- May 28, 2021
🛕 Janagai Narayana Perumal Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu located at Sholavandan Town in Madurai District of Tamilnadu. Presiding Deity is called as Janagai Narayana Perumal and Mother is called as Janakavalli Thaayar. The temple is situated on the banks of Vaigai River in a green environment. This Temple is situated next to Janagai Mariamman Temple. The Town has been variously referred to as Janaka Puri, Chinna Thanjai, Solaikuruchi, Chaturvedipuram, Anandasakaram, Janakayambathi and Senagapuri.
🛕 There is a popular local myth, that a war between Chola and the Pandya kingdoms, resulted in the name. The invading Chola king, apparently got a sense of reverence and awe, seeing the intensive agriculture and scenic beauty of the village, irrigated by the Vaigai river; which reminded him of the Cauvery Delta region. He abandoned the war. The town was then named as Cholavandan (Cholan+Uvandan). Uvandan means getting awed, in Tamil. The place reminded him agriculturally prosperous famous Tanjore villages: and called this town as Chinna Thanjai.
🛕 This is the place where Sita’s father is believed to have undertaken penance invoking the blessings of Lord Vishnu to find a bridegroom for his daughter. Answering his prayers, Lord Vishnu is believed to have provided darshan here to Janaka. Hence, he is referred to at this temple as Janaka Narayana Perumal.
🛕 In centuries gone by, on the same day that Azhagar used to get into the Vaigai at Thenur about 7 Kms from here, the Lord of Sholavandan too used to get into the Vaigai here at Sholavandan. Also, in the past, Azhagar and Perumal of Sholavandan used to go to Nallur, a village between Thiru Maliruncholai and Sholavandan in a special Alankara. Hence that place has come to be known as Alanka Nallur.
🛕 Janagai Narayana Perumal Temple is believed to have been constructed in 13th Century. Rani Mangammal is believed to have constructed a Chatram (free lodge) for pilgrims, in the single agraharam street, around 1700 CE. Funds collected through this Chatram is also believed to have paid for the more famous Mangammal Chatram of Madurai.
🛕 Presiding Deity is called as Janagai Narayana Perumal. He is a Saligrama idol seen in a standing posture with Sri and Bhoo Devi. The Utsava deity is Rama seen along with Sita and Lakshmana. In earlier times, this temple was referred to as the Rama temple of Sholavandan. Mother is called as Janakavalli Thaayar. She is housed in a Separate Shrine. There are many inscriptions inside the temple. An inscription on the Northern wall of the inner prakara refers to construction of a granite structure in the 5th Century AD.
🛕 The Temple remains open from 6.30 am to 12.00 noon and 4.30 pm to 8.30 pm.
🛕 10 days Brahmotsavam in Panguni, Aadi Pooram and Pushpa Alankaram on Puratasi Saturdays are the famous festivals celebrated in this Temple with much fanfare.
🛕 Janagai Narayana Perumal Temple Sholavandan Prayers
This is a Prarthana Sthalam for the unmarried and those without children. Those who visit this temple and offer their sincere prayers are likely to have their wishes fulfilled.
🛕 The Temple is located at about 300 meters from Sholavandan Railway Feeder Road Bus Stop, 700 meters from Sholavandan Railway Station, 4.5 Kms from Thiruvedagam, 9 Kms from Vadipatti, 25 Kms from Madurai, 24 Kms from Madurai Railway Junction, 24 Kms from Madurai Periyar Bus Stand, 28 Kms from Madurai Mattuthavani Integrated Bus Terminus and 35 Kms from Madurai Airport. Nellai Express from Chennai stops at Sholavandan station (4.45 AM Arrival). There are buses frequently available to Sholavandan from Periyar Bus stand in Madurai.
Janagai Narayana Perumal Temple,
Sholavandan – 625 214,
Phone: +91 4543 258 987
Mobile: +91 94867 31155 / 93454 45554.