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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Sri Namagiri Thayar and Naraismhar at Namakkal

Recently visited  the motor town of Namakkal on a different mission and had posted about the “18 feet tall, majestic Viswaroopa Anjaneya”.  In the town of Namakkal,  known for the  flourishing trade of  the body building for all types of trucks is the  Rock Fort, a special feature of the Town. The Fort covers an area of one and half acres of flat surface and is accessible from South-West by a flight of narrow steps.   The famous Anjaneyar stands tall looking straight in to the feet of Lord Lakshmi Narasimha, situated not far away. It is believed that this temple is more than 1000 years old and that Lord Anjaneya is guarding the fort of Namakkal.

Narasimha was the specific avathar for slaying Hiranyakasipu, who gained the boon  that he will never meet the death by human beings, animals, earth and sky, by any instruments in and out of the houses  and more.  Lord Narasimha came out of the pillar that was smitten by Hiranyakasipu. 

Periyalwar  in his Periyazhwar Thirumozhi says “ அளந்திட்ட தூணை அவன் தட்ட  ஆங்கே வளர்ந்திட்டு வாளுகிர்ச் சிங்கவுருவாய்”.  Lord Narasimha came out of the very same pillar roaring and slayed the demon.  It is believed that Sri Hanuman brought a Saligramam and performed ‘santhiyavanthanam’ at the tapovanam with a big holy tank named Kamalalayam.  In the place where Hanuman kept the Saligramam, Lord Narasimha chose his abode in the rocky hill, the present day temple at Namakkal.  

Sri Mahalakshmi prayed and made Ugra Narasimha calm and here the Thayar is the most benevolent Sri Namagiri Thayar, and the town also got the name from the Thayar being known as Namakkal.  There is the Thayar sannathi on the left hand side of the temple as one enters inside.  To the right of the sannadhi, is that of Lord Narasimha.  The Sanctum Sanctorum [Garbagraham] is inside the cave and the Lord is in sitting posture with the sages Sanaka, Sanandana [the sons of Brahma]  Suryan and Chandran [Sun and Moon] doing chamaram service [fly-whisk made from tail of a type of deer] and there is also  Lord Siva and Brahma praying to Him.

Here are the photos of temple, photo of Lord Narasimha [of a painting inside the Hanumar temple] and the Uthsavar Lord Lakshmi Narasimha of bountiful divinity and blessing.

Adiyen Srinivasadhasan.


  1. Swamin, excellent photo of Uthsavar.. adiyen Rama nuja dhasan

  2. Kangalukku virunthu alikkum nam perumal.. Shailaja