Tiruvellakulam - Annan Koil
Popular as Tirupathi of the south, this ancient temple has certain unique
traditions and been conferring bliss on the ardent devotees in a unique way. First of
many firsts, this temple claims to its credit. Among them the Moolavar is called
Srinivasa Perumal. And the name of the Mother is also same as Padmavathy of
Tirumalai, called in Tamil literature as Tiruvengadam. Importantly; that devotees
who cannot visit Tirumalai due to either physical inability or tough schedule of work
they are involved in, visit this kshetra and redeem their vows intended for the Balaji
Bhagawan of Tirumalai. Strangely enough, the lard is infinitely pleased with this firm
faith and is conferring boons as lavishly as he does at His sannidhi. So devotees have
equated it Tiruriialai and call this as Then Tirupathi i.e. Tirupathi lying to the South.
Above all, the Tayaru is also named Alarmelmangai. To cap all as it were, this
Moolavar is called Annan Perumal means thereby that He is elder to Tirumala Balaji.
The devout ministrels, like Tirumangai Alwar and Narnunalvar prayed to this Lord
offering sweet garlands of Pasurams and raised the stature of the lord above Balaji.
This benign Moolavar conferred longevity of life to Sweta Raja belonging to Solar
dynasty, and this is elaborately narrated in Padma Purana. When the horoscope of
Sweta revealed a short span of nine years of life only, he was advised to propitiate
this Lord, and repeat Mrutyunjaya mahamantra for prolongation of life. He did.
Pleased with his austerity, the Lord made him another Markandeya, who scored
victory over death. Besides, the Pushkarini was named after him as wished. Another
plus point it claims - it is here Kumudavalli Natchiar, the holy spouse of Tirumangai
Alwar was born.
The temple, a typical model of Dravidian style of architecture is vast and
majestic, and the archamurti is in standing posture and faces east. The garbha griha is
beautified with Thatvayodak Vimana. The temple tank goes by the name of
Thiruvellakulam. Daily puja and periodical festivals are carried on according to agama
tenets, and it is one of the eleven Tirupathis of Tirunangoor.
It lies about 11 km of Sirkazhi, a famous pilgrim town of Tamilnadu,
accessible by four wheelers.