Thursday, October 11, 2007

Woraiyur Sri Vekkali Amman

Woraiyur
Located at just 7 kms from Trichy City, Woraiyur houses a beautiful and most popular temple of Sri Vekkaliamman. Since ages, Woraiyur has been an important city around Trichy. It was the Capital city of ancient Chola empire. One of the Azhwars called "Thiruppaanaazhwar" was also born here.

Two chola Kings, Pugazh Chola Nayanar and Gochenkan Cholan were born here.

The Temple
Sri Vekkaliamman Temple is situated in Woraiyur. The Amman is facing the north. It was believed by the ancient kings that Gods and Goddess who personify valour and facing north will bless the kings with victory in the battle. Hence all the ancient kings used to pray Vekkali Amman before leaving to the battle field.

Gochenkan Chola who was born in Woraiyur, built this temple of Goddess Shakthi.

Mythology
An ancient saint, Sarama Rishi who lived in Woraiyur was having a wonderful garden with rare flowers in it. He used to worship Thayumanavar Swamy of Trichy everyday, offering garland made of flowers from his garden, to Lord Shiva.

A local florist, Pranthakan, saw the beauty of the flowers from his garden started taking flowers from Sarama Rishi's garden, and started supplying to the King in the palace, to keep himself in the good books of the king.

As the king was happy with the flowers, Pranthakan started stealing flowers from the garden regularly. Everyday, Rishi started finding the flowers missing from his garden.

The sage one day found that Paranthakan was the culprit and he went complaining to the King that the flowers were meant exclusively for Lord Thayumanavar and Pranthakan is stealing them everyday. The king didn't give an ear to it, as he already started liking those flowers.

With much grief, the sage went straight to Lord Thayumanavar praying him to put an end to Pranthakan's activity.

The Lord turned wild after hearing this. The God was facing the east till then. He turned facing west (towards Woraiyur), with his powerful eyes open, emitting anger which resulted in a huge sand storm started spoiling the whole city of Woraiyur.

Sand was filled everywhere burying the city. People were helpless and didn't know the reason for sudden sandstorm on Woraiyur. They went and surrendered to Vekkali Amman, praying to save them.

The Goddess went to Lord Thayumanavar and prayed to bring down his anger. Thayumanavar subsided his anger and the sand storm came to a halt. People thanked the Goddess for saving them.

Though the sand storm stopped, the people of the city lost their shelters already. Hence, Goddess also decided to live in a temple without roof, until everyone in the city gets a shelter for themselves.

From then till today, Vekkaliamman temple doesn't have any roof. The Moolavar is open to the sky, be it rain or shine. It is said that, many attempts have been made to build a roof for this temple at various times, which ended in vain.

This story has been narrated by renowned Tamil poet Ottakkoothar. Even today, the main diety "Vekkaliamman" does not have a roof for herself.

How to reach
This small but beautiful temple is just 7 kms from Trichy City. Many busses and taxis are available from Trichy city. The moorthi of Ambaal is so beautiful like a mother blessing her children.

Temple Contact
Uraiyur Vekkali Amman TempleTrichy - 6260003. Tel : 91-431-2761669

26 comments:

  1. Dear Saravana,
    Excellent website with lot of informations. Good great service to mankind.
    Keep up the good work
    Rgds,
    ShobbanaRamesh

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  2. Yes, I went there yesterday too..The Vakkali ammal's moorti is very lovely and blissful.
    Temple is now modernised, newly painted, I think and looks very nice indeed.

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  3. Today Hanumath Jayanthi. Thanks for you effort for uploading to the website. I am really blessed.

    In fact one of my wellwisher was talking to me last week. She did not visit Vekkali Amman temple so far (57 years she is), though she visited most of the places in Trichy.

    Mr Saravanan - You made me show Her photograph to my well wisher. Thank you.

    Kannan
    Writing from Dubai

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  4. Saravanan,

    It is an excellent sharing of info by you. If possible please read this book, "Thala yathirai" by Baraneetharan. He has written few other books too on various temples across our country/state. I'm a muslim though I'm able to enjoy this site very much.

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  5. எம்பாண்டியராஜன்Tuesday, April 22, 2008 8:06:00 AM

    கோயிலுக்கென திருத்தேர் கட்டப்பட்டுக் கடந்த சில ஆண்டுகள் தொடக்கம் சித்திரை முதல் நாளில் அருள்மிகு வெக்காளியம்மன் கோயிலில் திருத்தேரோட்டமும் நடைபெறுகிறது - தகவலுக்காக.

