(Last Updated on : 31-08-2012)
Lord Vishnu is venerated as the supreme god almost in all over South India. Nearly all the villages and towns of South India have the shrines dedicated to lord Vishnu. Approximately thirty kilometers from Kanchipuram is located a small village called Tirupparkadal off the Chennai-Bangalore highway, in Vellore district. This village is fairly close to Tirupputkuzhi which is visited by many ardent Srivaishnavas. This is because this is the abode of Vijayaraghava Svami temple, which is venerated as one of the 108 Divya Desams. In the centre of Tirupparkadal village there are erected two old temples, one dedicated to Lord Prasanna Venkatesa and the other is assigned to Lord Ranganatha. The posture of these two deities is a captivating one. The former is found in a standing posture and the latter in a reclining pose.
These Vishnu temples of Tirupparkadal in south India are the legendary ones. The legendary stories associated with these have enhanced the majestic grandeur of the temples. According to the Sthala-Purana of this place, Pundarika Maharishi, who was a great devotee of Lord Narayana came to Tirupparkadal and visited the Ranganatha temple, a significant Vishnu Temple. Just as he was hesitating to enter the other temple adjacent to it, as he did not know if it was dedicated to Vishnu or not, an old man came to him and told him that it was a Vishnu shrine. The sage was usher into the temple by this man and he saw a beautiful image of Vishnu standing on an avudaiyar (the pedestal on which the Siva linga is mounted). Thus lord Vishnu was venerated and worshipped as the presiding deity of these temples.