Name of the Temple
Sri Paramapurshan perumal Temple
Period of origin
Before 3000 years
Name of deity
Moolavar: Parama Purushan
Thayar: Parimala Valli
Pushkarani: Indra, Manasa Saras
Vimanam: Govardhana Vimaanam.
Mangalaashaasanam: Thirumangai Alwar
The Moolavar of this sthalam is Paramapurushan. He is in sleeping posture (Kidantha kolam) in Bujangha sayanam facing east. Prathyaksham for Parvathi devi.
It is said a king by named “Nandar” stayed in this Kshetram and sacrifices for the welfare of the whole humanity to live a good life, this sthalam is also called as “Nandaprayag”. It is said that the Kanva Maharishi also lived in this sthalam.
At the age of 11, Adi Shankaracharya came to Badrikaranya for performing penance. After performing penance for 5 years, he got enlightened under the Amar Kalpavriksha tree. There is a temple dedicated to Lakshmi Narayana. After going further up, one will find Totakacharya cave and Rajarajeshwari temple. Totakacharya was one of the four principal disciple of Sri Adi Shankaracharya, the Advaita philosopher. His original name was Giri (AnandaGiri). He composed Totakashtakam, in praise of Guru Adi Shankara, Tika on the Mandukya Karika, and SrutisArasamuddharana. On top of Adi Shankaracharya cave where, he attained enlightenment there is a mulberry tree which is more than 2500 years old. The Jyoteshwar Mahadeo Temple has a sphatik Shivalingam brought by Adi Shankaracharya himself from Kailash. There is a akhanda jyothi burning all the time. The vatavruksham is an ancient tree with lofty top raising in their full green splendor towards the sky, with strong stems, gigantic boughs, that spoke of such iniquity, of such long years during which they had looked down upon the valley below, where pilgrims came and went, and the things were continually changing, while it stood undisturbed and changeless. Climbing further up, one comes across the Purnagiri Mata temple and swayambu Sankatamochana Hanuman temple dedicated to Goddess Durga and Lord Hanuman respectively. During Samudra manthan (churning of the ocean of milk) along with the Kamadenu, the divine cow providing for all needs. The unique property of the tree is that it never loses a single leaf by itself, it is evergreen and is said to be emanating the deep-seated devotion of Shakaracharya for the Supreme Godhead Vishnu. “Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa narrates one way of gaining insight into the cosmic doctrine of karma is through the parable of the Kalpataru, the wish fulfilling tree.” This tree has an astonishing girth of 36 meters.
Since, this sthala perumal is like the same way as the perumal found in Thiruppaarkadal and His disciples can’t go along with their human body only their Aathma (soul) can reach, the bhaktas in their mind itself worship this perumal as the perumal in Paarkadal. Since, the bhaktas worship in their mind (Maanaseegam), the pushkarani is Maanasaras. Other theertham are Govardhana Theertham and Indira Theertham.
In Krishna avathaar, Sri Kannan protects all the Yadhavas, Aayars and all the cows from the heavy rain through the Govardhana mountain serving them as an umbrella. Likewise, this sthala perumal protects the people here having his Vimaanam as Govardhana Vimaanam.
This Divyadesam is found around 154 kms away from Haridwar, while travelling from Devaprayag to Badrinath
6 am to 11 pm and 3 pm to 7 pm
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Sri Paramapurshan perumal Temple