Tirukovilur- Sri Thiruvikrama Perumal

Name of the Temple

Sri Thiruvikrama Perumal temple

Period of origin

Before 2000 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Trivikramar

Thayar: Poongoval Nachiar

Pushkarani: Pennai River, Krishna and Sri Chakra Theertham

Vimanam: Chakkra Vimanam

Mangalaashaasanam: Poigai Azhwar, Bhoodhathazwar, Peyazhwar and Tirumangai Azhwar

Sthalapuranam:

Emperor Mahabali, though good natured, ever helpful to those in need, had a desire that none should exceed him in status and fame.  To realize this aim, he conducted a great yajna headed by his Guru Shukracharya.  Lord thought to bring down his pride.  He took the form of dwarf, came to the Yajna field and sought three foot steps of land (three steps by His foot) as dhan (charity).  Guru Shukracharge sensed some mischief in the dwarf and understood that the visitor was none other than Lord Vishnu.  He vehemently warned Mahabali and did his best to prevent his promise. Mahabali did not relent.  He was only keen to keep up his word to dwarf and offered His wish.  Lord took His Vishwarupa, measured the earth by one foot step and the Akasha by the second step and there was no place for the third step and asked Mahabali for the third.  Mahabali gracefully accepted his inability and offered his head for the third.  Lord placed his head on Mahabali and demanded that he solemnize the dhan with water from his right hand.  Mahabali took the water bowl to confirm his promise but Shuracharya took the form of a bee and blocked the hole of the bowl from releasing the water.  Lord Vishnu took a grass piece, put it on the bowl hole that blinded the Guru.  Mahabali was pressed by the Lord to the Padala Loka and taken later with Him, goes the story.

Any devotee who would indeed like to read and enjoy this Vamanavathara-Trivikrama story of Lord, should read Sriman Narayaneeyam by Narayana Pattadri and Srimad Bhagavatha by Sage Veda Vyasa.  They will have to close the book only unwillingly. The object of Lord in His Vamanavatara-Trivikrama Avatara was to teach that wealth of even great kings should not land them pride and arrogance.  He took the Vishwarupa, measured the space with His right Leg and the Earth with the right.  He stood too tall touching both earth and sky.  In His extreme delight to bless Emperor Mahabali, the illustrious grandson of Prahladha who was instrumental for His Narasimha Avtar, Lord appears here with the conch in the right hand and the discus in the left-vice-versa.  This is described as His teaching wisdom to devotees.  His posture-left leg on the earth and the right in the sky-appears as if He is asking where to place His foot for the third foot of land due from Mahabali as promised to Him.   Lord Brahmma is worshipping the foot in the sky. This is a very popular story of Lord Vishnu as a Vamana seeking three foot step land from Mahabali, which he could not afford as Lord had covered both earth and sky with two feet itself leaving no space for the third.

Sage Mrigandu wanted to have this Vishwarupa Darshan of Lord and approached Lord Brahmma for His advice.  Brahmma suggested that the sage go to Krishna Kshetra (now Tirukovilur) on the banks of Krishnabadra River to realize his wish. The sage along with his wife Mitravathi came to this place and performed severe penance for the darshan of Lord. Lord came to their abode in the guise of an old Brahmin and begged for food.  They didn’t have even a single grain of rice to offer.  The sage turned to his wife. Mitravathi went in, took a bowl in hand and prayed to Lord Narayana to fill the bowl with food if she was the chaste wife of the sage.  The bowl was full of delicious food.  Pleased with their penance, Perumal granted His Vishwarupa darshan to the sage couple.

This is the holy place where the first three Azhwars-Poigai Azhwar, Boodhathazhwar and Peyazhwar- met together incidentally by the grace of Lord.  It was night raining heavily.  Poigai Azhwar sought a place in the Ashram of Sage Mrigandu.  He was shown a place to rest down.  After a little while, Boodhathazwar came to the same place for a space.  The first Ahwar shared the space just sufficient for two to sit. The third Azhwar-Peyahwar too came there.  The two shared the space with him sufficient only for standing.  Suddenly, they were pressed due to the presence of a fourth comer who was but Perumal Himself granting His darshan. The songs sung by the three Azhwars how they were blessed with darshan of Lord as lighting a lamp to dispense the rainy darkness, is chanted even now by the devotees while lighting lamps in their houses in mornings and evenings.

