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Sri Andalakkum Aiyan temple
 
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Moolavar: Andalakkum Aiyan
  Urchavar: Sri Ranganathar
  Amman / Thayar: Bargavi
  Thala Virutcham: Punnai, Patali
  Theertham: Chandra Theertham
  Agamam / Pooja : Pancharatra
  Old year: 1000-2000 years old
  Historical Name: -
  City: Adanur
  District: Thanjavur
  State: Tamil Nadu
 
Singers:
     
  Noted Vaishanavite Saint Tirumangai Azwar had sung the praise of the Lord in his Mangalasasanam hymns  
     
 Festival:
     
  10 day Brahmmotasavam is celebrated in Vaikasi-May-June  
     
 Temple's Speciality:
     
  This is one of the 108 Divya Desas of Lord Vishnu  
     
Opening Time:
    
 The temple is open from 7.00 a.m. to 12.30 a.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m 
   
Address:
   
  Sri Andalakkum Aiyan Temple, Tiru Adanur,-612 301, Papanasam Taluk, Thanjavur district  
   
Phone:
   
  +91- 435 - 2000 503. 
    
 General Information:
     
  Perumal blesses the devotees in a reclining posture.  The Vimana above the sanctum is called Pranava Vimanam.  The Rajagopuram is of three tier structure.  The temple is in between Cauvery and Kollidam rivers.  As Kamadenu the divine cow (Aa in Tamil means cow) performed penance here, the place is named Aa, Than-Its – place – Aa Than Oor – Athanur.   There is a sculpture of Lord Vishnu on the sanctum Vimana among three Boodha Ganas.  People say the idol is growing in years  
     
 
Prayers
    
  It is believed that worshipping Perumal in the temple would bring in prosperity in the family and bless the devotee with excellence in educational pursuits 
    
Thanks giving:
    
  Devotees offer vastras and special nivedhanas to Perumal 
    
 Greatness Of Temple:
     
  Lord with palm and Ezhuthani-wring instrument:
 
Tirumangai Azhwar exhausted all the money he had in the renovation of Srirangam temple.  He had nothing left to pay the wages for the workers.  He prayed to Lord for money.  Lord, in a voice, pointed out a spot on the banks of Kollidam and asked Azhwar to come there to collect the money.  Azhwar found a trader there wearing a turban holding a measuring bowl (marakkal), palm and Ezhuthani.  The trader told Azhwar that Lord Ranganatha had sent him to help Azhwar and asked him his need.   Tirumangai required money from him to pay wages for the workers.
 
The trader said that he had no money but the Marakkal he had would fulfill the need.  He said that he would give sand measuring by his bowl, which will turn into gold only to such workers who sincerely worked and would remain sand itself to those insincere.  Azhwar accepted the condition.  To many, it was sand only.  The workers felt that the trader was a magician and began to attack him.  He began to run away.  Azhwar too chased him.  The trader stopped at this place.  Azhwar asked him who he was.  The trader-Lord appeared in His true form.  He taught Azhwar in writing on the palm with the Ezhuthani.
 
Lord Perumal appears in His reclining form with His consorts Sridevi and Bhoodevi.  He has His Marakal-measuring bowl- as the pillow holding the palm and ezhuthani in His left hand.  Lord is resting in this form after looking into the needs of His devotees, it is said.  Divine cow Kamadenu is at the feet of the Lord.
 
Lord Shiva once plucked one of he heads of Lord Brahmma which simply stuck to His hands.  He could not separate it from His hand.  Hence, Lord Shiva asked Agni to burn the head.  Agni-Fire too failed.  Also Lord Shiva incurred the Brahmmahati dosha.  Lord Shiva had the curse removed by worshipping Perumal here.  Lord Shiva has His due place in the sanctum near Perumal.  Sage Brugu and Tirumangai Azhwar are also in the sanctum.
 
According to our belief and scriptures, there are two pillars in the Paramapata, Abode of Lord Vishnu.  Jeevas would be relieved of their sins if they embrace these pillars while going up.  There are two such pillars in this temple in the Arthamandapa.  Devotees use to circumambulate the pillars in even numbers and worship the feet and head of Lord to attain salvation.  Those awaiting marriage also worship this way for realizing their wish.  Of the 108 Divya Deasas, only Srirangam and Adanur temples only have these pillars
 
     
  Temple History:
     
  When Sage Brugu worshipped Perumal in the Milk Ocean, Mother Mahalakshmi presented the sage with a garland.  The sage gave it to Indira who in turn placed it on the head of his elephant.  The animal drew the garland and crushed it under its foot.  Boiling in anger, the sage cursed Indira to be born a human on earth.  Indira fell down to earth and rushed to Lord seeking relief.  Mother Mahalakshmi assured Indira that she would be born the daughter of Sage Bruhu and he would be relieved of the curse when She weds Perumal then.  Indira waited for the time.  When the divine wedding took place, he got the relief.  Lord Perumal granted darshan to him in His celebrated reclining posture  
     
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