To get the opportunity to visit Andal’s home Srivilliputhur during the month of Margazhi is something else !! And to get her Malai Prasadam and Andal’s special “Kili” (parrot) is a blessing many of us keep waiting for. It all happened to us courtesy Krishna Veni on Dec 19, 2022.
After visiting Nindra Narayana Perumal Kovil – Divya Desam #45 at Thiruthangal, we met with Krishna Veni at the Malli cross road. Went to Andal’s house and got the darshan of the Tulsi plant under which Andal was found by Periyalvar. Read about Vishnucittan Kodhai aka Andal.
Nandanavana as Andal’s house is referred to, is a part of the entire temple complex. From here we received the blessings and darshan of Thiru Vatapatrasayi – Mahavishnu in the reclining form (Ranganathar) with the Banyan leaf (Vatapatram) over his head. His feet are resting on SriDevi and BhuDevi. Maharishi Bhrigu and Chiranjeevi Markandeya are standing in attendance.
After Rangamannar’s darshan we got the blessings from Chakrathalvar – Mahavishnu’s weapon of choice, Sudarshana Chakra is prayed to as well. There is a separate Sannidhi for Chakrathalvar within the Andal Kovil complex. The special thing here is when you do the “pradakshina” of the Chakrathalvar, on the back you find Mahavishnu in his Narasimha Avatar. You can see the Vigraham only through the peep hole. Do get his blessings as well.
Finally we took the blessings of Andal and then the surprise that Krishna Veni had planned for us – the Malai Prasadam plus Kili (Parrot).
We then got the darshan of Andal in her “mirror palace” or as we say it “Kannadi sevai”. It’s a treat to the soul, not just the eyes. Krishna Veni then took us to the book shop at the entrance of the temple where we purchased the “sthala puranam” book and I also bought a small murti of Andal.
A feeling of total calm envelops you inside the Andal Kovil….
Temples were never looted. Art was preserved. Education and learning centres were left undisturbed. Bloody and fierce battles were fought – Kings and Emperors won and lost, were crowned or beheaded, but the culture and temples of the conquered land flourished.
After getting Andal’s blessings we went straight to Hotel Kathiravan, to have our lunch. If you find yourself in Srivilliputhur, please ensure that you eat at this place. It’s crowded and unassuming, but the food is outstanding. If someone like me who complains about rice being served during lunch, didn’t utter a word and polished off two rounds of the tasty “vatha kozhambu”, it should tell you how good the food was.
We also bought the famous Srivilliputhur Paalgova – Khoya for the non-tamilians and sweetened milk solids for the non-Indians. 🙂 Krishna Veni insisted that we should buy from the Puliyamarathadi PaalGova shop and am glad she did. It’s the oldest shop in the area. They have been selling Paalgova since 1963. And yes, it tastes divine. The owner told us not to keep it for long and never to put it in the fridge.
I just realised they even have a website – Srivilliputhur Puliyamarathadi.
And to plug for digital India – I paid everywhere using GPay. Chidu can rot in jail for his stupid comments and for his anti-India activities. 🤬
We took a short break and then went and visited three of Krishna Veni’s tuition centres. A very humbling experience for us. At the tuition centre in Malli, her village, a little girl called Ramana, gifted us a star made of straws. She has made the straws herself by rolling paper and sticking them with glue.
We got back to the hotel and I promptly used the star to place the three Andal parrots.
Things to Note – During the month of Margazhi, the Kothai Nachiyar (Andal) Kovil is open throughout the day. You need to inform well in advance if you want the “Kili” and there are online classes where you can learn to make them yourself.
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