Temple Location :
This temple lies in the District of Tanjore, Tamil Nadu. From Kumbakonam, we have to travel in a bus upto Anaikarai and from there to Senganoor and the temple is about 3/4 miles away from this place. The Sthalam can also be reached Via Chozhavaram, Muttakudi and Mayavaram.
As Lord Shukra (Venus) also known as Velli was in penance on this place and because of this, the sthalam is called as “Velliankudi”.
Among all the Planet’s Lord Shukra has an important place. He is the next brightest star to Sun and Moon.
He was the guru (mentor) of the Asura’s (demons). He was the one who taught the life Regaining Mantra “The Sanjeevini Manthram” to Kachan, the son of Brahaspathi, the guru of Deva’s.
Mayan was the sculptor of the Deva Logam. He is the father of Mandorai, wife of Ravana. He constructed many beautiful places such as Tiripura loga which floats in the sky (for Asura’s) etc. This great personality wanted to have a heartiful Dharsan of Sri Ramar. He requested Sri Ramar to give Dharsan without his Sangu and Chakaram. So Sri Ramar gave these things to Garudan and showed himself as “Kola Vallvill Raman” at this place.
And Garudan has Sangu and Chakkaram in his hands here. This incident shows that a true artist is beyond love and affection towards his family (ie) he is more concentrated in his work only. So, Lord Bhrama too came here to have Dharsan.
Many Sages and Saints have performed the “Vyasa Pooja” here.
This temple is maintained under the “Vygnasa Agamam” which means:
Viganasa Maharishi was born from the soul of Sriman Narayanan. The format of Slokams which he assorted is known as “Vyganasa Aagamam”, the Four Lakh Granda’s (letter format) which was formed by his four students Maharishi, Athiri, Bhrigu and Kashiyapar is also known as Vyganasam.
Bodily matters were put into the Gruhyam sect while details regarding the implantation of idols of deities, prayers, rules for repenting his sins (Prayachitham) are put under the Deivegam section.
As all the wordly bliss are found here, mother earth (ie) Bhoomi Piratti came here to get the Dharsan of the Lord here.
Like how Plaintain tree bores sapplings before it dies, the humanity should also cherish forever and to explian this, the sthala virutcham (ie) tree of the temple is Plaintain tree here.
Putkalavartham is the name of the cloud which bores all blissful things to humanity. As the lord of this place bless us heartly, the Pushkalavartha cloud become his Vimaanam here.
About the temple
Sri Kolavilli Ramar temple is among the 108 divyadesams of Srivaishnavas. It comes under the choza naatu divyadesams. The thayar in the temple is known as Maragada valli temple. The lord is present in the reclining pose and the utsavar is known as Sringara sundaram. Markandeya Maharishi appears near the Lord’s head, Bhoomidevi at the foot, Brahma in the centre and the Lord’s feet are placed over Lotus. There are two prakarams in the temple. The temple is close to Senganoor/Chenganoor which is the birth place of Periyavachan Pillai.
How to reach
The temple is about 20 kms from Kumbakonam on the way to Aaduturai. The place is also known as Bhargavapuram. The nearest airport is Trichy and railway station is Kumbakonam. An auto to and fro from Kumbakonam to the temple costs about Rs. 250. Alternatively one can take a bus on the Annaikarai route, get down at Senganoor and take an auto from there. The best route is to reach Anaikarai road, take a right from Govilachery to reach Anakudi through Annai college. Take a left there and keep going straight across lush greenery to reach the temple.
Nearest rail head: Kumbakonam
Nearest airport: Trichy
Specialty of the temple
Since Lord Shukra, Lord Indra, Lord Brahma, Markandeya Maharishi, Parasara Maharishi, Mayan were all blessed by Lord Kola Valvilliraman specially here, if visited this sthalam gives all the Puniyam (Value of good deed’s) gained by having Dharsan at all the 108 divyadesams. Garudan in this Sthalam has Sangu and Chakkaram in his hands, which will be generally found on the hands of the Perumal.
It is said that praying at this temple would be equal to praying at all the 108 divyadesams. Lord Vishnu is present in the temple in the form of Lord Rama with a bow.
Garuda is found in a unique posture with conch and discus (shanku and chakra). Visiting the temple is said to cure devotee’s eye related problems. Neetra deepam is lit throughout the day in the main sanctum. Since Thirumangaiazhwar saw Lord Vishnu as Rama here, Sita devi and Lakshaman are not there with the Lord here. The pasuram of the temple reflects that the needs of the devotees are fulfilled faster here. Thirumanjanam is performed only to the Utsava moorthy in the temple.
The Utsavar found in this sthalam is Sringara Sundaran.
The Moolavar of this sthalam is Kola Valvilli Raman. He is giving his seva in Kidantha Thirukkolam in Bhujanga Sayam facing his thirumugham towards east direction. Prathyaksham for Lord Shukran, Brahma, Indra, Parasara, Mayan, Markandeya Maharishi and Bhoomi Piratti.
The Thayaar found in this sthalam is Maragadha Valli Thaayar.
Vimanam and Pushkarni
The theerthams or pushkarni for the temples are Sukra, Brahma, Indra and Parasara theertham and the vimanam is known as Pushkalavartaka vimanam,
Temple timings and Contact details
The temple is open in the morning from 8 am to 12.30 am and in the evening from 5 pm to 7 pm. The priest name is Sri Ramamurthy and can be contacted at 9443396212.