Moolavar : Uthamaraya Perumal
Urchavar : Uthamaraya Perumal with Consorts Sridevi and Bhoodevi
Amman / Thayar : -
Thala Virutcham : -
Theertham : Perumal theertham
Agamam / Pooja : Vaikanasam
Old year : 500 years old
Historical Name : -
City : Aiyampalayam
District : Tiruvannamalai
State : Tamil Nadu
Purattasi Navarathri in September-October, Vishnu deepam in November-December, Sri Vaikunda Ekadasi in December-January and Thai Makara in January-February are the festivals of the temple.
As Perumal granted darshan to a little boy, He is a Balyamurthy (young boy) in the temple.
The temple is open from 7.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m. continuously. On Saturdays the timing would be from 7.30 a.m. to 7.00 p.m. The devotee can visit the temple during others hours also if he/she gets in touch with the priest in advance.
Sri Uthamaraya Perumal Temple, Peria Aiyampalayam – 632 315, Arani Taluk, Tiruvannamalai district.
+91 4181-248 224, 248 424, 93455 24079
Surrounded by mountains, this is a hill temple with 300 steps. Devotee arrivals would be more on Saturdays in the month of Thai-January-February and Purattasi – September-October to light Maa Vilakku lamps.
Devotees pray to Lord to cleanse their mind from evil thoughts, unmarried seek good-natured match, speech for dumb children. Those afflicted with Naga doshas-serpent planet aspects offer turmeric paste dressing (Alankara) to Nagas.
Devotees light Maa Vilakku-a lamp made of rice flour and ghee paste- perform abishek with honey and offer articles equal to their weight called Tulabaram.
Lord Uthamaraya Perumal graces in the temple as a little boy as he granted darshan to a boy of that age. He is standing on an Avudayar-a platform with discus and conch. As the Lord came here alone, there is no shrine for Mother-Goddess. Tirumanjanam is performed to the Lord each Saturday. Those seeking to cleanse their minds of evil thoughts come here for peace. The unmarried pray for good match.
It so happens that some children are born dumb. Some has stammering problems or unable to pronounce words correctly. More prayers are for relief from such troubles. They perform abishek with honey. The abishek honey is applied on the tongue of the child with Tulsi. Honey is also the Prasad given in the temple, which, if consumed regularly rewards the patient with speech skills. Also lecturers and singers follow this prayer and honey consumption for better speech skills. They offer abishek and vastras to Lord on realizing their wishes.
Garudazhwar alone is in front of Perumal. There are no sub-deities. The Dwarapalaka idols (Security men) are made of a stone red in colour which is rare to get. Nagar is carved on a rock on both sides of Lord’s shrine. Those facing serpent planet problems offer turmeric paste to Nagas. There is a meditation cave on the right side of the shrine. It is said that Perumal granted darshan to boy from this cave.
The darshan to the boy was granted on the third day of Thai month, almost falling January 16. This event is celebrated as Makara Festival. Makara is the name of the Thai Tamil month. The Lord will be in His best dressing after special pujas and abisheks. He will come in procession with His consorts Sridevi and Bhoodevi. Processions are also conducted on Vijayadasami day in September-October related to Navarathri and on Vishnu Karthikai in November-December.
The shrine for Vaishnava Acharya is in the front mandap.
Many years ago, a dumb boy was grazing sheep in this mount. An old man appeared and stood before the him. The boy wondered as he has not met him before. The old man advised the boy to go down and inform the people of his arrival at the mount. People were surprised that the dumb boy spoke clearly. He explained them how the old man blessed him. They rushed and met him. The old man appeared before them in His Vishnu form with discus and conch. As Perumal gave darshan to the little dumb boy, they praised Him as Uthamaraya Perumal blessing a dumb with speech skills. The also erected a temple. Kings of Vijayanagara had executed many renovations to the temple.