Known as the Venkatachalapathy Swamy Temple, it is commonly called the Uppiliappan Temple, Tamil Nadu. Located at Thiruvinnagaram, a small village, there is a legend that explains how the temple got its name.
The Goddess Mahalakshmi incarnated herself as a beautiful girl child at this place. Found and brought up by Rishi Markandeya, she was named Bhumidevi. Suitors started approaching the Rishi for her hand when she attained her marriageable age. One such suitor was an old and frail brahmachari. His age and frailty dismaying the Rishi who tried to put off the suitor by claiming that his daughter was so young that she did not even know how to add salt to the food being cooked. Upon which the suitor replied that he did not mind and would still like to marry Bhumidevi. The Rishi with his eyes shut prayed to Lord Vishnu to relieve him of this predicament. On opening his eyes, he found that instead of the old man, there stood a young and handsome Lord Vishnu himself. The wedding was arranged and organized by the devas and was so glorious that the village resembled the heavens, which is what the name of the village means in the local language – the heavenly village.
Post the wedding, the Lord announced that since his wife did not know how to add salt to the food, as long as he was here, he would only eat food that was without salt. The Prasad made and all food offered to the deity even today is done without salt. This gave rise to the name of the deity - Uppiliappan (‘he who eats no salt’).
|Timings||All days of the week 5:00 AM - 12:00 PM 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM|
|Visit Duration||Around an hour|