Amman / Thayar: Kanakavalli
Old year: 1000-2000 years old
Historical Name: Parakala
Ancient temple built by Vasantharaja of Vriddachalam is one of the four Narasimha temples in the Villupuram region . Prarthana Sthalam- Debts, Enemies and Diseases are said to go away if one offers prayers at this temple. Located around 25kms South West of Villupuram and 3kms west of the Kedilam Cross Road off the Chennai-Trichi National Highway is the1800 year old Lakshmi Narasimha temple in Parikkal. This is one of the four Narasimha temples in this region. The others being Anthili (near Thiru Kovilur), Poovarasan Kuppam (15kms North of Panruti) and Singiri (12kms South of Pondicherry). Also, there is the Sayana Narasimha in Thiru Vathigai in Panruti.
Sri Narasimha, noted for His fury is generally seen in Vaishnava temples embracing Sri Mahalakshmi seated on His lap. This is the only temple in India where the Lord and Mother are seen embracing each other.
Vaikunda Ekadasi in (December-January).
Those having lost their positions and those awaiting promotions in jobs strongly believe that Lord Narasimha would certainly respond their prayers to regain their status. Devotees include the handicapped, those facing obstacles in marriage, those involved in disputes, affected by magic spells and litigations seeking desired boons.
Devotees perform abishek to Lord with oil, milk, curd, green coconut, panchamirtham made of five ingredients, lime, sandal and also offer vastras to Lord Narasimha. They also tonsure here. Also they light Mavilakku, a lamp made of a paste of flour and ghee, perform their ear-boring ceremonies and roll around the prakara known as Angapradikshana. Some organize feeding to the visiting devotees.
The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. and 6.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m.
Sri Lakshmi Narasimhaswamy Temple, Parikkal, Villupuram.+91- 99438 76272
roof tower above the sanctum (vimana) is known as Ashtakona Vimana.
Some pulses are attributed to the Navagrahas (planets) seeking their grace. Wheat for Sun; paddy for Moon; Thuvarai-dal for Mars; green pulse for Mercury; Kadalai for Jupiter; Mochai for Venus; El or black gingely for Saturn; Ulund dal for Rahu and horse gram for Ketu.
While generally, Lord Narasimha is seen embracing Sri Mahalakshmi sitting on His lap, this is the only temple where the Lord and Mother are seen embracing each other. This is to show that Lord Narasimha has shed His fury and graces devotees with all mercy.
Veera Anjaneya and Bhakta Anjaney grace devotees together. Devotees light lamps with gingely oil and spread all the nine varieties of pulses in his shrine and write on them their prayers. It is believed that their prayers would be responded.
Lord Narasimha faces east in a sitting form.
Lord is in a smiling form as Mother is by His side.
The temple is famous for secular tradition as people of other religions ? Muslims and Christian also worship the Lord here without any feeling of discrimination.
Sri Anjaneya is seen together with the Lord.
As in Srirangam, Lord Varadaraja Perumal is facing south.
Important festivals: 10 day Brahmmotsavam beginning from Narasimmha Jayanti each year; 13 days Chithirai Brammotsavam in April-May, drawing huge crowd of devotees; Pennai River festival in the month of Thai-January-February; Magam Garudanadhi in Masi ?February-March; Tirukarthikai in November-December; Mattu Pongal falling almost January 15, 1 day Panguni Uthiram in March-April are the important festivals celebrated in the temple.
During the week-end ? Saturdays and Sundays, the devotee crowd is huge. Also, Deepavali, Pongal, Tamil and English New Year days, Krishna Jayanthi and Vaikunda Ekadasi are celebrated with special pujas to the Lord.
A king, Vasantharajan by name was a staunch devotee of Lord Narasimha and wanted to build a temple for his Lord. He organized necessary Yagnas for three nights headed by his Guru Sage Vamadeva. Many kings responded to his invitation and gathered there. When the Yagnas were about to begin, demon Parikalasuran came with his army to destroy the proceedings. The Guru immediately prepared a talisman with the Mantras, Arakshara and Amirthakshara, tied in the hands of the king and hid him in a bush. Yet the demon attacked the king with his battle axe.
Rising to rescue His devotee, Lord Narasimha destroyed Parikalasura with all flaming fury.
As the Lord destroyed Parikalasura here, the place is called Parikkal.
King Vasantharajan begged the Lord to be ever calm to grace the devotees approaching His feet. Lord obliged. Divine Sculptor Viswakarma made the idol which Sage Vamadeva installed here. Lord, with Mother grace the devotees. Due to lack of attention in the years that followed, the idol was covered by an ant-hill.
Lord appeared in the dream of a dumb boy and told him that He was covered by the ant-hill. The boy informed his experience to the people, who unearthed the idol and built a new temple. Lord Narasimha and Mother Kanakavalli grace from the sanctum sanctorum and a separate shrine respectively. Sri Anjaneya in two forms ? Veera Anjaneya and Bhakta Anjaneya graces in a shrine in the northwest corner.
Devotees spread paddy in the Anjaneya shrine and write their prayers. They strongly believe that their appeals would be favourably heard.
In the corridor-prakara, are shrines for Sri Varadaraja Perumal in north, Vinayaka in south east and Garuda before the temple. The holy spring Garuda theertha is northwest of the place.