8th Century AD Rock cut Cave Temple bears similarity in Architecture to the Narasimha temple at Namakkal
Prarthana Sthalam for the unmarried and the Childless
A Unique feature at the temple is the donation by devotees of one Slipper only with the other slipper of the same size and relating to the other leg being presented by another devotee as suggested by Lord Venkatramana in their dream
Located 4kms from Karur on the Dindigul highway is the 8th Century AD historical Rock cut Cave temple of Kalyana Venkatramana Swamy in Thanthoni Malai where the 10feet Swayambu Lord is seen in a majestic standing posture facing the West. The temple tower has been constructed right at the top of the huge rock.
The wide sanctum of Kalyana Venkatramana Swamy has been carved along the cave out of the rock.
The Maha Mandapa and other Sannidhis at the temple were a later time additions possibly in the 12-13th Century AD.
Similar to Thanjai Maa Mani Narasimha Sanctum
Inside the sanctum, that reminds one of Thanjai Maa Mani Narasimha Divya Desam both in terms of the huge size of the Moolavar Lord as well as the big sized Sanctum, there are 16 specially carved sculptures each of whom is seen playing a musical instrument.
Piece of Rock falls at Thanthoni Malai
When a fight broke out between the Serpant King Adhisesha and the Wind God Vayu as to whowas more stronger and who played a more important role, Lord Vishnu asked Adhisesha to hold on to the Tirumala Hills and Vayu to try and remove the hills from the clutches of the Serpant Lord.
An angry Vayu who could not remove from Adhisesha’s hold turned into a cyclone. Pieces of the rock from the hills fell in different places. One such piece is the rock we find here at Thanthoni Malai in Karur where Venkatachalapathy provides darshan as Kalyana Venkatramana perumal.
Another story goes that Susarma who did not have a child invoked the blessings of Lord Vishnu. He was asked to come to the rock here. Pleased with his prayers, Lord Vishnu provided darshan as Kalyana Venkatramana Perumal and blessed him with a child.
Chola King Muchukunda, a Saivite devotee, was cursed to have the face of a monkey. To liberate himself from the curse, he built several Vishnu temples including the two perumal temples of Karur- this one at Thanthonimalai and the Abhaya Pradhana Ranganatha temple in the city of Karur.
Later on, Thirumalai Nayak of Madurai contributed to the temple.
Historical Cave temple
The Cave Temple here at Thanthoni Malai was excavated in the 8th Century AD. There is a similarity of this rock and the cave structure with the architecture seen at the Narasimha temple at Namakkal about 45kms from here though the Thanthoni Malai rock cave is a little bigger than the one at the Narasimha temple in Namakkal.
Prarthana Sthalam – Donation of One slipper
A Unique feature at this temple is that Lord Kalyana Venkatramana Perumal is believed to appear in the dreams of devotees and suggest a particular size of one foot wear relating to one leg to be donated to the temple. And the same size of another leg to another devotee.
Hence, one finds that different devotees come here and donate one slipper relating to different legs but the pair of slippers works out perfect.
Those who offer their sincere prayers and present this slipper as suggested by Kalyana Venkatramana Perumal have their wedding wishes fulfilled.
Thiru Kalyana Utsavam is another special feature at this temple.
On Shravanam Star every month, there is a special abhisheka performed for childless couples.
There is a daily Thirumanjanam at this temple every day at 1130am for the Moolavar deity.
Two Brahmotsavams- One in Maasi and One in Puratasi
Pavitrotsavam in Avani
On the third day after Maasi, Theppotsavam is celebrated in a grand manner at this temple.
There is a big temple tank on the Western side of the temple.
Chariot Festival on the Thiruvonam day in Puratasi and Magam day in Maasi
Puratasi 3rd Saturday is a special occasion at this temple
Moolavar: Venkatramana Swamy in a West Facing Standing Posture
Thaayar : No Separate thaayar ( Mahalakshmi is seen on the chest of the Lord)
Utsavar : Srinivasa Perumal
Time : 6am-1pm, 3pm-7pm
Contact : Harish Bhattar @ 98940 17928
How to reach
Chennai Egmore- Mangalore Express via Tiruchirapalli reaches Karur @ 630am
Direct Trains to Karur from Coimbatore, Mysore, Bangalore
From Karur Station, auto will cost Rs.70 to the temple
From Karur Bus Stand, auto will cost Rs. 50/-
Local buses and mini buses to Thanthoni malai both from Railway Station and Bus Stand