Nemili, Tamilnadu, India
The main diety of this temple is Vaikuntavasa Perumal who is an incrarination of Lord Vishnu facing East direction. Vaikuntavasa Perumal in a seated posture on Adisesha the deity holds the Sankha (Conch) and the prayoga chakra (discus ready to be hurled at the foes of his loyal devotees). The lower right hand is positioned in abhaya, which assures protection, while two fingers of the left hand hold a single grain of rice. Seated on either side of the deity are Goddesses Sridevi and Bhudevi. He wears big thiruman on his forehead like the lord in tirumala. The Lord here is a manifestation.
In this temple Lord Vishnu along with Sri Devi and Bhoo Devi.
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Once there were un-precedented heavy rains in the area and the irrigation tank in the village got filled up and was over flowing. The villagers, who feared that it might breach any time appealed to the lord who prevented the embankment from breaching, with his back. It is remarkable that the Moolavar idol even today sweats profusely and his garments, which become wet, have to be changed frequently. Hence, the Moolavar lord is also referred to as Eri Kaatha Vaikunta Vasa Perumal. The temple is facing in East direction. The temple has no Raja gopuram at present. The remnants of the Raja gopuram, which existed in the past or was left unfinished, are found at the entrance. Perumal is on Adisesha under the Pushpakoti Vimana which is on the sanctum.
The Nemili temple is abound with Inscriptions the earliest of which dates back to the 905 A.D. to the rule of the last of the Pallava rulers, Aparajitha Varma that records a gift of 100 kuli of land for sounding music at the temple. The pillar at the temple was constructed by Kovalan. There are also inscriptions relating to the Chola and Rashtrakuta rulers. A 920 A.D. inscription in tamil relating to Parantaka-I records the gift of land free of taxes for worship and offerings during the mid day service and for a lamp in the temple to the Sabha of Nenamali (the then name of the place) and a 945 A.D. inscription relating to the same ruler records a tax free gift of 1000 kuli of land near the tank. A 920 A.D. inscription in tamil relating to Parantaka-I records the gift of land free of taxes for worship and offerings during the mid-day service and for a lamp in the temple to the Sabha of Nenamali (the then name of the place) and a 945 A.D. inscription relating to the same ruler records a tax-free gift of 1000 Kuli of land near the tank, a 1010 A.D. Raja Raja-I Inscription on the South Wall provides details of taxes to be levied on crops raised on different kinds of lands. Death duty was to be levied on Brahmana community to be utilized for benefit of the temple tank. 1032 A.D. - 11th century A.D. inscriptions relating to the rule of Rajendra Chola-I dating to 1032 A.D. record the gift of 95 sheeps for a lamp and the gift of copper lamp stand to temple by a shepherd. During the rule of Rajendra-II, a 1054 A.D. inscription records the sale of 500 kuli of land by the maha sabha for maintaining a perpetual lamp in the temple. A 13th century A.D. inscription in tamil and telugu dating back to 1252 A.D. records the gift of 1010 kuli of land to the deity for four lamps and for offering during Irupalli Ezhuchi. Another Inscription records the gifting by Raja Kesari Varma’s gifting of sheep for a lamp. Also seen are Inscriptions of the Rashtrakuta dynasty of the ancient karnataka area and others of later times. The pillar at the temple was constructed by Kovalan. The temple was constructed with granite stones.
Sage Bhrigu and others performed a penance in Puri in Orissa to have a vision of Lord Narayana. He appeared but not the way they wanted him in full form with Chakra, Shanka and Gadayutham. The lord directed them to go to kanchipuram and perform penance there, assuring them that he would appear before them. The sages found too many holy places in kanchipuram and wanted to know which was the holiest among them. They sought the help of Brahma, who in turn prayed to the lord and he appeared in sitting posture before him in nemili. He said when the merit of nemili was weighed against the merit of all other places the needle would tilt in nemili's favour by the weight of a grain of paddy. Hence the place came to be known as nelmeli or nemili. According to the legend a farmer in the village vowed before the lord to give a major share of the yield from his land and he got a bumper yield that year. Paddy obtained from the land was heaped like a hill in the threshing floor, but the farmer changed his mind on seeing the big yield and tried to take it home. And the entire paddy stock on the threshing floor turned into stone pebbles and it became a hill. The farmer, who realized his mistake, fell at the feet of the lord, who took a single paddy grain in his two fingers as his share and gave back the entire stock to the farmer. That explains the lord's posture of holding a grain between his fingers.
The temple was built in 10th century A.D. by Pallava king Aparajitha Varma and renovation work done in 2002.
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