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Sri Kolavili Ramar Thiruvelliyangudi

Kolavili Ramar Temple is a temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu located 19 km away from Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu, India on the Kumbakonam-Chennai highway .

It is one of the 108 Divyadesam dedicated to Vishnu, who is worshipped as Kola Valvill Ramar and his consort Lakshmi as Maragathavalli .

The great King Bali, was donating 3 steps to Lord Vamana (who was in the guise of a brahmana boy) , Shukra , King Bali’s guru , identified that the dwarf brahmana was none than the Lord Vishnu and instructed King Bali to not donate. Inspite of that instruction , King Bali was greatly happy to donate to the Lord Himself . Hence , Shukra , immediately took a from of a small bee , blocks the kettle mouth (Kamandalam) of King Bali while donating 3 steps . At that time , Lord Vamana pierces the bee’s eye with His darbha (kusha grass), so that the donating process is completed (by letting the water fall three times) . For this act of the Lord , Shukra loses His eyesight and falls down from the Kamandalam .

Hence Shukracharya performed penance in this place and got back his lost eyesight.

On the request of Indra, Mayan, Markandeya, Shukra, Brahma and Parashara, the Lord handed over his conch and discus to His devotee Garuda and blessed them the vision in Kalyana Tirukkolam or Marriage Ceremonial Alankara.

Hence even now, one can see these two divine Ayudas of the Lord, in the hands of Garuda. In the whole world, this is the only temple where one can see Garuda with four arms in the rising posture. Hence Garuda here is known as Chaturbhuja Garuda.


Published by Ranjini Madhavan

Iam a homemaker who like to travel to spiritual places and like to share my spiritual tours , pictures and my personal tour experiences .Though am not expressive to put it in words thought it would be easy for others who likes to travel these places so that they may know what all places to be covered and a sweet memories for myself.

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