Srivilliputhur (Srivilliputtur or Thiruvilliputtur) is one of the temple towns in Tamilnadu. It is located in Viruthunagar district, Tamilnadu.
Srivilliputhur is the birthplace of two Alwars (Devotee of Lord Vishnu) namely Periyalwar and Andal. There are two big temples which are dedicated to Andal and Vadapadrasayi (Lord Vishnu), located at the center of the town. Vadapadrasayi temple has the 2nd tallest tower in Tamilnadu. This tower (Gopuram) was built in the 8th century. The temple car belongs to this temple is one of the largest in India. It is decorated with carvings from the scriptures. There is another big temple dedicated to Lord Siva (Vaidyanathar swamy) at Madavar valagam.
There is also a wildlife sanctuary which is located 10 km away from this town in the western ghats. This is the only home for the giant grizzled squirrels.
Srivilliputhur is well connected by road and rail with all major towns in the state. The nearest airport is in Madurai, 75 km away from the town. From Madurai, 24 hours bus service is available by the state government transport corporation. SETC (State Express Transport Corporation) operates regular buses from Chennai to Srivilliputhur.
கோயில் நகர் எனச் சிறப்புடன் அழைக்கப்படும் ஸ்ரீவில்லிபுத்தூர் தமிழ்நாட்டில் விருதுநகர் மாவட்டத்தில் அமைந்துள்ளது. பெருமை வாய்ந்த இவ்வூரில் புராதனச்சிறப்புமிக்க கோயில்கள் உள்ளன. புகழ் பெற்ற ஸ்ரீஆண்டாள் திருக்கோயில், ஸ்ரீவடபத்திர சயனர் திருக்கோயில் ஆகிய இரு பெருங்கோயில்கள் இந்நகரின் மையத்தில் அமைந்துள்ளது. இக்கோயிலின் இராஜகோபுரமே தமிழக அரசின் சின்னமாக உள்ளது.
இவ்வூரின் மேற்கே அமைந்துள்ள மேற்குத்தொடர்ச்சி மலைத்தொடர் அடர்ந்த காடுகளின் இருப்பிடமாகவும், வனவிலங்குகளின் உறைவிடமகவும் உள்ளது.
திருமங்கலம்-கொல்லம் தேசிய நெடுஞ்சாலை (என்.எச்.744) இந்நகரின் வழியாகச் செல்கிறது. நகரிலிருந்து 11 கிலோ மீட்டர் தொலைவில் இராசபாளையம் மற்றும் 20 கிலோ மீட்டர் தொலைவில் சிவகாசி நகரும் அமைந்துள்ளன.
Andal is the one of the 12 Alvar saints of South India. She is also believed to be an incarnation of Sri Bhumi Devi (Mother-Earth), the Divine Consort of Sriman Narayana (a manifestation of Lord Vishnu). She dedicated her entire life towards the worship of Lord Vishnu. Thiruppavai, the compilation of devotional poems sung by her, is still recited by devotees during the month of Margazhi. (Life of Sri Andal)
SRI ANDAL TEMPLE, Srivilliputhur
The Pillar-Hall, with an artistically designed front view, welcomes us. On either side of the hall, Vanamalai Jeear monastery with shops, and monasteries of Vedantha Desikar and Manavalla Saint are set up. The next to Pillar-Hall is the Divine Marriage Hall. It looks exquisitely beautiful with sculptured figures of Yali in big pillars. A statuette of Saint Appar is found in a pillar which is in the southern entrance. On the inside ceiling of this hall, the paintings of Nayakkar Dynasty period’s Ramayana have been drawn. These paintings are getting defaced due to lack of proper maintenance. READ MORE >>
Vadapathrasayanar Temple, Srivilliputhur
It is believed that this temple was established several centuries, before the construction of the temple of Sri Andal. It was only in this temple that Periyazhvar had been doing his Godly service. The big tower of this temple stands as the emblem of Tamil Nadu. READ MORE >>
Vaidyanathaswamy temple, Madavar valagam, Srivilliputhur
This temple is dedicated to the Hindu God Siva. It is located in Madavar valagam, Srivilliputhur. The temple was believed to be built 1000 years ago. It is one of the holy places whereLord Siva performed his miracles (Truvilayadalgal). The temple has a nine-tiered gopuram with a height of 134 feet. READ MORE >>
Thiruvannamalai (Then Thirupathi), Srivilliputhur
This holy place Thiruvannamalai, being called South Thirupathi, is on the top of a small hill, just 3 Km away from Srivilliputhur. Here, Lord Srinivasa Perumal is in standing posture. The appearance of this Deity is the re-embodiment of Lord Venkatesa Perumal of Tirupathi. The adoration of this God can be equated to a pilgrimage to Tirupathi. READ MORE >>
Srivilliputhur Grizzled Squirrel Wildlife Sanctuary
Srivilliputhur Grizzled Squirrel Wildlife Sanctuary was declared in December 1989. This Sanctuary is located in the Western Ghats and covers the area of Srivilliputhur, Watrap, Saptur (Madurai district), Rajapalayam, Seithur, and Devathanam. It is the eastern boundary for the river Periyar and one of the best-preserved forests in the south of Tamilnadu state. The altitude in this region varies from 100 to 2010 meter above sea level. It receives rain from both southwest and northeast monsoons. The varied climate and topographic conditions prevailing here present remarkable diversity both in Flora and Fauna. READ MORE >>
Sathuragiri Hills (சதுரகிரி மலைக்கோயில்)
Sathuragiri Hill has located 10 km from Watrap (Wathirairuppu) near Srivilliputhur. Two main temples namely Sri Sundara Mahalingam Temple and Sri Santhana Mahalingam Temple are situated on Sathuragiri Hills. At Santhana Mahalingam Temple, separate sanctums are found for 18 Siddhars, Lord Ganesha, Lord Muruga, Navagrahas, Santhana Mahadevi (Sakthi), and Santhana Mahalingam (Lord Siva). Thousands of people visit Sathuragiri hills for aadi amavasai festival every year. READ MORE >>
Srivilliputhur is well known for the sweet called Palkova. The famous Srivilliputhur Palkova received Geographical Indication (GI) tag in September 2019 from the Geographical Indications Registry of India. The unique taste of Palkova comes from milk of cows raised in and around this area. More than 1000 are involved in this business of making, selling and exporting this sweet product.