Vedanarayana Swamy Temple
The famous Sri Vedanarayana Swamy temple is located in Nagalapuram Village of Chittoor District. It is about at a distance of 50 KM to Tirupati. History of this ancient temple of Sri Vedanarayana Swamy in Nagalapuram starts from 14th Century CE. This temple was believed to be built during the period of Vijayanagara Empire. This ancient and vast temple was built during the reign of Krishna Deva Raya. Also Krishna Deva Raya had named this town as Nagalapuram in memory of his mother Nagamba.
Temple is the abode of Sri Veda Narayana Swamy(Lord Vishnu) and his consorts Sri Sridevi and Bhoodevi. The main deity of the temple is in the form Matysa(Fish) Avatar [First Avatar of Dasavatar's of Lord Maha Vishnu) holding the Sudarshan Chakram in Prayoga(ready for release).
The temple spread on a very vast area has grand Gopurams and huge prakaarams. This temple is wonderfully maintained by Thirumala Thirupathi Devasthanam with beautiful gardens along the prakaarams.
According to the legend, a demon king called Somukasura once stole the 4 Vedas and kept them in his custody under the sea. Brahma, who is the creator, was worried as the whole world cannot function without the presence of Vedas. He went and pleaded to Lord Vishnu to save the Vedas and the universe. Lord Vishnu, took the avatar in the form of a fish (Mathsya in Sanskrit), went deep into the sea and fought with Somukasura. Somukasura was defeated in the battle by Lord Vishnu, who brought back 4 Vedas and handed over to Lord Brahma safely. As God saved Vedas here, he is known as Sri Veda Narayana Perumal.
There are several upalayas constructed for the Goddess Sri Vedavalli Tayaru, Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swami, Sri Veeranjaneya Swami, Sri Bhakta Anjaneya Swami and Sri Sita Lakshmana Sameta Ramulavaru etc besides the main temple.
The most important annual festivals in this temple are Brahmotsavam, and Surya Puja along with the Float festival, conducted on the 12th, 13th and 14th days of the month of Phalguna.
The rarity of this temple is the Surya Pooja which happens annually during the temple’s Brahmotsavam on Sukla Dwadasi, Trayodasi and Chathurdasi days of Tamil month Panguni which is approximately around last week of every March.
On the above 3 days one can witness the Sun’s rays from the horizon, entering the sanctum and falling at the Lord’s Feet on the first day, Naabhi (Navel) on the second day and Forehead on the third day, during the sunset, as the Lord here is facing towards west.
All this happens not from the ceiling or any opening in the temple, but from the entrance of the temple. The deity is about 600 meters from the main Gopuram entrance and the Sun’s rays have to pass through such a distance to fall directly on the deity. This miracle never happens again throughout the year except these 3 days.
This event signifies Sun God’s (Surya) Seva to the Lord to warm up his chilled body, as the Lord has been under water for many years during his war against Somukasura.
The sun's rays fall on the main deity between 18:00 hrs and 18:15 hrs. , depicting worship by Sri Surya Bhagavan (the Sun God) himself. Large number of devotees gathered on this occasion to witness the miracle in this temple.
At present, this sacred temple is under the administrative control of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) from 24-9-1967 on wards.
Tirupati city is famous for Lord Balaji. Devotees can get good accommodation and transport facilities in Tirupati. Nagalapuram is 55 kms from Tirupati city.
Tirupathi is the nearest major city to reach Nagalapuram village from all parts of India by road and railways. Tirupati city is 55 kms from here.
Tirupathi Bus stand and Railway Stations are 59 kms in distance. Nagari is another nearest railway station which is 30 kms from Nagalapuram temple. Buses, Taxis and private transport is available from Tirupati city.
Tirupati International Airport (TIR) is 58.7 kms from Nagalapuram.
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