Thiruvali -Thirunagari (Thirunangur) – Azahiyasinga Perumal

Name of the Temple

Sri Azahiyasingar Temple

Period of origin

Before 1600 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Sri Lakshmi Narashimar,  Vayalaali Manavalan

Thayar: Amrudhakada Valli.

Pushkarani: Ilaakshani Pushkarani.

Vimanam: AshtasharaVimanam

Mangalaashaasanam: Kulasekara alwar, Thirumangai alwar and Manavala Maamunigal

Sthalapuranam:

Thirumangai alwar refers to the Lord at Thiruvali as Vayalaali Manavalan. However Lord Vayalaali Manavalan is enshrined at Thirunagari and hence both these temples together comprise of one divyadesam.

Sumangalai was the head to the Deva Kanni who were involved in the job of fanning the lord using the “Samaram”. Once while saint Kabila was preaching the qualities of Lord Narayana, Sumangali distracted him by making an odd remark of his ugly students. So he cursed her to take birth in earth. As a curse, she was born in a place covered with lilly. Hence she  was named as “Kumudhavalli”. Her beauty attracted the king Thirumangai Mannan and he asked her  to marry him,  she accepted his feel on one condition. She asked him to become a Vaishnavan. On hearing this he headed straight to Thirunarayur and asked the Lord to be his Guru and transform him into a pure Vaishnavity.

After that she played on more trick on him and came to an agreement. She ordered him to serve food for 1008 disciples of Lord. She asked him to accept the remaining food and drink the water which is  used to wash their feet. Thirumangai Mannan accepted her terms and fulfilled her desire. On seeing his love towards her she fell in  love with him and married  happily. His extreme love for his wife, brought him into a delicate position of finding enormous money required for the second condition. He even used the many intended to pay the revenue to the chola king. The king ordered him to pay the revenue, he was worried about his stage at that time, he surrendered himself to the lord and went to sleep. Varadharaja perumal of Kanchipuram, came in his dreams and asked him to come to the bank of river Vegavathi to collect the required money.

So along with many Ministers, he came to Kanchi under a tight security and amazingly he found the required money.But, as the day passed on, he spent all the money he had.He had no money for  further expenses, so he made up his mind to rob  money from rich people.

Once Lord Narayana and lakshmi made a plane to test the king. So they took the form of a newly married couple and passed through the forest where Thirumangai Alwar was waiting. While they were passing, all people around them sang lots of marriage related songs and on hearing this, Thirumangai Mannan was so happy that he could get lots of ornaments from them. He stopped them and asked for all of their belongings and while the conversation between them was going on, he took away all of their jewles from the marriage party but could not get the precious ring of the Groom. Finally he took the ring by biting the Groom’s finger. After that he gathered all the things and asked his servants to lift. But the parcel was too heavy even for Thirumangai alwar. He scolded the groom with  suspicion while he was chanting some manthra. The groom asked alwar to come near him to know the Manthra he chanted and he preached alwar the most powerful “Ashtaksara Mandiram – Om Namo Narayanaya”. And gave dharsan to him in his original form and gave him the title “Nam Kaliyan”, Nam – Our, Kaliyan – Thief.

Thiruvaali

It is said that after killing Hiranyakasipu the Lord Narasimha was still in a furious state; seeing this Devas and munis sent his consort Lakshmi who went and sat on the Lord’s lap; the Lord hugged her and calmed down and as he gives Darshan in this posture the place attained the name Thiruvaali. Here the Lord married Thirumagal ( Lakshmi ) who was grown up by Poorna muni; after giving darshan in that state the lord in the same newly wed state left for Thirunagari; on the way at a place called Vedharajapuram, ThirumangaiAzhwar interrupted him to rob and the Lord himself bestowed him with the ‘Thiru Mandhira upadhesam’.

This place is also one of the Pancha Narasimha kshethrams (the others being Kurayalur Ugra Narasimhar, Mangaimadam Veera Narasimhar, Thirunagari Yoga Narasimhar and Thirunagari Hiranya Narasimhar ).
Every year on the Tamil Panguni month Uthiram first night, the waylaying by the Azhwar and the Thirumandhira Upadhesam by the Lord are enacted in a grand festive manner. In the month of Thai Thirumangai Azhwar upon returning from Thirunangur after the grand Garuda seva, visits this temple and does ManagalAsAsanam on the Lord.

