The (ancient) temple of Athi Perumal viz., Sri Perundevi Thayar Sametha Sri Varadaraja Perumal has been radiating grace from Puliyur Village, Vyagapuri also known as Kovilpalayam , Karur District.
This special shrine is situated on the southern banks of the Amaravathi river. This east facing Vaishnavite temple positioned in the centre of the village with its 13th century (circa) Chola sculptural display , bestows the benign blessings on the devotees. Both the Lords Hari and Shiva coexist here as in Kanchipuram.
The Prominent Primeval Puliyur
The local history states that the Grand Guru His Holiness Sri Ramanujacharya encamped one night at Puliyur on his way from Srirangam to Thirunarayanapuram. Both Saivism and Vishnavism thrived together in this sacred place. Puliyur is the locality where the divine Vaishnavite Acharya Srimathe Nigamantha Magadesika Swami as well as the holy saints of the world famous Ahobila Mutt had arrived in quest of Goddess Sri Perundevi and Lord Sri Varadaraja and visited this shrine and attained seventh heaven after having darshan and on worshipping them with invocatory benediction ( mangalaa saasanam).
On glancing at the graceful countenance of Sri Perundevi Thayar we are transported to ecstasy.
Location of the Shrine
Puliyur is situated at 11th K.M .from Karur on the Karur-Tiruchi Highway No 67. Kovilpalayam is located at 1 K.M. north of Puliyur. This temple had been set up in this hamlet nestled in nature's splendour. Quiet environment, clean air and the surroundings soothing the soul have been embedded in this place itself.
There are hotels with lodging facilities in Karur.
With the help of the public, the renovation of the temple was undertaken and Samprokshanam(i.e., Kumbabishekam -- sprinkling of holy waters after elaborate ceremonies, on the pitchers perched atop of temple towers) consecrated through the Varadaraja Perumal Temple Trust.
Information on Archana
The devotees could arrange for Thirumanjanam ( anointed ablutionary rituals ) or archana (worship with flowers etc. and chanting of divine names to the deity) on their birth day or wedding day etc.,and prasad (devotional offering) would be sent to them.