'Thirumana Thiruthalangal', is a book written by Ms.Meera Nagarajan, the Managing Director and CEO of the company. The published chapters from the book narrate the importance on worshipping at various temples that are known to bless for an early marriage to a bride or groom.

Sri Vanchulavalli Thaayaar - Nachiyar temple

Nachiyar temple

Srivilliputhur is the place that has got the glory of being the birthplace of Aandaal. 'Villi' was the name of a king who ruled the place. The shrine at Thirunaraiyur is known after the name of Vanchulavalli Nachiyar, an 'avtar' of Thirumagal, emphasizing the primary importance of the Goddess at the temple. The idol of the 'Thaayaar' has been installed at the sanctum to occupy the central position whilst the idol of Perumal in a standing posture has been positioned to Her left. The shrine of Sri Srinivasa Perumal along with His consort Sri Vanchulavalli Thaayaar has the glory of blessing the devotees with all boons.

History of the temple

The hamlet is known by several names including Suganthavanam and Thirunaraiyur. It is said that long ago a sage called Medhavi was doing severe 'tapas' here at the southern bank of the Manimuthaaru. He fervently prayed to the Lord that he should get Thirumagal as his daughter and Srinivasa Perumal as his son-in-law. While bathing in the river, he caught hold of an idol of Chakrapani, which he installed and worshipped daily and rigorously. On a Friday, a day of 'uthiram' star in the Tamil month of Panguni, he spotted a beautiful little girl playing with her friends under a 'vanchula' tree on the river-bank. He found out that the girl had no parents. He was extremely happy that the girl was the gift for his vigorous penance. He took her to his hut and brought her up.

The girl attained maturity. In the meantime, Srinivasa Perumal assumed five different forms namely Sankarshanan, Prathyumnan, Aniruthan, Purushothaman and Vasudevan to find out where Thirumagal had taken birth as a human being after leaving Him. All the five men went out in five directions in search of Thirumagal and they all converged at the bank of the Manimutharu River. When Garuda revealed that Thirumagal had taken 'avatar' on the river bank, the Lord graced the sage with a vision of Himself and married Vanchulavalli, the 'sthala purana' says. The temple has all the five figures of the Lord.

'Imam 'Sitha', mama Sudha'

As king Janaka described Sita as a great soul while telling Rama about his daughter, the sage Medhavi also praised his daughter on these lines and requested the Lord that He should appear with His consort to all those devotees who came there. Granting the sage's wish, Perumal took His position to the left of Thirumagal, giving Her the importance of the presiding deity, the puranas say. Also, the sage had requested that his daughter should be given primary importance in everything. Due to this reason, the temple is called Nachiyar temple. Garuda, who revealed the identity of Thirumagal has been portrayed in the form of a statue near the sanctum and it is believed that the 'Kal Garuda' grants his devotees all their prayer requests.

Nachiyar temple


The 'sthala' is situated at 11 km distance from Kumbakonam on the Kumbakonam - Thiruvarur route. The temple was built during the 3rd century by Ko Chenkanan Chola Nayanar, one among the 63 Nayanmars. This shrine is the only Perumal temple built by the Chola king who had built 70 Sivalayas. The stone inscriptions say that the king won the battles against the Chera and Pandya kings by worshipping the Lord at the temple. There are six 'praharas' that include the road on which the temple car is taken out in a procession on the festival day. The 'Paramapatha' gate, usually situated at the northern entrance in all the temples is situated at the south at this temple. The niche temple has been built with steps. The sanctum has been built in the manner that it can be viewed from any entrance. In total, there are 16 towers.

The temple car 'mandap' is situated at the first 'prahara' while the 73-foot tall 'Rajagopura' is situated at the second 'prahara'. To the south of this tower is installed the statue of Damodara Pillaiyar. The third 'prahara' has the 'Dwajasthambham' with 'mandap'. 'Thirukalyana mandap' with the statues of Lord Rama, Sita, Lakshman and Hanuman is situated at the fourth 'prahara' whilst the 'Paramapadha' gate, 'sannidhis' of Aranganatha and Lakshminarasimha are located at the fifth 'prahara'. The statues of all the 108 Vaishnavite Perumans are installed at the sixth 'prahara'. The temple's special feature 'Garuda sannidhi' is also situated here.

At the sanctum, the 'vimana' is named after the Lord as Srinivasa vimana. Srinivasa Perumal, who has been extolled by the 'Azhwars' as the God of boons is portrayed along with His consort Vanchulavalli, portrayed as a young woman in wedding posture captivating the eyes of the devotees with Her extraordinary beauty. Devotees believe that by worshipping the 'Thaayaar' and Perumal, they'll be blessed with all prosperity.

Kal Garudan Nachiyar temple

`Kal Garuda'

During 'Kal Garuda Seva', the number of people required to carry the Garuda statue through the 'praharams' keeps doubling, starting from 4 and doubling like 8, 16, 32, etc. And, due to this unique factor, the event has become well-known and popular throughout the world. The 'Seva' is held twice a year, during the festivals in the Tamil months of Margazhi and Panguni. 'Kal Garuda', portrayed with the nine serpents on His body is worshipped for relief from the evil effects of 'Navagraha doshas'. It is believed that by performing 'archanas' to Garuda on seven consecutive Thursdays the 'doshas' could be neutralized and the hurdles for marriage could be offset, the chief Battacharya of the temple says.

'Sthala vritcha' Vilva tree, 'vagula' tree and papal tree are the 'sthala vritchas' at this temple.

Temple tanks

The temple has five tanks. Apart from the Manimukta River at the northern side, there are tanks that include 'Anirutha theertham', 'Prathyumna theertham, 'Sambha theertham' and 'Sankarshana theertham'.

Pujas & Festivals

Six worship services are being offered daily to the presiding deity. Special puja is done to 'Kal Garuda' and prayer commitments of the devotees are fulfilled on Thursdays. Apart from the monthly festivals, the temple celebrates special occasions that include 'Aavani Visakam', 'Thirukalyanam', 'Margazhi float', 'Panguni Uthiram' and temple-car procession. Let us pray to Siinivasa Perumal and Vanchulavalli Thaayaar that all those waiting to get married be blessed with a good alliance and early marriage.

For the attention of devotees:

Address of the temple - 'Arulmigu' Vanchulavalli Thaayaar - Srinivasa Perumal temple ('Kal Garuda' bhagwan 'thirusthala'), Nachiyar koil, Kumbakonam district.

Route: The temple is situated at 11 km distance from Kumbakonam on the Kumbakonam - Thiruvarur - Nagappattinam route. Buses ply from Kumbakonam, Thanjavur and Nagappattinam.

Temples in proximity- Thirucherai Saranatha Perumal temple and Rinatheeswara temple are situated at 4 km distance to the south, Oppiliyappan temple at 4 km distance to the north and Thirupanthurai Siva Temple at 2 km distance to the north.

The temple is kept open from 7.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. For 'archana' to 'Kal Garuda' bhagwan on seven consecutive Thursdays, the charge is Rs. 105.