Thirunagari

Thirumal  searched for the Thirumagal everywhere and found her finally in a Lotus flower in the pushkarini  here and hugged her; hence this place is known as Aalingapuri ( Aalinga means hugging ) and Sripuri ( Sri meaning the Goddess ); hence it became Thirunagari (Sri-Thiru , puri-nagar) in Tamil.
Thirumangai alwar was born on Thirukurayalur near Thirunagari. His orinigal name was “Neelan” and was the Army chief (Padai Thalapathi) of the Chola Kingdom. He was well versed in Tamil and Sanskrit. Out of the five Narasimhas he worshipped, two are here. Inside the temple, in the first prakaram, there is a sannidhi for him where he stands looking like a hunter along with Kumudhavallidevi

10 days of Brahmothsavam in Panguni and 10 days of Thirumangai Azhwar uthsavam in Karthigai are celebrated here.

At Thirunagari, there are two Narasimha idols- Yoga Narasimha and Hiranya Narasimha and here at Thiruvali, one can see Lakshmi Narasimha with the Goddess on his right lap.

Route:

It’s about 6 miles from Thirunaangur. If taken the route of Keezh salai from Thirunaangur about 3 1/2 miles.

Temple Timings:

07:30 am to 11:00 am ; 04:00 pm to 09:30 pm

Temple Telephone Number:

04364 – 256927,

Temple Address:

Sri Azahiyasingar Temple,
Thiruvali,Thirunagari
Thirunangur – 609 106,
Nagapattinam District.
Tamil Nadu.

 

Arimeya Vinnagaram (Thirunangur) – Kudamaadu Koothan

Name of the Temple

Sri Kudamaadu Koothan Temple,

Period of origin

Before 1600 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Kudamaadu Koothan

Thayar:  Amrutha Kada Valli

Pushkarani: Kodi Pushkarani

Vimanam: Uchasrunga Vimanam

Mangalaashaasanam: ThiruMangai Azhvaa

Sthalapuranam:

The presiding deity is Sri Kudamaadukoothan is in sitting posture and utsavar is Gopalan. Thayar is Amrita kadavalli thayar in a separate sannadhi. There are sannadhis for Rama and Andal too.
Lord Shiva is well known for his dances. Lord Vishnu also gains the name as a good dancer by performing the “Kuda Koothu” dance and got his name as Kuda Maadu Koothan. Koothu is of two types – Aga Koothu (internal) and Pura Koothu (external).
Aga Koothu means the type of dance which are born inside our heart and enjoyed by our soul. Eg: Prabantha paasuram’s Koothu (dance) which came due to the internal experience. Pura Koothu means the type of dance which is performed by the bodily expressions accompanied by music Orchestra. There’s a subdivision for this type known as “Shanti koothu”  where the hero of the play perform softly.  There is another sub type known as “Vinodha Koothu” in which the hero, plays happily after gaining some victory.The important one among the seven sub types of   Vinodha Koothu  is “Kuravai Koothu” which is played as a result of victory combined with love. Lord Krishna’s dance is of this type. Another type of Koothu (dance) is Kuda Koothu where the hero stands still and brings out expression as a light kept inside a pot.

Lord Krishna performed this Koothu here to explain the reason behind the brith of everything in this world.To indicate the unity of Shaivam and Vainavam, the Pushkarani, this place is named as “Kodi Theertham”  like Rameswaram.

According to the Legend, Dakshaprajapati conducted a Yagna without inviting  Sati Devi and Lord Shiva. He invited all the sages and deities with due honor and respect. Dakshaprajapati disliked the presence of Lord Shiva  in the Yagna Arena due to the severe animosity towards the Lord, he cleverly created a huge turmoil in the relationship between Sati Devi and Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva – Lord of Lords, knew about the chaotic end of Sati Devi in the Yagna, and discourages Sati to visit Yagna Arena. Finally, Sati left mount Kailash with Nandikeshwara after a sequence of heated arguments with Lord Shiva. She was humiliated in the Yagna arena and she had to give up her life in the sacrificial fire. Consequently, Lord Shiva in a mounted anger performed Rudra Tandavam, a aggressive cosmic dance, that the hair of the Lord fell and were turned to Rudras. Instantaneously 11 Rudras  furiously started to perform Rudra Tandavam. Sensing the possibility of destruction to the Universe, Lord Vishnu appeared before Lord Rudra. Lord Rudra was pleased at the presence of Lord Vishnu, he prayed to remain in this sacred land in 11 forms. Therefore, Thirunangur turned into 11 Divya Desams of Lord Vishnu.

