Parthanpalli (Thirunangur) -Thamaraiyal Kelvan Perumal

Name of the Templ

Sri Thamaraiyal Kelvan Perumal Temple

Period of origin

Before 2000 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Thamarayalkelvan

Thayar: Thamarai Nayaki

Pushkarani: Katkapushkarani, Sangasaras

Vimanam: Narayanavimanam

Mangalaashaasanam: Thirumangai Azhwar

Sthalapuranam:

While on a pilgrimage, Arjuna reached this place. Thirsty after a long trip and not finding water anywhere, he hoped to quench his thirst at Agastya’s ashram who was undertaking penance here but to his dismay he found that the Sage’s Kamandala too had gone dry.

Realising that this was Lord Krishna’s play, Sage Agastya directed Arjuna to invoke the blessings of his favourite Lord. Answering Arjuna’s prayers, Krishna appeared here as Parthasarathy and presented Arjuna with a sword. As instructed by Parthasarathy, Arjuna struck the ground with the sword and to his surprise water poured out of that place helping him quench his thirst.  This location, south of the temple, became the sacred ‘Katka’ Pushkarani.  To mark this event, Arjuna is seen here at this Divya Desam with a sword. It was also here that Arjuna was initiated with ‘Knowledge Education’ by Lord Parthasarathy to make Arjuna understand who he really was and what his real powers were. Since Arjuna had this Knowledge initiation here and played the role of a student, this temple came to be known after him as ‘Parthan Palli’.

The speciality of this temple is that Sri Rama appears here with two consorts, that could not be seen in other temples. Emperor Dasaratha performed the Aswamedha Yagna praying to Lord Narayana for children. He was sure that Lord Narayana himself would be his son and wanted to see the gift in advance. Lord Narayana appeared before Dasaratha with his two consorts. As it would not be possible to have such a dharsan during the Ramavatha period, Dasaratha was greatly delighted.This rare scene is sculpted and kept in this temple. The Lord is just stepping out of the Yaga Gunda with his consorts. This is a very rare sculpture. Arjuna has also a shrine here.

On the Amavasya day in Aadi, Parthasarathy goes on a procession to Poompuhar Sea  for the Annual Theerthavari Festival

On the No Moon Day in Thai, Thirumangai Azhwar visits this temple. This is one of the 11 Divya Desam Lords to participate in the Grand Thiru Nangur Garuda Seva in Thai

Route

Parthanpalli is 11 Kms from Sirkali in Nagapattinam district. Buses are available from Sirkali.

Temple Timings:

06:00 am to 11:00 am ; 05:00 pm to 08:00 pm.

Temple Telephone Number:

04364 – 275478

Temple Address:

Sri Thamaraiyal Kelvan Temple,
Parthanpalli
Thirunangur – 609 106,
Nagapattinam District.
Tamil Nadu.

Thiru Paadagam-Pandava Thoodha Perumal

Name of the Temple

Sri Pandava Thoodhar Temple

Period of origin

Before 2000 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Pandava Dhoodha Perumal

Thayar: Satyabama, Rukmin

Puskarani: Matsya Puskarani

Vimanam: Bathra Vimanam and Vetha kodi vimanam 

Mangalaashaasanam:  Boothathazhwar, Peyazhwar, Poigai Azhwar, Tirumazhisal Azhwar and Tirumangai Azhwar.

Sthalapuranam:

The moolavar of this divya desam is Pandava Thoodha perumal. Here emperuman is 28 feet tall and is in Irundha thirukolam (sitting posture). Emperuman is flanked byThaayaars Rukmani and Sathyabama in the sanctum sanctorum. As the taayaars are present by emperumans side, there is no separate sannidhi for taayaar. The designs on the moolavars garments are truly intricate and also fantastic. The deity is not of stone but of stucco and the design of the garment is part of the idol, so there is no need for any Vastharam for the Perumal.

Once Sri Krishnar went to Duriyodhanan as Thoodhuvan – Diplomat (a person who is sent to compramise and to avoid the war). Sri Krishnar went to Hasthinapuram to compramise on war. But, Duriyodhanan wanted to kill Sri Krishnar which is said to be against the Dharman.

So, he dug a big pit under the chair where Sri Krishnar was made to sit. Inside the pit, lots of his soldiers were placed to kill Sri Krishnar. It is Sriman Narayanan who looks at the action performed by after each and every Jeevathamas. So, he clearlt understood the plan of Duriyodhanan. But, opposite to it, Sri Krishnar gave them his Vishwaroopa Dharshan to all.

After hearing all this, Janameyjayan wanted to get the Vishwaroopa Dharshan of Sriman Narayanan as He gave the seva for all in the Duriyodhan’s palace. So, he started to do the Ashwametha yagam. And at tha end of the yagam, Sriman Narayanan gave his seva in Vishwaroopa Dharsanam as “Pandava thoothan”.

Sri Krishna Jayanthi in August-September, Deepavali in October-November, Mukkotti Ekadasi, Panguni Uthiram in March-April and a festival called Sattrumurai for Arulala Perumal Emperumanar on November to December at Bharani Star day are the festivals celebrated in the temple.

