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Uttira Raganathar temple at Palligonda (9 km SE of Gudiatham, 23 km west of vellore ) is located on the south bank of river Pallar. This temple, just like Ranganathat temple at Srirangm is popular and the presiding deity Ranganatha Perumal is said to have guarded and protected Lord Brahma while he was performing Yaga here.
During the same time when Brahma was approached by Lakshmi (for wealth) and Saraswati (for wisdom) and Durga (courage) to give his unbiased opinion about their supremacy. Brahma, being undiplomatic, gave the verdict in favor of Lakshmi. Being Brahma's consort, Saraswathi was full of fury and walked away from him despite Brahma's request. Brahma who was in the middle of conducting the Yaga, could not complete it without his consort. Being in a dilemma he approached, Lord Vishnu who told him that he would bring Saraswathi back.
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Upon encountering yet another obstruction for the third time by Lord Vishnu (reclining) to stop her at Thiruvekka, which is in Kanchipuram, Saraswathi became calmed down because Raganathar is supreme and went into the earth at this third place. There’s another Lord Ranganathar temple here. In all the three places, Lord Vishnu is seen in the reclining posture (Aaanthasayanam). In the mean time Amba Raja was much pleased as he, at last, got the Lord's Dharshan when he returned to Pallikonda.
Upon king's request lord Ranganather stayed in this place where he blissfully created an harmonious relationship between Brahma and Sarawathi. The Itheegam (tradition) here is unmarried people and the separated couples are blessed by the God and their wishes are fulfilled. It is said that numerous unmarried men or women who visit this temple and pray to Lord Ranganathar get married soon and lead a happy life. Also the separated couples, upon their worship at this temple, get reunited and lead a pleasant life.
Here Vishnu's consort is Ranganayaki.
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Several inscriptions point out the great antiquity of this temple. Inscriptions of NandiVarman II( (848 ) ParanthaganI (920), Rajarajan I (9850, Rajendran I (1012), etc are worth mentioning.
The temple has 5 tier tower - gopuram, swing mantap(Oonjal mantap), Artha mantap, Mahamantap. there are shrines dedicated to Sri Ramajujar, Rama, krishna, Andal, Veera Anjaney, etc. There are 12 idols of Azhavars in the Mahamantapam. In the Grabagraha Lord Vishu is in reclining position on the coild bed of Adisesha, placing his head on the south and his sripatha (feet) on the north. His blissful appearance is inspiring and overwhelming.
Several temple festivals are celebrated here as at other temples
The major ones are: Chithirai Brahmmotsavam in April-May, Vaikasi Visakam Garuda Sevai in May-June, Aadi Fridays Tiruvadipooram in July-August, Sri Krishna Jayanthi, Purattasi Navarathri in September-October, Tirukarthikai in November-December, Vaikunda Ekadasi in December-January, Masi float festival in February-March and Panguni Uthiram in March-April.A large number of people actively participate in these festivals.