According to the legend , Sage Uthanga/Vipra Rishi learned Vedas at early stages of his childhood from Sage Vaidhyar. Sage Uthanga wanted to offer something precious as Guru Dakshina after completing his learning process. Guru’s Patni expressed her desire to have the earrings of the king’s wife who was ruling that city. Sage Uthanga approached the Queen with his request to have her earrings to offer Guru Dakshina. The Queen offered him the earrings without any hesitation; she was already heard about Sage Uthanga’s truthfulness. Uthanga happily returned to the hermitage of Guru, on his way back he was too tired of hunger and thirst, so he decided to rest for a while. Immediately there appeared an attractive cowherd with a mud pot on his head and a bamboo stick on his hand dancing with his own tunes surrounded by his cows. Uthanga solemnly requested cowherd to give him something to drink from his pot. The cowherd mischievously answered that the pot contains cow dung and its urine that was accepted by his guru Vaidhyar once. Uthanga without any further thought immediately put down his belongings and staunchly accepted the same. At this point of time, there appeared a guy from nowhere, he cleverly seized his belongings and ran off. Uthanga chased the fellow, but the guy whizzed into a manhole. Uthanga desperately requested cowherd to help him to get back his belongings. At once there arrived a man on his horse , Cowherd suggested Uthanga to request him for more help and follow him. Uthanga anxiously approached the man on horseback and he explained the whole pathetic state of affairs. He was deeply moved at Uthanga and promised to help him to get back his belongings. He moved in front of the manhole and forced the horse to sneeze boisterously, as a result it spews out blazes from its nose. The guy who was in the manhole surged out with the unbearable heat. He returned the belongings of Uthanga and begged for forgiveness. Uthanga expressed his gratitude to Cowherd and the man on horseback, he happily returned to the hermitage of his Guru. Sage Uthanga explained everything happened to Sage Vaidhyar. After listening to Uthanga, Sage replied that the Cowherd was none other than Lord Vishnu, the horse was Lord Agni and the man on horseback was Lord Indra, in order to test Uthanga’s devotion towards his Guru. The cow dung and urine were the divine nectar which helped Uthanga to remain safe and sound. Sage Uthanga’s yearning to envision Lord Vishnu in the form of cowherd grew more and more after listening to his Guru Sage Vaidhyar. The most compassionate Lord gave dharshan as Sri Kudamadukuthan to Sage Uthanga on this sacred land. Thus, this sacred land has got its name Arimeya Vinnagaram from ‘Hari Meviya Vinnagaram’.

On the very next day of  Thai Amavasai (New moon day in the Tamil Month Thai), the perumal of this temple is taken in the Garuda Vahanam to join the Thirunangur Garuda sevai.
It is Second and one among the Thirunangur Thirupathi’s. The idol of Moolavar is of the type Sudai Vadivam is made from burnt clay and hence only Thailakaapu is allowed here i.e, no thirumanjanam is done here.

Route:

The place is 8 km far from Sirkali. Buses are available only at specific hours. The visitor may reach Sirkali-Annankoil. The temple is 2 km from here.

Temple Timings:

9:00 am to 12:00 noon ; 04:00 pm to 06:00 pm

Temple Telephone Number:

04364 – 275689

Temple Address:

Sri Kudamaadu Koothan Temple,

Arimeya Vinnagaram,

Thirunangur – 609 106

Nagapattinam District.

Tamil Nadu.

 

Kavalampadi (Thirunangur) – Gopalakrishnan perumal

Name of the Temple

Sri Gopalakrishnan perumal temple

Period of origin

Before 1600 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Sri Gopala Krishnan

Thayar: Madavaral Mangai.

Pushkarani: Tadamalar poigai

Vimanam: Swayambu vimanam.

Mangalaashaasanam: Thirumangai Azhvaar

Sthalapuranam:

The presiding deity is Gopalakrishnan perumal with Rukmini and Satyabhama in standing posture and thayar is in the same sannadhi   named Senkamala Naachiyaar. The utsavar is called Rajagopalan.

Vishwaksenar the chief of the Nithyasuri, was the son of Kundalai and Lord Varuna. Kundalai was sent to disturb the penance of Saint Dhuruvasa by Indra and  she gained his curse. So, she was born as a hunter’s daughter and married pathiran a hunter. One day  Varuna got love with her and as a result she got Vishwaksenar as their child. Later through his hard penance he was made the chief of Nithyasuri, the good spirit who lived in Pramapatha,Lord Narayana. Once he wished to have dharsan of Lord Narayana as Krishna. Admiring his penance Lord fulfilled his wish here.

Lord Shiva slayed one of Brahma’s head,hence he got the curse of  Brahma Hathi . To overcome this he prayed to Lord at Kadamba kshetram, Kandiyur and got rid of his problem here. Lord vishnu gave dharshan to Vishwaksenar and Rudran. Kavalam means a small quantity of food. The Lord of this place gave his blessings to Senai Thalaivar and Rudran after he got rid of his Sabham. Here the Lord accepts the pure state of his devotees as food and so this place is called Kavalampadi. So there is no Madapalli (place to cook food for the lord here at this temple).

Located quite close to Thirumangai Azhvaar’s birth place of Kuraiyalur and off the Seerkazhi-Poompuhar road is the Gopalakrishnan Divya Desam in Thiru Kaavalampaadi. Dwaraka Lord is seen here as Gopalakrishnan. This place is said to have powers equivalent to a visit to Dwaraka itself.