Route:

The temple is situated on the road opposite to the famous Lord Ekambareswar Temple

Temple Timings:

7.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and  from 4.00 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.

Temple Telephone Number:

+91 44-2723 1899

Temple Address:

Sri Pandavadhoodha Perumal Temple,

Pandava Dhoodha Perumal Koil Street,

Kancheepuram, 631-502.

Kancheepuram district.

 

Uppiliappan Kovil-Vinnagarappa Perumal

Name of the Temple

Sri Venkatachalapathi Temple

Period of origin

Before 2000 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Oppiliappan or Thiru Vinnagarappan

Thayar: Bhoomadevi

Puskarani: Sarnga, Surya, Indra and Brahma Puskarani

Sthala Virksham: Kadali 

Vimanam:  Suddhananda Vimanam

Mangalaashaasanam: Poigai Azhwar, Peyazhwar, Nammazhwar and Tirumangai Azhwar.

Sthalapuranam:

Once Tulasidevi who was born along with amrita, while churning the milky-ocean, begged Lord Narayana that she also be adorned by Him on His chest like Mahalakshmi. There upon, the Lord said that Tulasi did very severe penance to gain a place on his heart. The Lord further said that Tulasi would appear as Bhoomidevi at a holy place near Kumbakonam, to the south of Kaveri and would be brought up by sage Markandeya as his daughter. Tulasi should go there earlier and be in the form of lovely Tulasi plant at the sage’s hermitage. Then She would appear under the Tulasi plant as Bhoomidevi. Later on Lord Narayana would come and marry Bhoomidevi and live there forever. Then the glory of Tulasi will become known to all.

As per legends there is an another story that Tulasi will reborn as Bhudevi to Saint Markandeya Maharshi and one day Lord Vishnu disguised in the form of an old man sought her hand in marriage. Toward off  the marriage the Maharshi informed the old man that his daughter is not well versed in house hold duties and she will even forget to season salt in the food she prepares. The old man revealed Himself and took Bhudevi as his wife. As per the wishes of the Lord the prasadam is prepared without salt and offered to the presiding deity till date. Thus the deity is also called Uppiliappan. (Uppillatha appan). It is believed that those who take salt or salted food inside the temple will go to hell. During the festival Perumal is always accompanied with Thayar when He is taken in procession outside the temple. 

Route:

The temple in Tirunageswaram is 6 km far from Kumbakonam. . 

Temple Timings:

6.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. and from 4.00 a.m. to 9.00 p.m.

Temple Telephone Number:

0435 – 246 3385, 246 3685,

Temple Address:

Sri Oppiliyappan Temple,

Thirunageswaram,

Kumbakonam- 612-204.

Thanjavur District.

Thanjai Mamani Kovil- Neelamega Perumal

Name of the Temple

Thanjai Maamani Kovil

Period of origin

Before 2000 year

Name of deity

Moolavar: Neelamegar, Veera Narasimhar, Manikundra Perumal

Thayar: Sengamalavalli, Ambujavalli, Thanjai Nayagi

Pushkarani: Viraja Nadhi,Vinnaru,Vennar, Amirtha Theertham

Sthala Virksham: Magizham

Vimanam: Soundarya Vimaanam

Mangalaashaasanam: Thirumangai Alwar, Boothathalwar, Nammalwar

Sthalapuranam:

Group of three temples are considered to be one Divya Desam here. They are,

Thanjai Maamani Kovil

Neelamega Perumal sitting posture facing east. Sengamalavalli Thayar both prathyaksham to Parasaramuni.

Manikkundram

Manikundra Perumal in sitting posture facing east. Ambujavalli Thayar, prathyaksham to Markandeyar.

Thanjayali Nagar

Lord Nrisimha in sitting posture facing East with Thayar Thanjai Nayagi. Both were prathyaksham to Markandeyar.

The Story stares in this way, Once in Kritha Yuga there were three demons Thanjakan, Thandakan and Gajamukhan underwent severe penance praying to Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva was pleased at the devotion of the three demons and appeared before them. The demons requested for a boon of immortality to Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva advised them that Lord Vishnu as a Preserver could provide such a boon. However Lord Shiva provided them with a boon that he will do no harm to them.

The three demons were turned out haughty with the extra-ordinary boon provided by Lord Shiva and they started harassing entire deities and Rishis. In the meantime, the entire universe had undergone severe drought and famine. Surprisingly, there was only one sacred land remained undisturbed where Sage Parasara was following severe austerities and propitiating Lord Perumal. The three demons arrived on this land; they started assaulting Sage Parasara and tried all their arrogant means to vanquish him from this lush green land. Sage Parasara called out for Lord for help. Instantaneously, Lord Sriman Narayana sent Garuda to kill the army of demons. At last, Lord himself appeared before the demons and beheaded all of them. Thanjakan regretted about his deeds and begged to pardon him. Thus, the sacred land has got its name Thanjakanur and later years came to known as ‘Thanjavur’. Seeing the defeat of Thanjaka, Thandakan hid himself under the earth.  Lord became a Varaha, entered the hiding and killed the demon.  Tharaka was killed by Kali.  After the destruction of the three demons, Lord appeared before Sage Parasara as Neelamega Perumal.  Lord is gracing this place in three names in three separate temples.

