Gujarat – Sri Dwarakadisa Temple

Name of the Temple

Sri Dwarakadisa Temple

Period of origin

Before 2000 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Kalyana Narayanan, Dwarakadesan and Dwarakanathji.

Thayar: Kalyana Naachiyar, Lakshmi Shree.

Pushkarani: Gomathi river. Prabhas theertham

Vimanam: Hema kooda vimanam

Mangalaashaasanam: Periyalwar, Andal , Thirumangai Alwar, Thirumazhisai alwar, Nammalwar

Sthalapuranam:

Dwaraka is the sacred city where Lord Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, spent most of His time during His appearance on earth five thousand years ago. He performed wonderful pastimes there, including expanding into 16,108 forms and creating 16,108 palaces for His 16,108 queens. In Vrindavana, Lord Krishna lived as a simple cowherd boy, but in Dwarka He lived as a wealthy prince. Krishna spent one hundred years here, longer than He spent in Vrindavana and Mathura combined. Modern-day Dwarka is a small city with an area of sixteen square miles and a population of around thirty thousand.

Dwarka means “gateway to the Supreme” or “city of gates.” Traditionally, an opulent city would have many gates, indicating the king’s confidence in protecting the city. The original city of Dwarka, described in the Srimad-Bhagavatam, the Mahabharata, and other Vedic scriptures, was a fort city built within the sea. Lord Krishna built Dwarka to protect His kinsmen, the Yadu dynasty, from repeated attacks by kings and armies intent on killing Him. By the will of the Lord, Dwarka disappeared into the sea at the time of the Lord’s departure from this world. Archaeological excavations have brought out from the sea many artefacts suggesting that an opulent city stood there in the distant past.

Srila Prabhupada writes: “The heavenly planets are more celebrated than the earth. But the celebrity of earth has defeated that of the heavenly planets because of Dvaraka, where Lord Sri Krishna reigned as king. Three places, namely Vrindavana, Mathura, and Dvaraka, are more important than the famous planets within the universe. These places are perpetually sanctified because whenever the Lord descends on earth He displays His transcendental activities particularly in these three places. They are perpetually the holy lands of the Lord, and the inhabitants still take advantage of the holy places, even though the Lord is now out of their sight.” (Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.10.27, Purport)

Krishna Married 16,108 queens! How did He interact with them…how they stayed …..

This questions always arises in the mind of a sincere seeker….. And their answer can instil great deal of faith for those visiting Dwarka.

“When Krishna was here He was performing different activities with each and every one of His queens intimately. None of them ever felt lonely for even a second. And when Krishna would rise early in the morning to perform His sadhana as a perfect ghrihasta, He would rise before the rooster crowed in the morning and He would perform mediation, perform pooja, giving charity and later in the day He would leave each of His 16108 palaces to go to perform his duties as Dwarkadish, the king of Dwarka assisting King Ugrasena and He would go to the Sudharma assembly house and the Srimad-Bhagavatam explains how He would leave his 16108 forms, but just before entering into the Sudharma assembly house all the forms would merge into one form and then he would rule the state of Dwarka. And when it was time to return home and meet his queens He would expand into 16108 forms and enjoy loving relationships with them. ”

“One may ask how is it possible that Krishna could live in 16108 palaces simultaneously. Because Krishna is the Absolute Truth, He is the embodiment of Adhyatamik Shakti, inconceivable potencies, He can do everything. And Krishna can do anything and when Krishna comes to this earth He wants to show His Supremacy. That if He came like an ordinary person who would chant His glories. Therefore He reveals his wonderful, wonderful inconceivable super excellent activities simply to attract all our minds.”

The present city Dvaraka (“Dwarka” on the map) is on the shore of Arabian Sea. It has a resident population of approximately 30,000, and a tourist population that fluctuates with the seasons. Even though it’s remote on the west coast in Gujarat state, devotees endeavour to come from far and wide to have the Darshan of Their Lordships Sri Sri Dwarkadhisa. Dwarka is one of the most important places to visit because it is one of the four prominent holy places in the cardinal directions of India: Dwarka (west), Jagannatha Puri (east), Rameswaram (south), and Badrinath (north). The atmosphere in Dwarka is peaceful. The people are pious and don’t seem harassed by many problems.

