Thottiyam Veda Narayana Perumal Koil
is seen in sleeping posture using the four Vedas as his pillow
Guru- Budhan Sthalam - Prahalada seen as a 3 year old boy
Located in a serene village amidst a lot of greenery is the Veda
Narayana Perumal Koil at Thiru Narayanapuram (or Veda Narayanapuram) about 4kms South West of Thottiyam, near Musiri (Trichy
District), on the Northern banks of Cauvery.
A most distinct and unique feature at the Veda Narayanan temple is that
Lord Vishnu is seen in a sleeping posture resting on and using the Four Vedas as his pillow. Lord Narayanan is said to have
initiated Vedic Education to Brahmma and hence is referred to here as ‘Veda’ Narayanan.
Construction of the temple
Puranic Scriptures point to the fact that King Mahabala
Vaanavaraya was taking his huge army to Mysore. As night befell, he took rest at this place. Lord Narayana is said to have
appeared in his dream that night and asked him to install his idol here that was lying beneath the earth and to create festivals
that people could enjoy. The Lord is believed to have assured him victory in his battle at Mysore.
Delighted at this,
the king built the temple and dedicated this entire village to the temple. To date, about 160 acres of land belongs to the
temple. It is a completely different story that the income from this is not being passed on to the temple. Hence, despite
this rich history, the Veda Narayanan temple is today seen without much income. Also, the priest is offered only a meager
salary. Will this change?
Prahalada as a 3 year old boy
who had only seen Lord Vishnu in an angry form while he was slaying Hiranyakashipu, wanted to see the soft side of the Lord.
After undertaking penance here, Prahalad is said to have had a darshan of Lord Narayana in a more peaceful and happy form
as a ‘Shantha Swaroopi’.
Lord Vishnu also promised a place for Prahalad near his feet - another unique
feature seen at this temple is a 3 year old boy Prahalada in a standing posture at the feet of the sleeping Lord.
Sri Devi and Bhoo Devi are seen at the feet of Lord Veda Narayanan offering their prayers.
Pillai ThiruNaraiyur Araiyar Abhimana Kshetram
Thiru Naraiyur Araiyar came
here with his wife and 6 children in the hope of finding Moksham. One night, the leaves from the palm tree at the temple caught
fire. Shocked at seeing this, Thiru Naraiyur Araiyar immediately threw his 6 children towards the Lord as a cover for him
and to protect him from the raging flames. Unfortunately, the Lord continued to burn. Araiyar then threw himself into the
flames and hugged the Lord so the fire would not touch his favourite Lord.
Pleased with his devotion, the Lord appeared
before him and granted moksham to the entire family of the Araiyar. Hence, this place came to be called Pillai Thiru Naraiyur
Vedic Initiation to Brahmma
Brahmma once turned arrogant as he was the only one who could
‘create’ things in this world. Wanting to teach him a lesson, Lord Vishnu created a unique idol that left Brahmma
wondering about its creator. When asked, Lord Vishnu feigned ignorance saying that Brahmma was the only one bestowed with
the rights of creation. While agreeing to this, Brahmma questioned the Lord as to who could have created this image and how
this could have appeared without his knowledge and approval.
Lord Vishnu brought the truth before Brahmma and a message
to the people at large saying that we should do what is expected of us. However, we should not become arrogant as a result
of the exclusive/ special powers given to us.
‘Guru’ and ‘Budhan’ Sthalam
Realising his folly, Brahmma requested Lord Narayana
for the initiation of the Vedas. Lord Narayana is believed to have appeared before him here at Thiru Narayanapuram and undertaken
the Vedic initiation. As he initiated the Vedic lessons to Brahmma, the Lord is referred to here as ‘Veda Narayanan’.
Having played the role of an Acharya and Brahmma having been a student/disciple of Lord Vishnu, this temple is said to be
a ‘Guru’ and ‘Budhan’ sthalam.
Veda Narayana Perumal of Thiru Narayanapuram is said to help devotees in their education
and learning. As Brahmma himself was initiated with Vedic Education, this is a special temple on the education front. Students/
children who visit this temple offering their sincere prayers and place their books at the feet of Veda Narayanan are believed
to come out with flying colours in their education.
day festival in Vaikasi including a 9 day chariot procession
21 day Adyana Utsavam in Margazhi
are Utsavams through out the year at this temple.
Moolavar : Veda Narayanan in Sleeping Posture facing East
: Vedanayaki Thaayar (Separate Sannidhi)
Temple Time : 730am -1130am and 430pm-8pm
: S. Govinda Narayanan (Kannan Bhattar)/ G. Kuppusamy Bhattar
Telephone Number : 98658 66968 / 98948 06131
How to reach the temple:
Veda Narayanapuram is located
about 50kms from Trichy on the Trichy-Namakkal-Salem Highway near Thottiyam.
1. Take the Trichy- Namakkal-Salem bus. Get down at Thottiyam
(about 10kms west of Musiri). Take an auto Rs. 75-100 to and fro from Thottiyam to temple
2. Take Trichy- Kulithalai bus
(NH 67) or Chennai-Mangalore (6107 Exp). Get down at Kulithalai and take a bus across the new 2 km bridge across the Cauvery
to Musiri bye pass. From there, take a bus to Thottiyam (buses to Namakkal/Salem)
3. Local bus No. 6A from Musiri to ThiruNarayanapuram
There are 2 buses every day from Trichy to Thirunarayanapuram ( 9am and 330pm)
Contact auto driver Pushparaj at Thottiyam bus stand @ 97504 12183
The temple is about 4 kms from
Thottiyam bus stand on the Kaatuputhur road via the Arasalur Arch.