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History and Significance of Sri Lakshmi Narayanar Temple, Veppancheri 

The original name of the place is Vem Panjam Hari –Vempanjamhari, meaning Vem-sin, Panjam-five and Hari-Lord Narayana. It means that Lord Narayana in the place destroys the sins of humans committed through their five senses. In course of time, the name changed as Veppancheri. The Dasavathara theertha kulam spring is very sweet and helps the devotee to wash off his/her sins. The Dasavathara (ten incarnations of Lord Narayana) statues installed around the theertha tank are very beautiful while Lord Krishna adores the centre of the tank in His celebrated Kalinganardana form. There is also a statue near the temple, 21 feet tall, sculpted in a single stone depicted with the 10 incarnations of Lord Narayana speaking volumes of Tamil temple architecture. The beauty of the statue is such that none could afford avoiding the view. The Ashtalakshmi temple is on the southern side of the temple. Devotees gather in huge numbers to join the Rahukala pujas performed here on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays. The crowd is surging to take part in the one lakh lamp worship (Lakshadeepa Puja) in the temple.

History of Sri Lakshmi Narayanar Temple, Veppancheri

The temple was built about 750 years ago in Andhra state by Kulothunga Chola III. The reputation of the temple began to decline due to successive invasions. Due to failure of monsoon, agriculture and cattle rearing suffered which was the main occupation of the people of the place. Many migrated due to famine seeking their livelihood elsewhere. Many were confused as they could not find a reason for the downfalls in their life. They gathered in a place and discussed the issue. A voice spoke to them from above. “If you begin your nithya pujas (daily pujas) as before with abishek etc., I will shower my grace on the village again. Your generations will become happier. Your cattle will be healthy and grow in numbers. Famine will disappear. I will clean you from your sins and protect you.” The temple was renovated then and all pujas began as per agama rules and festivals as Brahmmotsavam followed. They are being meticulously followed.

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