srImathE satakOpAya nama:
srImathE rAmAnujAya nama:
srImadh varavaramunayE nama:


andal_rangamannar ANdAL and rangamannAr

srIvillipuththUr is located to the south of thirumAlirunchOlai. The dhivya dhEsam is part of varAha kshEthram. The town used to be a forest. varAha swAmy took rest under banyan tree after the avathAr in this forest . Also, there was a demon named kAlanEmi who was giving troubles to all the rishis (sages). Upon their request, sriman nArAyanan summoned thiruvAzhi AzhwAn (sudharsana chakram) to kill the demon. After that, the three holy rivers gangA, yamunA & saraswathi were summoned to cleanse thiruvAzhi AzhwAn. The remains of them (holy rivers) form the river thirumukkuLam – kuLam (pond) made of mUnRu (three) rivers.

Once two kings villi and kanthan (brothers) came to this forest for hunting. It happened that a tiger killed kanthan, one of them. villi was searching for his brother. Then bhagavAn came in his dream and explained about the incident and also showed himself to Villi. Then Villi demolished the forest and created the town, hence the name srIvillipuththur – puthu – new, Ur – town, villipuththur – the town that was created newly by villi.

The important glory to this dhivya dhEsam is as follows. periyavAchAn piLLai in his nAchiyAr thirumozhi vyAkyAnam proclaims that this dhivya dhEsam is made of maNi (gem), muthu (pearl) & pon (gold). It has the following internal meanings.

Also, this dhivya dhesam is very special that, perumAL, thAyAr and AzhwAr – all 3 of them taking birth. perumAL appeared as varAha and also archAvathAra emperumAn. bhUmi dhEvi thAyAr appears as ANdAL and periyAzhwAr too took birth here.

The temple here is affectionately known as nAchiyAr thirumALigai – the residence of ANdAL nAchiyAr. ANdAL nAchiyAr is the prime focus of this dhivya dhEsam and all activities/uthsvams revolve around her presence. Also, the well in which ANdAL used to check her reflection after wearing the garland (to be submitted to perumAL) is still preserved.

periyAzhwAr and ANdAL have performed mangaLAsAsanam for this dhivya dhEsam emperumAns. During the times of srI rAmAnuja, he visited thirumAlirunchOlai and fulfilled ANdAL‘s desire of submitting 100 pots of butter and akkAra adisil (sweet rice). After that he visits srIvillipuththUr. At that time, ANdAL comes out of the garbagruham (inner sanctum) and affectionately calls out for emperumAnAr as “nam kOyil aNNar” (my dear elder brother – since elder brothers fulfill the desires of their little sisters). During mAmunigaL‘s times, he visits srIvillipuththUr and performs many kainkaryams in this dhivya dhEsam through his sishyas.

The rAja gOpuram of this dhivya dhEsam is one of the tallest ones and it is said that periAzhwAr himself did this kainkaryam with the help of srI vallabadhEvarAyan, the pAndiyA king. It is also the official emblem/symbol of thamizhnAdu government.

This is one of the dhivya dhEsams were arayar sEvai (reciting pAsurams with dance-steps) is still performed regularly.

In the inside prAkAram, dhivya dhEsa emperumAns, AzhwArs and AchAryas are beautifully painted.

vatapatrasayi-artvatapathrasAyi emperumAn painting in the inner prAkAram

AchArya purushas

Many AchArya purushas coming in the lineage of aruLALa perumAL emperumAnAr, nallAn chakravarthy,erumbiyappa etc., live in this dhivya dhEsam.


  1. Arayar
  2. Periya Nambi   
  3. Veda Piran Bhattar      
  4. Appan      
  5. Thaathuayangar       
  6. Nallar Ayyangar
  7. Jeeyar
  8. (other Theerthakaaras)


vidhwAns (scholars)

Many vidhwAns have been born in this dhivya dhEsam. Many of them served as AsthAna vidhwAns of srI vAnamAmalai mutt and srI thirukuRungudi mutt. Some of them are listed here:

  • thirumalai periya kELvi appan sAdhu rAmAnujachAr swAmy
  • arayar srI vatapathrasAyI swAmy
  • vidhwAn srI vinjimUr AzhwAr swAmy
  • thirumalai nallAn chakravarthy rAmakrishnamAchAr swAmy
  • vidhwAn srI vinjimUr V.K. srinivAsAchAr swAmy
  • vidhwAn srI gOvindhayyangAr swAmy
  • vidhwAn srI vinjimUr vEnkatAchAr swAmy (current AchArya of the thirumALigai)

Summary (From http://acharya.org/dd/v/thiru-villipuththUr.html)

AzhwAr  emperumAnAr jIyar thiruvadigaLE charaNam

6 thoughts on “History


    Kindly let me know if Sri Andal married Sri Ranganathar of Srirangam or Sri Vadapatrasayee of Srivilliputtur

    Sri Andal Rangamannar Tiruvadikale Saranam

    1. Sarathy Thothathri Post author

      ANdAL married srIranganAthan of srIrangam. He is the same as srIrangamannAr of srIvillipuththUr.


    Adeyen Ramnajua Dasan

    Great work Swami!

    The rAja gOpuram of this dhivya dhEsam is one of the biggest and it is said that periAzhwAr himself did this kainkaryam with the help of srI vallabadhEvarAyan, the pAndiyA king.

    One thing I like to point out is “This gOpUrAm is still our Tamil nadu Govt offcial seal & emblem.


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