The Three Azhwars attained salvation in this holy land.  Lord Perumal is praised as Ulagu Alanda Perumal-Ulagalanda Perumal as He sought a small piece of land measuring just three feet.  The idol is made of wood in a standing posture, the tallest in the country.  Against the tradition, Perumal is holding the conch in the right hand and the discus in the left.  Of the 108 Divya Desas of Perumal, this is the only temple with Swayambu Vishnu Durga.  This is an important kshetra for the Vishnavas and Hindus in general in the Nadu Nadu region.  The tower of the temple is third tallest in the state scaling 192 feet.  Shukracharya, (Venus in the zodiac sign) Guru of the Asuras, has a place in the temple.

It is noteworthy that the holy scriptures Nalayira Divya Prabandam containing 4000 verses in praise of Lord Vishnu sung by 12 Alzhwars from time to time at various places, began from Tirukovilur. It is mostly in Shiva temples, we see Mother Vishnu Durga in the prakaras. In Tirukovilur temple, Lord and His beloved Sister Durga (Maya the feminine form of Lord Vishnu) are in shrines nearby to each other.  Tirumangai Azhwar who generally praises Lord alone in his hymns had made a devotional line to Mother Durga in one of his verses.  People pray to Mother Vishnu Durga during Rahu Kalams on Tuesdays and Fridays for relief from the adverse aspects of planets. There is a 40 feet tall Garuda Pillar with a small temple built on it opposite Perumal shrine.  It is believed that Garuda Bhagwan is worshipping Lord from this temple.

Of the Pancha Krishna Sthalas – Five great temples of Lord Krishna- 1)Tirukovilur, 2) Tirukannapuram, 3) Tirukannangudi, 4) Tirukannamangai and 5) Kabisthalam, Tirukovilur is the first.  Lord Krishhna in this temple, made of Salagrama stone, graces the devotees from a shrine on the right side of the Gopuram entrance.  The devotees must begin the worship from this shrine and pass to the presiding Perumal only then.  Great Vaishnava Acharya Manavala Mamunigal also had rendered many hymns in praise of Lord Perumal. According to scriptures and Tamil literatures. Sage Parasurama and Sage Agasthya had performed penance at Tirukovilur.  The puranic age Krishnabadra River is flowing now in the name of Thenpennai.  Before butter (Vennai in Tamil) melts, Pennai (the name of the river) melts, is an old saying.

Lord Trivikrama Perumal graces the devotees from the sanctum under the Sri Chakra Vimana.  Lord Venugopala plays the Kshetra Balaka role.  There are shrines in the prakara for Lords Venugopala, Lakshmi Narayana, Lakshmi Raghava, Lakshmi Narasimha, Sri Rama and Sri Veera Anjaneya, Mother Sri Andal and Shukracharya, the Guru of Asuras. The tower of the temple is the third tallest in the state, the first at Sri Rangam, the second at Srivilliputhur.  This is a 11 tier 192 feet tall tower.  The temple area covers 5 acres.  Even after crossing the main tower, there are residential parts.  The place is praised as Nadu Nadu Tirupathi.  There is a temple for Lord Vamana Murthy in Tirukakarai in Kerala.  Vamanamurthi graces here from behind the presiding deity.

