Tourism in ThiruvallurThiruvallur - the temple town is located on the banks of River Cooum. Thiruvallur is well known for Veera Raghavar temple. A pond near this temple is well known for the tank festival that is organized with great enthusiasm every year. Some other interesting places of this town are the Shiva temple and a 40 feet tall temple of Panchamukha Hanuman. The idol of Vishwaroopa Panchamukha Hanuman is said to be carved from a single green colored granite stone.
Tourist Places in Thiruvallur
Veera Raghavar Temple
This ancient temple was built by the Pallavas. The temple building has inscriptions dating back to the 2nd half of the 9th century. The temple is believed to be as old as 5000 years. The main deity of this temple is Lord Veera Raghavar. This god also known as Vaidya Veera Raghava is believed to cure all illness. People, who suffer from any aliments, offer a metal organ praying god to cure the illness related to that organ. It is also said that the god cures all incurable diseases if the person visits the temple for three consecutive on no moon days.
People come to this temple with all types of purposes. For finalizing marriages, for curing diseases, progeny and to get relieved from all types of problems, devotees visit this ancient temple. A small pond near the temple called Hrutat Apan Asini is also famous for its sacredness. It is believed to be more pure and holy than the River Ganges. People take a dip in this pond to cure themselves from all the sins they have done and to get rid of all evil thoughts.Tank in the temple
The deity in this temple can be seen in a recumbent position on Sesha Naga. The idol of the Lord faces east and stands on an elevation of 15 feet. The right of the idol is seen as blessing the saint Salihotra. The left hand of the idol is seen in Gnana Mudra. The Lord Veera Raghavar is seen in this temple with his consort Kanakavalli.
Sri Viswaroopa Panchamukha Anjaneya Swamy Temple
The Sri Viswaroopa Panchamukha Anjaneya Swamy Temple is famous because the 32 foot tall idol Hanuman is the only idol in the world that has been Pradishtai with Mantra Shastra. The Maha Pradishtai was conducted on June 6th, 2004 by Gurudev Poojyasri "Mantramurthy Dasan." The idol was made from a single piece of granite stone that was brought from Hassan, Karnataka.
It is believed that Lord Hanuman took the role of Panchamukha Hanuman to save Rama and Lakshmana from Pathal lok. The story dates back to the time of Ramayana. During the war between Rama and Ravana, Ravana to defeat Lord Rama took the help of Mahiravana, the King of Pathala. Hanuman, tried to protect both Lord Rama and Laxmana by building a Fort with his tail. But, Mahirvana disguised himself as Vibheeshana and took Rama and Laxmana to the Pathala Lok. In order to kill Mahiravana, Hanuman had to blow 5 lamps at the same time. So, he took the form of Panchamukha Hanuman. His five forms include Hanuman, Hayagriva, Narasimha, Garuda and Varaha. He extinguished the lamps and saved Lord Rama and Laxmana from Mahiravana.
In Panchamukha Hanuman form the face that faces east is of Hanuman, it is believed to eliminate all sins and purify the mind. The face facing north is of the form Varaha, it wards off the bad effects caused by planets and prospers you with astha aishwarya. The form facing South is Narasimha. This form defeats enemies and grants victory. To the west is the form Garuda that wards off the effects of evil, black magic and poison. The face in the center that looks upward is Hayagriva. This form grants knowledge, progeny and mukthi.
Other places of interest include:
- Sri Shiva –Vishnu Temple in Poonganagar
- Gangai Naatha swami with neeri nilai naayagai kovil in Manavala Nagar
- CSI Goudie Memorial Church
- St.Francis De Sale Church
- Miracle AG Church
- Magaleeswari temple
- Shalom Prayer Tower - Kakklur Sali
- Sri maha ruthra kali amman Temple
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