As per other legends This sthalam deals all the stories that deal with the way he became the king and ruled the empire and ended the Krishna Avathaar for which it is taken.

Vada Mathura is the sthalam which is the Janma Bhoomi (birth place) of Sri Krishnar; Aayarpadi is the sthalam where he was brought up and lead his childhood days and this sthalam, the Dwaraka is the place where his Punya Avathaar ended. Sri Krishnan showed his seva for Brahma devan, Indiran and all the other Devars and for Vasudevar and Devaki in prison in Vada Mathura divyadesam (Janma Bhoomi). The same Krsihnar showed his seva for Nandagopar who brought up Sri Krishnar in Aayarpadi.

After all of his duties are over and the purpose for which he took the Krishna Avathaar was over, he was killed by an archer, ulupadhan, who aimed at Sri Krishnar’s feet thinking it as an white pigeon. Thus, the avathaar of Sri Krishnar ended in Thiru Dwaraka. In Dwaraka Sri Krishnar showed his seva to Rukmani, Sathyabama, Jambhavathi and other Ashtamagarishis, his friends, his sons, neighbours and all of Aayars in Dwaraka. These all persons thought that Sri Kannan belongs to them, but he belongs to all the Jeevathmas in this mighty world.

Draupadhi who was also named as “Paanjali”, married Panja Pandavas and she treated Sri Krishnar as his own brother. When Draupathi was ill – treated in the midst of Duriyodhan’s palace, Sri Krishnar gave her clothes thereby protecting her. Thus, he gave his seva to Draupathi also.

There was a king in Mathura by named “Gargeya” who doesnt have any children. All the Yadhavas teased on him and as a result of it, he did a severe tapas towards Lord Shivan to bless with a son who would ride out the Yadhava families. Finally, on satisfied fully on the tapas of the king, he gave who was named as “Kaalayavannan”. Gargeya king and he handed over the Kingdom to him, so that he could ride away the Yadhavas. He collected all of his troops to make an attack on the Yadhavas.

Knowing this beofe, Sri Krishnar asked the ocean king to help him out from this, by giving a place in the ocean a small town can be created and is ruled by Sri Krishnar.

Sri Krishnar asked Vishwakarma to build the town in the land and the place was built in a beautiful way with lots of streets, theerthams etc. It was built so beautiful that on seeing it one can say that place as an entering point (Dwaram) to heaven. Since, this place served as the Dwaram (entering point) to the heaven, this sthalam is called as “Dwaraka”. So, Dwaraka is the place where all the Yadhavas in Mathura are transferred to Dwaraka.

Kaalayavannan attacked Mathura but at that time, since Sri Krishnar and Balaramar are born as a normal human being, they could not defend him and ran away from him and hide in to a cave. At the same time, Musukundan was resting there in the cave due to the strain against his fight again the devars.

Musukundan had got a peculiar varam and it is if any one kicks him, (or) whoever wakes him up they will be burnt to ash. Likewise, when Kaalayavannan entered into the cave and found Musukundan and awakened him. As soon as Musukundan opened his eyes, Kaalayavannan was burnt into ash. Finally, Musukundan felt on the feet of Sri Krishnar and asked for his Vimocchan. For that Sri Krishnar explained him that in his next birth and in the next Janmam he was blessed by Sri Narayanan in Badrikasramam.

Another person who got the blessings and seva of this sthalaperumal in Kuchelar, one of his poor brahmin and he was one of his friends. As soon as Sri Krishnar saw Kuchelar, he invited him and asked him to be seated.

