srImathE satagOpAya nama:
srImathE rAmAnujAya nama:
srImadh varavaramunayE nama:
srI vAnAchala mahAmunayE nama:

vAnamAmalai (thOthAdhri) also known as nAngunEri is one of the svayam vyaktha kshEthrams. emperumAn appears in archAvathAram through many ways – dhivya mangaLa vigraham (divine auspicious form) consecrated by rishis, kings, dhEvas, etc., and also as svayam vyaktham (appearing on his own). srIrangam, thiruvEnkatam (thirumalai), srImushNam, thOthAdhri (thOtha parvam), pushkaram, sAlagrAmam, badhrikAsramam and naimisAraNyam are glorified as svayam vyaktha kshEthrams where emperumAn appears himself on his own will. Of these, thOthAdhri is of great importance, since nammAzhwAr performed mangaLAsAsanam to the emperumAn here and also performed his first saraNAgathi (surrender) for this dhivya dhEsam emperumAn.

entrancethothathrithOthAdhri nAthan with srI dhEvi, bhU dhEvi

deivanayakandheivanAyakan with srIvaramangA nAchiyAr, srI dhEvi, bhu dhEvi, ANdAL

One of the unique features here is that, mUlavar emperumAn is also known by the name of the dhivya dhEsam, i.e., vAnamAmalai and thOthAdhrinAthan. He is surrounded by rishis, thiloththamai and Urvasi (damsels of dhEva lOkam) who descended to serve emperumAn in this dhivya dhEsam. Also, this dhivya dhEsam is named after the thAyAr srIvaramangA nAchiyAr as srIvaramangala nagar. It is quite unique to see a dhivya dhEsam which is named after both perumAL and thAyAr.

It is said that bhrugu rishi performed great penance in this dhivya dhEsam and prayed that srI mahAlakshmi appears as his daughter and srIman nArAyaNan marries him there. Being pleased with his penance, perumAL and thAyAr blesses him and descends to this dhivya dhEsam. thAyAr appearing as the daughter of bhrugu rishi, marries perumAL and they both remain in this dhivya dhEsam.

ponnadikkAl jIyar (first pontiff of vAnamAmalai mutt) who was the earliest disciple of maNavALa mAmunigaL arrives at this dhivya dhEsam on the orders of dheivanAyakan emperumAn after acquiring permission of his AchAryan maNavALa mAmunigaL. This dhivya dhEsam is his avathAra (janma) sthalam too. He administers the temple, establishes a mutt named srI vAnamAmalai mutt adjacent to  the temple and performs many renovations at the temple here and in many other dhivya dhEsams. Though there was a mUlavar deity for srIvaramangA nAchiyAr (srI mahAlakshmi), there was no uthsavar vigraham (deity) for thAyAr. It was during the life-time of ponnadikkAl jIyar, when thAyAr (srI mahAlakshmi) herself appeared in the dream of ponnadikkAl jIyar when he was in thiruppathi as part of a yAthrA and instructed him to accept her as his own daughter, carry her from thiruppathi to vAnamAmalai and perform her divine wedding ceremony with dheivanAyakan (uthsavar) emperumAn of vAnamAmalai dhivya dhEsam.

wrappe2ponnadikkAl jIyar with great joy, accepted her as his daughter and performed her wedding with emperumAn according to her divine wish. Henceforth, all jIyars coming in his lineage in this srI vAnamAmalai mutt are given the honorary position of being the father to thAyAr herself.

nammazhwar-ponnadikkaljiyar-vanamamalainammAzhwAr in srI satagOpam and ponnadikkAl jIyar in ponnadiyAm sengamalam (mAmunigaL‘s pAdhukA)


  • dhivya dhEsam is named after perumAL (vAnamAmalai) and thAyAr (srIvaramangalanagar) as well – yet, great significance for thAyAr here.
  • Daily eNNAik kAppu (oil anointing) for mUlavar. A separate oil well is maintained inside the temple complex.
  • nammAzhwAr performs his first saraNAgathi here in thiruvAimozhi. nammAzhwAr does not have separate thirumEni (vigraham) here – he is present in the srI satagOpam (satAri) of perumAL itself
  • fully attached to the vAnamAmalai (thOthAdhri) mutt which was established by ponnadikkAl jIyar (first sishya of maNavALa mAmunigaL)
  • srIvaramangA nAchiyAr is considered as the daughter of ponnadikkAl jIyar (and all the jIyars coming in the glorious lineage) – thus visits mutt during various occassions with perumAL.

Summary (From http://acharya.org/dd/s/vmamalai.html)

The temple comes under the administration of ponnadikkAl jIyar and his descendants who are subsequent pontiffs of srI vAnamAmalai mutt. Currently srImath paramahamsa ithyAdhi madhurakavi rAmAnuja jIyar swamy is the AchAryan (31st pattam) in the mutt.

31st_newsrImatha paramahamsa ithyAdhi madhurakavi rAmAnuja jIyar (current/varthamAna/31st pattam) swamy

AzhwAr  emperumAnAr jIyar thiruvadigaLE charaNam
jIyar thiruvadigaLE charaNam

2 thoughts on “History


    My family is one of sisyas groop of vanamamalai 30 th peedam since 2000 from Hyderabad.
    Now we came to know about 31 peedadhi pati swamy. We pray him to bless our family.

  2. Kamlesh

    Excellent website on vanamamalai- can someone please upload shlokas or ashtothara namavali of Sri TothadriNathan/Deivanayaka Perumal.


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