Thiruvelliangudi Sri Kolavilli Ramar Temple

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Thiruvelliangudi is one of the 108 Divyadesam.Around 1800 years ago, Sri Thirumangai Alwar came to this temple and sang 10 paasurams (divine songs) on this perumal. He called the utsavar as Sri Kola Villi Ramar and hence the name came to him.The utsavar is a marvel of beauty and his original name was Sringara Sundarar.
Kolavilli Ramar Temple
 Moolavar  Sheeraabdhi Naathan/ Kolavilli Raamar
 Thaayar : Maragadavalli Thaayar
 Utsavar : Srungaara Sundar

The Perumal Moolavar is in reclining position with Adhisesha as his bed. Moolavar is ksheerabdhi naathan.

History

The temple is believed to be four yugas (eras) old. It is also said that the shrine was built by Asura architect, Mayan, who wished to build a temple more beautiful than the one for Lord Vishnu in Vaikunta Loka. 

Having understood the intent of the Vaamana Avataaram and fearing the possible demise of his disciple King Bali, Sukracharya took the form of an insect and hid himself inside the sacred bowl in an effort to prevent Bali from giving away the promises to the little Brahmin( Lord Vishnu in his tiny form). Seeing Sukran as the hurdle, Lord Vishnu inserts a stick into the sacred bowl thus blinding an eye of the Acharya.

Having visited several other Divya Desams, it is said that Sukran finally undertook penance here at Velliyankudi and regained the vision in his other eye by Perumal's grace, he lit a lamp called nanda deepam as a mark of respect for perumal and this deepam is still lit in the temple continously for 4 yugas. Since perumal bestowed the vision of Sukracharya and all who come to have his dharshan - he is also called Netra Narayanan

Architecture

The temple has four prakarams with a big compound wall that was built during the Krishna Deva Raya period and the repair works were subsequently done during the Thanjavur Marathas period. The temple had various land donations and an active Vedic community as seen from the various edicts available in the temple. Samprokshanam of the temple was performed in 1980 with the last one that took place in 2001. In 2013, when it was due for the samprokshanam, it was observed that repair works need to be carried out at Thayar mantapam, compound wall, Azhwar sannidhi and rajagopuram and a portion of the Lord’s vimanam that had fallen off.

Other Speciality /Significance

According to Brahmanda Purana this is the place where Guru Sukraacharya did penance and got back his lost vision with the grace of Lord Vishnu. Hence the place was named as Velliankudi where ‘Velli’ means ‘Sukra.’ It is believed that anyone who visits the sthalam and prays to Lord Kolavilli Ramar will find relief from eye ailments and sukra dosham. Thirumangai Azhwar recounts the connection of the deity with that of the Vamana episode, as Nrusimha who killed Hiranyakashipu and as the Lord who helped Sukracharya to get back his vision. He addresses the deity here as Sri Kolavilli Rama, which is the Tamil translation of the Lord’s name - ‘Srungaara Sundara.’ True to the name, the Lord here is a marvel of beauty. The special feature of this temple is the ‘Chatur Bhuja Udyoga Garudan’ - Garuda seen with four hands. His upper hands hold the Sanku and Chakra.

Poems/Verses about Temple

Thirumangai Azhwar has sung 10 pasurams (Verses) praising Shri Kolavilli Ramar . It is believed that a visit to this temple will cure devotees of their eye problems including helping regain lost vision. Kola Villi Raama is also said to immediately grant all of devotees’ wishes as can be seen from Thirumangai Azhvaar’s praise

ஆய்ச்சியரழ்ப்ப வெண்ணையுண்டொருகால் ஆலிலை வளர்ந்தவெம் பெருமான் 
பேய்ச்சியை முலையுன் டிணைமரு திருத்து பெருநில மளந்தவன் கோயில் 
காய்த்தநீள் கமுகும் கதலியும் தெங்கும் எங்குமாம் பொழில்களி னடுவே      
வாய்த்தநீர் பாயும் மண்ணியன் தென்பால் திருவெள்ளி யங்குடி யதுவே  

Gallery

Kolavilli Ramar

Festivals

Sri Rama Navami in March-April (Panguni); Gokhulashtami in August-September (Aavani); Tirukarthikai in November-December and Vaikunda Ekasi in December-January (Margazhi) are the festivals celebrated in the temple

Offerings

Devotees perform Tirumanjanam to Perumal offering Vastras.

Temple Timings

 Morning  : 8am-12.30pm
 Evening :  5pm-7pm 

How To Reach

Kumbakonam is the Nearest town with train & bus facility .

Thiruvelliayangudi is located at a distance of about 16 Kms from Kumbakonam.

Direct bus service to the village is not frequent. Route No. 2 from Kumbakonam via Anaikudi goes to this village.

Another option would be to take the Kumbakonam – Chennai bus and get down at Sholapuram (about 20kms from Kumbakonam). From Sholapuram, one can take an auto/car to the temple (6kms) and come back again by the same auto to Sholapuram.This will cost about Rs. 200 ( to and fro).

Hiring an auto from Thirupanandal or Suryanar Koil is also a good option.

Address :
Sri KolavilliRaman Temple,ThiruVelliyangudy
Palakudi Post,ThirumangalaKudy(Via),
Tanjore District-612102 ,Tamilnad
Ph:0435-2943152,Cell:9443396212,9345794354

Where To Stay

Thiruvelliayangudi is a village and doesn’t have lodging facilities .Staying at Kumbakonam would be the best option

Nearby Temples

Kumbakonam is a temple town with many temples to its Credit.

* Suryanaar Kovil
* Kanjanoor Kovil

Blogs & Websites of this Temple

http://kolavilliramar.blogspot.sg/

http://prtraveller.blogspot.sg/2008/05/thiruvelliyankudi-kola-villi-raama.html

https://rajamala.wordpress.com/2010/12/05/kolavilli-raman-temple-thiruvelliangudi/

http://www.thehindu.com/features/friday-review/religion/thiruvelliankudi-sri-kolavilli-ramar-temple-near-kumbakonam-divyadesam/article7378480.ece