Sri Krishnar asked him whats the reason he had come for to meet as if he doesnt know the reason. But, the Emperumaan can easily understand why he has come for. At that time, Kuchelar gave him some Aval (rice tht is converted to aval after being soaked in water then dried up and struck hard). On getting the Aval, Sri Krsihnar was so happy on Kuchelar and asked him that he will give some of his countries for him. But, poor Kuchelar doesnt want any of them, but he came only to see his one among his old friends. Admired by the great friendship character of Kuchelar, Sri Krishnar converted his old hut into a very big house and made him as a wealthy person. This shows how a relationship must be should be between the Paramathma and Jeevathma.

It is said that the Dwaraka sthalam exists in two parts. One is found near to the Dwaraka railway station and is known as “Gomuki Dwaraka” and the other is known as “Pate Dwaraka” which is found 20 miles away from Gomuki Dwaraka. It is believed that only in pate Dwaraka, Sri Krishnar lived along with all the Yadhavas and his pirattis.

Route:

This Divyadesam is found on Bombay-Oka port rail line.

To reach this Temple, one has to travel via Ahmedabad, Rajkot and Jam Nagar.

Dwaraka railway station is 20 miles away from Oka port and from there we can reach the Temple.

Temple Timings:

7.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and 5.00 p.m. to 9.30 p.m.

Temple Telephone Number:

+91 2892 235109, 234 080

Temple Address:

Sri Dwarakadisa Temple

Dwaraka,

Ahmedabad,

Gujarat State.

Thirukkozhi (Worayur)- Sri Azhagiya Manavala Perumal Temple

Name of the Temple

Sri Azhagia Manavalar temple

Period of origin

Before 2000 years

Name of deity

Moolavar:  Azhagiya Manavaalan

Thayar: Kamalavalli Naachiyaar

Pushkarani: Kamala Pushkarani

Vimanam: Kalyana Vimaanam

Mangalaashaasanam: Kulasekara Alwar, Thirumangai Alwar

Sthalapuranam:

Once upon a time, there was a discussion among the great rishis that among Trimuthies, who is the greatest. But in that discussion also, they could not come to a conclusion that who is great amongst the Trinity. Finally, all the rishis thought it would be helpful for them to find the answer for this if they could get the sugesstion from the great muni, Brighu. They all explained about the discussion they had among them and said he is the right person to find a solution for this and clear their doubts whats there in their minds. Brighu muni also accepted their words and told them he would give an answer that would clear all of their doubts. First, he went to Kailasam where Lord Shivan and Godess Parvathi reside. But, in the entrance itself, Brighu muni was stopped by the Dwara Balakaas as the residing deities are all alone and doesnt want them to get disturbed. As he got this kind of answer in Kailash, he thought he could not be the right person who might help his devotees as ha was not easy to talk with. As he was disappointed by this activity, he then left to Sathya Lokam where Lord Brahma and Godess Saraswathi reside.

There also he could not meet Brahma devan and he made to think what he thought when he went to Kailasam. Finally, he went to Sri Vaikuntam where Sriman Narayanan and Godess Sri Laksmi reside. As Brighu muni enetered Vaikuntam, he was greeted in a good manner and this first action made him to think that Sriman Narayanan is the right person to whom all persons and rishis can seek help and can have a direct approach towards him. Sriman Narayanan offered him with the seat and did the Paadha Pooja for him. But, this action of Sri Vishnu made Sri Lakshmi to think bad and asked Him not to catch hold if his feet. But, this action of Sri Lakshmi made Bighu muni to get angry and cursed Her that she would born in the world as an ordinary human. But, Sri Lakshmi felt very sad for the sabham she got from Brighu muni but Sriman Narayanan said that all the actions are happening according to their fates only and added that he will follow Her soon towards the earth.

