Kumbakonam- Sri Nageswarar Temple

Name of the Temple

Sri Nageswarar Temple

Period of origin

Before 2000 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Nageswarar, Naganathar

Ambal: Periya Nayaki

Sthala Theertham: Maha Magam kulam

Sthala Virksham: Vilwa

Devaram: Tirunavukkarasar

Sthalapuranam:

Divine serpent Adisesha was bearing the whole weight of earth.  As the weight grew due to the sins committed by the wicked, he could not excess weight and felt exhausted.  He visited Mount Kailash and begged Lord Shiva to bless him with the adequate energy needed to do his job.  Lord promised him the energy to hold the earth with a single head (Adiseaha has 1000 heads).  Adiseaha, with the blessings of Lord Shiva came to this part of Kumbakonam where one leaf of Vilwa fell from the nectar pot.  He installed a Linga here and worshipped the Lord.  As Nagaraja the king of snakes worshipped the Lord here, He is praised as Nageswarar. The place where the Vilwa fell from the nectar pot floating through floods, was called Vilwa Vanam.  Lord is also praised as Vilwa Vanesar, Padala Beeja Nathar, Madanthai Bagar and Selva Piran.

The temple was surrounded by bushes.  It was the year 1923.  A Shiva devotee, Padagacherry Ramalingaswamy collected funds by tying a brass bowl around his neck begging all.  He renovated the temple with the funds he thus collected little by little.  He also conducted the consecration of the temple.  The next consecration took place in 1959 and finally again in 1988.  Lord Nageswara is seated on a big Avudayar.  He is small in size. Sun God prays to Lord with his rays on Panguni 11, 12 and 13 in March.  People pray to Lord Nageswara on Mondays and Thursdays for relief from the adverse aspect of serpent planet Rahu delaying marriage and child boon.  Mother Periyanayaki graces the devotees with Her blessing hand-Abhaya Karam.  The reputation of the temple is in its Pralayakala Rudra Shrine-Sannidhi.  There are also shrines for Mother Vishnu Durga and Sun.

The temple has a five tier Rajagopuram.  Entering inside, we find the Nandavanam-flower garden at the left and the Singamukha theertha-sacred spring-at the right.   Mother Brugannayaki and Nataraja Sabha are on the right side.  The Nataraja Sabha is beautifully designed as a rath-car.  The 12 cross wires of the wheel are (joining the wheel and the axis) are said to represent the 12 zodiac signs.  The mandap is aesthetically designed in the form of a rath drawn by two horses and 4 elephants.  The other noteworthy feature is Mother Sivakami is playing the Tala to the dance of the Lord Nataraja and Lord Vishnu playing the flute feasting the eyes of the devotees.

Route:

Temple  is about 2 km from kumbakonam bus terminal

Temple Timings:

6.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 4.30 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.

Temple Telephone Number:

+91- 435-243 0386.

Temple Address:

Sri Nageswarar Temple,

Kumbakonam-612 001.

Thanjavur Dst

Thirucherai – Sri Saranathan Perumal Temple

Name of the Temple

Sri Saranathan Perumal Temple

Period of origin

Before 2000 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Saranathan Perumal

Thayar: Sara Naachiyaar, Saranayaki

Pushkarani: Sara Pushkarani.

Vimanam: Sara Vimaanam

Mangalaashaasanam: Thirumangai Alwar

Sthalapuranam:

One of the Pancha Sara Kshetrams ( Saaranathan, Saara Nayagi, Saara Vimanam, Saara Theertham and Saara Kshetram – Hence Pancha Saara Kshetram ) is located around 15 KM from Kumbakonam and just 3 KM south of Nachiyarkoil, another Divyadesam in Kumbakonam, Thanjavur  District, Tamil Nadu, on the way from Kumbakonam to Thiruvarur.Thirucherai is one of the oldest temples and is believed that it was there in existence from Dwabara Yuga, with the Grand Raja Gopruam with the height of 120 feet. When time came to destroy the whole world and to finish the yugam, Lord Brahma was worried and appealed Lord Vishnu to guide him a way to keep the tools which are needed for Srishti again and all Vedas safely.

The Legend for the name Thirucherai – By hearing the worries of Lord Brhama, the lord asked him to put all the tools those are required for a Srushti again in a strong mud pot. Lord Brahma started to create a unique pot, but all went in vain, the pots were broken and not strong enough to hold the Vedas. He was not succeeded at his task.  Finally, Lord Brahma with no other way approached Lord Vishnu again, and he was advised to collect sand from this sacred land Thirucherai to make a pot. Thus, Lord Brahma crated a unique pot with this supernatural sand from here and preserved Vedas and tools for the creation. Hence as this place gave the magical mud which held a lead role and became the reason for all living things to live even after Pralaya is being called Sara shetram and Thirucherai. Thiru means Saint and Cheru means Sand in Tamil. Hanuman blesses as Vara Prasadhi here.

