- Sri Veeraraghavaswamy Temple
Though the recumbent posture is monopolized enmasse, as it were, by Sri
Ranganatha swamy himself, there are found here and there other deities too
taking to reclining, most likely due to patron's taste and mental disposition.
Siva's temple at Surutupalli presents the recumbent posture of Lord Maheswar and
he is popularly called Pallikonda Sivapemman. In Tiruvallur too, Lord Sri Rama
under the august name of Veera Raghavaswamy gives darsan in his reclining
posture. These are, perhaps exceptions only. Here in this Vaishnava kshetra, Sri
Rama is found lying and the decoration and chiseling of the icon are exceedingly
elegant that the visitors raise their hands in veneration no sooner the
archamurti gleams into their sight. It is a very old temple built
according to Vastu sastra, and is
imposing in dimensions and superb in sculptural decorations. The, immensity of
the tower surmounting the broad mahadwara and several mini-shrines installed
with parivaradevatas, in vast courtyards speak of its former glory. And patron's
faith in divinity.
all the Vaishnavate deities and icons of Alwars are duly set, up in grand
mandaps and niches. Vijayakoti Vimana beautifies the garbhagtiha. The Goddess is
called Kanakavalli. Agamic pujas is offered with great devotional zeal: Many
kinds of traditions are established. With elaborate rituals, the periodical
festivals are celebrated. It has an unusually big tank namely Hrutha bhanisini
Pushkarini outside the compound and it has several legends. On account of Lord's
munificent raining of boons on the deserving righteous saranarthas, this temple
has a long record of splendid glory that excelled many temples of this region.
It is a visit worthy temple, particularly for the main reason of Sri Rama's
unique recumbent posture and its eyeful sight demanding soulful prayers. It is
one of the 108 Divya Desams. worth indispensable visitation, says the sthalagna
with beaming face.
lies in the centre of Tiruvatlur town enjoying train and bus facilities, due to
lying on the Madras-Arakonam broad ,guage fine.