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HISTORY OF THENNANGUR

Thennangur was formerly known as Dakshina Halasyam, Sanskrit for a position where the wise drink nectar. According to Hindu myth, the Hindu goddess Meenakshi was discovered as a three old child kid by the Pandya King here. Thennangur was given rebirth when His Holiness Sri Haridoss Giri Swamigal.

It was the command of His Guruji Sri Gnananandha Giri Swamigal who decided Dakshina Halasyam [Thennangur village] as the residence for distributing the understanding of Sanathana Dharma through the method of Namasankeerthanam and as well providing understanding on historical text messages, such as vedas, puranas etc.

Long time swami Haridas Giri had a dream to build a Temple for the The Lord Panduranga in Thennangur.

There is a saying in Tamil that 'one should not reside in a place where there is no temple'. Sri Guruji, in order to blend the styles of North and South in Architecture has built a temple for Pandurangan and Rukmayee in the design and form a puri jagannath Temple with front side Gopurams on Pallava style of Architecture.

The primary Temple is modelled upon the Jagannath Temple (Puri) while the Outside Towers (two noticeable, on eventually left and right) is using the Pandya Temple Architechture. The temple's major deity is the Pandarpur Panduranga. It was built by Swami Haridas Giri who set up the idols from Pandarpur as the major idols.

We can also discover a 10.5 Feet of tall Panduranga and 8.5 feet tall higher Raghumayi in the wide and well-lit sanctum sanctorum. Closer to this is a panchaloka idol of The almighty Varadaraja along with his consorts. Another rare element of this Temple is that we can discover an historical idol of Achutharaya Perumal, which was brought from Tirumala Tirupati, which cannot be discovered anywhere else.

Along with these the fantastic golden idols worshipped by Swami Haridas Giri is also set up here. The beautiful overall look of the The almighty in the delicately developed sanctum sanctorum is a feast for the sight.

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