Nayak King Azhagiya Manavala Nayakkar of Thanjavur decided to construct a temple for Rajagopala Swamy in Mannargudi and he appointed one of his ministers Narasa Boopalan for that assignment. He was to get black stones from all possible places. Minister Narasa Boopalan  was a great devotee of Saranatha Perumal at  Thirucherai and wanted to build a temple for him too. So he ordered to unload one stone from each cart, which passes Thirucherai.  The King came to know this through one of his spy. The angered king came for an inspection.  But before that in overnight Narasa Boopalan constructed this temple and to please the king he added a Sannathi for Rajagopala Swamy too and passionately prayed the to Lord. To the big surprise, when the King came to the temple he could visualize Lord Rajagopalaswamy as blessing in Mannargudi before him in this sacred place.  The most delighted King forgave his minister and also offered the great quantity of funds for further construction of this temple.

Once River Ganges and River Cauvery had an argument about their supremacy.  River Ganges was very certain about that she is the superior amongst all the rivers as she was originated from the feet of Lord Sreeman Narayanan and was also carried by Lord Shiva on his head. Both of them approached Lord Brahma devar to get their disagreement sorted out. Lord Brahma declared them that River Ganges is the Superior amongst All the Rivers.  River Cauvery became upset, Lord Brahma instructed her to undergo a penance praying Lord Vishnu in this sacred place Thirucherai to get her status as equal to River Ganga. River Cauvery underwent a severe penance nearly for 3000 years praying towards the lord here in Thirucherai. Pleased with the Tapas made by Cauvery the lord crawled towards her as a child. To symbolize this event there is a Statue of River Cauvery with a Child on her Lap here. AS requested lord gave her his darshan with Sreedevi, Bhoodevi, Neeladevi, Mahalakshmi and Saranayagi here and this is the Only Divaydesam where lord blessing along with 5 Goddesses and blessed her with equal status to River Gangaand affirmed her as one of the sacred rivers. Cauvery earnestly requested the ALMIGHTY to bless here forever as Lord Saranathan

Thirucherai is the One and Only Divyadesam where Lord Vishnu Blessing with five Goddesses – Thirucherai is the One and Only Divya Desam where Lord Vishnu is blessing with five Goddesses. Lord Sree Rama gives the devotees a very special dharshan here along with Sita Devi and Lakshmanan, all Azhwars and Sri Rama’s kolam (ie) he poses as he was found in forest for 14 years. Instead of the regular Abhaya Hastham, Perumal here poses a Padma Hastham. Out of 108 Sree Vaishnava Sthalams, only in this Kshethram, Rathotsavam is being celebrated on the Makara Pushyam Day – Thai Poosham in tune with the day on which ALMIGHTY gave darshan to Cauvery. There are sanctums for Sreenivasan, Sree Andal, Yoga Narasimhar, Hanuman and Cauvery

Route:

15 kms from Kumbakonam and 3km south of  Nachiyar Kovil, All buses between Kumbakonam and Tiruvarur run through this place.

Temple Timings:

6.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and from 5.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.

Temple Telephone Number:

+91 0435-2468078, 435-2468001.9444104374,

Temple Address:

Sri Saranatha Perumal Temple,

Tirucherai,

Thanjavur district.

Thiru Mandangudi – Sri Ranganatha perumalTemple

Name of the Temple

Sri Ranganatha Perumal Temple

Period of origin

Before 1500 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Shri Ranganathar

Thayar:  Ranganayaki Thaayar

Sthala Vriksham: Punaga Maram

Pushkarani: Chandra Puskarani

Vimanam: Vaithiga Vimmanam

Sthalapuranam:

this is a temple dedicated to Lord Ranganatha, being the birth place of Thondaradipodi and one where Lord Ranganatha acceded to the Azhvaar’s request and provided him a special darshan, this temple is referred to as the ‘Thiru Mandangudi Azhvaar’ temple. Born in Thiru Mandangudi, Thondaradipodi Azhvaar (his original name was Vipra Narayanan) was lost in love for Lord Ranganatha of Srirangam. Very early in his life, he moved from Thiru Mandangudi to Srirangam and mastered himself in Vedas. His devotion was so enduring that he thought of none but Ranganatha. This devotion meant that he decided to sing praise only of the Lord of Srirangam and of no other Lord. Dedicating his life to the service of Lord Ranganatha, he created a beautiful Nandavanam in Srirangam and with a basket in hand immersed himself in collecting flowers and making beautiful garlands for the Lord every day.

Having heard of the Lord accepting Thirumazhisai Azhvaar’s request to come out of the kingdom in Thiruvekka near Kanchipuram and provide a special Maaru Sayanam posture there on his return, and another special posture in Kumbakonam with his Uththana Sayanam as Aaravamuthan, Thondaradipodi was keen that he too be given a special darshan from his favourite Lord Ranganatha.

