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Sundararaja Perumal Temple



Thiru Anbil  or Sundararaja Perumal Temple 
(also called Vadivazhagiya Nambi Perumal Temple), in Anbil, a village in the outskirts of  Tiruchirappalli in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu, is dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu.

Constructed in the Dravidian style of architecture, the temple is glorified in the Divya Prabandha, the early medievalTamil canon of the  Azhwar  saints from the 6th to 9th centuries AD. It is one of the 108 Divyadesam  dedicated to Vishnu, who is worshipped as Sundararajan and his consort  Lakshmi as Sundaravalli.

The temple is believed to have been built by the Medieval Cholas of the late 8th century AD, with later contributions from Vijayanagar kings  and  Madurai Nayaks. The copper plate inscriptions from Anbil indicate generous contribution by the Chola kings to the temple.

This Anbil Sthalam is closely related to great creators. This whole world was created by Lord Brahma and Valmiki Maharishi is great Saint (Muni) and has lots of good thoughts built-in. Both these two persons are very good examples of creating good things and dedicating it to this mighty world.

Based on the Kalyana gunam (Character) and Thiru Vadivam (shape) of Sriman Narayanan, they created good things and presented to the world. Behind this good creation, is the love (or) Anbu in Tamil on God. So, this sthalam is calle as "Anbil".

 A granite wall surrounds the temple, enclosing all its shrines and bodies of water. The rajagopuram, the temple's gateway tower, is east facing and has a 3-tier structure. The temple is located on the banks of river  Kollidam.

Sundararajan is believed to have appeared to Brahma (the Hindu god of creation) and sage Suthaba. Six daily rituals and two yearly festivals are held at the temple, of which the Theerthavari festival, celebrated during the Tamil month of Maasi (February-March), is the most prominent.

The temple rituals are performed six times a day: Ushathkalam at 7 a.m., Kalasanthi at 8:00 a.m., Uchikalam at 12:00 p.m., Sayarakshai at 6:00 p.m., Irandamkalam at 7:00 p.m. and Ardha Jamam at 8:00 p.m.



Thiru Anbil Divyadesam - Sthala Puranam - Once there was a discussion between Lord Bramha Devar and Saint Valmiki about the beautifulness of Lord Vishnu in HIS Sayana Posture. This conversation led them to the fight. Lord Vishnu appeared before them and said "In Sayana Posture I am beautiful in Thiru Anbil".

So Lord Vishnu here in Anbil Divyadesam is being worshipped as "Vadhivazhagiya Nambi". Thiru Anbil Divyadesam is related to two great creators. The whole world was created by Lord Brahma Devar. Valmiki Maharishi, the great saint had lots of built-in good thoughts.

Both these two persons are very good examples of creating good things and dedicating those to the world. Based on the Kalyana Gunam - The Character and Thiru Vadivam - The Shape of Sreeman Narayanan, they created good things and presented to the world. Behind this good creation is the love on God.

Moolavar  -  Vadivazhagiya Nambi

Thayaar    -  Azhagiya Valli Naachiyaar

Theertham -  Mandooga Pushkarani

Vimanam  -  Thaaraga Vimanam

Do & Don't

Do & Don't


  • Do pray your Ishta Devata before pilgrimage to Temple.
  • Do contact Temple Devasthanam information centre for enquiry, temple information and for Pooja details etc.
  • Do reserve your travel and accommodation at Temple well in advance.
  • Do bath and wear clean clothes before you enter the temple.
  • Do concentrate on God and Goddess inside the temple.
  • Do maintain silence and recite your Istamantram to yourself inside the temple.
  • Do observe ancient custom and traditions while in Temple.
  • Do respect religious sentiments at Temple.
  • Do deposit your offerings in the hundi only.

Don't s:

  • Do not come to Temple for any purpose other than worshipping of God and Goddess.
  • Do not smoke at Temple.
  • Do not consume alcoholic drinks at Temple.
  • Do not eat non-vegetarian food in the Kshetram.
  • Do not approach mediators for quick Darshanam. It may cause inconvenient to others.
  • Do not carry any weapon inside the temple.
  • Do not wear any head guards like helmets, caps, turbans and hats inside the temple premises.
  • Do not perform Sastanga Pranama inside the Sanctum Sanctorum.
  • Do not take much time while performing Sparsa Darshanam to God in Garbhagriha.
  • Do not buy spurious prasadams from street vendors.
  • Do not encourage beggars at Temple.
  • Do not spit or create nuisance in the premises of the temple.

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