Sri Subrahmanya Swami Devasthanam, Tiruchendur, South India

Śrī Venkatesa Perumāl Shrine

Sri Venkatesa Perumal Kovil
Sri Venkatesa Perumal Kovil

As the corner is reached, there is on the northern prakāra, the Vishnu shrine of Venkatesa. Shrines to Vishnu within ancient Saivite temples are commonly to be met with in the south of India, as in Chidambaram, Rameswaram, Perur, Tiruchengode, Sikkil and other places.

This Vishnu shrine is hollowed out of the rock itself, as a portion of the red sandstone is still to be seen jutting out within and on the outer side. Venkatesa Perumal is seen in a standing posture and facing the East. Adjacent to and within a carved grotto is Gaja Lakshmi, and immediately next is another with Palli-konda Ranganatha in a recumbent posture. Śrī Devi, Bhudevi and Nizha Devi are at His sides. Brahma appears on a lotus from his navel.

The statuesque figures of the twelve Vaishnavite Azhvars are installed in this crowded shrine. Vaishnavite archakas are in service, and, pujas are conducted here four times in the day. The outer walls of the shrine have been beautified with writings of select hymns from the Nalayira-prabhandhas.