Ranganatha promised him to provide such a darshan but asked him to go to his birth place at Thiru Mandangudi. Unwillingly, he left Srirangam and reached Thiru Mandangudi. To his surprise, he saw Lord Rangantha waiting for him in a special and rare standing posture to provide darshan along with Sri and Bhoo devi. As Lord Ranganatha surprised Thondaradi Podi Azhvaar with this special standing darshan at his very own birth place, he is referred to as ‘ Varam Tharum’ Perumal and is believed to accede to and grant sincere prayers of the devotees who visit this temple at Thiru Mandangudi.

In a separate Sannidhi, Thondaradipodi Azhvaar is seen alongside Lords of two different Divya Desams – Tirupathi Balaji and Thiru Maaliruncholai Soundararajan Perumal. The story goes that both of them had heard of some beautiful early morning songs in praise of Ranganatha and wanted to listen to Thondaradipodi Azhvaar’s Thirupalli Ezhuchi and are believed to have made a trip to Thiru Mandangudi to be treated to those sweet ‘wake up’ verses of Thondaradipodi. Thondaradipodi Azhvaar was ever in thought of Lord Ranganatha and composed 55Pasurams – 10verses of Thiru Palli Yezhuchi and 45verses of Thiru Maalai. Acceding to Lord Ranganatha’s request of wanting to listen to the praise from his very own son, in his very first Paasuram, Thondaradipodi sang praise of the fame behind the Lord’s own name. One who listens to Thiru Maalai has a tendency to change dramatically for the good.

Thondaradipodi refused Lord Ranganatha’s offer to go to SriVaikuntam and then even refused the offer to go to the 14 logams (7+7 logams) for Thondaradipodi wanted his place in the third world – Srirangam. Nothing could move him out of here. He did not want to be denied the opportunity and the joy of singing praise of Lord Ranganatha.

Thondaradipodi Azhvaar says that he does not desire another birth for in the 100years that one is granted, half the time is spent sleeping. The balance time is wasted away in Childhood and adolescence (when we are clueless on what we do), disease and hunger and later old age. Through his 10 verses of Thiru Palli Yezhuchi, Thondaradipodi Azhvaar praises the greatness of Lord Ranganatha and asks him to wake up now that the great rishis are waiting for him, with the elephant having arrived at the temple, with devotees thronging the temple very early in the morning for his darshan leaving no place even to stand- such is the devotion of everyone towards Lord Ranganatha.

4day Pavitrotsavam in Aadi, Azhwar Utsavam on Margazhi Kettai – Lord Ranganatha and Thondaradi Podi Azhvaar together go on a procession to Koonanjeri for the only outside procession of the year.

Route:

About 1km West of Pulla Bhoothangudi Divya Desam

Temple Timings:

7 am to 11 pm and 5am to 8pm

Temple Telephone Number:

90956 38765

Temple Address:

Sri Ranganatha Perumal Temple

Thiru Mandangudi

Pulla Bhoothangudi  (PO)

Swanimalai (via)

Kumbakonam

Thanjavur dst

Tirunandipura Vinnagaram (Nathankoil) – Jagannathan perumal temple

Name of the Temple

Jagannathan perumal temple

Period of origin

Before 2000 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Jagannathan, Naathanathan

Thayar: Shenbagavalli

Pushkarani: Nandi theertha Pushkarini

Vimanam: Mandaara Vimanam

Mangalaashaasanam: Thirumangaialwar

Sthalapuranam:

Built by the Pallava King Nandivarma, the Nathan koil in Nandipura Vinnagaram is in the Shenbakaaranya Kshetram, which runs from here up to Mannargudi. Unfortunately, this historic temple now wears a deserted look and is struggling to even meet the daily pooja expenses. This Divya Desam is located about 5kms South West of Kumbakonam and about 3 kms East of Pateeswaram near Korukkai, in a village not easily accessible by road. While the road leading to this temple is very narrow, it would be a nice gesture on the part of the Kumbakonam State Bus Transport service to run services to this temple, especially on weekends. Goddess Lakshmi wanted to reside in the heart of Lord Vishnu. She undertook a penance at this place facing East. It is said that the Lord appeared before her (facing west) and accepted her wishes. Legend has it that Nandi, the vehicle of Shiva, wanted to meet Lord Vishnu at Vaikuntam and entered without securing the permission of the security guards (Dwarapalakas) of Vishnu. This angered the Dwarapaalakaas who cursed the Nandi.

