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Sri Veyil Ugantha Vinayagar temple



Moolavar : Sri Veyil Ugantha Vinayagar
Urchavar : NA
Amman / Thayar : NA
Thala Virutcham : NA
Theertham : NA
Agamam / Pooja : NA
Old year : 500-1000 years old
Historical Name : Suryapuri, Thavasiddhipuri, Pavavimochana Puram, Vannimandhara Vanam
City : Uppur
District : Ramanathapuram
State : Tamil Nadu

Singers:

   NA


Festival:

   Vinayaka Chaturthi is grandly celebrated in the temple.


Temple's Speciality:

   The rays of Sun fall on the southern side of Vinayaka during Dakshinayana period covering the six months July-August to December-January and on the northern side during the Utharayana period covering the six months from January-February- to June-July.


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.


Address:

   Sri Veyil Ugantha Vinayagar Temple, Uppur, Ramanathapuram district.


Phone:

   NA


General Information:

   The temple is built by Sethupathy kings after the period of the Pandya kings and enjoys a historical importance.


Prayers:

   Devotees pray to Lord Vinayaka for removal of obstacles in marriage talks, for child boon and for excellence in education.


Thanks giving:

   People perform abishek and offer vastras-clothes to the Lord.


Greatness Of Temple:

   Uppur Chathiram village is situated 15 km from Thondi in Tiruvadanai Taluk in Ramanathapuram district on the Sethu Beach road on the National Highways. The village is known also as Lavanapuram meaning salt. Lavana in Sanskrit and Uppu in Tamil mean Salt. The name is after Salt.
Sun performed penance here, attained siddis (powers) and was relieved of some adverse aspects on him. Hence, the place is also known as Suryapuri, Thavasiddhipuri (attaining powers through penance), Pavavimochanapuram (place where sins disappeared). As there were Vanni and Mandhara trees in plenty, the place is also known as Vanni Mandhara Puram.
When Sri Rama came to know about the place of captivity of Sita through Anjaneya, He set out from Prachravana hills with His monkey army to Vanni forests through the eastern coast. He worshipped Veyil Ugantha Vinayaka in a serene environment and sought His blessings for victory in his efforts and proceeded towards Sethukarai.
Though stories differ, it is believed that the temple was built by King Bhaskara Sethupathi in the year 1905. The story also goes that Lord Vinayaka appeared in the dream of a priest asked him to build a temple without roof on the Sanctum Sanctorum so that He can enjoy sunlight for ever. Because of this design, Sunrays fall on the deity on the southern side during the Dakshinayana period and on the northern side during the Utharayana period.


Temple History:

   Many reasons are attributed to the raising of this temple. On story goes that king Daksha expected Lord Shiva who married his daughter Dakshayani to obey him. With a view to humiliate the Lord, Daksha organized a great Yagna and invited all those of the celestial world and rishis except Lord Shiva. Exasperated by the brute behaviour of Her father Daksha intentionally aiming to insult Her Lord, She came to the place of Yagna. Daksha insulted Her also. Dakshayani sent Veerabadra to destroy Daksha?s yagna.
Sun was one among the participants in the Yagna and was punished. Sun came to earth to seek remedy for his folly. He came to Vannimandharavanam on the Devipuram, Kalipuram, Tirupunavayil and other places on the eastern coast and performed penance on Lord Vinayaka. Pleased with Sun?s penance, Lord Vinayaka graced him from the sins he accrued. Sun prayed to Lord Vinayaka to grant the same grace to all people. Lord Vinayaka also granted Sun the boon that his rays would fall on Him when he worships. As Lord Vinayaka accepted Sun?s rays on him (sun rays ? veyil in Tamil) He is named Veyil Ugantha Vinayaka.


Special Features:

   Miracle Based:?The rays of Sun fall on the Lord on the southern side during Dakshinayana and on the northern side on Utharayana periods.?


*Sources from Dinamalar.com




 
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