The Kailasapuram Ayya Vaikundar Temple is a popular temple, which is dedicated to the divine avatar Sri Ayya Vaikundar, and it is located in Peruvilai village, Kailasapuram, Tamil Nadu. Daily pujas are properly conducted at this temple, and lot of devotees from all parts of Tamil Nadu used to visit this temple on week days and also on auspicious days. Flowers and flower garlands are adorned to the idol of Ayya Vaikundar, and those who watch his divine darshan would be very much delighted.
Fruits would be offered as holy Prasad before the shrine of Vaikundar, and after the completion of puja it would be distributed amongst the devotees. It is believed that Ayya still hears the prayers of his devotees from his temple, and removes their problems.
Ayya is considered as an incarnation of Lord Vishnu and he lived during the period: (1810-1857), and he was born in the sacred place of Thiruchendur, which is considered as one of the six abodes of Lord Muruga. Ayya founded Samathva Samajam, for the rights of the poor and the underprivileged and he was against caste discrimination. He was born in this Kali Yuga in order to give relief to the sinners and to the sufferers in the world. During his lifetime, he has relieved the diseases and sufferings of the people, and made them to concentrate their attention on spiritual path.
He was tested by the kings and by the scholars and he had won in those tests, and also proved before them, that he is the divine avatar of Lord Vishnu. His five main disciples are believed to be the avatars of the Pandavas of Mahabharata.
Some of his teachings are:
1. Do lot of charitable activities, and live as per the path of Dharma.
2. Develop more courage and confidence in your life, in order to win your enemies.
3. Live a dignified life, and make others to praise you.
4. Consider all classes of people as the god’s creations, and don’t show any partiality between them.
5. Don’t sacrifice the poor animals in the temples, show mercy on them, and show your kindness on all the living beings in the earth.
6. Temple worship must be allowed to all classes of people, since all of us are created by the god.
7. Develop bhakti on Lord Vishnu, and worship him sincerely.
8. Even after my death, my teachings will guide my followers.
9. Don’t get afraid of anything in your life. Have faith on you, and realize that you are the leader and you are the blessed son of the god.
A particular day in the Tamil month of Masi, is considered as an auspicious day amongst the Ayya’s devotees, and they used to grandly celebrate it with a procession and a public holiday is also announced in south Tamil Nadu.