Nandi looked up to Lord Shiva for solution, who wanted him to undertake penance at the place, which was South of Kumbakonam, North of Mannargudi, West of OppiliAppan (Vinnagar) and East of Srirangam, one where Goddess Lakshmi herself had undertaken penance previously. Accordingly, Nandi undertook penance here to seek atonement for insulting the Dwarapaalakaas. Pleased with the prayers, Vishnu appeared before him. Nandi requested Lord Vishnu that this place be named after him. Hence, the name Nandipura Vinnagaram. An image of Nandi can be seen on one of the walls of the temple. Another story goes that Vishnu, who originally faced the east, turned westward to look at the spectacle of King Sibi saving a bird by providing flesh from his thighs. The temple is owned and maintained by Vaanamaamalai Mutt. The Mutt would do well to bring more devotees to the temple as well as take care of the priest and other people working at this temple. While one finds huge crowds at OppiliAppan temple, a few kms away from here, this Divya Desam looks rather deserted. However, it is quite commendable that the priest and cook perform all the 6 pooja services with utmost sincerity.

Route:

Buses from Kumbakonam running Via Patteeswaram pass through Mulayur. Nathankoil is 2 km from here.

Temple Timings:

8.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 4.30 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.

Temple Telephone Number:

+91- 435-241 7575. 98430 95904, 94437 71400

Temple Address:

Sri Jagannathan Temple,

Nathankoil-Nandhipura Vinnagaram,

Thanjavur district.

Tiruppullambhootankudi –  Sri Valvil Raman Temple

Name of the Temple

Sri Valvil Raman Temple

Period of origin

Before 2000 years

Name of deity

Moolavar:  Sri Valvil Raman

Thayar: Hemambujavalli, Potramaraiyaal

Pushkarani: Jatayu Theertham

Vimanam: Sobhana Vimaanam.

Mangalaashaasanam: Thirumangai Alwar

Sthalapuranam:

Sri Ramapiran, who is popularly called as “Chakaravarthy Thirumagan”, is doing all the final funeral for “Jadayu”, which the Eagle bird. After finishing his activity, he is taking rest due to the work done for the final ceremony of Jadaayu. This is Kolam the God shows his thirukkolam to the world.Valvil Raman, who is the Emperumaan of this sthalam, after Sitapirattiyar his wife is lost, he is holding only his Kothandam, the Bow. This is the only support he has inspite of loosing his wife. But, Bhoomi Pirattiyyar, who helped Rama in the final funeral in Thiruputtkuzhi is giving support here and is sitting along with Valvil Ramar. Since, the Lord does the final ceremony for Jadaayu, the Eagle belongs to the pull family (One king of bird family) and after finishing the ceremony, he takes rest. So this shetram is called as “Pullam Kudi”. Kudi means the place of staying in Tamil. Kiruthrajan, when doing tapas keeping Emperumaan in his heart and mind, Valvil Raman arised in front of him in Bujangha Sayanam. Since, the Theertham which purified Kiruthrarajan, the theertham here is called “Kiruthra theertham”.

Lord Sriman Narayanan showed Prathyaksham for himself. Chakaravarthy Thirumagan, Sri Ramar born as and brought up as an ordinary human being, he met his moola avathaar (Previous avathaar) Parasuramar. He minimised or reduced the Headweight of Parasuramar and made war with him and finally got his friendship and his blessings. The primary moral of this is if how big and powerful man you may be, we must give respect and should not be trapped inside Maya. To all of the human beings in the world, our parents are the prime most and the first person to be worshipped. Because of this reason only, Lord ParasuRama, as ordered by his father asked what he wants as “Varam” for killing his mother, he asked for her mother to regain her life. This shows how dedicated to his father and mother. And in next avathaar, he took his avathaar as Sri Ramar and he respect his father and mother as that of the previous avathaar. Since, he was held in the forest, when King Dasaratha was dead, he could not do the final funeral to his father. But, keeping Jadaayu in his father’s place, he did the final funeral to him as what he could have done to his father, King Dasaratha.

When Parasu Raman was against Rama, he showed his actual image (or) face as Parasu Ramar and Sri Ramar are not two different people but they are a single person, the final destiny Sriman Narayanan. Likewise, after finishing all the final funeral for Jadaayu, when Rama was taking rest, Kiruthra Rajan made Tavam against sriman Narayanan, when Sri Rama along with Sangu and Chakkaram and Bhoomi Pirattiyaar prathyaksham for the king and explained him that he is Sriman Narayanan. Likewise, he gave prathyaksham for Sri Ramar along with Sangu, Chakkaram and Bhoomi pirattiyaar with 4 (Chathur) bhujam (hand).

The final funeral of Jadaayu was done under Punnai tree, when the paramathma gave his dharshan to Rama and Emperumaan gave his dharshan to Thirumangai Mannan. This is one of the said story of this shetram. The main point to be noticed in this shetram, is only here, Sri Ramar gives his seva as Chakaravarthi (along with Sangu and Chakram). There is one Brindhavan which belong to Ahobilam mutt here for 19th Jeeyar, Sri Maha Desikan. After 1 1/2 Km. from here, is a small village, Mandanggudi which is the birth place of Thondar Adi Podi Alwar. One of the five sacred things, Earth, Bhomi Pirattiyar give seva along with Sri Rama as Narayanan in Nindra Thirukkolam. Because of this reason this shetram is called “Pullam Bootha Kudi”.

