August 15, 2009

The Temple of Fish God - Vedanarayana Swamy Temple, Nagalapuram

Site Name: Vedanarayana Swamy Temple
Site Type: Hindu Temple
Location:  Nagalapuram, 70 kms from Chennai city, Andhra Pradesh state, India
A rare temple dedicated to Matsya Avatar of Vishna
Nearest Railway Station: Chennai is major railway station near Nagalapuram

Nearest Airport: Chennai, 70 kms away from this site,  has both national and international airports
How to reach: Easily reachable by road from Chennai and Tirupati; public transport is not dependable though
Hotel: Many star hotels, luxury hotels/resorts, and budget hotels are available in Chennai; Tirupati is an alternate option; Nagalapuram and nearby places do not have good accommodation facilities though
Restaurants: Uttukkottai, 20 kms from Suruttapalli

Lord Vishnu took many avatars (incarnations) in this world. Out of those various incarnations, ten avatars are important and they are called as Dasavatars (ten incarnations). The first avatar is Matsya avatar (fish incarnation). Lord Vishnu took Matsya avatar to kill the rakshasa Somakudu  and get back the Vedas stolen by him. Vedanarayana Swamy temple in Nagalapuram is the temple for the savior of vedas, Matsya avatar. To my knowledge, I don't think there is any other temple dedicated to Matsya avatar.

Nagalapuram is a village in Chittoor district, Andhra Pradesh. You can reach this place either from Chennai or from Tiruppati. The distance from both these cities to Nagalapuram is almost same - around 70 kms. In my previous post, I have written about Suruttapalli temple. You need to travel another 11-12 kms on the same high road from Suruttapalli to reach this place (towards Tirupati route). You can conveniently cover Suruttapalli and Nagalapuram in one day, if you travel from Chennai.

The temple is an example for Vijayanagar empire's architectural beauty. The temple was built by the emperor Krishnadeva Raya in the 16th century CE. The main deity of the temple is Veda Narayana Swamy (Matsya avatar), who is found along with his consorts Sri Devi and Bhoo Devi. The temple is huge and architecturally very beautiful. The temple also houses other shrines such as, Vedavalli, Lakshmi Narasimhar, Veera Anjaneya, Bhakta Anjaneya, Ram with Sita and Lakshman.

Go and visit this religiously and architecturally important temple.

Happy travelling.

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