At the same time in the earth, a king by named Dharma Varman lived in Kumbakonam, Chozha Naadu. Once he went out for huting and found the rishis were being distressed by some demons and seeked the help from the king. Dharma Varman said that he will help them from the demons by killing them and he stayed in the forest for sometime. The King was happy for all the reason but only one thing made him worry and disappoint and that is he had no children. He seeked the help of the rishis to hep him out and to get a children. So, to help the king, all the rishis did a Yagam to get a child for the king. At that time, an Asareeri stated that if he want to get a child he should pray towards Sri Lakshmi and as a result, Sri Lakshmi itself will born as a child to him. Hearing this, he started to pray towards Sri Lakshmi and finally, a female child was born to him and was kept a name as “Vara Lakshmi”. As the days went on, Dharma Varman started to seek a perfect groom for his daughter and announced a Swayamvaram for that. Lots of kings came for this and at the same time, Sriman Narayanan also came there one among the grooms. In that hall, when Sri Lakshmi came, she had a look at all the members in the hall and at the same time, she also noticed Sriman Narayanan came there and went straight towards Him without any delay and Garlanded him. All the persons saw this wedding of Sri Vishnu and Sri Lakshmi and the king raised a temple for Sri Ranganathar in Kalyana Thirukkolam. The Utsavam done here starts in Panguni month lasts for 10 days.

On the first day of Panguni Uthiram, Sri Ranganathar comes from Sri Rangam and stay in Urayoor. And on Panguni Uthiram, he marries Kamalavalli Naachiyar and give his Kalyana Kola Seva to his Bhakthas. There is no Utsavar found in this sthalam as Sri Ranganathar of Sri Rangam came here to marry Sri Lakshmi and the Utsavar of Sri Rangam is considered to be the Utsavar of this sthalam too. In this sthalam, Periya Pirattiyar is giving her seva in two different ways. One is Irundha seva and the other one is Kidantha seva. Combining these both sevas, she is giving seva as “Urayum” (from sitting seva to sleeping seva) seva, this temple is called “Thiru Urayoor”. The Utsavam done here starts on Aayilya Nakshathiram in Panguni month lasts for 10 days. On the first day of Panguni Uthiram, Sri Ranganathar comes from Sri Rangam and stay in Urayoor. And on Panguni Uthiram, he marries Kamalavalli Naachiyar and give his Kalyana Kola Seva to his Bhakthas. Only Moolavar is found in this sthalam. There is no Utsavar here. Since, Arangan married Kamalavalli Naachiyaar, Utsavar of Srirangam is said to be the Utsavar for this Thirukkozhi sthalam too. There is no Brahmotsavam conducted in this divya desam.

Route:

Situated in Urayoor, Trichy district in Tamil Nadu. It is located in urayoor which is in between Trichy – Erode railway lane. 2 miles away from Trichy Junction. It is also near to Naachiyar koil. Which is in between Trichy – Main guard Gate.

Temple Timings:

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

Temple Telephone Number:

0431 2762 446, 94431 88716.

Temple Address:

Sri Kamalavalli Nachiar Temple,

Worayur,

Tiruchi-620 003.

Thiruvazhunthoor – Sri Devaadi Raja Perumal Temple

Name of the Temple

Sri Devaadi Raja Perumal Temple

Period of origin

Before 2000 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Devadhirajan, Aamaruviappan

Thayar: Sengamalavalli

Pushkarani: Darshana Pushkarini

Vimanam: Garuda Vimaanam

Mangalaashaasanam: Thirumangaialwar

Sthalapuranam:

Lord Krishna got angry and crushed the shadow of the chariot of King Uparisaravasu with his leg, when it burnt his cows. This made the chariot to collapse and the ego of the King Uparisaravasu also burnt due to lord krishna’s curse. Hence this place got its name Therazhunthur (Ther means Chariot in Tamil). Moolavar Devaadirajan is of 10 feet tall having Lord Gauruda to his left and prahalatha along with Markanteya Maharishi to his right. He has Gadhayudham (his weapon) in his left hand. River Cauvery too is there kneeling at his lotus feet. On every Fridays, the thaayar Sri Sengamalavalli is giving Dharshan as “Vaibava Lakshmi”. Azhundoor, Azhundhai, Therazhunthur are the other names of this Divyadesam .

