We had traveled quite long ago to these temples but I am updating in my blog now. Hope this information helps the devotees who are traveling by bus from Chennai. These Three ancient temples can be covered within a day and if had own vehicle some more places can be added in this divine yatra
I had gathered the information about these 3 Lakshmi Narashimar Temple (Singrikudi, Poovarasakuppam and Parikkal) and started devotional journey from Chennai. First catch the bus towards Pondy from Chennai, better start early in the morning.
Sri Lakshmi Narashimha Swami Temple, Singri Koil or Singrikudi – Pondichery.
From Pondy take a bus proceeding towards Madukarai. On the Pondy Cuddalore Road around 20 min journey will reach a junction called Abhishekapakkam and there bus takes right turn. U can check with fellow passengers’ to get down here after 10-15 min. A peaceful calm village, just walk few minutes along the age old houses and u will find this beautiful temple. I don’t have much detail to explain. After having the darshan come back to the same stop where u get down at.
Sri Amirthavalli Nayaki Sametha Sri Lakshminarasimha Swami Temple – Poovarasankuppam
From Singrikudi as there is no direct buses available (very few may be) so buses comming from Pondy both Private and Govt buses get down at next junction Madukari which is 16 kms from here, from there get the bus towards SIRUVANDHADU Junction. As all buses don’t go till Poovarasankuppam, bus comes from Villupuram will go till temple, but timings is the problem. At Siruvandal junction taking this advantage lots of autos are waiting to take devoties. Share Autos are also available. It’s around 3 km inside from this junction. We had a walk till temple, which passes along the paddy field and lake on other side. We had a peaceful darshan being the Sunday crowd was more. The Lakshmi Narasimhar temple here dates back to the 7th century.
This is one the temples which has brought under Nithya Annadana Scheme by the Tamil Nadu Government. Then chief minister Hon Selvi. J. Jayalalitha. Below information about Annadhanam is provided at HRCE site, http://www.tn.nic.in/annadhanam/History.htm
(“Those who gave food gave life”)
Our ancient epic “Puranaanooru” insists that those who have provided food for the needy are to be considered having given life to such persons and this exemplary virtue of hospitality is in practice in for the past 2000 years.
“Thirumanthiram” reveals the fact that even a crow while taking food wants to share the food available with other crows and by calling its fellow crows to take part in sharing the available food. From this fact, it is significant that ‘Thirumoolar’ insists that any one who comes with hunger has to be fed.
“Saint Thiruvalluvar” in ‘Thirukkural’ has insisted that providing food to the hungry people is meaningful in possessing wealth by a noble person.
During Twentieth Century, “Ramalinga Swamigal” (“Arutpragasa Vallalar”) has established an institution called “Sathya Gnana Sabai” and started a charity of providing food for all and forever to continue for devotees who visit Vadalur. This charity is being continued here for more than a century without any break. “Ramalinga Swamigal” in his book “Thiruvarutpa” narrates that hunger is a disease.
From Poovarasankuppam we again returned back to Siruvandal Junction and got the bus to Villupuram to visit another Narshimar Temple.
Sri Lakshmi Narashima Swami Temple, Parikkal -Villupuram
From Villupuram Parikkal is about 23 Kms. Here also all buses will not go inside. We need to wait long time to get direct buses. This sacred place is located between two rivers Thenpennai and Gadila, it is considered as holy as Srirangam.
The temple, which has no Rajagopuram, is at the centre of the village. A pilgrim can offer obeisance to Anjaneya at the entrance while the idols of Vinayaka and the Nagars are found in the main Prakaram. After praying at the shrine of Garuda, he can worship the presiding deity, Lakshmi Narasimha with His Consort, seated on His left lap. Said to be a Swayambu Murthi, the idol, according to some scholars, was installed by Vyasaraja. The Anjaneya idol, found inside the sanctum sanctorum, was also installed by him and it is one of the 732 idols installed by the saint all over the south. The other, of course, is the idol in the Nallattoor Temple, near Tiruttani The place gained the name of Parikkal as Goddess Mahalakshmi embraced Lord Narasimha to pacify Him and Her idol is found with Her right hand wrapped around the Lord. The Lord is also found with His left hand around the Goddess. http://www.hinduonnet.com/thehindu/fr/2003/08/08/stories/2003080801981000.htm
After having the darshanam and stayed a while and then returned back to Villupuram and there to Chennai.
It was a very pleasant day after having blessing of Three Narashimar.
Courtesy : Adityan
@ Parikkal Teample
Battacharya – Sri Ramani Battar: mobile number 9943876272.
Rest House : Sri Haridasa Bajanamandali – very hospitable – contact 954146 223838.
Courtesy : Bharath
- Chennai to Pondicherry get early morning buses. At Pondy bus stand get the buses going towards Madukarai via Abshekapakkam on Pondy – Cuddalore High way. Get down at Singrikoil or Singrikudi.
- From Singrikoil as direct buses not available to Poovarasakuppam, in continuation direction get down at ‘Madukarai junction’ and get another bus till ‘SIRUVANDHADU’ junction and either walk or auto till Poovarasakuppam.
- Singrikudi -> 13 kms_Madhukari Junction ->3 kms SIRUVANDHADU -> 3kms Poovarasankuppam -> 3kms SIRUVANDHADU -> 18kms Villupuram.
- From Villupuram check the buses which stop at GADILA.- 23 Kms from Villupuram (Most buses stops here) on the Tirchy National Highway. From Gadila to Parikkal 3 Kms, Autos available to reach Temple.
- Come back to Villupuram and board the buses to Chennai.
–(c)By Ramesha JS