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  6. Dear Mr.Saravanan

    This is karthikeyan currently holding the post of Chairman of Board of trustees, thiru vekkaliamman temple,uraiyur.

    It is very nice to see the work done by yourself for the sake of amma. please try to bring in all the children of amma under one blog.

    if any help required for anything pl try to contact me and comments on the development of temple is most welcome

    I sincerely appreciate your contribution

    Amma will bless u

    regards
    M.Karthikeyan
    karthik38@gmail.com

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  7. WHEN I WAS IN TRICHY, I USED TO GOT TO VEKKALI AMMAN KOVIL EVERY FRIDAY WITH MY WIFE. AND IT WAS GIVING AN IMMENSE PLEASURE AND PEACE OF MIND WHICH IS VERY VERY TRUE. I LIKE THAT TEMPLE AND LOVE VEKKALI AMMA.
    SARAVAN GOOD WORK AND KEEP IT.
    SURESH KUMAR DUBAI

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  8. WHEN I WAS IN VACCATION WE WENT (ME AND MY WIFE) TO AMMA TEMPLE ITS VERY PEACE AND PLEASURE MIND WE LIKE VEKKALI AMMA .

    AMMA ARULAL NANGAL SANTHOSAMAGA IRUKKIROM MEN MELUM KIDAIKKA VENDUKIROM.

    RAJA & FAMILY
    DUBAI

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  9. I am an ardent devotee of Vekkali Amman. When I visited recently I found the office of the temple having the Chief Minister Photo at the main entrance rather than vekkali Amma's photo. This upset me very much. I leave this to vekkali. Because she is the Greatest and an ordinary Human being photo shouldnt have been kept in the main entrance of the office of the vekkali Amman

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  10. sir, do you have varasiddhi vinayagar sloka/ abhista siddhi vinayagar slokam?

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  11. I am also by name Saravanan , have been to Vekkaliamman temple many times. It always gives me peace of mind and all my wishes fulfilled. When there is a difficulty /crisis , always pray to Amman ... the crisis will runaway from you...

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  12. Iam always have faith in Goddess Vekkali Amman, Wriyur, Trichy 3.

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  13. Dear all,
    it is highly irregular to have any Photo inside any temple premises.Further offering Namaskarams to human beings inside premises is also prohibited.
    Loyalty to God only.To others outside temple only

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  14. Temple was open in all days or only in friday.

    By
    Muthuvijayan
    Chennai

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  15. IT WAS MENTIONED THAT THE VEKKALI AMMAN TEMPLE IS IN URAIYUR BUT IN THE SUN TV CHANNEL,IN THE SERIAL OF VELLAI THAMARAI, IT WAS MENTIONED BY A MEMBER THAT THE TEMPLE WAS IN THURAIYUR. KINDLY POINT OUT THIS MISTAKE TO SUN TV PEOPLE AND TELL THEM NOT TO MISGUIDE THE DEVOTIES.

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  16. Some one told me that if you give the ginger and honey prasadam which we get from the temple during Friday Rahukaalam, then that would help the children who doesnt speak to start speaking. Is this true? If this is not that temple, then have you heard such a temple located in Uraiyur?

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  17. amma en kavalaikalai thirka vendum. madipitchai tharavendum.

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  18. please give me the temple contact no plz,as the below no is not responsible
    91-431-2761669

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  19. I love vekkaliamman. bcoz her face shows smiling with anger teeth. so she looks beautiful.the one & only smlie with anger which i saw is great vekkaliamman

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  20. I love and like god vekkaliamman.

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  21. god blessing temple in wariyur . wounderfull god its realy working every friend iam in the temple
    venkatesh siva
    paris

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  22. I love arulmigu Sri Vekkaliamman, I got a beautiful dharsan yesterday. There are many achievement in my life by Sri Vekkaliamman

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  23. I love arulmigu sri Vekkaliamman, I got a beautiful DHARSON yesterday. There are many achievement in my life by SRI VEKKALIAMMAN Uraiyur
    THANK TO SRI VEKKALIAMMAN

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  24. A wonderful dharshan from amman which I visited with my (late) brother Shivakumaran took us all family to vekkaaliamman Temple on the way return from palani really good releif for all of us. We came from Paris (FRANCE) as pilgrimage really wonderful. Thanks to my brother & blessings more needed from Vekkaali amman.

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