Tirukannamangai – Bhaktavatsala Perumal

Name of the Temple

Sri Bhaktavatsala Perumal Temple

Period of origin

Before 1600 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Bhaktavatsala perumal.

Thayar: Abishegavalli.

Pushkarani: Darshana Pushkarani.

Vimanam: Utpalavadaka vimanam.

Mangalaashaasanam: Thirumangai Alwar


The presiding deity of this temple is Bhaktavatsala perumal in standing posture and thayar is known as Abhisekhavalli thayar. The temple is among the pancha Krishnaraya kshetrams- the others being Therazhandur, Thirukannapuram, Thirukanankudi, Thirukannamangai and Thiru kapisthalam.

This place is also called as “Sapthamirtha Kshetram”.

Mahalakshmi’s incarnation took place during the churning of parkadal. The Lord gave away the elephant, horse the parijatha flower that all appeared with her, to the Devas. At the beauty of Mahalakshmi,he kept here with himself. Hence she got . She got the name “Maa”. She was called “Shree”, since she had no other thought but Shriman Narayanan. The name “Rama” was given to Lord because the Lord Pleased with her penance, here the Lord came in the Utpalavathaka  vimanam to western bank of the Dharsana Pushakarani.

Here he sent a message through Vishvaksenar to the Goddess, that he is on the west bank . lakshmi, overjoyed at the elegant message. As per the ordained proper rituals ,the marriage took place in the presence of Rishis, Devas, Gandharvas and Kinnaras. The Devas, with the water of Dharsana Pushkarani, ordained Her as the chief consort of the Lord. Hence She was given the name Abhisekavalli. The Lord too got the name Bhakthavatsalan because of his ‘Vatsalyam’ to his love towards Goddess.

Namathraya mantra japam is especial in this ‘mantra sidhhi Kshetram’ Varuna  who can give immense happiness was able to retrieve his ‘Pasayudham’ which was seized by ravana,after performing penance here.
Markandeyar performed penance here ans got the boon to remain a deathless one (chiranjeevi).The sage Romasar,was living and doing penance here. At that time he was requested by Indran to go and meet the pandavas during their aranya vasam.  He did so and consoled Dharmaputhrar by narrating the tale of King Nala.

Chandran  did a unforgivable  mistake by having an illicit association with the wife of Brahspati. As a result, he was affilicted with a severe disease and was hated by the world. Chandran was ashamed and approached Brahma who advised him to take bath in the holy waters of Dharshana Pushkarani and get rid of his curse at Thirukkannamangai.

Brahmi, one of the saptha mathas, and mother of Tilothama wanted a holy dip in Ganges. On search  she was advised by Markandeya and sage Romasar that there is no holier place than Krishna Mangala Kshetram and no holier waters than Dharshan Pushkarani. For this they narrated the following anecdote to her. Brahmi came over to ThiruKkannamangai.

Lord Kashi Viswanathar came to Thirukkannamangai ahead of Brahmi, at Dharsana Pushkarani and gave darshan to Brahmi much to her surprise. It is because there exists a proverb “Gangai Adi Mangai Adu”(meaning Bathe in Gange and then bathe in the Thirukkannamangai tank).

There’s a Vanam named “Bhadhrivanam” and it’s mostly like the one found in Naimisaranyam and Bhadhrinath. River Cauvery splits up into two brooks and runs in the North and South side of the temple forming a Garland to the Lord.

On the southern side of this praharam,the swarga vasal is established with a Forty five tier  tower. The lord comes through this gateway on Vaikunta Ekadasi day. The lord’s foot impressions are found on a platform to the east of this gateway.
Alongside this gateway, on the northern side we find Desikan sannadhi, Navaneethakrishnan sannadhi, kothandaramar sannadhi and the yaga salai, all facing south. Small figurines of lakshmi, Lord Narashimha and a lady with a stringed instrument are found in a cubicle in the internal wall opposite Desikan sannadhi.


This temple is 40 Kms from Kumbakonam, It is 7 Kms Northwest from Thiruvarur Railway station.

Temple Timings:

8.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 5.00 p.m. to 8.30 p.m

Temple Telephone Number:

04366 278 288, 98658 34676

Temple Address:

Sri Bhaktavatsala Perumal temple,

Tirukannamangai – 610 104,

Tiruvarur district


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