Route:

Tiruppullampudangudi is about 4 kms in the route from Swamimalai to Tiruvaikaavur village.

Temple Timings:

7.30 a.m. to 12.00 noon and in the evening from 4.30 to 7.30.

Temple Telephone Number:

+91- 94435 25365

Temple Address:

Sri  Valvil Raman Temple,

Tiruppullampudangudi

Thanjavur District.

Thiru Adhanoor – Sri Andalakkum Ayyan Perumal Temple

Name of the Temple

Sri Andalakkum Ayyan Perumal Temple

Period of origin

Before 2000 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Aandallukumayan, Sri Aandu Alakkum Ayan

Thayar: Ranganayaki.

Pushkarani: Surya Pushkarani

Vimanam: Pranava Vimaanam

Mangalaashaasanam: Thirumangai Azhwar

Sthalapuranam:

Thiru Adhanoor Divyadesam is located near Swamilai – One of the Six Abodes of Lord Murugan in Kumbakonam, which is one of the Sree Vaishnava Guru Parikara Sthalam. Moolavar is Andalakkum Ayyan, Facing East in Anantha Sayanam – Kidantha Kolam with Lords Bujanga Sayanam. Lord was worshipped here by Sage Brighu Muni, Kamadhenu, Thirumangai Azhwar and Lord Agni. Goddess is Ranganayaki Thayar also worshipped as Kamalasini. Uthsavar is Ranganathar. The Rajagopuram is of three tiered structure. Adi Pooram, Brahmotsavam in Vaikasi Month and Pavitrotsavam in Avani Month are some of the important festivals. There is a sculpture of Lord Maha Vishnu on the Sanctum Vimana among three Boodha Ganas. The idol has been growing in years.

The Legend for the Name Adhanur – Kamadhenu, a divine goddess came ahead of Goddess Lakshmi from Parkadal. Hence she felt that she should be honored by everyone first and foremost ahead of Lakshmi Devi.  Lord Paranthaman decided to teach her a lesson and gave Marakkal ( In olden days in Tamilnadu food grains were used to be measured  in a Cylindrical shaped container made of wood, brass, iron etc … commonly called as Padi ) and asked to fill with all the Ayshwaryam she was having. Kamadhenu was failed to fill because of her envy, where as Lord Lakshmi Devi filled the Marakkal by praying the Lord and just with One Leaf of Thulasi. Kamadhenu learnt a lesson, surrendered herself to him and started a Penance. Hence this place is being worshipped as Athanoor – Aa Than Oor. Aa means Cow, Kamadhenu. Than means Penance and Oor means a Residing Place.

Thirumangai Azhwar and Srirangam Pragarams – One of the 12 Azhwars, Thirumangai Azhwar had a divine dream and was in the process of constructing huge pargarams for Srirangam Divyadesam. Once when he was short of money to proceed, he had a dream and asked to go to Athanoor for getting required funds. He immeadiately went to Adhanoor and found a business man with an Empty Marakkal holding in his hand. He said that he was a messaenger of Sreeman Narayanan. Thirumagai asked him for the required funds. Businessman agreed to pay with a condition that, he will offer the funds to the labours with Sand of Marakkal. If they were sincere the sand will turn into Gold otherwise it will remain as sand only. Thirumangai agreed and noted that most of the labours got only sand and only few got Gold. Surprised Thirumangai with huge curiosity of knowing who was this business man followed him and had a very long chase. The merchant finally entered into this temple. But chasing Thirumangai did not see that merchant at all where but had a darshan of Lord Ranganathar with a Marakkal and an Ezhuthaani (A Writing Pen).

Here in Adhanoor Lord Andalakkum Ayyan is blessing the devotees in an Anantha Sayanam Posture with a Leaf Pen and aMarakkal. Alonside we can worship Birugu Mahirishi, Agni Devan (Lord Agni) and Kamadhenu and her Daughter Nandini,Thirumnagai Azhwar is seen in Garbagraha. Once Lord Paranthaman was annoyed with the Nithyasooris in Paramabadham he left from there and came down to this earth without Lakshmi Devi, Adhiseshan and others. When he was sleeping on earth, Lakshmi Devi sent Adhiseshan to take care of Lord Vishnu as he was sleeping on the earth. Adhiseshan came down and worshipped the Lord to bless him by sleeping on his Couch. Lord then performed Samasrayanam to Adhiseshan here in Adhanoor.

