Lord Shiva

In the Hindu mythology, Lord Shiva is the Destroyer and the most important one in the Holy Trinity, the other two being Brahma the Creator and Vishnu the Protector. Lord Shiva has always fascinated his followers by his unique appearance: he has not two but three eyes, has ash smeared all over his body, has snakes coiled up around his head and arms, wears tiger and elephant skin, leads a wild life in the cremation grounds far removed from social pretenses, and is known for his proverbial anger.

Lord Vishnu

He has four arms and is male: The four arms indicate his all-powerful and all-pervasive nature. His physical existence is represented by the two arms in the front, while the two arms at the back represent his presence in the spiritual world. The Upanishad Gopal Uttartapani describes the four arms. Title has been given since some of these facts may be shocking for someone, soothing for devotees and interesting for others. Some of these facts may be known to someone but unknown to other.

Lord Brahma

In Hinduism, Lord Brahma is the first god of the Trinity (Brahma, Vishnu, and Mahesh). He is the creator of the universe. But, he is not worshipped as Lord Vishnu and Shiva. There is only one temple dedicated to him, which is the Pushkar temple of Rajasthan. And many temples are dedicated to Vishnu and Shiva. There is no corner of India where there are no temples of Vishnu and Shiva.

NithyaKalyanar Kovil -Thiruvidandai

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About Temple

Temple Name :Nithyakalyanar Kovil
Alias Name :Thiruvidandai
God Name :Sri Lakshmi VarahaSwamy
Goddess Name :Komalavalli Nachiyaar
Pushkarni :Kalyana Theertham
Vimanam :Kalyana Vimanam

Location :Chennai

“Thiruvidandai” is one of 108 Divya desam. It is near Chennai around 40 km. It is Varaha Kshetram. It is famous for marriages.

The temple

The temple was built by Pallavas. It is near Seashore. It has a large temple tank in front of the temple. It is quite an old temple. There is a separate shrine for Komalavalli Nachiyar. The Lord here stands on Adisesha and holds his consort on his left side. There is also separate shrine for Andal. The Temple follows Thenacharya Sampradayam.

Legend

Sage Gavalaa Maharishi had 360 daughters. He was very much worried to get them married. He prayed to Lord Vishnu. The Lord who resides here promised the sage that he would marry one daughter a day and married all the 360 in a year. So the Lord here is called as ‘Nithya Kalyana Perumal’. It is also told that Lord then immediately converted all the daughters into one and kept on left lap. Hence the name is called “ThiruVidandai”.

Sri Nithyakalyanar Mahatyam

Sage Markandeya and King Mahabali had visited the kshetram. Even today many pilgrims come here and get the blessings of Lord Nithyakalyana Perumal. Those who wants to get married would be offering two garlands to Lord. After Puja, the priest would give one of the garlands. The person should wear that garland and do Pradakshinam. This is practiced, so that marriage would be fixed soon to the bhaktas.

Prasadam

Puliyodharai(Tamarind Rice), Dhadhyonam(Curd Rice), Pongal, Chakkarai Pongal, Vada, Adhirasam, Murukku are offered to Lord as Prasadam.

Darshan, Sevas and Festivals

The Annual Brahmotsavam will be conducted during Chittirai Month. Garuda Seva is held during the months of Aani, Aadi, Masi and Thai.

Composers

Thirumangai Alvar has sung is praise of Lord Nithyakalyana Perumal.

Travel and Stay

There are many hotels at Chennai and also bus facility available from Tiruvanmiyur to Nithyakalyanar Temple.

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