You Have To Climb 3700 Steep Steps To Reach This Temple In Tamil Nadu

by Vaishalee Kalvankar
You Have To Climb 3700 Steep Steps To Reach This Temple In Tamil Nadu

South India is famous for its beautiful landscapes, lush greenery, pristine beaches and most importantly beautiful temples. Being a part of India’s south region, celebration of the arts, festivals, and temples in Tamil Nadu are also well known. One of these temples is the Nainamalai Varadharaja Perumal Temple. To reach the temple, which is at a height of 2,600 feet, you have to climb about 3,700 steep steps. 

Most Ancient Temple In Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu is blessed with some ancient beautiful temples of India. One of these ancient temples, in fact the most ancient temples is Nainamalai Varadharaja Perumal Temple. The temple is also known as ‘Tirupathi Of Salem’. The main deities of this temple are Sri Varadharaja Swamy and Kuvalayavali Thayar. During the month of Puratasi or Bhadra which falls in August and September, lakhs of devotees visit the temple. The temple is beautifully nested on the hilltop about 2,600 feet above ground. Reaching the temple is not that easy because you have to climb about 3.700 steps which are very steep. The beautiful carved pillars and the serenity in the temple pull away all the tiredness which walks in after climbing the stairs. 

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Nainamalai Varadharaja Perumal Temple – History

The Boodha Ganas, an army-like division of Lord Shiva‘s power, approached Lord Vishnu to seek relief from a curse cast by Lord Shiva. The Bhoodas were freed from the curse when Lord Vishnu used the serpent Ananha to make a spring in this location. He then allowed the Bhoodas to have darshan on its bank. The Bhoodha Ganas built this shrine for Lord Vishnu as an act of gratitude and hence the place is also known as Bhoodhapuri. The temple has been here since many yugas and it is believed that many rishis have completed their tapasya here. According to several names for the temple, including Indhra Jalam, Padma Jalam, Yadhava Jalam, and Naina Jalam, it is thought to exist in all four yugas. 

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