Sage Birugu and The Holy Garland – Once Birugu Muni went to Vaikundham to worship the Lord along with Goddess Lakshmi Devi. Pleased Goddess gave him a Special Graland which will be Greenish Forever. When Birugu was returning thought of going to Indra Loga to worship Indiran. He went there and gave him that Garland. But Indhran was not respecting that Holy Garland and gave that to his Vahanam Iravatham ( A White Elephant ). Without knowing the value of the Garland, the poor Iravatham thrown that down and stamped on it. Angered Sage Birugu cursed Indiran. Frightened Indiran went to Goddess Lakshmi Devi and begged to save from the curse. Goddess told him to go to Athanur and do a Penance towards the Lord.

Later Goddess Lakshmi Devi was born as a child and Birugu Muni took her from the Temple Tank. Hence Thayar here is being worshipped as Bhargavi ( Daughter of Birugu ). Few years later, the Lord came down here and married her. On that occasion Goddess as promised and washed off all the Sins of Indiran. Hence devotees can even now see Indiran worshipping the Lord and Thayar here in Adhanoor. It is the One of the Two Divyadesams where Devotees can worship Thirumana Pillars on Either Sides of the Lord inside the Sanctum. The other one is Srirangam , the first and foremost of all the 108 Divyadesams.

Route:

3 Km from SwamiMalai, Kumbakonam

Temple Timings:

7.00 a.m. to 12.30 a.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m

Temple Telephone Number:

+91- 435 – 2000 503.

Temple Address:

Sri Andalakkum Ayyan Perumal Temple

Adhanoor

Pullabhoothangudi Via,

Papanasam Taluk,

Thanjavur Distt. Pin. 612 301

Thirumullaivasal – Sri Mullaivananathar temple

Name of the Temple

Sri Mullaivananathar temple

Period of origin

Before 2000 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Mullaivana Nathar, Masila Maneesar,

Ambal: Ani Konda Kothai Ammai, Sathyananda Soundari

Sthala Theertham: Brahmma theertham, Chandra theertham

Sthala Virksham: Mullai

Devaram: Tirugnana Sambandar

Sthalapuranam:

King Killi Valavan, grandfather of Karikal Valavan was suffering from skin problems.  Palace doctors advised him that he should have a bath in a reputed Shiva Sthala.  He came to this place for a sea bath.  The place was dense with Mullai plants which bound the legs of the horses.  They could not move further.  The king removed the plants with his sword.  The sword hit a Shivalinga hidden under the bushes. It began to bleed.  The king was shocked and thought he had killed somebody and on cleaning the place, he found the Linga bleeding and attempted to kill himself for the mistake.  Lord with Mother Parvathi immediately appeared before him on His Nandhi vehicle and protected Killivalavan.  Thus the place came to be known as Tiru Mullai Vayil.  The scar on the Linga is still visible.

Palli Arai puja is performed at all Shiva temples both in the morning and night.  But the Tirumullaivayil temple has no such Palli Arai.  Lord Mullaivana Nathar is 3.5 feet tall big swayambumurthi.  He is also praised as Yuthika Parameswarar.  Mother Anikonda Kothai, also praised as Sathyanada Soundari worshipped Lord here to learn the Panchakshara Mantra.  Lord is a Guru here, hence there is no Palli Arai and pujas.  One Susavi, eledest son of Vamadeva placed his father’s bones after his demise in holy waters.  When he put the bones in the waters in this place, they became diamond stones.  He immediately performed all the last rites for the father in this place that granted total salvation to the father.  It is still believed that Holy Ganga springs here on the northwest direction of the temple.  The temple was built 1300 years ago by King Killivalavan.  Saint Gnana Sambandar had sung the praise of Lord in his Thevaram hymns. Masi Magam Theerthavari festival in February-March is grandly celebrated in the temple.

Route:

Tirumullai Vayil is 12 km from Sirkali. Frequent bus facility is available from Sirkali and Chidambaram

Temple Timings:

8.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.

Temple Telephone Number:

+91-94865 24626

Temple Address:

Sri Mullaivananathar Temple,

Thirumullaivasal,

Nagapattinam Dist.

ThiruVan Purshothamam( Thirunangur) – Sri Purushothama Perumal Temple 

Name of the Temple

Sri Purushothama Perumal Temple

Period of origin

Before 2000 year

Name of deity

Moolavar: Purushothaman

Thayar: Purushothamanayaki

Pushkarani: Tiruparkadal

Vimanam: Sanjeevivigraha Vimanam

Mangalaashaasanam: Tirumangai Azhwar

Sthalapuranam:

The temple ranks among the 108 Divya Desas of Perumal.  Saint Tirumangai Azhwar has described Lord of the Temple as Lord Rama of Ayodhya in his Mangala Sasanam hymns, saying that benefits would accrue not only to the one chanting the glory of Lord but also to those listening the chanting.  The belief is that issues of any complex nature would be solved if one performs Vishnu Sahasranama archana for 48 days continuously without any break and conclude the prayer with special archana and puja on the final day.  There are only two Purushothama temples, one in Karamanur near Tiruchi and the one here.   Great Vaishnavite Acharya Sri Manavala Mamunigal stayed in Van Purushothama temple and served the Lord for two years.  The temple has three Anjaneya shrines.  In the Sri Rama shrine, He appears in a worshipping position with hands folded and mouth closed.  The Tiruparkadal with crystal clear water without the green stuff (Paasi in Tamil) is north of this place.  Perumal is very fond of Shenbaga flowers.

