Dhana Regai Perumal
Located half a kilometre North of Mela Thiruvenkatanathapuram is the 14th Century AD Varadaraja Perumal Koil in Keezha Thiruvenkatanathapuram. Brigu Rishi is said to have undertaken penance in this forest area of Saali Vaadi Puram.
Varadaraja Perumal as the Priest
The story goes that a king from Tirunelveli visited this place. As the priest was unwell and could not help with the darshan, it is believed that Varadaraja Perumal himself came here disguised as the priest and performed pooja. Hence, the Lord here is referred to as ‘Vaala Vaikum’ Varadaraja Perumal.
As the Dhana Regai (prosperity line) runs on the right hand of Varadaraja Perumal, the belief is that if a devotee places a coin in the hand of the Lord, it will multiply. Hence, the Lord is called Dhana Regai Perumal.
The temple which had been in dilapidated condition for almost half a century was recently renovated.
Very near to this temple is the Kotha Parameswarar temple, also known as Then Kalahasthi.
Puratasi Shravanam- Garuda Sevai
Moolavar : Varadaraja Perumal, Sridevi, Bhoodevi
Time : 7am-11am and 5pm-7pm
Saturday 6am-1pm and 5pm-8pm
Sunday 6am-12noon and 5pm-730pm
Priest : Ramakrishna Bhattar @ 97891 32401
How to reach:
10kms from Tirunelveli Junction and ½ km North of Mela Thiruvenkatanathapuram.
When in Tirunelveli, one can visit Mela Thiruvenkatanathapuram, Keezha Thiruvenkatanapuram and Then Kalahasthi.