Ranganatha Swamy Temple
Main Deity : Ranganatha Swamy(Lord Vishnu).
Ambal : Rangavalli Thayar.
Holy Water : Chandra Pushkarani, Thenpennai river.
Prominence of the Shrine : The 108 Divya Desams are popular. More popular and Ancient than that there is Utharangam alias Aadhirangam alias Aadhi Thiruvarangam. It is because Aadi Thiruvarangam is established on the first incarnation of Vishnu. Aadi Thiruvarangam and next only Srirangam is a saying quite common in the region.
Temple History : A Demon called somugan Who belonged to the asura pedigree obtained immortality and many booms by performing rigorous penance. He possessed the arrogance and the brutality typical of an asura. He wanted to bring the earth and the Heaven under his control and make the sages and the devas serve him in obedience. He vanquished the earth and the heaven and made the sages and the devas his slaves and ordered them to obey him. He imprisoned Brahma and seized the Vedas from him. Brahma the devas and the sages went to Sri Narayanan (Vishnu) and wanted him to protect them by quelling somugan. Narayan went to fight somugan. A terrific war broke out between them. Somugan exhausted all his magical tricks and became tired. He feared that Narayanan would destroy him if he stayed there anymore. He did himself under sea. Sri Narayanan quelled somugan by taking the incarnation of ‘Mathsya’ and retrieved the Vedas. The Devas and the Sagas became elated and worshipped Sri Narayanan at Utharangam.
Temple Timings : 6.00 am to 8.00 pm.
Temple Festivals : Saturdays of Purarttasi, pournami and Vaikunda Ekadasi.
Nearest Town : Villupuram.
Location : Thiruvarangam is between Thiruvannamalai amd Manalurpet. It is also between Thirukoilur and Manalurpet. From Manalurpet ,mini bus,auto,van can be engaged. Government buses are also available.
Address : Sri Aadhi Thiruvarangam Perumal Temple, Aadhi Thiruvarangam 605 802, Villupuram Dt.
Hotels Near Ranganatha Swamy Temple, Aadhi Thiruvarangam :
1.Hotel SKTC Grand Palace,
Kallakurichi Main Road,
Tirukoilur to Kallakurichi Main Road,