|Location:||Tamil Nadu, India|
|Primary Deity:||Bhaktavatsala Perumal, Narasimhar|
|Architecture and culture|
|Architectural styles:||Dravidian architecture|
Thirukkadigai or Sholingapuram is a Hindu place of pilgrimage in Sholinghur in the Vellore district of Tamil Nadu. As one of the 108 Divya Desams, places of worship sung about by the early-medieval Alvars in their "Mangalasasanam" (praise-songs), it is a holy site of particular importance to Vaishnavism.
There are three separate shrines, dedicated to gods Narsimha, Bhaktavatsala Perumal and Hanuman (Anjaneya). They are situated on the larger hill, at the base of the larger hill and on the smaller hill respectively.
Sri Yoga Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Thirukovil
This temple is located on top of the hill Periya malai (big hill). Lord Narasimha sits in a Yogic posture and thus is called 'Yoga Narasimha-Swamy'.[clarification needed] There is a separate shrine for Goddess Amrithavalli Thayaar.
Sri Yoga Anjenayar Swamy Thirukovil
The temple of Hanuman (Anjaneya), situtaed on the hill Chinna malai (small hill). There is also a shrine for Varadaraja and Rama. In this shrine, Lord Hanuman is seated in a Sukasana posture . This is a very rarely seen imagery of the Lord. Legend has it that this is the place that Lord Narasimha settled down after Killing the Demon King to satiate his anger and Lord Hanuman can be seen directly facing Lord Narasimha from the Chinna Malai (Small Hill) meditating on Lord Narasimha.
This town originally was under the control of shivites which is substantiated by the temple ruins near parappan kulam, in the valley between two hills. This is were original sholinghur was situated. Unfinished Nandhis and Sthupas are found in numerous places in Sholinghur.
- It is believed[by whom?] that sage Vishwamitra attained Brahmarishi title by worshipping Narasimha there for around 45 minutes.
- It is said[by whom?] that saptha rishis had vision and blessings from Lord Narasimha for a duration of time, termed as 'Kadigai' (approximately 45 minutes) and hence the name 'Thirukkadigai'.
- It is also believed that Indra, with his demigods, would take a bath in the pushkarni and pray to Narasimha. The name of pushkarni is 'Thakkan'.
- The Pushkarni is believed[by whom?] to have medicated water which cures all diseases.
- Budha (son of Chandra) worshipped there and was cured from the curse given by sage Durvasa.
- Many mental disorders, evil acts and prolonged diseases of any kinds are cured when people take bath in pushkarni and devote to the lords in two hillocks.
In recent times, Sri G. Sampath, a resident of Chennai, published his compositions on the various temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu in his album Hari Samarpanam, with music directed by Chitravina Ravikiran, featuring various singers. One of those songs is about Lord Yoga Narasimhar and Yoga Anjaneyar and can be found here . It glorifies the sthala and the Lord, who is always there to protect his bhaktas.
திருமங்கையாழ்வார் (1731, 1736)
மிக்கானை மறையாய் விரிந்த விளக்கை என்னுள்
புக்கானைப் புகழ்சேர் பொலிகின்ற பொன்மலையை
தக்கானைக் கடிகைத் தடங்குன்றின் மிசையிருந்த
அக்காரக் கனியை அடைந்துய்ந்து போனேனே. (2) 8.9.4
கண்ணார் கண்ணபுரம் கடிகை கடிகமழும்
தண்ணார் தாமரைசூழ் தலைச்சங்க மேல்திசையுள்
விண்ணோர் நாண்மதியை விரிகின்ற வெஞ்சுடரை
கண்ணாரக் கண்டுகொண்டு களிக்கின்றதிங் கென்றுகொலோ. (2) 8.9.9
பண்டெல்லாம் வேங்கடம் பாற்கடல் வைகுந்தம்,
கொண்டங் குறைவார்க்குக் கோயில்போல், - வண்டு
வளங்கிளரும் நீள்சோலை வண்பூங் கடிகை,
இளங்குமரன் றன்விண் ணகர். (2) 61
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