Anbil, Tamil Nadu
Anbil Alanthurai temple
Anbil is a village near Lalgudi, located on the banks of the Kollidam river, in Tiruchirappalli district. Anbil is the birthplace of many prominent figures in Tamil Nadu politics, including Anbil P. Dharmalingam, who was one of the founder-members of DMK political party and who served as Cabinet minister in the Tamil Nadu government, and his sons Anbil Poyyamozhi and Anbil Periyasamy.
Anbil is known for its temples. The Sundararaja Perumal Temple (also called Vadivazhagiya Nambi Perumal Temple) is dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu. The Anbil Mariamman Kovil is a temple dedicated to the south Indian mother goddess Mariamman, whose deity is considered to be the sister of the famous Samayapuram Mariamman. The temple holds an annual car festival that is attended by many.
The Sundararaja Perumal temple is constructed in the Dravidian style of architecture and is mentioned in the Divya Prabandha, the religious canon of the Azhwar saints of the 7th–9th centuries AD. The temple priests, who belong to the Vaishnavaite community, perform the pooja (rituals) during festivals and on a daily basis. The Theerthavari festival celebrated in the Tamil month of Maasi (February–March) and Vaikunta Ekadasi celebrated during the Tamil month of Margazhi (December–January) are the major festivals celebrated in the temple. This is one of the 108 Divya Desam temples dedicated to Vishnu.
The Anbil Mariamman Temple, dedicated to Mariamman, is one of the seven most important Mariamman temples, which include the ones at Samayapuram, Narthan Malai, Veera Singa Pettai, Kannanur, Punnai Nallur and Thiruverkadu. This temple is approximately 700 years old. According to legends from the Puranas, during a flood on the Kollidam river, the Goddess Amman took refuge under the neem tree near this temple, after which the temple was constructed. It is a common practice for devotees without children to visit this temple to pray for children.
The economy of the village is predominantly agrarian. Most of the youth take to agriculture. Despite this, there is a scarcity of labour for harvesting which is being alleviated by modernizing the methods of harvesting. The crops cultivated are primarily sugarcane and paddy.
The nearest railway station is in Lalgudi, about 9 kilometres from the place. The nearest airport is in Tiruchirapalli and is about 36 kilometres away. The village is connected by the state bus transport system TNSTC.
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