Once Lord Garudan was given a Vimanam and a Vairamudi by Dhevendran. He asked garudan to distribute both to a Dhivyadesam which is very suitable. Lord garudan gave Vairamudi to Thirunarayanapuram , Melkote near Mysore and the Vimanam at Therezhudur temple. Hence the Vimanam got the name of Garuda Vimanam. Lord Garudan stands with the Perumal in the garbagraham which is a very rare occasion. Utsavar Aamaruviappan stands with a very beautiful calf along with his two wives. Normally Lord Krishna Gives Dharshan only with two hands but in Thiruvazhunthoor – Sri Devaadi Raja Perumal Temple, he poses with four hands with Rukmani and Satyabama on his sides and cow and a calf nearby only in this temple.

There is a story behind Lord  Aamaruviappan. Once Lord Brahma, because of his ego stole all the cows of Ayarpadi which were under Lord Krishna’s custody and locked them at Theruzhunthur. Lord Krishna came to know this and created a whole new heard of cows. Lord Brahma realizing his mistakes then asked Lord Krishna to forgive him. He asked Lord Krishna to stay permanently at this place and bless all the people who seek his help. Utsavar Lord  Aamaruviappan is brought for Thirumanjanam (ceremony of bathing the lord) in river Cauvery many times each year. Lord Krishna i.e. Lord Aamaruviappan is dressed up as Lord Rama and brought in Ceremony near the Vedapuriswarar temple (Lord Shiva’s temple). There’s a beautiful unjal Mandapam (Unjal – Joola – Swing) in this temple. The great Tamil Poet Kamban, who wrote Kamba ramayanam was born here only at Therazhunthur.  Inside the Rajagopuram, poet kamban and his wives images are beautifully carved. The place where Kamban resided, on the Sannidhi street, has now been turned into a beautiful new ‘Kamban Mandapam’. It is believed that this was the place where Sage Markandeya performed penance here to get Moksham.

Manavala Maamunigal has done Mangalasasanam to this temple. Moolavar has golden Kreedam, Sagasranama necklace, Dasavathara Udhara Malai, Golden anklet, goddess Alarmel mangai in his heart diamond Thiruman (sacred symbol of Vaishnavities). There are separate Sannadhis for Sri Vasudevar Sannadhi and Sri Narasimhar . there is also a sannadhis for Lord Sri Ramar. In this Sannadhi, Sri Ramar (both moolavar and utsavar) are found in Nindra THirukkolam facing east direction. Beside Lord Sri Ramar, Seetha Piratti, Lakshmanan and Hanumar are also giving Dharshan. Sri Vishwaksenar Sannadhi is separate in front of Sri Vasudevar Sannadhi. Sri Vishwaksenar is otherwise called as “Senai Mudaliar” (the chief of the army of the Perumal).

Sri Alwars Sannadhi is on the Outer Pragharam in front of Thaayar Sannadhi.  Sri Andal Sannadhi is in the Outer Pragharam where both Moolavar and Utsava Vigraham (Idol) are found. Thiruvadi Pooram and Margazhi – Koodara Valli are the special occasions for Sri Andal. There is a Sri Kambar Sannadhi, as soon as we enter the temple, on the left side where poet  Kambar and his wife are worshipping the Perumal in standing position. Sri Hanuman Sannadhi is located Opposite to the Kodi maram. Lord Hanuman gives Dharshan in Nindra kolam facing his Thirumugam on the north direction. Prahalad who had seen an aggressive and angry Lord Vishnu killing Hiranyakashipu in his Narasimha Avataar undertook penance here wanting to see a softer, quieter version of the Lord. Legend has it that the Lord gave darshan to Prahalad here in his not so ‘angry form’.

Sage Agasthya wanted to wed Cauvery. When she refused, the sage locked her here. Cauvery escaped from this place only to be cursed by the Sage that the place where Cauvery goes be in trouble. Cauvery undertook penance here at TherEzhendur to get liberated from the curse of Sage Agasthiya.