Lord Vishnu who destroyed the demons graces in three separate temples as Neelamegar, Manikundra Perumal and Veera Narasimha in three forms.  Saints Boodhathazhwar and Tirumangai Azhwar had sung the glory of the three Perumals together in their hymns.  The three temples form a single Divya Desa. Saint Tirumangai Azhwar had sung the Mangalasasanam twice for the temple. Lord Veera Narasimhar blesses the devotees from the sanctum sanctorum along with Mothers Sridevi and Bhoodevi.  Instead of abishek only Thailakappu is done for the three presiding deities.

Outside the Moolavar Sannathi, we can dharsan Lakshmi Narasimar containing godess Lakshmi devi in his right lap, Andal Naachiyar and Vishvakshenar.

Thaayar Senkamalavalli Nachiyar has a seperate sannadhi. Outside the Thaayar sannadhi, there is one pillar in which one side Yoga Narasimar is portraited whereas on the other side Lord Aanchaneya (Hanuman) is found. It is said that if we come around and pray the Narasima and Aanchaneya continuosly for 108 times, all our wishes would be granted immediately.

The Vedas say that Lord Narayana would take any form at any time to protect his devotees. And the above case proves it. As the meaning of Vedas is explained here, the Vimaanam of this place is Vedasundara vimaanam.

The Vimaanam of Thanjai Maamani Koil is beautifully carved and hence gets it name Soundaraja vimaanam. And as the perumal stands as a hill of with a grace on glare of pearls and stones in Manikundra perumal Koil its vimaanam has the Manikooda vimaanam.

Route:

Singaperumal koil is 3 km from Thanjavur old bus stand on the Kumbakonam route. The three temples are nearby to one another.

Temple Timings:

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

Temple Telephone Number:

+91- 4362 – 223 384.

Temple Address:

Sri Neelamega Perumal Temple
PalliAgraharam
Thanjavur (Dist)
Tamil Nadu
India.

Nachiyar Koil-Tirunarayur Nambi Perumal

Name of the Temple

Sri Tirunarayur Nambi temple

Period of origin

Before 2000 Year

Name of deity

Moolavar: Tirunarayur Nambi

Thayar: Vanjula Devi

Puskarani: Manimutha, Sangarshanam, Pradyunam, Shamba Pushkarani

Sthala Virksham: Vilvam, Magizham

Vimanam: Srinivasa Vimaanam

Mangalaashaasanam: Thirumangai Alwar

Sthalapuranam

Once upon a time there lived a saint named Medhavi here in Nachiyar Kovil. He wanted Mahalakshmi to be his daughter so he pleaded Mahavishnu and on an auspicious day under the tree called “Vanjula Maram”, he found a very beautiful girl child. He named her “Vanjulavalli” after the tree from where he found her. He wanted to have Lord as his son-in-law.  He performed penance sitting under the Vanjula tree to have  Mahalakshmi as his daughter.  Devi appeared before the sage as a little pretty girl on the Utharam star day in Pangun.

They led a peaceful life  by teaching Gnana to there students. Gradually Vanjulavalli grew up and reached the marriage stage.  At that time Lord Mahavishnu came to earth in five forms as Sangarshanan, Pradyumnan, Anirudhan, Purushothaman and Vaasudevan to find Mahalakshmi and marry her.  Each searched for Devi in different directions.  Garuda Bhagwan who accompanied the Lord, spotted Devi in the Sage’s ashram and informed the Lord.

As vasudevan  visited saint Medhavi’s Ashram as a Guests. His students gave a warm welcome while  Vagulavalli prepared a delicious meal for them. After finishing their meal, all the five went to wash their hands. When Vagulavalli helped them by pouring water, suddenly Vasudevan caught her by hand and immediately she shouted for help.

Hearing her cries, her father came running for rescue. But before he could catch and curse Vasudevan, all the five guests disappeared to bring forth the original one  Mahavishnu saint Medhavi was spellbound, Perumal expressed His desire to the sage to marry his daughter.  The sage accepted Lord’s wish on one condition that his daughter would have all powers in all matters.  Perumal agreed to the condition and had the hands of Devi.
Lord told Garuda that he should have His place here blessing the devotees as He had to be under the influence of wife.  Thus Garuda Bhagwan became prominent in the temple. Lord was of the view that in Kali Yugam men would have to listen to women. Hence, much before that, he decided that he would first serve as an example and listen to the Goddess here. On all occasions, the first rights are reserved for the Nachiyar. Even the food is first served to the Nachiyar and only then to the Naraiyur Nambi.

Here Stone idol of the bird Garuda, Stands as the Vahanam  to Narayur Nambi whereas Annam  the Vahanam of the Godess Vagulambika.

Garuda has a seperate sannathi in this temple extending about 10 1/2 sq.ft’s. He has beautiful big wings, broad chest and long hair. In tamil month Margazhi and Panguni the festival “Kal Garuda Sevai” (ie) the festival where the idol of Narayur Nambi placed on the stone idol of Garuda and taken out into vibrant procession is taken place every year.

