Sri Veda Narayana Swamy Temple:
Nagalapuram is a small town in Andhra Pradesh, about 70 kms south east of Tirupati and about 90 kms North of Chennai. If travelled from Chennai, Nagalapuram is situated about 15 kms from Uthukkottai on the highway towards Puthur, after Surutapalli. The presiding deity is Sri Veda Narayana Perumal. This temple is called Mathsya Avataara Sthalam as Lord here is seen in Mathsya Avatar, which is the first and foremost avatar (incarnation) among 10 avatars of Lord Vishnu.
Sri Veda Narayana Swamy Temple History:
According to the mythology, one day at the end of a Kalpa Lord Bramha felt sleepy. As his eye lids are closed and his mouth opened involuntarily for a yawn, the Vedas slipped out of his mouth and demon named Somukasura stoled the 4 Vedas and kept them in his custody under the sea. Brahma, who is the creator, was worried as the whole world cannot function without the presence of Vedas. He went and pleaded to Lord Vishnu to save the Vedas and the universe. Vedas are necessary for creation. As we know by Puranas, Pralayam occurs at the end of every Kalpa and creation is again started by Lord Bramha, it was necessary to collect all the plants, seeds, herbs and animals so that they would continue to exist in the new creation.
Lord Vishnu, took the avatar in the form of a fish (Mathsya in Sanskrit), went deep into the sea and fought with Somukasura. Somukasura was defeated in the battle by Lord Vishnu, who brought back 4 Vedas and handed over to Lord Brahma safely. As God saved Vedas here, he is known as Sri Veda Narayana Perumal.
The rarity of this temple is the Surya Pooja which happens annually during the temple’s Brahmotsavam on Sukla Dwadasi, Trayodasi and Chathurdasi days of Tamil month Panguni which is approximately around last week of every March. On the above 3 days one can witness the Sun’s rays from the horizon, entering the sanctum and falling at the Lord’s Feet on the first day, Naabhi (Navel) on the second day and Forehead on the third day, during the sunset, as the Lord here is facing towards west. All this happens not from the ceiling or any opening in the temple, but from the entrance of the temple. The deity is about 600 meters from the main Gopuram entrance and the Sun’s rays have to pass through such a distance to fall directly on the deity. This miracle never happens again throughout the year except these 3 days.
Sri Pallikondeswara Swamy Temple Timings and Sevas:
|1||Daily||Suprabhatham||6:00am – 6:30am|
|2||Daily||Thomala||6:30am – 7:00am|
|3||Daily||Sahasranamarchana||7:30am – 7:30am|
|4||Daily||First Bell||7:30am – 8:00am|
|5||Daily||Sarva Darshan||8:00am – 10:00am|
|6||Daily||Second Bell||10:00am – 10:30am|
|7||Daily||Sarva Darshan||10:30am – 6:00pm|
|8||Daily||Thomala Seva||6:00pm – 6:30pm|
|9||Daily||Night Kainkaryam||6:30pm – 7:00pm|
|10||Daily||Sarva Darshan||7:00pm – 7:45pm|
|11||Daily||Ekantha Seva||7:45pm – 8:00pm|
Distance Between Tirupati to Nagalapuram:
Distance from Tirupati to Nagalapuram is 64 kilometres, 1hr 25mns drive.Distance from Chittoor to Nagalapuram is 95kms, 2hrs 16mns drive. Distance from Chennai to Nagalapuram is 70kms, 1hrs 48mns drive. Distance from Bangalore to Nagalapuram is 333kms, 6hrs 23mns drive
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Tirupati to Nagalapuram bus Timings:
APSRTC runs directly buses to Sri Veda Narayana Swamy Temple Nagalapuram. If not direct bus, then any bus which goes to Picchatur/Uthukottai/Chennai (via Uthukottai) goes via Sri Veda Narayana Swamy Temple Nagalapuram.
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