Sri Ramar Utsavam and Vasantha Utsavam in Chithirai month, Brahma Utsavam in Vaikasi month, Sri Andal Utsavam in Aadi month, Sri Jayanthi Utsavam in Aavani month, Sri Desikar Utsavam in Puratasi month, Pavithra Utsavam in Iyppasi month, Utsavam for Thirumangai Alwar and Deepa Utsavam in Karthigai month, Pagal Patthu and Raa Patthu Utsavam Margazhi month, Thai Month – Garuda seva, Punar Poosam and Magam Utsavam Maasi month, Sri Sengamalavalli Thaayar Utsavam in Panguni month are the Festival celebrated in this temple

Route:

From Mayavaram, take bus to Kumbakonam, get down at Komal Road stop ( 9 kms from Mayavaram). Take another bus to Ther Ezhendur ( 2 kms from there)Bus Nos. 10A, 10B, 10C ply directly from Mayavaram to Ther Ezhendur. There is also a direct bus (No. 33) from Kumbakonam.

Temple Timings:

07.30 am to 12.00 am and 5.00 pm to 08.30 pm

Temple Telephone Number:

04364 237 952, 99440 39572, 97917 69942

Temple Address:

Sri Devathirajan Temple,

Sannidhi Street,

Therazundur – 609 808,

Nagapattinam District,

Tamilnadu.

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.

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

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

Thiru Moghur – Sri Kaalamegha Perumal Temple

Name of the Temple

Sri Kaalamegha Perumal Temple

Period of origin

Before 2000 years

Name of deity

Moolavar:  Kaalamegha Perumal

Thayar: Mohana valli

Pushkarani: Ksheeraapthi Pushkarani.

Vimanam: Kethaki Vimaanam

Mangalaashaasanam: Nammalwar , Thirumangaialwar

Sthalapuranam:

Long ago, the Indiran and all the other devars were given the sabham to loose all of their wealth and their power. They got frightened on the Asurars and seeked the help of Sriman Narayanan. To regain their lost power, Sri Emperumaan said that he will help them out in gaining their lost power and advised them to get out the Amirdham (nector) from the paarkadal. At the same time, the Asuras also wanted their existing power to increase, thereby came to extract the Amirdham from paarkadal. At that time, Sri Vishnu to the Avathaar of Kurma, thereby helping to extract the nector. The devars are found on one side and the Asuras are found on the other side, thereby trying to extract the Nector. The first thing to come of it is the “Kaala Khoota Visham” (the poison). Since, this being a dreadful poison, Lord Shiva came and swallowed it and thereby got the name as “Neela Kandan”. Since the person’s body turns blue after the poison taken, and since the poison stayed on the neck of Lord Shiva, he is given the name as “Neela Kandan” Neela – means blue and Kandan – means the neck.

And after the poison came out, lots of good things came out of it to enrich the world. Dhanvanthri, the doctor of perumal, 60 crores dancing Rambhais, their friends, a horse by named “Ucchai Siravaran”, the spritual and the wealth giving cow, the Kaama dhenu, Iyaravadha elephant,which was given as the Vaahanam (Vehicle) of Indiran, Kousthuvamani, Sri Lakshmi, Moodevi the tree Karpaga Virutsham, the tree that gives lots of wealth. Varuna Kumari Vaaruni came out. These are the things that emerged out of the Paarkadal, while the Asuraas and the Devars where trying to extract the Amirdham. And finally, the Amirdham, for which they we trying to get came from Paarkadal. Sriman Narayanan doesnt want it to go to the Asuras since that might even increase the strength of them, more. So to help out the Devars in regaining their power, he took an another form (or) avathaar of Mohini, a beautiful women. The beauty of the Mohini could be explained, since it was so beautiful and the people who see her gets disturbed. The Emperumaan, who took the form of Mohini and decided that he will distribute the Amirdham for both Devas and Asuraas. They both agreed for this. On seeing the beauty of Mohini, the Asuraas didn’t care much about the Amirtham and all were attracted by the beauty of Mohini. At that time, Sriman Narayanan gave all the Amirdham to the Devars and helped them in getting back their lost power.