There is a unique specialty regarding the stone idol of Garuda. When taken out for a procession, until a step out of his sannathi he can be easily carried by 4 persons. Then inside the temple his weight would increase as to be carried by 8 persons, then further outside the praharam he would weigh heavy so that 16 persons are required to carry him. Totally outside the temple not even 32 persons are enough to carry him, he would get heavier and heavier ahead. He would sweat a lot too so that his cloths get drenched in the sweat.

Lords of only a few Divya Desams have been praised as Nambi. The most prominent among them is Thiru Kurungkudi, the other one being the Lord here who is referred to as Thiru Naraiyur Nambi. An Achaarya is referred to as Nambi and since Thiru Naraiyur Lord initiated the Pancha Samaskaram to ThiruMangai Mannan, he became the Achaarya of Thiru Mangai Azhvaar and hence the Azhvaar referred to him as ‘Thiru NaraiyurNambi’.

ThiruNaraiyur Nambi is also credited with the bringing together of Thirumangai Azhvaar and Kumudhavalli, as he was the one who initiated the Pancha Samaskaram to the Azhvaar, making him a true Vaishnavite.

An old Brahmin wanted to see all the Divya Desams. However, he could not visit because of his old age. The old Brahmin prayed before ThiruNaraiyur Nambi, who is said to have given the idols of all the 108 Divya Desam Lords to the Brahmin. This is the only Divya Desam where the idols of all the 108 Divya Desams can be seen.

Another unique feature at this Divya Desam is that the Vimaanam above the Sanctum Sanctum is like a tower. This is the only Divya Desam where one finds a10 feet Brahma in a standing posture within the sanctum. In other Divya Desams one finds the image of Brahma on the wall.

There is huge tank of 648 feet length and 225 feet breadth infront of the temple, It has a number of steps in the 3 sides. This tank is like a big pond and so it is called as “Mani Muthaaru”. There is a beautiful tale behind the name of this pond. Once king of the birds Gauda, took a diamond head ornament to Narayur Nambi from Thiruparkadal. A diamond (Mani) accidentally fell from the ornaments into this pond. As the precious stone fell into the pond degrading it’s status equivalent to ordinary pearl (Muthu) this tank is known as Mani + Muthi + Aaru.

Route

Nachiarkoil is 10 km from Kumbakonam on the Tiruvarur road.

Temple Timings:

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

Temple Telephone Number:

+91- 435 – 246 7017, 94435 – 97388.

Temple Address:

Sri Narayur Nambi Temple,

Nachiarkoil-612 602.

Thanjavur district.

 

Sarangapani Temple-Aravamudhan Perumal

Name of the Temple

Sri Sarangapani temple

Period of origin

Before 2000 years ago

Name of deity

Moolavar: Aravamudhan, Sarangapani

Thayar: Komalavalli

Sthala Theertham: Cauvery and Arisal Aru, Hemavalli Pushkarini

Vimanam: Vaidega Vimaanam.

Mangalaashaasanam:

Sri Aandal – 1 Paasuram.

Periyalwar – 3 Paasurams.

Thirumizhisai Alwar – 7 Paasurams.

Boothatalwar – 2 Paasurams.

Peiyalwar – 2 Paasurams.

Nammalwar – 11 Paasurams.

Thirumangai-25Paasurams.
Total – 51 Paasurams.

Sthalapuranam

When it was time for the end of this world a huge pralaya came up. In order to save the vedha’s Amirtham and tools necessary to create lives on earth, lord Bhrama collected all these things and put them in a mud pot and kept the pot safety on the top of the Mountain Meru.

Pralaya kalam (ie) the period of non stop heavy rain came and the pot of bhrama was washed away by the flood. In due course moving in the south direction it came to halt at a particular place. Then for the wish of all devar’s (ie) heavenly people Lord Shiva broke the pot with an arrow. Immediately Amudham (ie) the liquit given eternity flowed from the pot and formed two tanks. One is known as Maha maga kulam and the othr Potramarai kulam. The remains of the pot and Amudham joined together to form “Lord Kumbeswarar”. In the name of the broken pot (ie) Kumbam that place was clled Kumbakkonam.

Once the Sage Brugu came to Vaikunda to test the patience and tolerance quality of Lord Vishnu by hitting on His chest.  Lord did not prevent the sage nor grew angry against him. But simply smiled.  Mother Lakshmi asked the Lord how He could allow other male to touch Her also while hitting Him as the chest of Lord is Her home.  The sage fell at the feet of Mother Lakshmi and said that he was given the job of finding a God so soft in nature for conducting a Yagna to whom it was to be dedicated.  I hit Lord for this test and meant no motives.  He also begged Mother that she should be born his daughter.  Mother Lakshmi happily blessed the sage.  She promised the sage to leave Lord for him and advised him to take on penance to realize his wish.   The sage performed penance in Kumbakonam and found Mother on the Hema Pushkarini Theertha on a Lotus.  He took the child and named Her Komalavalli.  He gave his daughter to Perumal in a grand wedding.  Perumal came to wed Mother holding a bow-Sarnga, hence is praised as Lord Sarangapani.  The place, thus is revered as the Avatara Sthala-birth place of Mother Komalavalli-Lakshmi.

