Sri Vanamamalai Permual Temple is one of the Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu located Vanamamalai (Nanguneri), Tamil Nadu, India in the banks of Thamiraparani river. The temple is classified as "Divya Desams", the 108 temples of Vishnu revered by the 12 poet saints, or Alwars.
When Lord Vishnu destroyed the demons, Madhu and Kaidaba, the bad odour from their body spread polluting the whole earth. Mother Earth lost Her natural purity. She came to this place for cleansing. Lord appeared before Bhoomadevi (Earth) and said, "pollution set on you is washed off according to history of the place-sthala purana.
Thothadri Nathan Describing the glory of the Lord, Saint Nammazhwar begs Him to appear before him to worship Him with full satisfaction.
temples have only one swayambumurthy, this is one with 11 Swayambumurthis Lord Thothadri Nathar in the sanctum sanctorum, Mother Sridevi and Bhoodevi, Sun, Moon, Maharshis Brugu and Markandeya, dancers of the celestial world Uruvasi and Thilothama.
Of the 8 Vishnu Swayambumurthis, the one in Badrinath in north is covered by fog for six months. Here, the Lord is available for the devotees throughout the year. Gingelly oil abishek is performed to Lord Thotadrinathar throughout the year.
Nanguneri Vanamamalai Perumal Temple is one of 108 Divya Desam. The temple is about 1500 BC, years old and later it was renovated by Pandya and Nayakar kings. This is a Swayamvektha Ksheram.Nanguneri or Vanamamalai is about 33 kms to south of Thirunelveli.
Legend has it when Asurs Madhu and Kaitapan were killed, their blood spread over the earth and started stinking. Bhooma Devi lost her purity, and she started meditating about Perumal who was pleased with her prayers, and he gave his darshan to her in Vaikunda Vimanam at this place. She was purified by Lord's darshan.
Vaanamaamalai Perumal has an imposing Gopuram and a sprawling lake - one of the four surviving lakes that gave Nanguneri its name - provide a majestic and impressive appearance to this temple town. In the sanctum, the Lord is in sitting posture under the canopy of Adi Sesha, flanked by Sridevi, Bhoodevi, sages Brighu, Markandeya, Surya, Chandra, all in deep devotion to the Lord.
Moolavar : Deivanathan, Vanamamalai (Thothadrinathar)
Amman / Thayar : Varamangai Thayar
Thala Virutcham : Mango
Theertham : Setru Thamarai
Old year : 1000-2000 years old
Historical Name: Vanamamali , Tiruvaramangai