15 day Panguni Brahmmotsavam in March-April with Sri Pushpavalli Thayar Oonjal on Friday drawing huge crowd and Masi Magam in February-March, Lord visiting Cuddalore carried on the shoulders of devotees are the main festivals of the temple. Other festivals are Purattasi Pavithra Utsav and Navarathri in September-October; Chithirai Sri Rama Navami, Sri Ramanuja Jayanthi and Vasanth Utsav in April-May; Vaikasi Visaka Garuda Seva, Nammazhwar Sattrumurai in May-June; Aani Periazhwar Sattrumurai in June-July; Aadi Thiruvadipooram, Andal Utsav in July-August; Avani Sri Jayanthi, Uriyadi utsav in August-September; Aipasi Mudalazwar Sattrumurai, 10 day Sri Manavala Mamunigal utsav in October-November; Karthikai Kaisika Ekadasi; Tirukarthikai in November-December; Margazhi Rapathu, Pagal Pathu, Vaikunda Ekadasi in December-January. Besides the above, important days as Pongal-Makar Snkranti, Deepavali, Tamil and English New Year days are also observed with special pujas to Lord Trivikrama.

Route:

Tirukovilur is on the Panruti-Vellore route. Bus facility is available from Villupurm. The place is 75 km from Cuddalore, 36 km Villupuram, 36 km from Tiruvannamalai and 40 km from Kallakurichi.

Temple Timings:

6.30 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.

Temple Telephone Number:

+91- 94862 79990

Temple Address:

Sri Trivikrama Perumal Temple,

Tirukovilur-605 757

Villupuram district.

Kavisthalam – Gajendra Varadan Perumal

Name of the Temple

Sri Gajendra Varadhan temple

Period of origin

Before 1600 Years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Gajendra Varadhan

Thayar: Ramamani Valli 

Pushkarani: Gajendra Pushkarani and Kabila Theertham

Vimanam: Kadhanakkruthi Vimaanam

Mangalaashaasanam: Thirumangai Alwar

Sthalapuranam:

The Moolavar of this temple is Sri Gajendra Varadhan. Moolavar in Kidantha Kolam in Bhujanga sayanam facing East direction. Prathyaksham for Anjaneyar and as Bhaktha Elephant for Gajendran.

King Indrajumnan was a staunch Vishnu devotee. He will ever be drowned in the thoughts of Lord Vishnu and would not do anything without prayer to the Lord. During his meditation none would call on him and he too would not grant audience to any. It so happened that during his puja time, Sage Durvasa known for his temperament came to see him but had to wait. As he could not meet the king for a long time, he entered his Hut the meditating room and stood before him. The king was so deep in his prayers and did not recognize the presence of the sage before him. The angry sage shouted that the king would be born an elephant as he was proud of his Bhakti. The king woke up from his meditation and sought the pardon of the sage holding his feet. Durvasa took pity on him and said that even as an elephant he would still be a staunch Vishnu devotee and added that a crocodile would hold his leg while bathing in a tank and Perumal would rush to his rescue when he cried Aadhimoolame.

The sage said that he would be relieved of the curse and attain salvation. A demon, Koohoo by name was residing in a tank and had the habit of pulling the legs of those coming for a bath and harassed them, which he did to Sage Agasthya too. The angry sage cursed him to become a crocodile. When begged for the relief, the sage told the demon that he would be relieved of the curse when he caught the legs of Gajendra. Lord Vishnu would rush there to rescue the elephant when His discuss would hit him and the curse would disappear.

The curses of two sages met in Kabila theertham east of the temple. When Gajendra cried Aadhimoolame for relief from the grip of the crocodile’s teeth, Lord rushed, cut the crocodile and protected Gajendra and granted salvation.

As  per Legends  Lord Anjaneya, who belongs to Monkey family, who was gifted with all sorts of good activities and very well knowledged animal (human god) got the Siranjeevi pattam (there is no end of life for him) is also called as “Siriya Thiruvadi” and Gajendran, an elephant that has dedicated its life to Sri Vishnu, did all sorts of pooja and worshipped the God and went along the way what all the alwaars have said and got the stage as alwaars were given prathyaksham for these two (ie) Lord Anjaneya and Gajendran, the Elephant in Kidantha Kolam in bujanga Sayanam.

