Sri Pandurangan Temple, Thennangur
The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.
The primary temple was modeled upon the Puri Jagannath temple, whereas the outside structure reflects Pandava architecture. The temple follows both the Orthodox Sampradaya (tradition) of the South and the Bhajan Sampradaya of the North.
This temple is dedicated to Lord Panduranga i.e. Lord Vishnu along with His consort Raghumayee. The Deity of Lord Pandurangan is made of Shaligrama and twelve feet in height. Lord Pandurangan adorns the alankara of the Madura King on sundays, a very simple alankara on thursdays where His divine feet can be seen, alankara with silver kavacha and ornaments on fridays and in the form of Lord Venkateswara on saturdays.
The structure of the temple resembles the Pandaripuram temple in Maharashtra with Lord Panduranga accompanied by Mother Ragumayee blessing devotees. The temple was built by the disciple of His Holiness Gnanananda Swamigal, His Holiness Haridas Giri Swamigal. It is being administered by His Holiness Namanandagiri Swamigal presently. Lord Panduranga is majestically 12 feet tall made of Salagrama stone. He graces in a standing posture. Raghumayee nearby is adding beauty to beauty. Nearby, an idol of Lord Varadharaja and his consorts may be seen.
Another rare element of this temple is the presence of a historical idol of Achutharaya Perumal, which was brought from Tirumala Tirupathi. Along with these idols, the golden idols worshiped by Swami Haridas Giri are present here. Lord Panduranga showers his blessing as a King of Mathura on Sundays, in a simple form showing his Lotus feet for the darshan of devotees on Thursdays, with silver coverings on Fridays & as Lord Venkatachalapathi on Saturdays.
All the deities related to Sri Chakra worship are in this temple. It is especially noteworthy that all the deities related to Sri Chakra – Maha Shodasi, Rajarajeshwari, Saraswathi, Lakshmi, Brahmma, Vishnu, Rudra, Easwara, Vinayaka, Bala, Annapoorani, Ashwaruda, Rajamadhangi, Varahi, Prathyangira, Sarabeswara, Chakrathaazhwar, Brahmi, Yoga Narasimha, Agoramurthy, Vanadurga, Parasaraswathi, Medha Dakshinamurthy, Subramanya, Chandi Mahalakshmi, Maheswari, Gaumari, Vaishnavi, Mahendri, Chamunda, Mahalakshmi are in the temple in idol forms.
Lord appears in fruit Alankara on the Tamil New Year day-Vishu Kani Utsav. On the Gokhulashtami day, Vaishnava Muthangi Sevai is followed. Lord appears in many alluring forms as Rajagopala, Giridhari holding the Govardhana Hill, as Geethacharya, as Parthasarathy and Radhakrishna.
It is said that Lord played his flute under the Thamala tree (the sacred tree of the temple) in Dwapara Yuga which drew Radha towards him. It is noteworthy that this Thamala tree is brought to South. Dwarapalaka idols are made of Panchaloka – a mixture of five metals.
The famous Sri Panduranga temple was built with a combination of northern and southern styles of architecture. The temple resembles the Puri Jagannath temple in Orissa and its front gopurams are constructed in the Pallava style of architecture.
Another specialty of this temple is the divine marriage i.e. Nitya Kalyana Utsavam is being performed daily between 10 A.M to 12 noon on the weekdays and between 2 P.M to 4 P.M on Sundays. This temple has a unique Art decoration, first of its kind in India, where mural forms are embedded on the walls and ceiling of Ardha Mantapam and Maha Mantapam specially conceived and erected by Sri Natanam, the renowned Mural Architect.
Sri Panduranga-Ragumayee Temple,
Thennangur, Thiruvannamalai District,
Phone: +91 – 4183 – 225 808
The temple is famous for the Vishukani Utsav festival that falls on Tamil New Year’s Day. The Muthangi Sevai festival is celebrated on the day of Gokhulashtami that falls between August and September, when the Lord Krishna is decorated in various Alankarams (styles) as Rajagopala, Govinda-Giridari holding the Govardhana hill, Parthasarathy and Child Krishna.
Prayer is the best path to reach God. Everyone can do the worship depending on their means and knowledge. The significance of the temple is the Nama Sankeerthanam principles followed in worships because Music takes the soul to God. Devotees pray for child boon. Devotees perform pujas to Lord and Mother with Vastras.
How to Reach
Thennangur is located on State Highway 116 between Kanchipuram and Vandavasi. Thennangur is served by frequent buses from Villupuram, Vandavasi, Thiruvannamalai, Kanchipuram, Chengalpet and Chennai. Bus route number 104 & 148 from Chennai connects Thennangur with Chennai.
Nearest Railway Station is located at Villupuram at a distance of about 70 Kms.
Nearest Airport is located at Chennai at a distance of about 110 Kms.