Lord Ranganatha had settled down with the Prana Vaakruthi Vimaanam on the banks of Cauvery in Srirangam. The Lord also told Vibheeshana that he would settle down with the Vaidheega Vimaanaam at Kudanthai. Hence, this temple is 2nd only to Srirangam among the Divya Desams.

During 9th, A.D, divya prabatham was not compiled. It was scattered here and there. On that time in Kaatumannar kovil also called Veera Narayanapuram near Chidambaram there lived a man called Naadhamunigal.

He worked in the temple and one day he came to hear II paasurams which had “Aara Amudhey” as its beggning. The verse was so pure, gentle and devotional that Naadamunigal was completely take aback by it. He asked the two men about the verse and enquired them regarding the last line which hinted that these II paasurams or verses were among the other 1000 verses. But the men who sand said they were Unaware about the matter.

Somehow Naadamunigal wanted to find the rest of 1000 Paasurams. But he couldnt get any clues from the men and so he was very much worried. Suddenly he remembered the first line which began with the word “Aara Amudhe” so quickly he went to the Saarangapani temple in Kudanthai and started to pray hardly. Immedietely a flash ran in his mind the last line of the II Paasurams said that it was written by Sadagopan of Thirukurukur (ie, “Kurukur Sadagopan Kuralin Maliya sonna OOrayirathul”).

He thanked the god to remaind him and headed straightly to Thirukkurukur. There he came to know about the history of Nammalwar and his excellent diciple “Madhurakavi alwar” who treated Nammalwar as his god. Then he met Pharangusasadhasar who came in the way Madhurakavialwar who gave him II Paasurams (Starting with Kanninum Siruthambu…) sung by his guru. The verse was written by Madhurakavialwar in praise of his beloved guru Nammalwar.

Naadhamunigal was very happy and he went to the temple in Alwar Thirunagari (Thirukurukur) and sat in front of the Tamarind tree under which Nammalwar was sitting in his time.

He started to chant the II Paasurams of Madhurakavialwar without stopping for 12,000 times. Nammalwar appeared before Naadhamunigal and started to teach him all the 4000 paasurams and with a written copy of Dhivya prabantham. Naadhamunigal returned to Kaatu Mannar kovil Secessfully. Srimadh Naadhamunigal then divided the prabantha paasurams into 4 group each containing almost 1000 paasurams.

Henceforth Aaraamudha perumal of this Thirukkudanthai – Naatha munigal from Kaatu mannar kovil Nammalwar of Alwar Thirunagari all worked together to the rebirth of prabantham. Also the way in which Aaramudhan came to this place, bears a relation to Thirupathi and Sri Rangam. This temple Karbagraham (or) Moolavar sannathi has two entries one named Uthrayana vaasal and the other Dakshinayana Vaasal, both the terms deputing the Sun’s orbit. Hence this place is also treated incoherence with Thiruvellarai.

As Aaraamudhans appearence has a relation to the myths of the trinity Bhrama, vishnu Sivan this place can be treated inaccordance to Kadhambanoor and Kandiyur.

Once upon a time Therumazhisai Alwar came to have a dharsan of Aaraamudha perumal. He was very much impressed by his beauty and wanted to have a chat with him. So he prayed the Lord and after some times, the Lord Wanted to answer his prayer and hence he lifted his head from the sleeping posture and started to get up. But, Alwar didnt wanted to disturb his sleep and hence he requested perumal not to get up and to remain in the same posture so as to bless each devotee visiting him and to treat each one of them as Thirumazhisaialwar. The post of Aara Amudhan is called as Uthra Sayanam and he is thus called as Uthanasai.

As the Lord god accepted his devotees wish as he did in Kanchipuram, this place is coherent to Thiruvekka of Kanchipuram.

Once there lived a great Sri Vishnu bhaktha named “Narayaswamy” in Thirukudanthai. He was very rich but had no children. So at one stage he devoted all his money and wealth to the Aara Amudhan’s temple. His neighbors asked him to adopt a son to render rites and rituals after his death,

The Rajagopurams of the temples of Tamilnadu are noted for their height.  Srirangam tower is 236 feet tall and that of Srivilliputhur is 165 feet.  Kumbakonam Lord Sarangapani temple is the third 11 tier 150 feet tall.  The car-rath of the temple also is famous for its high artistic beauty – called Chithira Ther.  Saint Tirumangai Azhwar calls this as Rathabandham.

There is no swarga Vaasal at the Saarangapani temple. But about 100000 people are expected to attend the Vaikunta Ekadesi festival here.

Route

Accessible distance of this temple very short from kumbakonam bus stand

Temple Timings:

0435 – 243 0349, 94435 – 24529.

Temple Telephone Number:

Sri Sarangapani Temple,

Kumbakonam – 612 001,

Thanjavur district.

Madurai-Koodalazhagar Perumal

Name of the Temple

Sri Koodalazhagar temple

Period of origin

Before 2000 Years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Koodalazhagar

Thayar: Maduravalli

Pushkarani: Hemapushkarani

Sthala Virksham: Kathazhi

Vimanam: Ashtanga Vimaanam

Mangalaashaasanam: Periaalvar, ThirumangaiAlvar, Thirumisaialvar

Sthalapuranam

Sangam Tamil poets the Koodal Azhagar (Lord Vishnu) was worshipped as the president and guardian idol of the Sangam and called him as “Thuvarikoman” and Koodal Azhagar. Koodal refers to the assemblage of poets and scholars.