Being one of the 108 Divya Desas, during the Tamil month Thai, January-February, next to the new moon day, the deities of 11 temples assemble here for Garuda Seva according to tradition. Thirumangai Azhwar visits the place to offer his Mangalasasanam to all the Perumals-deities. When the paddy crop waves by the wind, the devotees here consider it that Thirumangai Azhwar has come to the place.

During the festival, after Thirumangai Azhwar does the Mangalasasanam, Manavalamamunigal, most respected Vaishnava Acharyas comes next to offer his Mangalasasanam. Devotees throng in huge numbers to enjoy this festival event

Route:

The place is about 9 kms  south east of Seergazhi town. The temple is known as kannan Koil , This place is about 3 Km from thirukuraiyaloor and about 1 km from Mangai madam.

Temple Timings:

8 am to 11.30 am and in the evenings from 5 pm to 7 pm.

Temple Telephone Number:

04364 – 275478

Temple Address:

Arulmigu Gopalakrishnan Thirukkoil,
Kavalampadi ( Thirunangur ) – 609 106
Nagapattinam District.

ThiruVithuvakodu – Uyavantha Perumal

Name of the Temple

Sri Uyavantha Perumal Temple

Period of origin

Before 2000 Years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Uyavantha Perumal

Thayar: Vithuvakottu Valli, Padmaasini Thaayar

Pushkarani: Chakra Pushkarani

Vimanam:  Thatvakanchana

Mangalaashaasanam:  Kulasekara Azhvaar

Sthalapuranam:

Pandavas in their exile are said to have stayed here and undertake penance. Arjuna, Dharmaputra, Bheemasena, Nakula and Sahadeva created an archa Vigraham each for their daily poojas at this temple. The main Moolavar deity was installed by Arjuna.
Dharma Raja installed the the vigraham to the right of the main deity as did Nakula and Sahadeva. Bheema installed the archa moorty of Vishnu to the left of Uyyavantha Perumal.

Once, Ambhareeshan did fasting towards Srimannarayanan on all Ekadasi. He gave 60 cows and after Ekaadasi, he finishes the fasting by doing Paarayanam on Dvadasi.  Once he did this fasting and was waiting for some Narayana Bhaktas, so that he can give them the food and after that he can consume. Waiting for several hours, he found Duruvaasa passing, he invited sage Duruvaasa fell on his feet and asked to accept the food from him sage said he will take it after bath. So, he went to Kalathi river. Duruvaasa muni went to the river for bathing but didn’t come up till the end of Dvadasi. But, Ambhareeshan had to finish the fasting by taking some food (or) water. At the end time of Dvadesi, Ambhareeshan could not wait for Duruvaasa Muni and took some water and finished the Viradham. At the same time the sage arrived,On seeing this, Duruvaasa muni got angry on him and sent an demon to kill. But, Lord came for help with Vishnu chakkaram and killed the Demon. Duruvaasa muni felt bad for his act and plead before the lord. After getting dharsan of Lord Ambhareesanal asked perumalthat he should get the dharshan of the perumal in Viyugha Avathaar (perumal should be seen in all the directions), Uyyavantha perumal gives his seva in all the 4 directions. The perumal in the center is worshipped by Dharma, the west directional perumal is worshipped by Arjuna, the left side perumal is worshipped by Bheema and the perumal in the right side is worshipped by Nakula and Sahadeva. So, this perumal is worshipped by all the Panja Pandavas and it is one of the historical issues that are explained. And this sthalam is said to be the Mukthisthalam of Ambhareesh.

Once, a brahmin who was a staunch Saivite stayed at Kasi and offered worship to Lord Visweswara. He was forced to leave Kashi and come to his native place as he heard that his mother was in her last stages and as he was reluctant to leave his Ishtadevata, he prayed to Lord Shiva for help. Lord Shiva entered into the Olakkuda (umbrella) which the brahmin used to have with him always. When the brahmin reached this place, it was evening. As he had to perform his evening rites, he left the umbrella in the temple premises and went to have bath. When he returned, he found that he could not lift the umbrella and when he exerted force, the umbrella broke and a Shiva ling emerged out of it. Lord Shiva told the brahmin that henceforth He would stay there and all the devotees could worship Him in that place. Hence, we can find a Siva Linga in the temple premises which is a Swayambhu.It is believed that the temple has the presence of Holy Ganga.

Route:

Pattambi Railway Station to this Divya Desam (about 7kms)

Temple Timings:

5 am-1030am and 5pm-8pm

Temple Telephone Number:

98954 03524

Temple Address:

Arulmigu Uyya Vandha Perumal Thirukkoil,
ThiruVithuvakodu – 679303,
Palakkad District,
Kerala State.

