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Sri Ashtapuja Balamadana Venugopalar temple

Moolavar : Ashtapuja Balamadana Venugopalan
Urchavar : NA
Amman / Thayar : NA
Thala Virutcham : NA
Theertham : NA
Agamam / Pooja : NA
Old year : 1000-2000 years old
Historical Name : NA
City : Belur
District : Salem
State : Tamil Nadu




   Vaikunda Ekadasi ? 11th day during the full moon days ? falling in December ?January is celebrated in the temple.

Temple's Speciality:

   Generally Lord Vishnu appears with four hands only. Here, Lord Vishnu has eight hands (ashta puja). Garuda the eagle vehicle of Lord Vishnu in this temple has no wings and is regarded as Jatayu in Ramayana who fought with Ravana to protect Sita from his abduction when he lost the wings in the fight.

Opening Time:

   The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.


   Sri Ashtapuja Balamadana Venugopala Temple, Belur, Salem district.



General Information:

   Sambamoortheeswarar temple, Laxmi Gopalar temple, Veerabadrar swamy temple, Kayanirmaleswarar temple, Veera anjenayar temple, All those Famous temple are placed near to this temple.


   Those facing problems in marriage alliance affairs, debt burden, family disputes pray to the Lord on Makam, Visaka, Sadayam, Tiruvonam and Rohini star days seeking relief from such worries.

Thanks giving:

   Devotees offer Tirumanjanam (abishek in Vaishnava temples) to Perumal and Mother with new Clothes (vastras) as token of their gratitude on realizing their prayers to the Lord.

Greatness Of Temple:

   The presiding deity Lord Ashtapuja Balamadana Venugopalan has eight hands of which two belong to Lord Vishnu and the two below relates to Krishnavatara while the remaining four belongs to Balarama. The left cheek has the feminine softness. The right cheek is masculine rough. Seven headed Adisesha is above the Lord?s head. The left leg is feminine dressed in Indian Panchakatcha tradition with a sari. The right leg is masculine. There is a cow and calf on the right and a cow and bull on the left.Abishek is performed to Mother Maragathavalli Meenakshi on Ashtami, Navami and Ekadasi days (the 8th, 9th and 11th day from the full moon days respectively). It is said that Sage Vasishta installed this idol. Garuda, the eagle vehicle of Lord Vishnu is seen without wings and is regarded as Jatayu the eagle who lost his wings while preventing Ravana from abducting Sita.

Temple History:

   Universal Mother Parasakthi appeared on Earth in many incarnations as Kamakshi, Visalakshi, Ulagammai, Parvathi, Dakshayani having many names. She stayed in the city of Madurai in the name of Meenakshi. A woman devotee considered Meenakshi as per own child and played the role of an affectionate mother, feeding her, bathing her and singing softly and melodiously to put Her to sleep as we could see Periazhwar imagining himself as mother to Lord Krishna.Mother Meenakshi, pleased with the Bhakti of the woman made her born as Kanchanamala and became Her child later. It is on this story that Meenakshi?s temple came into being later. Lord Perumal as Her Brother gave Her hands to Lord Sundareswara in marriage then. Meenakshi was ever a Mother to all beings on Earth. This is the place where She appeared as Mother to all. She graces in the name of Maragathavalli Meenakshi from a separate shrine as an old women in this temple.

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*Sources from Dinamalar.com

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