This is one among the cholanadu divyadesham , its said to be older than Srirangam and is a moksha sthalam , so those who visits Pundarikaksha perumal once in their life time will attain moksha . Periyalwar and Thirumangai alwar has sung praising this Lord .The Thayar name is Goddess Senbagavalli .
Location : its 20kms from Srirangam ,Trichy
Sthalapuranam says that once King Sibbi (fore father of lord Rama ) comes with his army to kill the Lanka King Ravana , a white pig distracts him and his armies. Annoyed by this the King orders His army men to kill the pig first. The pig hides in 5 places and finally enters into a anthill in which Markandeya Maharishi was in deep penance. Markandeya Maharishi disturbed by this pig asks King Sibbi to pray Lord Vishnu . A invisible voice is then heard saying the time to kill Ravana has not come yet and asks King Sibbi to build a Vishnu temple over there and Goddess Lakshmi ( as Goddess Lakshmi was also in penance worshipping Lord Vishnu in this place ) should be given first rights in all festivities thus Goddess Lakshmi ‘s wishes too were fulfilled and granted moksha to Markandeya Maharishi .
Only in 3 divyadesham temples the Thayar is given priority over the Lord
1. Nachiyar koil Vanjulavalli Thayar Thirunarayoor
2. Srivilliputhur Andal
3. Thiruvellarai Senbagavalli Thayar
The temple pond is in Swasthik shape here and is called as Swasthika well , is an architectural marvel .
The temple has 2 entrance Uthrayanam and Dakshinayanam . Mid January to mid July Uthrayanam entrance will be opened and from mid July to mid December Dakshinayanam door will be opened.
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