Thirunavai – NavaiMukundha Perumal

Name of the Temple

Sri NavaiMukundhan Temple

Period of origin

Before 2000 Years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Navai Mukundan

Thayar: Malar Mangai Naachiyar

Pushkarani: Sengamala saras

Vimanam: Veda Vimanam

Mangalaashaasanam: Thirumangai Azhvaar and NamAzhvaar

Sthalapuranam:

This is the place were Nava yogis (Sathuvanathar, Saaloga nathar, Aadhinathar, Arulithanathar, Madhanga Nathar, Macchendira Nathar, Kadayanthira Nathar, Korakkanathar and Kukkudanathar) worshipped Vishnu. Vishnu gave darsan for Nava yogi. Hence this place is called Thirunavayogi and later changed in to Thirunaavaya. In due course, 8 yogis attained moksha and the vigrahams worshipped by them also disappeared and as a result of this, the ninth yogi got dejected and stopped offering worship to Vishnu. When questioned by Perumal, he said that he was missing his companions and Perumal with his maya showed the 8 yogis. The 8 yogis agreed to stay there but said that they would be invisible to human eyes and the 9th yogi could feel their presence. In due course, the 9th yogi requested Perumal to make him also invisible. But Perumal insisted that the vigraham worshipped by the 9 th yogi must be kept there itself and Perumal blessed the 9 yogis saying that they could offer worship to Him at that place forever. Hence, what we see now is the vigraham worshipped by the 9th yogi.

This temple of Lakshmi Narayana which is situated on the banks of Bharatha Puzha (Also called Neela Nadhi) is one of the most ancient temples of Kerala replete with history and several stories about it, This temple is situated 8 km away from Tirur town on the way from Shoranur to Kozhikode. On the opposite shore of the temple of Vishnu, there are temples of Lord Shiva and Lord Brahma. There is also a celebrated school of Vedas to the Namboodiris adjacent to the Brahma temple , which it is believed was consecrated by Lord Parasurama. So the devotes consider this place as equivalent to Varanasi (Benares) , The river near the temple also is considered extremely important to do Pithru Karmas(Worship of manes) especially in the months of Thulam(October-november) and Karkidagam( July-august) It is not clear whether the idol of the temple is made of metal or stone even to those who touch and worship it.

Both Goddess Lakshmi and Gajendran wanted to adorn Lord Narayana with Lotus flowers. However, Gajendran could not locate the flowers and undertook prayers here to Narayana, who asked Goddess to stop plucking the Lotus flowers, thus providing an opportunity to Gajendran to adorn the lord with flowers. Goddess Lakshmi is said to have asked the Lord to provide her with an equal status at this temple. Hence, there is a separate sannidhi for the Goddess here, the only Divya Desam in Kerala.

It seems there is a bottomless pit behind the present idol and once upon a time a priest wanted to measure its depth. He tied his ring to a very, very long thread and slowly introduced it inside the pit. But in spite of keeping on adding fresh threads, the ring seemed not to touch the bottom. Hurriedly he withdrew the thread and was surprised to find that the ring was missing. The Great yogis and Thanthris do not stand on their foot in this temple but kneel down before the deity in the belief that underneath the entire floor several God’s idol (which was lost) lay buried.

Another story is about the connection of sage Markandeya to this temple. It seems when Markandeya attained the age of 16, Yama, the God of death started chasing him. Markandeya ran inside the Nava Mukunda temple. It seems then the God gave him one handful of mud and instructed him to rush through the west door to the Shiva temple at Thirprangode, make a shiva linga out of the mud given to him and worship it. As soon as Markandeya crossed the west entrance, Lord Vishnu closed it by putting a big stone there.(Even to this day, that door is blocked). Markandeya did as instructed and was saved by Lord Shiva, who killed, Yama, the God of death.

Route:

Thiru Navaya is about 30kms West of Thiru Vithuvakodu Divya Desam(near Pattambi) and is about 140kms South West of Coimbatore.

Temple Timings:

5am-11am (till 1130am on Sundays) and 5pm-8pm

Temple Telephone Number:

0494 2603747

Temple Address:

Arulmigu NavaiMukundhan

Thirukkoil,

Thirunavai – 676301,

Malappuram District.

Kerala State.