Emperuman giving his seva (or) dharshan for Lord Anjaneya as sri Rama, gives his seva to Gajendran when his legs was caught by a crocodile, when Gajendran wants to pluck a flower in a pind and do pooja for Emperumaan. But since he was unable to get rid from his mouth, he seeked the help from Sriman Narayanan. At that time he gave his presence there and helped him out to get out of Crocodile mouth. The way he showed his seva to Gajendran alwan in one thing which is to be explained. At the final stage when Gajendran felt that it is impossible to get put his legs from the mouth of crocodile, he raised his trunk along the sky and asked for Sriman Narayanan’s help. When hearing this, Sriman Narayanan flyed from Thirupparkadal on Sri Garudan.

Finally he came and helped out Gajendra Alwaan. After this, keeping the dedication of worship of Gajendran Alwaan in his mind he gave moksham, the final place each and every human thinks to go was given to Gajendra Alwaan.

Here Lord has given seva for Anjaneyar as Sri Ramar and as Sri Vaikundanathan for Gajendra Alwaan, he also showed his seva as “Kannan” in the river side. Thus this shetram is also called as “Krishnaranya Shetram”.

Not only for the Rishis, who born as Gopika Sri (Ladies in Aayar Padi)along the river side of Yamuna river, he showed his seva to Aanjaneya, the monkey god and for Gajendran, the Elephant, in Kidantha Thirukkolam.

If Gokulam and Aayarpaadi for Gopiyar and Naimisaaranyam for Maharishis, then this Thirukkavitham is for Aanjaneyar and Gajendran in all along of 108 Divya Desams.

In Languages, “Kabi” means monkey since Aanjaneyar was given the seva of Sriman Narayanan, this Sthalam is called as “Kabishthalam”.

Gajendram, which takes the Lotus flower from the pond and does the daily pooja here for the God, was given the seva along with periya pirattiyaar, as “Ramamani Valli”.

Route:

Kabisthalam is 10 km from Kumbakonam on the Tiruvaiyaru route

Temple Timings:

7.00 a.m. to 12.00 pm and 5.00 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.

Temple Telephone Number:

04374 – 223434

Temple Address:

Sri Gajendra Varadan Temple,
Kavisthalam-614 203.
Thanjavur.

Tirukannapuram – Sowriraja Perumal

Name of the Temple

Sri Sowriraja Perumal Temple

Period of origin

Before 2000 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Neelamegha Perumal

Thayar: Kannapura Naayaki

Pushkarani: Nithiya Pushkarani.

Vimanam: Utpalaavataka Vimanam.

Mangalaashaasanam: Periyalwar , Aandal, Kulasekaralwar, Nammalwar, Thirumangaialwar.

Sthalapuranam:

There is a story related to the ‘savuri’. The temple priest presented a garland, as was the practice,  that had adorned the deity, to the Chola king who visited the temple. But the priest had actually given the garland to a dancer attached to the temple, who had arrived before the king. When the king arrived, the priest, who had no garland to give him, sent for the one he had given to the dancer. The king who received the garland noticed a strand of hair in the garland and became furious. To escape from his wrath, the priest told the king that the Lord had a tuft of hair and that strand of hair was from the tuft. To save the priest, the Lord too appeared with a black ‘savuri’ in front of the king. From that day on, He has been known as ‘Savuriraja Perumal’.

As Tirupati is famous for its ‘laddu’ and Srirangam is famous for ‘payasam’, Thirukannapuram is famous for ‘muniyodharan pongal’. There is a story behind this too. Collecting the tributes and handing it over to the Chola king was the job of Muniyodharar. Once, instead of giving the money to the king, Muniyodharar spent it on some temple work. This made the king angry and Muniyodharar was imprisoned. His wife was struck with grief and she approached the Lord and said if her husband was not getting released within five days, she would jump into the fire and die. The Lord appeared in the king’s dream and ordered him to release Muniyodharar. The king did so. Later, Muniyodhara, when his wife served him ‘pongal’, offered it to God and then ate the delicacy. The next day, the temple priests were surprised to see pongal rolling down with ghee on the body of the Lord. When they came to know about what had happened and why, they praised and thanked the Lord for his mercy and grace. From that day, it has become a tradition to offer ‘pongal’ to the lord at midnight in this temple.

