The Surya Pooja Mahotsavam will be conducted for five days from March 24rd to 28th in the temple of Lord Sri Vedanarayana Swamy,Nagulapuram.
Surya Pooja Darshanam will be by 5.30PM to 6.30PM on everyday from March 24th to 25th and Thiruveedhi Utsavam will be by 6.30PM to 8.00PM during the festival.
Similarly the Theppotsavam will be celebrated for three days from March 26th to 28th during evenings from 6.30PM to 7.30PM.
This temple is called Mathsya Avataara Sthalam as Lord here is seen in Mathsya Avatar. The main deity is Veda Narayana Perumal, since He is believed to have rescued the Vedas from the demon Somakudu. The lord is seen here in along with his consorts Sri Devi and Bhu Devi and in one of his hands holds the Sudarshana Chakra in prayoga (ready for release).
The Surya’s Pooja to Lord which happens annually on Sukla Dwadasi, Trayodasi and Chathurdasi days of Tamil month Panguni (Meena Maasam) which is approximately around last week of every March. This year it was fron march 24th to 26th.
On the above 3 days one can witness the Sun’s rays from the horizon, entering the sanctum from the main gopuram entrance and falling at the Lord’s Thiruvadi on the first day, Naabhi (Navel) on the second day and Forehead on the third day, during the sunset (around 5.45 – 6.15 pm), as the Lord here is facing towards west. The deity is about 600 meters from the main Gopuram entrance and the Sun’s rays have to pass through such a distance to fall directly on the deity which has been happening for ages from now. This event signifies Sun God’s (Surya) Seva to the Lord to warm up his chilled body, as the Lord has been under water for many years during his war against Somukasura.
Nagalapuram is about 70Km South East of Tirupati and 90 Km North of Chennai. If traveled from Chennai, Nagalapuram is situated about 15 kms from Uthukkottai on the highway towards Puthur, after Suruttuppalli.