Jai Sriman Narayana !!
Thiruneermalai is also known as Swayam Vyaktha Kshetram / Thoyadri Kshetram /Kandararanya Kshetram is one of the 108 Divya Desams of Lord Maha Vishnu. In this temple Lord Vishnu can be seen in His all four forms such as Nindran (Standing Posture) – Lord Balaji of Thirupati/ Neervanna Perumal, Iruthan (Sitting posture) – Yoga Narasimhar, Kidanthan (Reclining posture) – Sri Ranganathar and Nadanthan (Walking posture) – Ulakalantha Perumal/ Trivikrama Perumal at the hilltop.
Presiding deity - Thiru Neervanna Perumal / Neelamukhil Vannan (standing posture with Abhaya Hastham) with his consort Goddess Sri Animamalar Mangai Thayar at the foot of the Hill. Ustavamurthi - Lord Sri Maha Vishnu with His consorts Goddesses Sri Sridevi and Boodevi Thayar
Vimanam : Thoyagiri
Theertham : Manikarniaka Pushkarani, Kshetra Pushkarani (contains water of Ksheerabdhi), Swarna Pushkarani (waters from Ganga and Viraja), Siddha Pushkarani (waters from Ganga and Viraja) , Karunya Pushkarani (contain tears of joy of Lord Narasimha seeing the firm devotion of Prahlada)
Mangalasasanam : Boothatalwar and Thiru Mangai Alwar
Pratyaksham to: Thondaiman Chakravarthi, Sage Brigu, Maharishi Valmiki and Sage Markandeya
Worshipped by – Maharishi Valmiki, Banasura. Thondaiman Chakravarthi, Sage Brigh, Sage Markandeya
There is a self-manifested idol of Maharishi Valmiki can be seen in the sanctum sanctorum of Lord Neervanna Perumal temple. It is believed that after composing Srimad Ramayana Maharishi Valmiki arrived on this sacred land to worship Lord Neervanna Perumal.
Festivals: Brahmostavam in Chithirai, Kalyana Ustavam in Panguni, Vanabojanam in Karthigai,
Sannidhis: Chakravarthi Thirumagan and Animamalar Managai Thayar
The legend has that Anirudha - son of Lord Krishna fell in love with Usha, daughter of Banasura. The most raged Banasura imprisoned Anirudha. This infuriated Lord Krishna and declared a war against Banasura to release Anirudha from his custody. In a ferocious battle Banasura lost his nine hundred and ninety six arms and left with four arms. He ran off from the battlefield with guilt and shame arrived at Thiruneermalai praying to Lord Neervanna Perumal and attained Salvation.
Another legend has that Maharishi Valmiki after composing the great Epic Srimad Ramayan, longed to see Lord Rama, Sita, Lakshman with Anjaneya. He came down to Thiruneermalai and Lord Vishnu gave him dharshan as per his wish. Lord Vishnu appeared before him as Sri Rama, Sri Mahalakshmi as Goddess Sita, Adishesha as Lakshman, Chakra and Conch as Bharatha and Shatrugna respectively. The most compassionate Lord gave dharshan to Sage Valmiki with His entire 'Parivara', Vikshasena, Sugriva, Vibhishana, Garuda and Anjaneya. Maharishi Valmiki prayed to Perumal to remain on this sacred land as Lord Neervanna Perumal and adorned with a garland of Salagrama at Thiruneermalai.
Presiding deity at the Hill top : Sri Ranganathar/ Azhagiya Manavalan with his consort Goddess Sri Ranganayaki Thayar
Sannidhis: Yoga Narasimhar, Sri Ranganathar and Trivikrama Perumal at the top of the hill.
Vimanam : Sri Ranga Vimanam
Theertham: Manikarniaka Pushkarani, Kshetra Pushkarani (contains water of Ksheerabdhi), Swarna Pushkarani (waters from Ganga and Viraja), Siddha Pushkarani (waters from Ganga and Viraja) , Karunya Pushkarani (contain tears of joy of Lord Narasimha after seeing the firm devotion of Prahlada)
Festivals: Brahmostavam in Chitirai, Kalyana Ustavam in Panguni, Vaikundha Ekadashi
Mangalasasanam - Thirumangai alwar and Boothathalwar
Thirumangai Alwar arrived on this sacred land and found that this place was under water and realized that the idol of Lord Neervannan was submerged in the water. He waited at the top of the hill for six months to get the water dried. It is believed that on the top of the hill Thirumangai Alwar got the dharshan of Lord in His three forms as Yoga Narasimhar, Sri Ranganathar and Ulakalanda Perumal respectively. Once the water got dried, Thirumangai alwar came down to pray Neervanna Perumal down the hills and praised the glories of Lord.
This temple remains open from 6.00AM to 11.30AM in the morning and 5.00PM to 7.30PM in the evenings.
Jai Sriman Narayana !!