Thirukkannamangai and Thirukannapuram Lord Krishna is in a standing posture and at Thirukovilur Lord Krishna gives “Ulakalantha sevai” (ie) he stands up to a great height. Long back, this temple was near the seashore. But now the sea has drifted back about 10 Kilometers.

Kanva Maharishi brought up Shakunthala, the daughter of Vishvamithra and Menaka. Later Shakunthala married king Dhushyanthan. But he forgot his love due to a eveil spell. In order to unite Bhakunthala with her husband a fish ate up her marriage ring and when the king saw the ring came running in search of Shakunthala and their son Bharatha.As the fisherman was the sole reason of unison of Shakunthala and Dhushyantha they are called as “Bharathavar”. In order to remaind this, Neela mega perumal married the princes “Padmavathi” of the fisherman crew. Utsavar sowriraaja perumal as in a posture of seeking hands of yearly once a special pooja is conducted to this perumal by all the fisherman of this area.

This is the temple where the Lord showed Vibheeshana, brother of Ravana, his walking beauty. After seeing the sleeping beauty of Vishnu as Lord Ranganatha at Srirangam, Vibheeshna wanted to see the walking beauty of the Lord, upon which he was directed by the Lord to his “Keezh(akku) Veedu’ (Eastern Gateway of the Lord). It is believed that Lord Vishnu displayed his ‘walking beauty’ to Vibheeshana here on the new moon day. To mark this event, on every Amavasya day at 12noon, Lord SowriRajan is carried out of the Sanctum and walks to the Vibheeshna Sannidhi.

There is no ‘Swarga Vasal’ for this temple as they say that one can reach ‘Vaikunta’ if they just step on this soil. It is believed that there is a ‘pulling power’ in the sanctum santorum of this temple and even to this day, one can feel and experience this effect.

Garuda was returning from the milk ocean carrying the nectar for his mother. He thought that he was too great to fly with the nectar not available to all. While flying on this place with a proud mind, he lost his power and fell on the ocean. Realizing that he had committed a sin, he performed penance here and begged the pardon of the Lord. The Lord graced him and took him as his vehicle. As the reminder of this event On every Masi Magam, the lord  of this place goes to the seashore and blesses all his devotees there. Hence the devotees greet the Lord calling him as Mappillai – son-in-law.

On the 7th day of Vaikasi, Lord Narayana provides darshan in all his 3 forms (TriMoorthy Swaroopam)- Maha Vishnu in the day, Brahmaa in the night at around 11pm and Lord Shiva early next morning

Route:

There are frequent bus services from Kumbakonam and Nagapattinam

Temple Timings:

7am –12noon and 5pm-830pm

Temple Telephone Number:

04366 270718,  95971 14670, 89034 70374

Temple Address:

Sri Sowriraja Perumal Temple,

Tirukannapuram,

Nagapattinam.

Thirukkannangudi – Loganatha Perumal

Name of the Temple

Sri Loganatha Perumal Temple

Period of origin

Before 2000 years

Name of deity

Moolavar:  Loganathaperumal, Shyamalameni Perumal

Thayar: Loganayaki

Pushkarani: Ravana Pushkarini

Vimanam: Udhbala Vimanam

Mangalaashaasanam: Thirumangai Aazvaar

Sthalapuranam:

Long back Vashita Maharishi made an idol of Krishna in Butter.It did not melt due to his pure devotion. Lord Krishna, pleased with Vashishta’s penance, appeared before the sage in the form of a kid( Yadhava caste or Idai kulam) . While the Sage was immersed in thoughts of the Lord, Kannan picked up the butter, swallowed it when Vashita saw this he lost him temper and started to chase the boy, who was running towards west side. He runs through the Krishnaranya Kshetram until he came upon the rishis, who were undergoing penance here. Thrilled to see Kannan come their way, the rishis blocked him and tied him near by tree. Explaining his hurry, Kannan wanted them to ask for one wish. By this time, Vashishta too had caught up with the Lord and he fell at his feet. The rishis wanted the Lord to provide darshan to other devotees in this same standing posture at this place. Hence this place came to be called Kannankudi.

