of Villiputtoor Alwar, who translated Vyasa Bharatham in Tamil.

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