Friday, May 16, 2008

ThiruNangur Divya Desams

11 Divya Desams in and around Thiru Nangur near Seerkazhi
Deities from each of the ThiruNangur temples go out on a street procession on Garuda Vaahanam and come together at Mani Mada Koil

The Background to the Thirunangur Divya Desams
Angered at not being invited for the Yaagam conducted by Parasakthi’s father Dakshan, Shiva is said to have performed the Rudra Thaandavam in a place called Ubaya Cauvery (between Cauvery in the South and Mani River in the North), a few kms South East of Seerkazhi.

So aggressive was his performance that for every hair that fell down on the ground, a new form of Shiva emerged. And very quickly 11 forms of Shiva were each performing the Rudra Thaandavam. Sensing a possible damage to the world as a result of Shiva’s fury, Lord Vishnu appeared here before Shiva as Paramapatha Naathan.

Softened by the presence of Lord Vishnu, Rudra requested Vishnu appear in just as many forms. Lord Vishnu is said to have acceded to this request and provided darshan to Rudra in 11 different forms here in Thiru Nangur, having taken one form each from 11 different Divya Desams. These together constitue the 11 Divya Desams in and around Thiru Nangur.

In the Tamil calendar month of Thai (mid Jan-mid February), the deities from these Divya Desams go out on a street procession in the Garuda Vaahanam and congregate at the Mandapam in the Narayana Perumal Mani Maada Koil in ThiruNangur. At the Mani Maada Koil, Thiru Mangai Azhvaar sings praise of each of the 11 forms of Vishnu.

How to reach Seerkazhi
One can reach Seerkazhi from Madras in about 5 ½ hours by bus via Cuddalore, Chidambaram. Currently, there are no trains to Seerkazhi as the Villipuram-Mayavaram stretch is under broad gauge conversion.

It is best to visit the Thiru Nangur Divya Desams in the first half of the day. One can start with Kazhi Cheerama Vinnagaram in Seerkazhi at 7am. From Seerkazhi, one can take an auto and visit all the Thiru Nangur Divya Desams in one go. It will take about 5- 6 hours and will cost about Rs. 250-300.

Where to Stay
Best to Stay in Mayavaram. One can also stay at Hotel Sadabishekam in Vaitheeswaran Koil

1. ThiruVellankulam Annan Koil
Only Divya Desam where Azhvaar praises the Lord as ‘Annan’ (Brother)
Sincere prayers at this temple will provide devotees with life security

Located away from the hustle and bustle of towns and cities, Annan Koil Divya Desam is located in the middle of a village, 8 kms South East of Seerkazhi off the Poompuhar- Thirukadaiyur road.

Looked at as the elder brother of Tirupathi Srinivasa, it is believed that those who cannot go to Tirupathi can come here and ‘Annan’ is said to fulfill their wishes. Lord here is seen together with the Goddess (Alar Mel Mangai) unlike in Tirupathi where he is seen alone. This is the only Divya Desam where the diety and Goddess have the same names as in Tirupathi.

Thiru Mangai Mannan wanted to marry Kumudha Valli who belonged to the generation of the Devas. Mangai Mannan is said to have worked with utmost sincerity towards fulfilling each of Kumuda Valli’s conditions to marry him. It is believed that Mangai Mannan finally married Kumudavalli at this place. Hence, there is a separate sannidhi for Kumudha Valli at this temple.

The Story
King Dhundhu Maaran, who belonged to the Surya dynasty, had a son Swethan who was destined to die at the tender age of 9. Swethan came here to undertake penance to increase his lifetime. Lord Vishnu is said to have appeared before him as Srinivasa and fulfilled his prayers. Hence, this is said to be a place when one’s sincere prayers will prevent untimely death.

Thirumangai Azhvaar came here, had darshan of the Lord and praised him here as if he has seen Lord Srinivasa himself. His Paasurams also reflect the fact that the Lord is the elder brother of Tirupathi Srinivasa.

“ Kaliyan Sonna Maalai Vallaaravar Vaanaraguvai Thaamey” shows this Lord as the elder brother.

