IMG_20160222_103822204, Aadhi Narayana Perumal Temple, Engan, Thiruvarur
IMG_20160222_103822204, Aadhi Narayana Perumal Temple, Engan, Thiruvarur

Aadhi Narayana Perumal Temple, Engan, Thiruvarur

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Deity:Aadhi Narayana Perumal
Architectural style:Dravidian architecture
Major festivals
Address:Aadhi Narayana Perumal Temple,Engan, Tiruvarur District – 612 603
Phone+91 4366 269 965 /+91 94433 51528
 Adi Narayana Perumal Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu located at Engan in Thiruvarur District of Tamilnadu. The unique aspect of the temple is that Idol of Lord Vishnu worshiped in the temple is sitting atop Garuda. Thus, devotees get the opportunity to have Garuda Seva darshan daily. Presiding Deity is called as Aadhi Narayana Perumal. Mothers are Sridevi and Bhoodevi. Sthala Vriksham is Vanni Tree. Historically this place is called as Sameebanam and Vanni Maraikkadu.


Legend / Local stories

Sage Brugu was performing penance here surrounded by Vanni trees. A Chola king raised high sounds while hunting a lion and interrupted the penance of the sage. He cursed the king that he would have a lion’s face as he has chosen this place for hunting where sages are engaged in penance. The king begged for a remedy. The sage suggested him to bath in Vettaru River known as Vriddha Cauvery and worship Perumal to get rid of his curse. The king followed the advice of the sage and got back his human face. Hence why this place is very special to Mrigashirsha Nakshatra as the king was relieved from his animal (Mrigam) face.

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Presiding Deity is called as Aadhi Narayana Perumal. Lord Vishnu graces from his sanctum sanctorum on his vehicle Garuda, which is a rare form in the Vishnu temples. Here the Lord comes in the mission of rescuing one of his disciples on his Vahana Garuda. Mothers are Sridevi and Bhoodevi. Sthala Vriksham is Vanni Tree. Procession deity Aadhi Narayana Perumal graces with his discuss and conch along with consorts Sridevi and Bhoodevi. Subsidiary deities worshipped in the temple are Nardana Vinayaka, Hanuman and Garuda. The temple is an ancient one with traditional architectures and sculptors. The small shrine is built in typical Dravidian architecture style.

Nitya Garuda Seva:

This is a Vaishnava temple with presiding deity Perumal appears on Garuda in the sanctorum itself. We see Perumal in temples in sitting, standing or reclining form only. The Lord appears on Garuda only during festivals. This is a temple where Garuda Seva is available to the devotee every day. Mrigashirsha starrers worship here for quick solutions to problems they face.

Temple Opening Time

The temple is open from 5.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. in the evenings.


Vaikunda Ekadasi in December-January, Garuda Panchami, Gokulastami in August-September and Rama Navami in March-April are the festivals celebrated in the temple.


Besides Mrigashirsha starrers praying in this temple for relief from adverse planetary effects, those seeking child boon, early happy wedding crossing the obstacles, afflicted by Naga Dosha-snake aspects, Pakshi Dosha-bird aspects, suffering from skin diseases, threatened by enemies, family unity and upset by recurring death incidents in family, and child health problems pray in this temple on Poornima days (full moon days) and Mrigashirsha star days. It is believed that performing Tirumanjanam to Perumal on Wednesdays and Saturdays yield all happy results and bring relief to all from any problem the devotee faces. Those seeking a job commensurate with their qualification and a job with a decent package are advised to perform abishek to Perumal on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Those seeking child boon make a frame with four sugarcanes and tie a sari on it as a cradle called Thooli in Tamil and place fruits in it, carry it around the outer prakara of the temple in a step by step manner.

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How to Reach:

The Temple is located at about 14 Kms from Thiruvarur, 4 Kms from Simizhi, 34 Kms from Sikkal, 40 Kms from Ettukudi, 30 Kms from Kumbakonam, 40 Kms from Nagapattinam, 25 Kms from Alangudi, 20 Kms from Nachiyar Koil, 11 Kms from Kudavasal, 19 Kms from Needamangalam, 8 Kms from Thirukkannamangai and 110 Kms from Trichy. Engan is located in a side road that connects the Thiruvarur – Needamangalam – Tanjore road and Thiruvarur – Kudavasal – Kumbakonam road and so can be reached from either road.

Enkan is located to northwest of Thiruvarur in the Nachiyar Kovil, Kumbakonam road and about two kilometers left of the main road before Simizhi. An entrance arch is there on the main road. Nearest Railway Station is located at Thiruvarur and Nearest Airport is located at Trichy.

Contact Details

Aadhi Narayana Perumal Temple,
Engan, Tiruvarur District – 612 603
Phone: +91 4366 269 965
Mobile: +91 94433 51528

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