Thiruvallur

Yesterday, we visited Kumbakonam, the “temple city” and my ancestral place. Today, it’s time to visit Thiruvallur , Arulmigu Vaidhya Veeraraghava Swamy Temple. This is very special to me, because I carry this last name/surname which is the name of my father.

Thiruvallur

“The word “Thiruvallur” is supposedly derived from the Tamil sentence “thiru evvull?” meaning, “Thiru” – Highness (a common prefix in South India for temple towns or cities), “evvull” – where do I sleep. So, Thiruvallur means, a place/town where, the God, Veera Raghavar asked a saint for a place to sleep for a night. Thiruvallur is well known, one of the reason being the Veeraraghava Temple, where Amavasya (the commencement of dark moon prior to the new moon) is considered an auspicious day for the lord and so for the people of the town”.

For more information on Thiruvallur, please visit the Wiki Page: Thiruvallur District.

Arulmigu Vaidhya Veeraraghava Swamy Temple

“Thiruvallur Veeraraghava Swamy Temple (or Veerarghavaswamy Temple) is a temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu, located in Thiruvallur, Chennai Metropolitan City, a town and headquarters in Tiruvallur district in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Constructed in Dravidian style of architecture, the temple is glorified in the Divya Prabandham, the early medieval Tamil canon of the Azhwar saints from the 6th–9th centuries AD. It is counted as one among the 108 Divya Desams dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Lord Vishnu is worshipped as Veeraraghava Perumal and his consort Lakshmi as Kamalavalli Thayar.

The temple has a seven-tiered rajagopuram (gateway tower) and enshrined within a granite wall. The presiding deity Veeraraghava Perumal is believed to cure diseases of his devotees and hence he is called “Vaithiya Veeraraghavan”. In this temple people submit small metal sheets with a specific human organ engraved on them as a request to God to cure the illness or problems with those organs. It is believed that those suffering from incurable diseases are cured if they worship the presiding deity.

The water in the tank is considered more sacred than that of river Ganga. A dip in the tank is believed to relieve the devotee from sins he committed in thought as well as action.

The temple is considered the Vaishnavite temple equivalent of healing abilities of the presiding deity to that of Lord Vaitheeswaran, the presiding deity of Vaitheeswaran Kovil.

The temple follows the traditions of the Vadakalai sect of Vaishnavite tradition and follows paancharatram aagama.”

For more information on Veerarghavaswamy Temple, please visit the Wiki Page: Veeraraghavaswamy Temple , which is worth a read!

Author: Rajini

"Knowledge is the ultimate perfection of self-realization.". (Srimad Bhagavatham 3.26.2) Trying to seek that knowledge through life experiences that leads to compassion, dispassion and ultimately satisfaction.

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