Kaattu Azhagiya Singar Srirangam
his annual trip to this temple on Vijayadasami evening
Located 200 yards east of the Srirangam Railway Station is the Kaattu Azhagiya
Singa Perumal temple in Srirangam. This temple dates back to a period prior to the Srirangam Ranganatha temple when this Kshetram
was referred to as Velli Thirumutham. Only much later, after the construction of the Ranganatha temple, this place came to
be called Thiruvarangam.
Lord Narasimha is seen in a seated posture facing the West (towards Srirangam Ranganatha
temple) with Lakshmi to his left.
This Kshetram was a forest thousands of years ago, surrounded by the two rivers-
Cauvery in the South and Coloroon in the North, and inhabited only by the rishis and their families. Time and again, wild
animals would attack the families of the rishis and consume them for a meal.
While the rishis had the power to burn
the animals just by their looks, they would not forego the fruits of their penance by killing these wild animals. Instead
they undertook a more severe form of penance invoking the blessings of Lord Narasimha.
Pleased with their prayers,
Lord Narasimha appeared here providing darshan to these rishis. As per their request, he stayed here with Goddess Lakshmi
protecting the lives of all those who offer their sincere prayers at this place.
The idol of Lakshmi Narasimha here
is a Svayambu moorthy and the temple was built and renovated at later periods of time. No inscriptions are found relating
to the period of construction of the outer walls.
As the Lord appeared here in the middle
of a forest and stayed back to protect the devotees, he came to be called ‘Kaattu’ Azhagiya Singar.
Utsava deity at the Ranganatha Temple
Centuries ago, with this temple being in the midst of a forest and with minimal
human existence, it was considered unsafe and hence the utsava deity was placed inside the Koorathaazhvan Sannidhi at the
Srirangam Ranganatha temple.
That tradition has come to stay and today one finds the Utsava idol of Lord Narasimha
not at the Kaattazhagivya Singa Perumal Koil but at the Srirangam Ranganatha temple.
Old time residents say that this
place was very much like a forest till the early 1970s. It is only in the last 3 decades that there has been development around
the Kaatazhagiya Singar temple.
Namperumal’s visit to Kaattazhagiya Singar temple
Once a year, on the evening of Vijayadasami
day, Namperumal, the Utsava deity of Lord Ranganatha of Srirangam, comes on a street procession to this temple in a palanquin.
Goddess is believed to have undertaken penance at this place and handed Nam Perumal a bow and an arrow at the end of the 10th
day of the Navarathri festival.
After Thirumanjam, the event of Lord Namperumal on a Horse Vaahanam, striking an arrow
on the Vanni tree to signify the destruction of evil forces and protection of the devotees, is enacted every year on the Vijayadasami
evening at this temple.
Special Occasions at the temple
are special poojas and Thirumanjanam organised every month on the Swathi Nakshatram and Prathosham days. Also, Saturday is
an auspicious day to visit this temple.
Moolavar : Lakshmi Narasimha Perumal West Facing Sitting Posture
: 6.15am- 8am, 9am-12noon and 5pm-8pm
Priest : Narasimha Bhattar @ 94434 90879 or 0431 2430879
How to reach the temple
It’s a 1 minute walk from the Srirangam Railway Station on the Eastern side.
from Srirangam Ranganatha temple (South/North Entrance) would charge about