(Last Updated on : 06/08/2012)
The small village called Nemili is situated off the Chennai-Tirupati highway, is the abode of a small but very beautiful temple for Vaikunthavasa Perumal. The temple is a legendary one and the inscriptions found in this temple show that this village was called Nenmali and that Lord Vaikunthavasa was known by various names in the preceding centuries. The names by which the Lord was called were Tirumetrali-Devar, Tirumetraiip-erumanadigal and Tirumetrali-Perumal. Nenmali alias Chalukulakala-chaturvedimangalam was in ancient times, a village peopled by great scholars proficient in the Vedas and ancient scriptures. It was situated in the ancient territorial area called Ihatur-nadu, a subdivision of Kunravattana-kottam in Jayamkondachola-mandalam.
Legend of Sri Vaikunthavasa Perumal Temple, Nemili, South India
: - The legend of the Temple depicts that the temple has enough mythological significance. The antiquity of the temple is supported by the legendary stories, which are closely connected with the temple. The enshrined deity and the name of the temple follows the legendary accounts.
Architecture of Sri Vaikunthavasa Perumal Temple, Nemili, South India
: - The architecture of the temple depicts the Pallava and the Vijayanagara style of art. The structural design of the temple and the proper arrangement of the images in the pedestal bear out the architectural supremacy of the contemporary artists.
Inscriptions of Sri Vaikunthavasa Perumal Temple, Nemili, South India: - The inscriptions point out the achievements of the kings belongs to the various dynasties like Pallava, Rashtrakuta etc. The inscription also records the gifts and donations made to the temple by the kings. Moreover these epigraphic evidences point to the chronology of the temple.