Once Sownaka Maharishi was doing the Tapas, he was covered by the small mud mountain. There came Yayaathi’s daughter, while she was playing, She found two bright lights flashed from inside of the Mud pail. It was actually the eyes of Sownaka Maharishi. Without knowing that She took a small stick and poked the bright one. As a result of this, Sownakar got angry and gave her the curse that all the childrens are born to Yayaathi’s daughter will be blind. Hearing this, she felt sorry for that and asked for  Vimochana. Cooled by her devotion, Sownaka Maharishi, he himself married Yayaathi’s daughter and earned 100 childrens and one among them was Janaka Maharishi.

Sathya Varadan, the Pandya king attempted penance before the Lord. He gave him Darshan inside a sacred Bowel, as a fish. This is the reason why Pandyas has “Fish” as their symbol in their flags.Another great thing that has to be said about this temple is the great Raja Gopuram, which is very big with lots of architectural works found in it. In the first pragharam there is a separate sannadhi for Madura valli Naachiyaar. Meenakshi Amman, who is made up by Maragatham and to remember her, this sthala thaayar is named as “Maragadha Valli”. On the North side, a separate Shrine for Aandal Naachiyaar is found.

The supremacy of Lord Sriman Narayana was established by Vishnu Chitta, by citing extravagantly the Vedic texts in support of his argument. A miracle happened at the end of the argument. A purse containing Gold coins suspended in a pole, landed down in the hands of Vishnu Chitta, this was considered as a divine acceptance.

The king commemorated this victory by seating Vishnu Chitta on the decorated throne placed on the back of royal elephant. Then accompanied by the Vedic pundits he himself led the procession. Sri Koodal Azhagar delighted by the victory and appeared before the procession seated on the shoulders of Garuda and blessed Vishnu Chitta.

Vishnu Chitta got himself into the countless beauty of the Lord and blessed the lord by regaining his senses with a long life by conveying his wishes in the form of twelve verses known as “Thirupallandu”.  These verses he recited by tuning them with the ringing bell tied to the elephant. At the holy feet of Sri Koodal Azhagar, he offered Mangalasasanam. Even to the present day these “Thirupallandu” is recited as the beginning invocations in the shrines.

In all the Vaishnava temple, the Navagraha Sannadhis will not be found and will be found only in  Siva temples. But in this sthalam, a separate sannadhi for Navagrahas are found. This is to imply that both Vaishnavam and Saivam should be considered as the Single God.

The Moolvar found in this temple is Sri Koodal Azhagar. Moolavar in Veetrirundha thriukkolam facing his thriumugham in East direction. Prathyaksham for Brighu maharishi, Sownaka maharishi and Periyalwar.

Route

Situated 1 km from Periyar Bus stand in Madurai, you can either take the local bus to here or catch an auto rickshaw. The temple is quite accessible, being located on a broad street.

Temple Timings:

6.00 am to 12.00 noon and from 4.00 pm to 9.00 pm.

Temple Telephone Number:

0452 2338542

Temple Address

Sri Koodalazhagar temple

Madurai -01

Madurai dist

 

Alwar Thirunagari – (Nava Tirupathi) Aadinathan Perumal

Name of the Temple

Sri Aadinathan temple

Period of origin

Before 1000 Years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Aathippiraan

Thayar: Thirukkurukoornayaki

Pushkarani: Brahma thirtham

Mangalaashaasanam: Nammalvar

Sthalapuranam:

As per legends, Here all the deities are in the form of Navagrahas. It is believed that all these deities rushed to Kurukoor, sat in the branches of the tamarind tree and requested Nammalvar to hail them. Once Madhurakavi Alvar saw a blazing light from the south while he was traveling to the north, on the way he came to Kurukkor following the light. He saw Nammalvar sitting in Yoga in the tree-hole, understood that he was his Guru and declared in his 11 pacurams, commencing that there cannot be a God other than Nammalvar. Here he completed the Thiruvaimozhli.

Once a Brahmin boy having abused the Vedas, incurred the wrath of his master who cursed him to be born in a low-caste in his next birth. He was born in the name Dhanthan, once he decided to go to Kurukoor to worship the Lord. The preist in the temple drove him outside the temple. He got upset and prayed to the Lord. He went to nearby Thaamiraparani bank and he made a sand-image of the Lord and took with him to worship. At the same time priests suddenly lost his eyesight and surrendered himself to the Lord to find out the reason, a voice from the sky directed them to ask pardon to Dhanthan.   So did the priests and retrieved their lost eyesight. Dhanthan had the beatific vision of the Lord with His Spouse. We can see the image of Dhanthan sculpted in the first step of the ardha mantapam; where he worshipped Aadhinathan is known as Appan Koil or Chemponmaada Tirukkurukoor.