Similar to the story of Mother Parvathi feeding Saivite child saint Tirugnana Sambandar with wisdom milk, Lord Perumal brought here the very milk ocean itself to feed a hungry child.  He is but Sirkali Lord Van Purushothaman.  Devotees pray to Lord considering Him as Lord Sri Rama.
Sage Vyakrapada came to this temple with his child Upamanyu, placed him at the entrance of the temple and went to pick flowers for Lord.  The child began to cry for food which fell in the ears of Lord reclining in the milk ocean.  He immediately created a milk ocean in this place.  Mother Purushothama Nayaki fed the child with the milk.

Accompanied by Mothers Sridevi and Bhoodevi, Lord Purushothaman appears in a standing posture facing east.  Mother Purushothama Nayaki blesses devotees from Her own shrine in the southwest side of the temple in a sitting position.  Shrines of Sri Andal, Lord Rama with Mother Sita and Sri Lakshmana, Sri Anjaneya, Nammazhwar, Udayavar Sri Ramanuja, Senai Mudaliar are in the inner prakara.  The vimana above the presiding deity is of Sanjeevi Vigraha Vimana design.  Sages Upamanyu and Vyakrapada had the darshan of Lord in this temple.

Route:

The temple lies on the Sirkali-Nagapattinam Road. The devotee has to get down at Annan Koil bus stop. The temple is 2 km east. Also frequent bus facility is available to the temple from Sirkali

Temple Timings:

+91- 4364-256221, 94869 09166

Temple Telephone Number:

9.00 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. and 6.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m

Temple Address:

Sri VanPurushotthaman Temple,

Thirunangur – 609 106

Nagapattinam District.

Tamil Nadu.

Thiru Manimaada Kovil (Thirunangur)- Sri Narayana Perumal Temple

Name of the Temple

Sri Narayana Perumal Temple

Period of origin

Before 2000 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Sri Narayanan

Thayar: Pundariga Valli Thaayar.

Pushkarani: Indra Pushkarani., Rudhira Pushkarani.

Vimanam: Pranava Vimaanam.

Mangalaashaasanam: Thirumangaialwar

Sthalapuranam:

Nanda Vilakku means the lamp which gives light continuously. Here the perumal stands as this Nanda Vilakku giving the Pranava Gyana oli ie Pranavam means the word “Om” which is the key sound of the whole universe. Ajaykapathan, Aahirputheyar, Binanai, Roodhar, Pithuroopar, Thriyambakar, Maheswarar, Virushakabi, Shambuvahanar, Easwarar all the above 10 are known as Ekadasa Rudhirar. Ajaykapathan was once the carrier of Lord Shiva who was having 4 mouths, 1000 shoulders, Karala Vadhanam, ears with shell earrings and 100 legs.

Aahirputheyan is the son of Maharishi Boothan and Surabi. Binaki is actually a bow which was formed by Lord Indra. Once Kanva Maharishi who brought up shakuntala was in a deep prayer and was covered by Sand dunes. Bamboo trees started to grow on the top and seeing the finest quality of these Bamboo’s, Lord Indra made 3 bows out of them. He named the first one as Kandibam and kept it for himself. The other one was named Shargam and was given to Lord Narayana and the third one was named Binaki and was given to Lord shiva. Maheswarar has the body and ornaments as Lord Shiva but is of white colour. As Lord Narayana gave his dharsan to Lord Shiva who was received from the sin of killing Lord Brahma. Narayana gave these Ekadasa Rudhirar’s too his special dharsan. Once saint Dhurvasan gave a garland which was used in the worship of Godess Lakshmi to Lord Indira. But he took the garland carelessly and put it on his Elephant Iravadham. The garland was smashed under the feet of this Elephant. The saint got angry and cursed Lord Indra that all his wealth would disappear in the sea. So happened and on a particular day all the Deva’s churned the sea and the next day they got Godess Lakshmi’s blessings. So that particular day of churning was named as Ekadasi and the day next as Dhuvadasi.

