It is interesting to note that Lord Ranganatha,The presiding deity at Sri Rangam,is attired in Muslim tradition with Lungi,and the offering to Him are Roti and Butter.
And there is a Lady Devotee called Thulukka Nachiar,who is worshipped in Srirangam.
Legend has it that when Muslim invaders looted Srirangam temple and took away the Utsavar Idol to Delhi, it was brought back later by Ramanujacharya , according to one version.
The Daughter of the Sultan could not bear the separation from the lord’s Idol.
Sandalwood paste and saffron are used to maintain the body and no other chemicals are added.
Twice a year, a coat of camphor mixed with saffron, which produces ochre/orange tint on the preserved body and this tradition has been practiced for more than 878 years.
The term Nachiar is very special in Tamil.
In social traditions now,the term is used to denote the Lady of the house belonging to Thevar Community.
The are, mostly ,are Saivaites.
In Sri Vaishnava Tradition,the Term Nachiar is used to denote Consort of Lord Vishnu, though Lakshmi is generally addressed as Thayaar,Mother.
Andal,a great Saint and one of the Twelve Azhwars,is called Kodhai Nachiar.
These are called Vyaktha Kshetras,that is where Lord Vishnu makes Himself available as Idol and thus becomes Describable.
There are also called Astakshara Temples as they represent the eight letters of Vishnu’s Sacred Name
Sri Rangam,the foremost Holy Shrine of Lord Vishnu is referred to in ancient Indian texts and it’s age is yet to determined and is point of debate. Will be writing in Detail […]