Tirumoozhikalam – Lakshmana Perumal

Name of the Temple

Sri Lakshmana Perumal Temple

Period of origin

Before 2000 Years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Thiru Moozhikalathan

Thayar: Mathuraveni Thaayaar

Pushkarani: Sanga Pushkarani

Vimanam: Sowndraya  Vimanam

Mangalaashaasanam: ThirumangaiAzhvaar and NamAzhvaar

Sthalapuranam:

The mythology behind the name of this place goes like this. Hareetha Maharshi did penance and meditation on the banks of river Poorna (Periyar). Lord Mahavishnu got impressed by the dedication of the Maharshi and appeared before him on the beginning of the Kali yuga. Lord Vishnu gave some advices to Hareetha Maharshi to overcome the difficulties in Kali yuga. These advices are called “thiru mozhi” meaning sacred words. And there after this place got its name as “thirumozhi kalam” – kalam means place. Later Thirumozhikkalam became Thirumoozhikkulam.

Baratha, who came in search of Raama, was suspected by Lakshmana to have come to battle with Raama. Lakshmana is said to have prepared himself to taking on Baratha only to be cooled down by Raama. Having wrongly suspected his brother Baratha, Lakshmana is believed to have come here to repent for his wrong doing.  Baratha is also believed to have come here and met with Lakshmana. Much later and in course of time, it became a tradition here to worship Lakshmana as the Moolavar deity.

Vakkay Kaimal, had a dream one night in which some mysterious person appeared before him and told him that four idols have been washed ashore and that these idols are to be consecrated at such and such places. The Kaimal being an ardent devotee hastened to the sea shore there lay four idols as indicated in the dream. They were duly installed in four temples as directed in the dream. Rama at Thriprayar. Bharata at Irinjalakuda, Lakshmana at Moozhikkulam and Shathrughna at Payammal. It is believed that worship at all these four temples on the same day is especially meritorious.

Route:

This Temple is about 32kms from Ernakulam Junction.Will take about 1 hour by car/auto.
There are buses from Alwaye(Aluva) to this temple.

Temple Timings:

5am-11am, 5pm-8pm

Temple Telephone Number:

0484 – 247 3996

Temple Address:

Sri Lakshmana Perumal Temple,
Tirumoozhikalam,
Ernakulam district,
Kerala.

Thiruppuliyur – Mayapriya Perumal

Name of the Temple

Sri Mayapriyan Perumal Temple

Period of origin

Before 2000 Years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Maya Piran

Thayar: Por Kodi Nachiyar

Pushkarani:  Pragnya saras, Poonsunai Pushkarani

Vimanam: Purusothama Vimanam

Mangalaashaasanam: NamAzhvaa

Sthalapuranam:

Virukshadharbi, who was the son of Sibhi Chakravarthy, ruled an empire where there was flood and there was no proper vegetation and the wealth and the beauty of the entire empire seems to be decreasing. At that time, the king thought, if any Offerings is given to Sapta Rishis, it might increase the wealth and beauty of the Empire. As a result of this, he thought of giving the Offerings to Saptha rishis. But, Sapta Rishis did not accept his offerings, since if any flood (or) decrease in the wealth and health in the entire empire is due to some reasons of the ruling king. So, they found some problem might by with virukshadherbi and did not accept the offerings. But, he wants them to accept his Dhaanam, and as a result of this, he asks his palace officials to keep some gold inside the fruits and give them that, so that they will accept that and simultaneously his offerings is also accepted. But, knowing the truth that some gold are placed inside the fruit through their Gnana Dhirusti, they did not accept the fruits also. After the fruits which are given as offerings is being rejected by the Sapta Rishis, Virukshadharbi got angry on all 7 Rishis and tried them to kill and as a result of this cruel mind, he started an Yaagm in which a lady demony named “Kiruthyai” arise and he ordered the demon to kill all the sapta Rishis. But, knowing this, the Sriman Narayanan send Indiran to destroy the Kiruthyai demon and thereby protecting Sapta Rishis. Likewise, Indran killed the demon and all the Sapta Rishis got the seva of the Narayanan and got their Mukthi.

This sthalam is constructed and perumal is done the pradhistai by Bhima. When seeing from out, this temple is situated slightly above the surface. The temple is square in shape and has to climb some steps and after climbing the steps, we can enter into the temple.

According to the hymns of Nammazhwar, it appears there was big city in the region. Also according to the ancient Tamil Grammar text Tholkappiam, there were 12 divisions in Tamilnadu. Kuttanadu is one among them which people now call Kuttanadu Tirupuliyur. Perumal in the temple graces in a standing form facing east. The vimana – tower above the sanctum sanctorum is known as Purusha Sukta Vimana.

The Pandavas are said to have visited the Divya Desams in Kerala and each of the five Pandava brothers are believed to have built one temple in this region (around Chengannur). Bheema undertook penance at this place and created the Puliyur Divya Desam. Hence, this place is referred to as Bheema Kshetram.

Makara Atham Nakshatram – Brahmotsavam, Thiruvonam Makara Sankara Nakshatram- Kavadi Aattam are the festivals celebrated here.

