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Ancient Vishnu image in a historic village

Kattur, a village near Minjur, has a Vishnu temple wherein the deity is worshipped as Vaikunthavasa Perumal.

19 Feb 2019

Temple where Vali worshipped Siva

Kattur, a small village near Minjur, has two ancient temples — one for Siva called the Valishwarar temple and another for Vishnu enshrined as Vaikunthavasa Perumal.

13 Feb 2019

Vishnu Temple linked to two preceptors

Kattumannarkovil, a village in Cuddalore district, is home to a beautiful temple dedicated to Viranarayana Perumal.

30 Jan 2019

Thiruppadripulliyur temple: Where Garuda is worshipped with nine serpents 

Thiruppadripulliyur in Cuddalore is home to a small but well-known temple for Vishnu dedicated to Varadaraja Perumal, situated on the south bank of river Gadilam (Garuda Nadi).

24 Jan 2019

Perumal temple that is 800 years old

Pondicherry (Puducherry) well-known for its French connection, has a number of temples in and around it.

17 Jan 2019

Where Garuda worshipped Vishnu 

Anthili, a village which is home to a tiny temple for Lakshmi Narasimha Perumal, is located near the well-known town of Thirukoilur, famous for its temple dedicated to Trivikrama Perumal.

08 Jan 2019

An ancient educational centre in tribhuvanai

Tribhuvanai a small village near Puducherry was once was known in the Chola times as Tribhuvana Mahadevi Chaturvedimangalam after the queen of Parantaka Chola I (10th century AD).

02 Jan 2019

Unique temple for an illustrious preceptor

Sevelimedu, a village near Kanchipuram is home to a temple for Sri Vaishnavism’s most famous preceptor (Acharya), Ramanujacharya.

26 Dec 2018

Narasimha temple on the banks of Dakshina Pinakini

One among the important temples dedicated to Lakshmi Narasimha is in the village of Poovarasankuppam near Villupuram.

18 Dec 2018

Narasimha shrine between two rivers

Parikkal, near Villupuram, situated between two  rivers, South Pennai (Then Pennai) and Gadilam, is famous  for its temple dedicated to Lakshmi Narasimha  Svami.

11 Dec 2018

Temple enshrining rare form of Narasimha

Singiri Koil, near Puducherry, has a Vishnu temple enshrining an image of a rare form of Ugra Narasimha worshipped in the main sanctum.

04 Dec 2018

A Pallava era cave-temple for Vishnu

Singavaram, an ancient village near Senji (Ginjee) has a historic cave-temple for Vishnu worshipped as Ranganatha.

27 Nov 2018

Where Siva vanquished the sons of Tarakasura

Manikkavachakar, another important Siva devotee has also praised the deity in his verses.

20 Nov 2018

Much in common with  Thirumala-Thirupati temples

Egmore, an ancient area in present-day Chennai, is referred to in Chola inscriptions as Ezhumur.

14 Nov 2018

The deity appeared by itself at this temple

The main image which faces west, but has the face turned towards the south, is approximately two-feet tall and made of Salagrama.

07 Nov 2018