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One of the 108 Temples and Celestial Abodes of Vishnu revered by Tamil Hymns of the Alwars of the 1st millennium CE

LOCATION: Anbil nearLalgudi (Chola Naadu)

VISHNU: Vadivazhagiya Nambi

THAYAAR: Azhagiyavalli  

THEERTHAM: Mandookapushkarini  

PAASURAM: Tirumazhisai

VIMAANAM: Taaraka Vimanam

TRAVEL BASE: Tiruchirappalli

DESCRIPTION: This Divyadesam is located at a distance of about 8km from Lalgudi; across the river Kollidam is Koyiladi.

The Pancharanga Kshetrams along the course of the Kaveri are Srirangapatnam (Karnataka), Srirangam, Koyiladi (Anbil) and Kumbhakonam and Indalur (Mayiladuturai). Anbil is also known by the names Tirumaalayanturai, Mandookapuri, Bhrahmapuri.

This Divyadesam is referred to by a paasuram of Tirumazhisai Alwar where he addresses seven shrines featuring Vishnu in a reclining position – Tirukkudandai, Tiruvegkaa, Tiruvallur, Tiruvarangam, Tiruppernagar, Anbil and Tirupparkadal.

Also in Anbil, is located the Anbilalanturai Shivastalam enshrining Satyavaageeswarar and Soundaranayaki.

DEITIES: The moolavar here is Vadivazagiya Nambi in a reclining posture facing East, while the Utsavar is Sundararajan. Taayaar is known by the name Azhagiyavalli.

THE TEMPLE: This is a temple covering an area of about an acre has a three tiered Rajagopuram and an east facing sanctum with one prakaram.

LEGENDS: Has it that Bhrama and Valmiki worshipped Vishnu here. A similar legend holds at the Anbilalanturai Shivastalam. Legend also has it that Mandookamuni in his state of intense underwater penance failed to pay his respects to the arriving Durvasa muni who cursed him to take up the form of a toad. Upon worshipping Vishnu at this shrine, the sage was relieved of his curse, and hence the name Mandooka pushkarini.

HISTORY:  It is learned from temple inscriptions that Sundara Cholan – the Imperial Chola monarch offered worship at this shrine, by placing his sword in front of the sanctum, prior to his venturing out on battles. Inscriptions here reveal information on the grants made by this emperor to the temple


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