THE MIRACLE OF WELL IN A WELL
After battling with waves and enjoying sea bath, they move towards a sacred mini-step-well
lying at about 200 yards off the temple. As the story goes this came into existence due to Lord's
boundless mercy for devotees. It has another small well containing sweet water in contrast to the
bigger one with sumptuous water. A bath confers merits, and it is indeed amazing
that it never dries up, though hundreds of visitors take bath everyday. Since it
has curative effect, there is heavy rush round the clock. After bath they enter the
temple facing the South through the huge Shanmuga Vilasa Mandapam beautified with
124 pillars. Next comes the Srivalli Mandapam and to the west of it lies the
It is here in this spacious
Mandapam, the annual Tirukalyanam of Valli is celebrated on Panguni uthiram.
The idol Lord Subrahmanya sitting astride his mount, peacock lying next greets them. Next comes the
Arunagirinathar shrine. A unique honour to the composer of Tiruppugal.
On the outer side of this portal there is installed a huge image of Lord Ganesh, called here
Sri Venkatesa temple cut out of a rock is situated on the northern portal.
In the adjacent temple are installed Sridevi, Bhudevi, Neeladevi, pallikonda
Ranganatha, Gajalakshmi and the reputed Alwars, testifying to the catholicity of the builders.
And they represent that Hari and Hara are ONE only. A tall copper plated Dwajasthambam
lying at the centre of eastern portal greets them. This second prakara contains all the images of
Nayanmars along with Saint Manickavachagar and the Thogai Adiyars. Opposite this long row lie
the life size figures of Mounaswamy, Kasiswamy and Desikamurthi Swamy, who authored
the temple Tiruppani. There are separate shrines for Bhairava, Saneeswara and Nataraja in this