Located 6kms North of Jolarpet, off the Jolarpet-Vaniyampadi Railway route is the Aravamudhan Temple in Kethandapatti, a serene village dating back to the 16th Century AD and to the Nayak rule.
The village was donated by the Nayak rulers of Thanjavur to Nallaan Raghunatha Chakravarthy of Srimushnam. Following this, a saint from Srimushnam came here to Kethandapatti and performed daily aradhana on the banks of the river Kallaar. In course of time, invoking the blessings of the Lord of 5 Perumal temples, he carved out of the rock sacred foot prints dedicating it to the five Lords- Srirangam, Kanchipuram, Kumbakonam, Srisailam and Ahobilam.
To this day, one finds the rock cut sacred foot prints dedicated to the five Lords on the banks of Kallaar, one km west of the temple just off the Jolarpet-Vaniyampadi railway line.
It was during this period that a temple for one of these five Lords was built dedicated to Varadaraja Perumal and Perundevi Thaayar.
Aravamudhan Vigraham from Thiru Kudanthai
A couple of centuries later, the now famous Kethandapatti Swami of Lakshmipuram (a village near Kuppam- Chittoor in AP) went with his disciples to the Sarangapani Divya Desam in Thiru Kudanthai and brought a utsava moorthy of Lord Aravamudhan from there and installed it here at Kethandapatti and introduced year long festivals at this temple.
With this, the temple came to be referred to as the Aravamudhan temple of Kethandapatti. Similar to the divya desam at Thiru Kudanthai, the moorthy of Komalavalli Thayaar was installed here. Being West of Thiru Kudanthai, this Aravamudhan temple is also referred to as ‘Mel-Kudanthai’.
Grand Avathara Utsavam in Aippasi
Even today, the avathara utsavam of Kethandapatti Swami is celebrated in a grand manner in Aippasi (Moolam) in Srirangam, Kanchipuram, Kumbakonam, Thiruvahindrapuram and at his birth place in Lakshmipuram.
There is a handsome looking Garuda Vahana at this temple.
Margazhi Utsavam – Temple opens at 5am this month
Ugadi- Moolavar Thirumanjanam
Moolavar: Varadarajan East Facing Standing Posture
Thaayar : Perundevi Thaayar
Utsavar : Aravamudhan
Utsavar Thaayar: Komalavalli Thaayar
Time : 6am-9am and 5pm-8pm
Contact : Narasimhan Bhattar/ Sowmya Narayanan Bhattar @ 86082 40944/ 98411 77333
How to reach there ?
Auto from Jolarpet Railway Station will cost Rs. 120. Town bus from Jolarpet will take about 30 minutes.
Courtesy: Sri S. Prabhu