There is another sweet story of why the perumal took the Mohini avathaar. Sri Lakshmi, who came out of the Paarkadal was so beautiful women in the world. But, by taking Mohini Avathaar the perumal has reduced her thought that she is not only the beautiful women, but some more are there. On seeing the beauty of Mohini avathaar, Lord Shiva was too got attracted towards the beauty and as a result of this only from the Gnana eye of Lord Shiva, Lord Iyyappan was born. The name “Moghur” was given to this sthalam, only because of the beauty of Mohini avathaar taken by Sriman Narayanan.

Moghur Emperumaan, who is also called as “Kaalameghap perumal” is found as the same way like Sri Varadharajar is found in Kanchi, having the Gadha in his left hand and the right hand is positioned in such way that it gives the varam for hsi bhaktas in Nindra kolam facing east direction. The temple is surrounded by huge walls and outside the temple we found the “Ksheeraapthi Pushkarani”. First is found the entrance of the temple which is facing to the east direction on entering in to the Vaasal, we can find the “Kambatthadi Mandapam”. In this mandapam, the stone carved beautiful statues of chinna Marudhu and Periya Marudhu statues are found, who helped for the welfare of this temple. Next to it is found the Garuda Mandapam. In this mandapam, we can see the sculptures of Kothanda Ramar, Sita piratti, Lakshmanan, Kama devan, Rathi devi are found and also a small sannadhi for Garudan is found after this mandapam.

As we enter the temple, on the southern side, a separate sannadhi for the perumal is found where he gives his seva in Sayana thirukkolam (Sleeping kolam) along with Sridevi and Bhoomi pirattiyaar. He is found underneath the Aadhiseshan, the bed of the perumal. There are also 7 sayana thirukkolam of this perumal is found and they are  Bogha Sayanam.,Veera Sayanam.,Sthala Sayanam.,Aanandha Sayanam.,Bala Sayanam.,Uthana Sayanam and Prathana Sayanam. Prathana sayanam is the peculiar type of sayanam of the perumal and it is one of the rare position of to be found. The thaayars are found along the feet of the perumal in sitting position and praying towards him to give his darshan for their devotees. And after finally seeing these, we can find the Moolavar sannadhi, where the Kaalamegapperumal is giving his seva with his erect body well stretched and on the right hand is positioned in such a way, it gives varam for the devotees and on the left hand is found the Gadha and found along with Periya Pirattiyaar and Bhoomi Pirattiyaar in Nindra thirukkolam facing along the east direction.

Kaala megham means dark clouds that bears the rain in it and since the rain drops on to the earth to the perumal is named “Kaalamegapperumal” giving all the necessary varams that people needs.T he special things that has to be explained about this sthalam is the sudharsana Alwar who is found in this sthalam. He is one of the Panja Aayutham of Sri Vishnu. The Sudharsana Alwar is found with sixteen hands with 16 different weapons in his hands. He is found in “Prathyaaleetha” position which means a person in running to help the bhaktas, who worship him. To the back side of Sudharsana alwar, is found Narasimhar in yoga position. He is found along with Chakra and Sangu in his hands. Both the Moolavar and the Utsavar Vigraham are so identical and it is very rare to see both in the same way. Both, the Sudharsana Alwar and Narasimhar are surrounded by the rays of flame of the fire.

10 day Vaikasi Brammotsavam (May-June), Vaikunta Ekadasi (December-January), Gajendra Moksham in the Masi Poornima day in February – March, 2 day Panguni Thirukalyanam (March-April), Krishna Jayanthi are the main festival observed in the temple. Also all new moon days, both Tamil and English New Year days, Deepavali and Pongal are the festival days in the temple.

Route:

Tirumogur is 10 km from Madurai. Buses are available from Central and Mattuthavani bus stands. The temple is near the bus stop.

Temple Timings:

7.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.

Temple Telephone Number:

+91- 98420 24866

Temple Address:

Sri Kalamegaperumal temple,

Thirumohur-625 107,

Madurai Dist.