Sri Veeraraghava Perumal temple

Sri Veeraraghava Perumal temple, in Tiruvallur, is one of the 108 Divya Desams.  It is administered by the Ahobila Mutt Trust.

The temple is said to have had its origin in the Kreta Yuga, when Tiruvallur was known as Bhikshwaranyam (forest of sages who lived on alms).  The presiding deity is Veeraraghava Perumal, an aspect of Lord Vishnu.  The divine consort is Goddess Kanakavalli Thaiyar.

According to legend, sage Purupunyar and his wife, Satyavathi, a son after they performed the Putrakameshti Yagam.  The boy was named Salihotrar, as his parents made offerings with Saali rice.  Salihotrar, who grew up to be a pious young man, would always keep aside some food for a hungry soul, especially a holy man.  One day, Vishnu came to his house, disguised as an old sage.  Salihotrar gave the divine visitor a portion of the rice that he kept.  However, as the visitor insisted on having more rice, he gave him all that he had.  The old sage than asked him, "Evvulli urangalam: Where to sleep?" Salihotrar invited him to sleep in his modest, little hut.  As the sage lay with hisheaad to the south, He revealed Himself to His devotee ,  Salihotrar, as Sri Veeraraghave Perumal.  Since the Perumal had asked for a place to sleep, the area first came to be called Evvulor and then Thiru Evvuloor (the place where the Divine slept).  Thiru Evvloor, in course of time, became Tiruvallur.

Sri Veeraraghava Perumal reclines, His right hand on Sri Salihotrar, who is seen sitting near the head of the deity.  Another legend has it that the Perumal, in the form of a prince, married Vasumathi, the daughter of king Dharmasenan.  Sri Vasumathi is present here in a separate shrine as Sri Kanakavalli Thayar.  Devotees give salt and pepper to the deity as offering.  The huge Pushkarani (tank) here, Hruthapapanasini, is said to possess curative properties, especially, for those suffering from mental afflictions.

How to get there:  Tiruvallur is on the Chennai-Tirupati/Bangalore/Mumbai route.  It is easily accessible by both bus and train from Chennai, which is less than 42km away.  EMUs run between Chennai Central and Tiruvallur at frequent intervals.  Some express trains stop here.  Accommodation: The Devasthanam has a guest house.  There are private lodges as well.

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