This place is related to Ramayana and Mahabaratha. In Ramayana, Lord Rama was the diciple of Vashista Maharishi but at this place Lord Krishna takes the post of the teacher and teaches “Gyana” to his student Vashista. In Mahabharatham, Lord Krishna was tied by Mother Yashoda for the reason of eating butter. For more or less same reason he was tied here by rishi’s. This incident teaches an important lesson also.the Lord Showed that Paramathma can engulf another Paramathma, it can be conqured by Jeevatma easily (ie) the lord is in reach to man if he tries sincerly.

Thirumangai Azhvaar who was to build the huge walls of Srirangam temple came to Nagai to pick up the golden statue. On his way back, a tired Thirumangai wanted rest and lay under a Tamarind tree at Thiru Kannankudi. Placing the gold in the pit there, Thirumangai asked the tree to wake him up if someone came there. The next morning when the owner of the plot arrived to resume work, the tamarind tree dropped its leaves on Thirumangai to wake up the Azhvaar.

Thirumangai and the owner of the plot argued about its ownership. Thirumangai defended himself saying his papers were in Srirangam and that he would come back in a day or two with the papers. Thirumangai never came back and the case is said to have remained pending. Disputes in ThiruKannangudi don’t see a quick decision. While on the way to srirangam he got  thirsty he found a  well and asked for water to the people near by. Having heard about his arguments regarding the ownership of the plot, they were worried that he would fight with them on the ownership of the well and hence refused him a pot of water. An angry Thiru Mangai Azhvaar pronounced a curse stating that the water would not fill up in the well. To this day, wells in Thiru Kannankudi are seen dried up. Even when it fills up, it tastes salty.

The Lord of Thiru Kannankudi is said to have come and presented a tired and thirsty Thiru Mangai with food and water. With Thiru Mangai finishing his food, the Lord is said to have disappeared. Left wondering, Thirumangai, on his way back, met a man who seemed like one with conch and chakra but disappeared almost immediately. It is believed that Thirumangai had earlier answered the Lord’s enquiry about his background saying he was a vagabond. Hence, the Lord is believed to have given him just one quick glimpse of his full vision and then disappeared.

Unlike in other Divya Desams where Garuda is seen with folded hands, he is seen here with his hands around his body. Another unique feature at this temple is the similarity of the Moolavar and Utsavar idols of Goddess, not seen in any other Divya Desam.

Located about 8kms West of Nagapattinam, off the Nagapattinam- Thiruvarur Highway, is Damodara Narayanan Divya Desam in Thiru Kannangudi, which is also part of the Pancha Krishna Kshetram. This is the final point of Krishnaranya Kshetram, which begins at Naachiyar Koil in Thiru Naraiyur and passes through Thiru Cherai, Kannamangai and Kannapuram.

Route:

About 6 kms from Nagapattinam, from ThiruKannapuram 25 kms by road.

Temple Timings:

6am-12noon and 5pm –8pm

Temple Telephone Number:

04365 – 245350

Temple Address:

Sri Loganatha Perumal Temple,
Thirukkannangudi – 611104,
Nagapattnam District,

Tamil Nadu.

Tirukannamangai – Bhaktavatsala Perumal

Name of the Temple

Sri Bhaktavatsala Perumal Temple

Period of origin

Before 1600 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Bhaktavatsala perumal.

Thayar: Abishegavalli.

Pushkarani: Darshana Pushkarani.

Vimanam: Utpalavadaka vimanam.

Mangalaashaasanam: Thirumangai Alwar

Sthalapuranam:

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

This place is also called as “Sapthamirtha Kshetram”.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Route:

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

Temple Timings:

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

Temple Telephone Number:

04366 278 288, 98658 34676

Temple Address:

Sri Bhaktavatsala Perumal temple,

Tirukannamangai – 610 104,

Tiruvarur district