Sri Devanatha Swamy Temple of Maha Vishnu in the form of Vishnu Sannadhi Street (Cuddalore - Sankarapuram Main Road), Thiruvaheendrapuram, Cudalore-607401

Out of the 108 Divyadesams, it lies in the 41th place Here the Lord gives Darsan in standing posture as Devanatha , in sitting posture as Ahindrapuranatha and in Sayana Tirkolam (Lying posture) as Pallikondanathar. This place is one of the two Nadunattu Thirupathis.

Temple Etiquette

  • Footwear not allowed inside

    Footwear not allowed inside
    Footwear to be left outside the temple. In summer be careful of the hot paving stones.

  • Prasad and donation

    Prasad and donation
    Use your right hand to accept prasad and give donations. The left hand is considered unclean in India.

  • Dress conservatively

    Dress conservatively
    Avoid shorts, skirts, tanktops and do not expose legs.

  • Avoid cellphones

    Avoid cellphones
    Use of cell phones is restricted normally. Photography is restricted in some temples.

  • Circumambulation or pradakshina

    Circumambulation or pradakshina
    Devotees are to walk around the sanctum sanctorum in a clockwise direction

About Sri Devanatha Swamy Temple

According to the myothology,  once upon a time, Sriman Narayana teased Goddess Lakshmi,  on her facial looks.  As, she got angry on him, she cursed him  that his face would  get cut . 

The same way, one asura named Hayagreeva made tapas on Parashakthi for almost 1000 years and asked for varam (boon) that if he needs to be killed, an equivalent person of his caliber and strength should kill him.  As he wished, he got the boon.  On getting it, he started to kill and destroy the happiness of Devas, people and sages in the world. Devas of the celestial  world were defeated by Asura and asked to leave their places.

The Devas are surrendered  at the feet of Lord Vishnu in this place. Lord Vishnu promised to help all the devas.  As he promised, Lord Vishnu used his discus that chased and killed the demon.  All the devas surrendered at the Lord's feet.  As he was the captain of the Devas, he was named as Devanatha. 

Adishesha, a divine serpant of the Lord Vishnu , bulit a town where Sri Narayana had decided to stay for ever, and that town was named as Tiruvahindipuram. 

Lord Vishnu feeling thirsty,  ordered Garuda to bring him water.  As Garuda delayed to return with water, Adisesha struck the ground with his tail, made a spring and offered water to Lord.  This spring is  named as Sesha Theertham. Those facing serpent effects pray here for remedy.

This well is situated within the southern paved way (prakaram) of the temple, and is considered to be a sacred place for special worship. Immersing  salt, pepper and jaggery in this water brings cure to skin diseases,  is a staunch belief.  The water of this well is also offered as ‘naivedyam’ (ritualistic offering of food, fruits etc. to the Deity) to the presiding Lord.

The Garuda river – the water brought by Garuda – runs south to north and the water is used for the ‘Tirumanjanam’ (sacred bath) of the Lord.  To take a dip in this water is akin to taking bath in the river Ganges.  During the rainy season, the water flows in reddish colour.

Once Vedantha Desikar wanted to see Sriman Narayana and started doing penance, when  the Lord appeared  in front of him.  He did Tapas in this Aushadhagiri(medicinal in Sanskrit) mountain only.  Sriman Narayana fully satisfied on his tapas, showed his dharshan as "Lord Hayagreevar" along with Garudalwar.  On the top of the mountain, a separate sannadhi for Sri Yoga Hayagreevar is found. The vimanam above the  sanctum is Chandira Vimanam ,Suttha Sathva Vimanam.

The Sanskrit ‘Aheendram’ refers to Adi Seshan, the serpent-bed of Lord Vishnu. The belief is that Adiseshan is the architect of this city and hence the name Thiru Aheendrapuram, ‘the holy city of Adisesha’.  Following ever his Lord and Master,  Lord Narayana who decided to stay there,  after a war between the devas and dhanavas (angels and demons), Adisesha built this city for him.  The deity came to be known as ‘Devanathan’, meaning ‘the Leader of the Devas’

The idol of the prime deity ‘Deivanayakan’, is in the standing posture facing east. He is also hailed in different names such as ‘Dwishannathan’, ‘Vibhuthanathan’, ‘Daasasathyan’ and ‘Atiyavarkku Meiyyan’.

The most significant aspect of the temple is the shrine dedicated to Lord Hayagreevar,in the nearby hillock, ‘Aushadagiri or Aushadaachalam’. 

Once again, another legend links this place with therapeutic value.  It dates back to the Ramayana period, when Hanuman carried the Sanjeevi hill to Lanka, to retrieve Lakshmana who fell unconscious during the Rama-Ravana battle.  As he was flying in a hurry, a small portion of the Sanjeevi hill got dropped on this hillock, which proudly retained the name ‘Aushadaachalam’ meaning ‘Medicinal Mountain’.  We can see that this hillock is full of rich medicinal herbs and plants.

‘Aushadagiri’ has another noteworthy association. Sri Vedanta Desika, the great Vaishnava Acharya after Sri Ramanuja, conducted his ‘tapasya’ (contemplation) on Lord Hayagreevar and Garuda in this hillock and received their grace.

Swami Desika, a prolific writer in both Sanskrit and Tamil, has composed ‘Sri Hayagreeva Stotram’, ‘Garuda Dandakam’ and ‘Garuda Panchashath’ in Sanskrit celebrating both the deities. The Vaishnavites believe that, Swami Desika received the ‘Hayagreeva mantra upadesam’ (the teaching of Hayagreeva mantra) straight from Garuda himself.  ‘Sri Hayagreeva Stotram’, Desika’s first composition in 33 slokas, is a celebration of the Lord as ‘Wisdom Supreme’.

(‘Hayagreevar’ means ‘horse –necked’. This is one other incarnation of Lord Vishnu to kill the asuras, Mathu and Kaitabha and is considered to be the Lord of Wisdom.).

Sri Vedanta Desika lived in this city for more than 40 years. We can see even today the place where he lived, being named as ‘Sri Desika Tirumaligai’ and also the well, that he himself had constructed.  By carving his own image, he won a competition and this idol is installed within the temple premises. The famous ‘malai festival’ and ‘thirthavaari’, the festivals celebrating both the Lord and Sri Desika, are celebrated in the month of Purattasi (October-November).

This temple is considered as equal to Tirumala Tirupathi and on the Marriage days there will be lot of marriage happening in the temple premises.

Here the Lord gives Darsan in standing posture as Devanatha , in sitting posture as Ahindrapuranatha and in Sayana Tirkolam (Lying posture) as Pallikondanathar.  This place is one of the two Nadunattu Thirupathis.  


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