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Tiruvellukai Temple
Tiruvellukai Temple is located in Tamil Nadu
Tiruvellukai Temple
Tiruvellukai Temple
Location in Tamil Nadu
Coordinates: 12°29′N 79°26′E / 12.49°N 79.43°E / 12.49; 79.43Coordinates: 12°29′N 79°26′E / 12.49°N 79.43°E / 12.49; 79.43
Country: India
State: Tamil Nadu
District: Kanchipuram
Location: Tamil Nadu, India
Architecture and culture
Architectural styles: Dravidian architecture

The Tiruvelukkai Divya Desam is one among the 108 Divya desam which is located in the temple town of Kanchipuram. It is said to be the Lord's favourite place. This temple is situated South of ThiruThanka and about ½ km West of Ashtabhujam temple.


Temple gateway

Lord Vishnu who took the Narasimha Avataaram to kill Hiranya took another form of Narasimha at this place and went behind a group of asuras who were causing misery to people. The scared asuras ran away and were not to be found. Happy at keeping the Asuras away from this place, Lord Narasimha decided to stay put at this place so he could protect the people from evil force at all times. Vel signifies desire and since the Lord chose to reside at this place out of his own desire, this place came to called ‘Thiru Velukkai’. PeyAzhvaar and Thirumangai have sung praise of the Lord.

Deity is named Azhagiya Singar who is sitting facing West. Also called as ‘Aal Ari’, Mukuntha Naayakan Goddess is VelukkaiValli, AmruthaValli


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