Vishnu Temples

Paintings in Srivilliputhur Vishnu,Aandaal Temple

Srivilliputhur Andal temple in Srivilliputhur is a town in Virudhunagar district of Tamil Nadu,is one of the 108 Divyadesam dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu who is worshipped as Vadapathrasayi and his consort Lakshmi as Andal. It is believed to be the birth place of two of the Azhwars, namely Periazhwar and his foster daughter Andal.

The temple is associated with the life of Andal, who was found under a Tulsi plant in the garden inside the temple by Periazhwar. She is believed to have worn the garland before dedicating it to the presiding deity of the temple.

Vadapathrasayi is believed to have appeared to Andal, Periazhwar and sages Markandeya and Bhrigu. The temple follows Thenkalai tradition of worship. Six daily rituals and three yearly festivals are held at the temple, of which the Aadipooram festival, the birthday of Andal, celebrated during the Tamil month of Adi (July – August), is the most prominent. The temple is maintained and administered by the Hindu Religious and Endowment Board of the Government of Tamil Nadu.

One of the most ancient temples in India, the temple image figures in the emblem of the Government of TamilNadu.

Location: Srivilliputhur, Tamil Nadu, India

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