Sri Villiputhur Andal Temple of Devi / Shakti in the form of Parvathi Arichipatti Pilliyar Kovil St, Srivilliputhur-626125

Out of the 108 Divya Desam, it is 72th Divyadesam.It is the birthplace of the two vaishnavite saints, Periyazhvar and Andal. The Urchavar of this Temple is wearing Pant, Shirt & Chappal which devotees cant see in any other temple. Also in the Winter season, the Urchavar is wearing Woolen Coat.

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.

  • Restricted entry

    Restricted entry
    Entry is normally restricted to temple priests in the sanctum sanctorum. Some temples restrict the entry of non-Hindus

  • 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 Villiputhur Andal Temple

Famous temple in the south of Tamil Nadu. This temple is the birth place of Sri Andal. Famous Vaishnavite Saint (Alwar)

The temple consists of two parts called Sri Vatabadra Sayanar temple and the Andal Sannadhi. The alwars lived in the 8th century. Srivilliputhur temple is dedicated to Sri Andal, the only female alwar (Vaishnavaite Saint) out of the 12 alwar saints of South India. She is credited for the Tamil works of Thirupavai and Nachiar Thirumozhi that are still recited by devotees during the winter festival season of Margazhi.

Andal is known for her devotion to Lord Vishnu, the God of the Vaishnavas. Periyalvar, the alwar saint who found her as a baby in the park, adopted her as his own daughter. Andal avoided marriage, the normal and expected path for women in her culture and instead chose to "marry" Vishnu, both in the spiritual and physical sense.

As the Lord took rest here in the form of pig, it was called Varaha kshetram. Two brothers Villi and Kandan belonging to the hunting community ruled a portion of the place. When hunting, the younger brother Kandan was killed by a tiger. Unaware of this, Villi searched for him everywhere. He could not find his brother. Tired, he slept. The lord appeared in a dream and revealed the fate of Kandan. He also said  that he now dwells under a Banyan tree, in the Vadabadra vimanam in a reclining posture.
He directed him to create a town and construct a temple for him. With the divine blessing, he constructed the town. As it was made on sand mounds it was known Villi Puthur and as it was the birth place of Andal, it was called Srivilliputtur.


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