One of the 108 Temples & Celestial Abodes of Vishnu revered by the Tamil hymns of the Alwars of the 1st millennium CE

Location: Tiruvalloor near  Tiruttani, Chennai
Tondai Naadu)
Vishnu: Veeraraghavaswamy
Taayaar: Kanakavalli (Vasumati)
Paasuram :Tirumangaialwar, Tirumazhisaialwar
Vimaanam:Vijayakoti Vimanam
Travel Base:Chennai
Description: This Divya Desam is located at Tiruvallur, a railhead on the (suburban) railroad between Chennai and Arakkonam. Nearby are the Tiruppaasoor and the Tiruvaalankaadu Shivastalams and Tirumazhisai, the birthplace of Tirumazhisai Alwar.  Not too far away is Sriperumpudoor the birthplace of Ramanuja. Tiruvallur and Tiruttani are on the highway linking Chennai and Tirupati.

Tirumangai Alwar and Ramalinga Adigalaar have sung in praise of the deity at Tiruvallur. Tiruvallur   is also referred to by a paasuram of Tirumazhisai Alwar where he addresses seven shrines featuring Vishnu in a reclining position - Tirukkudandai, Tiruvegkaa, Tiruvallur, Tiruvarangam, Tiruppernagar, Anbil and Tirupparkadal.

Deities: The Moolavar here is Veeraraghava Perumaal in a reclining posture facing east, and Taayaar here is Kanakavalli, enshrined in a separate sanctum.

Legend has it that Vishnu blessed Salihotra Munivar and revealed the Vedas to Bhrama here. The name Tiruevvull comes from Perumaal's question (in Tamil) to Salihotra Muni 'Uraidarkuria Ull Evvull'. Legend has it that Vishnu in the guise of a human, requested the rishi for food and shelter, and posed the above question to the Rishi. Upon being pointed to his hut, Vishnu spent the night there, covering himself with the bark of trees. It was only the following morning that the rishi realized that his guest was none other than Vishnu.

Legend also has it that Vishnu  vanquished the demons Madhukaidapas, and protected devotees here. The Vijayakoti vimaanam is named after this victory over demons.

Legend also has it that Shiva was relieved of the Bhrahmahatti dosham of killing Daksha  upon visiting this shrine (see also Tirukkandiyur). There is a shrine to Shiva on the banks of the temple tank.

It is believed that bathing in the temple tank, and worshipping Veeraraghavaperumaal with symbolic offerings of salt and pepper here, is a cure to many a physical ailment, and hence the deity is also known as Vaidya Veeraraghava Perumal. It is also believed that barren couples beget progeny upon worshipping here.

The Temple: This temple is under the administration of the Ahobila Mutt. It is an east facing temple with a 5 tiered rajagopuram. There are also shrines to Ganesha, Gopalan, Nammalwar, Vedanta Desikar, Aandaal, Ramanujacharyar, Lakshmi Narasimha. There are inscriptions dating back to the 2nd half of the 9th century Pallava period here.

Five worship services are carried out each day here. It is considered auspicious to visit this temple on new moon days. Fridays are marked by a procession of the processional image of Taayaar to the Vellikkizhamai mandapam. Two annual festivals are held here.

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