Lord Narasimha is in a Sayana Kolam not seen in any Divya Desam / temple
Thiru Kovilur Divya Desam Lord Ulagalanda Perumal comes here once a year, on Maasi Magam to meet Thiru Vathigai Sara Narayanan
Located 3kms East of Panruti, off the Cuddalore highway, is the Sara Narayanan temple in Thiru Vathigai, a temple whose history dates back thousands of years. There is a reference to Thiru Pura Vathigai in the 4th part of Brahmmanda Puranam, under Sri Sara Narayana Mahatmiyam. Brahmma is said to have shared, with Sage Narada, the greatness of Lord Sara Narayanan of Thiru Vathigai.
The Name - Sara Narayanan
For Thiru Pura Samhaaram, Lord Vishnu is said to have handed over the Saram(bow) to Shiva. Hence, the Lord is referred to here, at the Thiru Vathigai temple, as ‘Sara’ Narayanan.
Just like in Oppiliappan Koil, the Moolavarhere is seen with only one Thaayar and in a Kalyana Thirukolam. Markandeya Rishi, the Father in law of the Lord is seen along side Sara Narayanan and the Thaayar
Arjuna’s praise of Thiruvathigai Lord
Arjuna is said to have visited this temple at the end of the Mahabaratha war. Sage Veda Vyasa in his narration refers to Arjuna's announcement ‘Thiruvathigai Kanden’.
Lord Narasimha in Sayana Kolam
Lord Narasimha is seen in a Sleeping Posture facing south. It is believed that Lord Narasimha came here tired after a battle with Vakrasuran and killing him, and is said to have taken rest. Hence he is seen in a Sayana Kolam. Reference to this can be seen in Narasinga Puranam.
This is the only temple where Narasimha is seen in a sleeping posture.
Thiru Kovilur Lord visits Thiru Vathigai
Another big event at Thiru Vathigai is the annual visit of Lord Ulagalanda Perumal of Thiru Kovilur Divya Desam who comes here once a year on the Maasi Magam day and stays the night at this temple
Andaal’s Thirupaavai and Thiru Vathigai
In the 23rd Paasuram of her Thirupaavai, Andal says
“Maari Malai Muzhainjil, Manni Kidanthu Urangum
‘Urangum Seeriya Singam’ is said to be a reference of Lord Narasimha at Thiru Vathigai.
Special Festive Occasions
Swathi Nakshatram/ Prathosham- There are special Thirumanjanam at this temple and a Paanagam(sacred water made out of Jaggery) Aarathanai.
Puratasi Festivities- A Big Highlight
One of the big highlights at the Thiru Vathigai Sara Narayanan temple is the celebrations in the Tamil calendar month of Puratasi. During this month of 30 days, there is a Ghee lamp Utsavam( all electrical lamps are switched off at this temple) and Saara Narayanan provides darshan just like Srinivasa Perumal of Tirupathi.
Also, a one day Brahmotsavam in Puratasi (6am-8pm) is an event to experience at this temple.
The alankarams for the Lord during the Puratasi festival is a great spectacle.
Other festivals at this temple include Panguni Uthiram Serthi, Margazhi Adhyana Utsavam and Ratha Sapthami.
A newly constructed Kannadi Arai is another attraction at this temple
Pallava Period renovation
Several culverts, seen at this temple, point to renovation of this temple during the Pallava rule.
The commitment, passion and interest shown by the father and son priests in organising the festivals as well as keeping the temple in good shape is highly commendable.
Moolavar : Sara Narayanan East Facing Standing Posture
Thaayar : Hemambhuja Valli
Other Sannidhis: Lord Narasimha in a Sayana Kolam
Temple Time : 630am-11am and 530pm-830pm
Priest Contact : Sriraman Bhattar/ Sridhar Bhattar @ 94437 87186
How to reach Thiru Vathigai
The temple is 3kms from the Panruti bus stand off the Cuddalore highway.
One can take Bus No.16 from the bus stand to reach the temple.
Auto from the bus stand/railway station will cost Rs.25/-.
(the broad gauge railway line from Villupuram to Mayavaram via Panruti
will become operational shortly)
Share autos also available
From Chennai, one can reach Panruti in 3-3 1/2 hours via
1. Tindivanam-Vikravandi - about 170kms
2. Pondicherry-Cuddalore- about 190kms(via ECR)
When in Panruti, do not miss buying cashews
Thiru Vahindrapuram Divya Desam is about 15kms from Thiru Vathigai.