Parikkaral Lakshminarasimha Swamy temple - Villupuram
Parikkal Lakshmi Narasimha Temple in Villupuram district is one of the unique and magnificent temples in Tamil Nadu. It is one of the rarest temples in Tamil Nadu where both the Moolavar and Utsava Moorthy are in Lakshmi Narasimha forms. One of the main attractions of this temple is the two idols of Lord Anjaneya installed in this temple. Like Lord Narasimha, Lord Anjaneya is also worshiped by devotees here. It is also believed that devotees who worship Lord Narasimha here can get rid of enemies, diseases and debts. Another notable feature of the temple is the inscriptions on the walls of the temple. There are many inscriptions on the walls of the temple that are hundreds of years old. The text also contains many symbols. There are fish inscriptions on the walls of the temple, depicting the fish that King Vasantaraja saw in his dream. There are many famous festivals are also held in the temple besides daily pujas. There is a festival called Thai where, on the fifth day of the festival the idol of Lord Narasimha is taken to the Pennai River and kept there all night. The Thirumanjanam festival is the main highlight of the temple which is held every month, where a procession is held outside the temple is held at the temple. It is considered auspicious to visit the temple every Saturday.
History of Parikkaral Lakshminarasimha Swamy Temple
Legends suggest that King Vasantharaja of Virudhachalam was constantly troubled by a demon named Parakalasura (supposedly a relative of Hiranyakashipu) in response to his prayers, Lord Narasimha appeared here and killed Asura. Later, Vasantaraja could only see Lord Narasimha’ s anger, so he prayed to Goddess Lakshmi to pacify the Lord and give the king a calm darshan. The king's prayers pleased the goddess Kanakavalli Thaayar, who sat on the Lord's lap, pacified his anger and blessed the pious king Vasantharaja. With joy and happiness, Vasantharaja requested that this place be named after the demon Parakalasura because in a way it was the asura where the king had the opportunity to witness the Divya Mangala Roopam of the Lord. So the place was called "Parikala" puram and the time of course became "Parikkal".
Speciality of Parikkaral Lakshminarasimha Swamy Temple
The Speciality of Parikkaral Lakshminarasimha Swamy temple lies in the idol of the deities. This temple features a unique idol featuring Goddess Mahalakshmi who is seen embracing the Lord Narasimha to subdue his anger after killing demon Hiranyasamhara.
Visiting time – 5.00 AM -12.00 PM, 4.00 PM -8.00 PM
It is suggested to dress modestly. Ladies are suggested to wear only sarees, chudidhar, and Kurtis. For Men Dhotis, shirt are preferred and trousers and short dresses should be avoided.
How to reach Parikkaral Lakshminarasimha Swamy Temple ?
By Air – Pondicherry airport is the nearest to reach Parikkaral Lakshminarasimha Swamy temple covering 72 km.
By Train – Villupuram railway station is the nearest junction to reach Parikkaral Lakshminarasimha Swamy temple covering 27 km.
By Road - All road ways in Tamil Nadu are well- connected to reach Villupuram through NH 45, NH208, NH79, NH136, NH32, NH532 and NH234
What is the famous Narashimha temple?
Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple in Yadagiripally is the famous Narasimha Temple
2. Can we worship Narasimha idol at home?
People can only worship Lakshmi Narasimha and Yoga Narasimha at home
3. Who killed Lord Narasimha?
Sharabha - Avatar of Shiva who is the form of part-lion and part-bird killed Narasimha
4. Who is the wife of Lord Narasimha?
Goddess Lakshmi is the wife of Lord Narasimha.
5. What is the temple where Narasimha is alive?
Yadagirigutta temple is Telangana is where the idol of Narasimha has soft skin and hair.