So after regaining his wealth, Lord Indra got the dharsan of Lord Narayana at this place. As Lord Indra and the Rudhirar’s got the Lords dharsan, the pushkarani known as Indra Pushkarani and Rudira Pushkarani. As the Lord here vibrates all his powers as Pranava without stipping, like a Nanda vilakku the Vimaanam here is Pranava Vimaanam. All the 11 Divyadesams of Thirunaangur was created to receive Lord Shiva from his Brahma hati dhosam. It’s been said that in a war between Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. Lord Shiva throwed his Tirisoolam (his weapon) on Lord vishnu and he took it as his Thiruman (Symbol in his forehead) and Lord Vishnu once held Lord Shiva’s neck tightly (while he drank the poison which came from the Thriuparkadal) and the poison stood there and Lord Shiva was named Neelakandan thereafter. By worshipping Lord Shiva his black throat resembles Lord Krishna’s colour and while worshipping Lord Vishnu the Thiruman stands as symbol for Lord Shiva and thus these Lords are insisting unity among us. Nara Narayanar, is the form of Lord who became a student himself and a teacher himself, teaching Gnana to himself as being a student and teacher simultaneously. Lord Naryanan of Manimaada Kovil stands as a lamp which spreads Gnana to the world and Nara Narayana of Bhadrinath who taught Gnana to himself and thus both are equivalent in terms of Gnana.

Route:

It’s about 5 miles away from Seerkazhi. 3.5 kms from Thiru Paarthanpalli

Temple Timings:

8.30 am to 11.30 pm and 5.30 to 7.30 pm

Temple Telephone Number:

+91- 4364 – 256 424, 275 689, 94439 – 85843

Temple Address:

Sri Narayana Perumal Temple

Sirkazhi,

Nagappattinam,

Tamil Nadu

Thirukolakka – Sri Sapthapureeswarar temple

Name of the Temple

Sri Sapthapureeswarar temple

Period of origin

Before 2000 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Sapthapureeswarar

Ambal: Osai Kodutha Nayaki

Sthala Theertham: Surya and Ananda theertham

Sthala Virksham: Kondrai

Devaram: Sundarar, Tirugnanasambanthar

Sthalapuranam:

Saint Gnanasambandar, fed with the wisdom milk by Mother Parvathi, visited many Shiva temples singing his praise clapping his hands in ecstasy.  Seeing the little saint clapping his hands, to relieve him from the pain of doing so, Lord gave him two golden plates, but they produced no sound.  Mother infused the sound energy into them.  Hence, Lord is praised as Thalapureeswarar and Mother Osai Kodutha Nayaki.

Those aspiring excellence in music pray in the temple.  It is noteworthy that Lord who gave the Thalam-plate to Ganasambandar and Mother who gave the sound, bless the devotees at the entrance of the temple.  Indira and Sun had gained rich benefits from their prayers to Lord.  Mother Mahalakshmi in the temple is a powerful and merciful Goddess pouring all boons to devotees.  As the wedding of Mahalakshmi with Lord Vishnu took place here, the place is named Tirukolakka.   Presently, the temple is known as Tiru Thalam Udayar Koil.

Those unable to speak and facing stammering problems bathe in the Ananda Theertha and pray to Ambica to bless them with the sound as she introduced the sound to a metal plate.  (Osai in Tamil means sound.  Kodutha means given and Nayaki Mother Goddess.  Hence the name Osai Kodutha Nayaki.  Lord gave the plate to the saint but it was Mother who gave the life to it with the sound).  Devotees place honey at the feet of Mother, perform archanas and consume it then.  As this is also the place where Mother Mahalakshmi performed penance on Lord Vishnu seeking His hands, women pray in the shrine on Mondays and Fridays for 6 weeks continuously with turmeric archanas to realize their wedding wish.

Ananda Theertha tank opposite the temple, Vrushbaruda Darshan of Lord on the west of front entrance near a spring, Vahan mandaps while entering the temple, shrines of four Saivite saints, Adhikara Nandhi greet the devotees.  Lords Vinayaka, Somaskanda, Subramania, Mother Lakshmi, Sani Bhagwan, Lord Bhairava and Sun shrines are in the prakara.  Procession deities are safely kept in the mandap right of the prakara.  Mother Ambica is in a separate shrine.  Of the procession deities, noteworthy is the one of Saint Gnana Sambandar holding the golden plate.  Lords Vinayaka, Dakshinamurthi, Lingodhbava, Brahmma and Mother Durga are on the goshta walls.

Chithirai Tiruvadhirai festival in April-May is celebrated in Sirkali Sattainathar temple with the milk utsav on the second day. After this event, Saint Gnanasambandar comes to this temple, when Lord Shiva gives the golden plate to the saint. The saint returns to the first temple in a flower decorated palanquin. Theerthavari is celebrated on all Karthikai Sundays in November-December.

Route:

Sapthapureeswarar temple has located at Thirukolakka village of Sirkazhi taluk, Nagapattinam district. This temple has situated 1km from Sirkazhi.

Temple Timings:

7.30 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and from 4.30 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.

Temple Telephone Number:

+91- 4364-274 175.

Temple Address:

Sri Sapthapureeswarar Temple,

Tirukolakka – 609 110.

Nagapattinam district.