Route:

This sthalam is situated 3 1/2 miles away from Sengannoor in west. We can reach this Kshetram by getting down in Sengannoor railway station

Temple Timings:

5am-11am and 5pm-8pm

Temple Telephone Number:

0479-246 4825

Temple Address:

Arulmigu Mayappiran Thirukkoil,
Thiruppuliyur (Kuttanad) – 689510,
Alappuzha District.
Kerala State.

Thiruvalla – Vallaba Perumal

Name of the Temple

Sri Thiruvazhmarban Temple

Period of origin

Before 2000 Years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Thiru Vazhmarban, Srivallapan Kolapiran

Thayar: Selva Thirukozhunthu Nachiyar, Vaathsalya Devi

Pushkarani: Kandhakarna Pushkarani

Vimanam: Sadhuranga kola vimanam

Mangalaashaasanam: NamAzhvaar and Thirumangai Azhvaar

Sthalapuranam:

Kanda Karan, who is the chief leader of Siva Perumaan’s Siva Ganangal had a vulgour actions towards everything. He had a ugly structure and that fears all person who sees him. He gave Narabali for Siva, But, on seeing this, Siva ordered him not to give Narabali and asked him to worship the Narayanan, Sriman Narayanan, by worshipping him, he can get the Mukthi and can attain Paramapadham. On hearing this, Kanda Karnan, who was a great Veera saivan, changed to Vaishnavan and started to tell the Ashtakshara Mantram, “Om Namo Narayanaya”. At the same time he left worshipped Siva and tied two small bells on his ears to avoid hearing Siva’s name. Inspite of not wanting to hear the mantram of Siva, he was really thinking about him and at the same time he was having the bhakti towards Sriman Narayanan by expressing the Ashtakshara mantram. “Om Namo Narayana”. By devoting both the Gods, Lord Shivan and Sriman Narayanan, he forgeot all of his previous actions and started completly to make penance towards the perumals. By doing so, he got his mukthi and attained paramapadham. Thus by getting the mukthi through Kanda Karnan, the perumal explains about the relation and unity of both the Saivam and Vaishnavam gods and explains that there should be no racism among the religion. To explain more about this, in this sthalam the thiru Neeru or called as Vibhoodi is given as the “Prasadham” to the devotees. But, generally Vibhoodhi is given in Saivam temples only. This is one of the unique features about the unity and explains that both the Gods should be treated as one.

The idol of Maha Vishnu or Sree Vallabha was sculpted by Viswakarma at the behest of Lord Krishna and was given to Satyaki at the end of Dwapara Yuga. Towards the end of Dwapara Yuga, Lord asked Garuda to keep the idol in safe custody and accordingly Garuda kept it in Netravati river which flows from Karnataka to Kerala. Later, the royal consort of Cheraman Perumal – the emperor of Kerala had a dream that the idol of Krishna was lying on the bed of Netravati river. All efforts were taken to search the idol. At last the idol was discovered from the Bhadra Hrada of Netravati river in B. C 59 with the joint effort of the Tulu Brahmins and the local potties. Women are not allowed near the sanctum sanctorum – except on the Vishu and Thiruvathira days. Elephants are not permitted inside the temple compound. The ten day long annual festival is in Kumbham with kodiyettu on Pooyam day. Arattu is performed in Manimala river at Thukalassery Kadalimangalam Kadavu. On arattu day Sree Vallabha visits Lord Mahadeva of Thukalassery Temple. The Uthraseeveli festival is celebrated for one day on the Makayiram asterism in Meenam (March – April). The north gopuram will be opened only for the uthraseeveli. On that day Goddess Durga of Alamthuruthy Padappadu Temple and Bhagavthy of Kariyanattukavu Temple will visit Lord Sree Vallabha. These Goddesses are the protectors of Thiruvalla Gramam. The auspicious `Pantheerayiram vazhipadu,’ offering of 12,001 plantains of a special variety to the presiding deity is very famous. The ceremonial procession starts from the nearby Mahadevar Temple at Thukalassery. Twice in a year, the Lord is dressed like a hunter on Thiruvathira in Dhanu and Vishu in Medam.

Route:

Thiruvalla is about 15 minutes by an express train from Kottayam. Get down at Thiruvalla Railway station. The temple is about 4kms from the railway station. An auto from the station to the Divya Desam will cost Rs.40-50/. Buses every 5-10minutes from Kottayam

Temple Timings:

5am-1145am and 5pm-8pm

Temple Telephone Number:

0469 2700191

Temple Address:

Arulmigu Thiruvazhmarban Thirukkoil

Sri Vallaba Shetram,

Thiruvallavazh – 689101,

Pathanam Thitta District.

Kerala State.

