SRI THIRUNARAYANA PERUMAL, MELKOTE (KAR)

Known as Dakshin Badri, Thiru Narayanapuram is one of the four famous Swayambu Kshetrams, the other three being Srirangam, Kanchipuram and Tirupati.
The presiding diety is Cheluva Narayana Swamy/ Selva Pillai/ Rama Priyan.
Once, Sri Rama gave his aradhana murthi of Sri Ranganatha, to Raja Vibhishana on his request. So he was left without a murthi for his daily pujas. Brahma is said to have provided the murti of Selva Pillai to Rama who later passed this on to his sons, Lava and Kusa.
When Kusa’s daughter married a Yadava prince, this murthi moved to the lunar dynasty from solar.

It is said that the utsav murthi got the name Selva Pillai due to Sri Ramanuja.
Once, a Sultan took away this murthi and Sri Ramanuja went in its search to the Sultan’s palace.
The Sultan brought several murthis and asked him to identify the original. Sri Ramanuja called, “Adiyen, Vaareer En Selva Pillai.” Prabhu ran as a baby and sat on Ramanuja’s lap. As Prabhu had responded to this name, he came to be called Selva Pillai.
The primary attraction of this sthalam is the great Brahmotsavam during which perumal is decorated with Vairamudi (a special and precious ornament in which diamond stones are installed) and this seva is called as "Vaira mudi Seva".

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