Lord Narayana grants darshan from the sanctum sanctorum generally in three forms – standing, sitting or reclining. His eagle vehicle Garuda appears either just opposite the Lord or by a side. During festivals Perumal comes on Garuda. As the story goes, since Perumal set out fast on Garuda to help a king in this place, He appears on the Garuda in the sanctum sanctorum too. This is a very rare form in a Vishnu temple. Hence, Garuda Seva is followed in the temple every day.
Amman / Thayar
1000-2000 years old
Sri Aadhinarayana Perumal Temple,
Enkan – 612 603, Tiruvarur district.
Phone: +91 4366-269 965, 94433 51528
The temple is open from 7.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.
Special abisheks and pujas are performed in the temple on all Poorattadhi star days in the year.
Sage Bruhu was performing penance here surrounded by Vanni trees. A chola king raised high sounds to hunt a lion thus interrupting the penance of the sage. The enraged Sage cursed the king that he would have a lion's face as he had chosen this place for hunting where sages are engaged in penance. The king begged for a remedy. The sage suggested that he take bath in Vettraru river known as Vruddha Cauvery and worship Perumal. The king followed the advice of the sage and got back his human face. The place assumed importance for Mrigasheersha star as the king was relieved from the Mriga (animal) face here.
Greatness Of Temple:
It is believed that Sage Mrigandu is still worshipping in this temple invisibly. It is also believed that Perumal would appear on Garuda, if Mrigasheersha starr natives worship here as often as they could or on the star day. Procession deity Sri Aadhinarayana Perumal graces with His discuss and conch along with consorts Sridevi and Bhoodevi. Those seeking job are advised to perform abishek to Perumal on Wednesdays and Saturdays.This is a Vaishnava temple with presiding deity Perumal appears on Garuda in the sanctorum itself. Mrigasheersha nakshatra natives worship here for quick solutions to problems they face.