The holy sages of the yore desired to see the Varaha avatar of the Lord and so conducted a rigorous tapas at this sacred place. The Lord in Varaha form with Bhoomadevi on His lap appeared before them and blessed them. Hence, this is Varaha Kshetra

As per legend Nammalvar is related to Ramayana, because of  him this city is called Alwarthirunagari. Three days before the cessation of Ramavataram, Lord Yama came to see Lord Rama, who instructed his brother Lakshmana not to allow anybody thereafter. Sage Dhurvaasa desiring to see Lord Rama before the completion of incarnation came and Lakshmana, afraid of incurring his wrath and curse, did not stop him. But, the displeased Rama cursed his brother to become a tree, as he did not respect his order. Lakshmana cried and asked pardon that he could not live without him. Rama then said that he himself had to be like a statue for 16 years, for committing the sin of sending Sita to the forest and that he would sit in the hole of the tree at that time. Lakshmana would become a tamarind tree at the Varaha Kshetram. Sage Kashyapa and his wife, born as Kaari and Utaya Nangai would come to Kurukoor praying for a child. The Lord would be born as Maran (Nammalvar) and as a baby he would crawl to the hole in the tamarind tree and sit there for 16 years. After this Yoga. Lord Rama gave his ring to his brother and said that Lakshmana would be a tamarind tree where the ring dropped. Lakshmana, the incarnation of Adisesha stands as the tamarind tree in this holy temple. So the place is called as Sesha Kshetram.

Route:

Alwarthirunagari is in the Tirunelveli-Tiruchendur railway route and the temple is about 1.5 kms from the station. It is about 5kms from Srivaikuntam and 34 kms from Tirunelveli, from where frequent bus services are available.

Temple Timings:

7.30 am to 12.00 noon and from 5.00 pm to 8.00 pm.

Temple Telephone Number:

0 4639 273 607

Temple Address

Sri Aadinaathan Templel,

Alwartirunagari,

Thuothukudi

 

 

Badrinath – Sri Badri Narayana Perumal Temple

Name of the Temple

Sri Badri Narayana Perumal Temple

Period of origin

Before 2000 years

Name of deity

Moolavar:  Badrinarayanar

Thayar: Aravindhavalli thaayar

Pushkarani: Tapta Kundam.

Vimanam: Tapta Kanjana Vimaanam.

Mangalaashaasanam: Periyalwar , Thirumangai Alwar

Sthalapuranam:

The Moolavar of Badrinath Kshetram is Badri Narayanan. He is found in Irundha (sitting) thirukkolam facing his thirumugham towards east direction. Prathyaksham for Naran. The Moolavar Badrinarayanar is said to be made of Salagramam. He is found along with Aravindhavalli thaayar, Garudan, Kuberan, Naradhar, Utthavar, Devarishi and Narayanar. He is found in sitting pose and has 4 hands. His left hand holds the Sangu and his right hand hold the chakkaram and is lifeted upwards and remaining two hands are joined together and found as Yoga muthirai and Abhaya Varadhan.

The Perumal, Badrin Narayanan explains all these 5 different things known as “Artha Panjaga Gnanam”. For a human, 5 relations are the most prominent one. They are Mother, Gather, Guru, God and the pre generation peoples. In this, Guru is so important and it is non – equivalent to anything. Without a proper guru, one cannot attain anything. So, the perumal here serves as the guru and explain the Gnana to the world. As the same way, the perumal is born as both Naran and Narayanan and he gives the seva to both Naran and Narayanan and he gives the seva to Naran thereby explaining the Gnanam towards him.

While going towards Badrinath, one can visit enjoy and get the seva of Perumals in Haridwar, Vishnupaadham, Thiriveni Sangamam, Rishikesh, Deva Prayag, Kandam (Kadinagar), Rudra Prayag, Karna Prayag, Nandha Prayag, Joshi mutt, Hanuman Chatti, Bramagha dam, Taptha Kundam and Simha Dwaram. Badrinath is 10,380 feet above from the sea level. Bhaktas who travel Badrinath, first should visit Haridwar, where Brahma Kundam (theertham) is found where bhaktas have a spiritual bath in that theertham before going to Badrinath. This place is also called as “Vishnu Paadham”

From here, we can see the Ganga river originating. It is said that river Ganga originates from the thiruvadi (feet) of Sri Vishnu. The Dwaram (the small entrance (or) hole) from where the Ganga river originates is said to be Haridwar. People get this Ganga water closed in a small vessel and take to their houses and keep them as sacred. Haridwar is called as “Kapilasthan”, because Kapila Munivar did the tapas here and worshipped Goddess Maya and because of this, the place is also called as “Mayapuri”. There are temples for Goddess Manasa Devi, Chandi Devi, Maya Devi, Anjani Devi, Neeleshwarar, Dattatreyar, Navagrahas, Mahadeva and Mrithyunjaya Mahadevar. Lots of Ashrams are found. Some of them are Kailasha Ashram dedicated to Aadhi Sankarar, Sri Vananda Ashram started by Swami Sivanandar, Gita Ashram, Swarga Ashram, Paramathma Niketan.

Badrinath is said to one among the great Dhamas (holy Shrines). Other great Dhamas are Rameswaram, Dwaraka and Jaganath. There are 5 Badris namely Vishal Badri, Dhayana Badri, Yoga Badri, Vridha Badri and Bhavishya Badri and five prayags are Devaprayag, Rudra prayag, Karnaprayag, Nandaprayag and Vishnu prayag.

