Situated in the Virudhinagar district of Tamil Nadu Sriviliputhur is the most auspicious temple town of the state. This place is famous for a lot of reasons. The place has an ancient history that has a legacy of its own. The temples in this town are renowned all across the country and are considered to be very auspicious by the people of the state.
The place has a population of Seventy three thousand one hundred and eighty three people. The male population is thirty six thousand four hundred and eleven people and the female population is thirty six thousand seven hundred and seventy two people. There are moreover eighteen thousand nine hundred and eleven households in the town.
Palkova is a traditional sweet that is being manufactured in this place, and this sweet makes this place famous among the Tamils. The sweet is made of milk and sugar, and it tastes absolutely delicious.
The eleven towered tower situated in the place is the landmark of the town as it is dedicated to Lord Srivilliputhur. The Lord is known as Vatapatrasayee and is considered to be very powerful. The place is famous for some great festivals that take place every year.
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There are various places of tremendous interest in this famous temple. The most important place is the Sri Andal Temple, which is regarded as most auspicious among one hundred and eight, Divya Deshams. The deity here in this place is the most important abode of Lord Vishnu.
Peritzhvar and Andal, the two most important Alwars of the Tamil history were born in this place. Moreover, the Vatapatrasayi temple is also there in this place, and the deity in this temple is known as Rangamannar. During deluge, the Lord actually rests in the form of a baby in the banyan tree leaf. This leaf is known as Vatapatram.
The Sathuragiri Hills are also located near this place where you can find the abode of Lord Siddhar as well. The image of Natarajar which is six feet long is found in the Madavar Vilagam Vaidhyanathar temple. This temple also has an ancient history of its own.
Kallagar is in the form of Kattalagar in the Katallagar Koil temple that is situated at a distance of nine kilometers from Srivilliputhur. The temple locates over the Mantuga hills. All through the year the Theertha Thotti water flows in this place.
There are many who come in this town during the Car festival which is known by the locals as the Thaer Thiruvizha festival. The festival is very famous. Thousands of tourists from all across the state visit these places in order to get an enriched view on the Tamil history and culture.
History of the Place
Queen Malli was the ruler of this temple town of Srivilliputhur many centuries ago. Villi and Kandan were the two sons of the Queen. Kandan was killed by a tiger while both of them were hunting in the forest. Villi got the narration from God about what had happened to his brother while he was sleeping in the forest. Due to this divine order Villi founded a city in the midst of the forest, and this city was absolutely beautiful.
The city was originally known as Villiputhur, but due to the birth of the Divine Lord Sri Andal, the city came to be known as Srivilliputhur. In Thamizh, it is known as Thiruvilliputhur. The town is being referred in many religious Tamil texts, and there were many saints who have used the name of this city as reference in their literary work.
The best Season in the town of Srivilliputhur is definitely the spring.
The place is connected to other major cities by rail and road. Madurai is the nearest airport to Srivilliputhur.