Thiruvanvandur – Pambanaiappa Perumal

Name of the Temple

Sri Pambanaiappan Temple

Period of origin

Before 2000 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Paambanai Appan, Kamalanathan

Thayar:  Kamalavalli Nachiyar

Pushkarani: Pamba River

Vimanam: Vadalaya Vimanam

Mangalaashaasanam: NamAzhvaar

Sthalapuranam:

A debate arose between Lord Brahmma and Maharshi Narada. Brahma spelt a curse on Narada who came down to this place and performed penance on Lord Vishnu seeking his grace to teach him all the philosophies covering creation and related principles. Pleased with his penance, Lord taught him the lessons based on which Maharshi Narada wrote the treatise on the supremacy of Lord Vishnu and the codes to worship Him, titled Naradeeya Puranam, according to scriptures. Narada is said to have created the ‘Naradiya Purana’, an extensive document comprising of 25000 verses. While digging the land in this place, new Perumal-Vishnu idols were found. They were brought to this temple and new shrines built to install the new idols. It is significant that the sanctum sanctorum is circular in shape and Perumal in a standing form is facing west hold his conch and discus. The sculpture depicting the dance of Child Krishna on the hoods of snake Kalinga (Kalinga Nardanam) is very attractive. The two pillars bearing this Naradana Kanna has also carvings of all Dasavatara (10 incarnations of Lord Vishnu) scenes. The Vimana – tower above the sanctum sanctorum is called Sakala Veda Vimanam. Maharishi Narada and Markandeya had visited the temple to worship Perumal Pamabanaiappan.

it is said that Pandavas came to this place during their exile life. Found dilapidated, Nakula the last brother of the Pandavas renovated the temple. People believe that this was built by Nakula. The temple region is situated on the north of the holy Pampa River of Kerala. This is mentioned in the hymns of Nammazhwar. Of the temples installed by Pandavas, this is the temple that celebrates more festival events.

Ashtami-Rohini Krishna Festival,11day Festival in Dhanur, Uthiratadhi 10day festival in Kumbham are the festivals celebrated here.

Route:

Located about 7kms North of Chengannur and about 5kms South West of Thiruvalla on the Erimala route, on the banks of the Pamba River

Temple Timings:

5am-1130am and 5pm-8pm

Temple Telephone Number:

0479 2427808

Temple Address:

Arulmigu Pambanaiappan Thirukkoil,
Thiruvanvandur – 686109,
Alapuzha District,
Kerala State.

Thiru Kodithanam – Arputha Narayana Perumal

Name of the Temple

Sri Arputha Narayanan temple

Period of origin

Before 2000 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Arputha Narayanan

Thayar: Karpagavalli

Pushkarani: Boomi Pushkarani

Vimanam: Puniyakodi Vimanam

Mangalaashaasanam: NamAzhvaar

Sthalapuranam:

The region was under the rule of one Rukmangathan.  Flowers of many varieties grew in his garden.  Devas picked these flowers and offered it to Perumal.  He came to know that the flowers are stolen from the garden.  He ordered that these thieves should be arrested and brought before him.  His men, not knowing that the flower pickers were Devas, caught them and produced before the king. Knowing the truth, the king apologized to them and released them immediately. Yet, as they were arrested by humans, Devas lost the power of returning back to their place.  When the king asked them what he could do to help them, they told him that if he parted with the benefits of his Ekadasi fasting of years, they would regain the power to go back.  The king happily agreed, took them to the Perumal temple and donated the huge benefits he had accrued through years. All these happened within a fraction of second (kadigai), hence the name of the place Tirukadithanam.

It is said that Sahadevan, the last brother of the Pandavas installed Perumal in this place.  He was searching for an idol but could not succeed.  Out of frustration, he decided to immolate himself.  An idol of Lord Narayana appeared instantly before Sahadeva and saved from his self-sacrifice.  Hence, the Lord is named Arputha Narayana (Arputha-miracle). The temple is popularly known as Sahadevan Temple.

There are idols of Lords Sastha, Muruga and serpent deities around the prakara. It is said that the tall compound wall of the temple was built by Bhoodas described as colossal creatures with huge body and extraordinary strength with a threatening appearance. Bhoodas are generally shown as a helping group to Gods in our scriptures. There is a human body placed on a stone in front of the temple. The story goes that the king of the region came to the temple for darshan but found the doors closed. But the security received a bribe from the king and opened the doors. As a punishment, his body is placed on a stone.

Route:

This Divya Desam is located about 4kms East of Chenganacheri in Thiru Kadithanam. Chenganancheri is about 2 hour drive from Ernakulam. Buses every 5 minutes on the Kottayam- Chenganacheri route.

Temple Timings:

5am-11am and 5pm-8pm

Temple Telephone Number:

0481 2435711

Temple Address:

Arulmigu Arputha Narayanan Thirukkoil,
Thirukkadithalam – 686105,
Kottayam District.