Devaprayag:
This is the place where the Alaknanda and Bagirthi rivers mingle to one another and the river falls down as “Aadhi Ganga”, In Devaprayag, Brahma devar, King Dasarathan and Sri Ramar are believed to have done tapas. And an Mutt is installed by Aadhi Sankarar here.

Rudraprayag:
Rudraprayag is the place where river Mandakini joins the Alankananda river. Here a temple for Rudran is found Mandakini river rises from Kedarnath and it joins Ganga and then towards Madhya Maheshwar near Gupta Kasi. In Gupta Kasi a famous temple for Ardha Nareeshwarar is found (Artha Nareeshwarar is one of seva given by Lord Shivan where he is found as one part of his body and another side for Uma devi).

Karnaprayag:
Karnaprayag is the place where Karnan did strong tapas to get all sorts of mantra arrows.

Nandaprayag:
Nandaprayag is the place where the Nandakini river arises and joins Alaknanda. It is said that king Nanda did a severe tapas here in this place.

Vishnuprayag:
It is believed that this is the place where Pandu King did strong tapas towards the Emperumaan Sri Vishnu and it is said that the Pandja Pandavas born here.

Next to Vishnu Prayag is a place called Hanuman Ghat where Lord Hanuman and Bheeman met each other. Once, Bheeman thought he was the strong person in the world and was travelling along this side. At that time, Hanuman laid there as a old monkey. Bheema say an old monkey lying before him in the path and shouted at the monkey to give way for him. But, the old monkey (Hanuman) told that since he is so weak, he could not able to move and told that if Bheema could mvoe the tail, he can move it and go along with his way. Bheeman thought he can move the tail with his one hand, but he could not do that. Using his full strength, he tried, but he could not even move the tail for an inch. Finally, he thought, the old monkey might be some Arakkan (or) Magic man. But finally, Anjaneyar showed his original Roopam and explains him that there are brothers (since both are Vaayu Puthras). Bheema fell to the feet of Sri Anjaneyar and asked that he should be along with them during the war against the Gauravars (Duriyodhanan and his troop). Sri Anjaneyar told that he will be along with them in the flag which is found on top of the Chariot of Arjuna. Since, Naran and Narayanan came to this sthalam, two mountains on the names of them are found. The Nara Parvatham (mountain) is found on the Eastern bank of Alknanda river and Narayana parvatham on the west bank of Alknanda river. These two mountains are almost covered by snow, in all times.

Nara Parvatham is also called as Kubera Bhandar since lots of precious gems and diamonds are found onits glaciers. Once, there lived an arakkan (demon) by name “Sahasrakavacha”, who gave lots of trouble for the Rishis and yogis. All of them prayed towards the perumal to help them out from the Arakkan. At that time, both Naran and Narayanan did tapas towards the perumal. On hearing that these two persons were doing severe tapas towards the Emperumaan, Sahasrakavachan rushed towards them to kill them. Both, Naran and Narayanan fought strongly with the demon and finally killed him. Thus, they permenantly stayed in Badrinath to help all the Rishis and Yogis from lots of Arakkans.

About 5 miles away from Badrinath, is a place found which is called as “Dharma Shila”. It is believed tht only in this place, Dharma Rajan and his wife kala did tapas towards the perumal. As the Varam from the perumal, Dharma Raja and his wife asked that the perumal should also be found along with them and thats the reason why Dharma shila is found near Badrinath.

Tapta Kund:
This tapta Kund is found in between the temple (Badrinarayanan) and Alaknanda river. Inspite of being so cold and lots of snow fallings, this tapta kund excreats hot water (springs) which is said to be a special one. It is said that the Ganga river after coming from the thiruvdi of Sriman Narayanan is beared by the Lord Shivaperuman’s head and since it comes out form the hot and from Kabhala of Shiva, it is said the water of Tapta kund is hotter.

After taking bath in tapta kund, bhaktas have to climb some steps up where Garudalwar is found. After worshipping him, we can reach the pragaram. The place where Garudalwar is found is called “Simha Dwaram”.

Infront of Badrinath temple, the Nara and Narayanan mountain are found. Inside the temple, Badrinarayanar is found in sitting position which is termed as “Padmasana” pose. On his left is Naran and Narayanar and found, to his right, Kuberan with a big silver face is found. Narada Maharishi is also found along with them. A Sudharsana chakkaram to spiritualise the sthalam is also found. The Utsavar is Uddhava is found and infront of him, a small Garudalwar is found.

It is said that a big date (Elandhai) tree is covering the Badrinarayanar temple and it will not be found to any person in Kali yigham. The tree is said to be the hamsam of Sri Mahalakshmi and she is protecting Badrinarayanan from cold by covering him.

Route:

Badrinath temple is Located in Central Himalayas in Garhwal district of Uttar Pradesh.

Temple Timings:

4.30 am to 12 noon and 3pm to 8pm

Temple Address:

Sri Badri Narayana Perumal Temple

Badrinath

Samoli dst

Utharkand