Quick Facts
Deity : Annan Perumal East Facing Standing Posture
Goddess : Alar Mel Mangai
Utsavar : Srinivasa Perumal
Azhvaar : ThiruMangai Azhvaar 10 Paasurams ( 1308-17)
Temple Timing : 8am-1130am and 5.30pm-830pm
Priest : Madhav Bhattar
Contact : 04364 266534

2. Thiru Purushottamar


Located 3 kms East of Annan Koil is Purushottamar Koil in Thiru Nangur, near Seerkazhi. The story goes that Sage Vyagra Paadha was busy collecting flowers as part of his daily process of making a garland for the Lord. It is believed that Purushottamar brought Thiru Paarkadal to this place and gave milk to the hungry child of the sage. The Ayodhya Lord is said to have appeared here as Purushottamar.



Quick Facts
Deity : Purushottamar East Facing Standing Posture
Goddess : Purushottam Naayaki
Azhvaar : ThiruMangai Azhvaar 10 Paasurams (1258-67)
Temple Timing : 8am-11am and 5pm-8pm
Priest : Sampath Bhattar
Contact Number : 94869 09166 or 04364 266542

3. Thiru Sempon Sei Koil

Located under ½ km East of Purushottamar Divya Desam is Sempon Sei Arangar Divya Desam in Thirunangur. Sempon Arangar is said to have come from Uraiyur. Hence the Lord here has 2 Goddesses similar to Azhagiya Manavaalan of Uraiyur.

The story
After killing Raavana, Lord Raama is said to have stayed here for a few days. While here, he is said to have a made a golden cow and given it to a Brahmin, who is said to have built this temple.

It is believed that a poor person came here and uttered the Thiru Manthiram repeatedly for a few days. Answering his prayers, the lord here is said to have given him wealth and made him happy. The belief here is that if one would recover his lost wealth, if one offers sincere prayers to Sempon Arangan.



Quick Facts
Deity : Perarulaalan East Facing Standing Posture
Goddess : Alli Maamalar Naachiyar
Utsavar : Sempon Arangar
Azhvaar : ThiruMangai Azhvaar 10 Paasurams (1268-77)
Temple Timing : 8am-12noon and 5pm-7pm
Priest : Ramani Deekshithar
Contact : 04364 256172

4. Arimeya Vinnagaram Kudamaadu Koothan Koil



Legend has it that Hari who lifted the Govardhana mountain himself came and resided here with the intention of destroying the evil forces. It is believed that Lord Vishnu appeared as Gopala Kannan, pleased with the penance of Sage Uthanga.




Quick Facts
Deity : Kudamaadu Koothan East Facing Sitting Posture
Goddess : Amrutha Kada Valli
Utsavar : Gopalan
Azhvaar : ThiruMangai Azhvaar 10 Paasurams (1238-1247)
Temple Timing : 8am-12noon and 4pm-7pm
Priest : R. Narayana/ Rajagopalan Bhattar
Contact : 04364 275689 / 94439 85843

5. Vaikunta Vinnagaram

Located 100 yards North of Purushottamar Divya Desam, the Lord here at Vaikunta Vinnagaram is said to be the one who came from Vaikuntam to cool Shiva’s Rudra Thaandavam. Hence, he appears here in the same way as in Paramapatham. It is said that Ubarisavasu and Uthanga rishi attained Moksham after praying to this Lord.



Quick Facts
Deity : Vaikunta Naathan East Facing Sitting Posture
Goddess : Vaikunta Valli
Azhvaar : ThiruMangai Azhvaar 10 Paasurams ( 1228-37)
Temple Timing : 9am-1130am and 4pm-6pm
Priest : Sampath Bhattar
Contact : 04364 266542 or 94869 09166

6. Thiru Thetriyambalam Palli Konda Perumal




Located ½ km South East of Purushottamar Koil, this is the only Divya Desam in Tamil Nadu to be called Ambalam. Palli Konda Perumal at Thetriyambalam is said to grant the wishes of ‘power’. This is a form of Srirangam Lord Ranganatha and is seen in a Sayana Kolam with the Serpant King Adiseshan on top of him. This Divya Desam along with Mani Maada Koil and Arimeya Vinnagaram is taken care of by Rajagopala Bhattar, who at his old age and despite managing three temples, does the daily poojas with utmost sincerity and commitment.

Quick Facts
Deity : Shengammal Ranganathar East Facing Sleeping Posture
Goddess : Shenkamala Valli
Azhvaar : ThiruMangai Azhvaar 10 Paasurams ( 1278-87)
Temple Timing : 8am-12noon and 4pm-7pm
Priest : R. Narayanan Bhattar/ Rajagopalan Bhattar
Contact : 04364 275689/ 94439 85843

7. Mani Maada Koil Naarayana Perumal

It is said that Narayanana Perumal from Badri came here as one of the11 forms of Vishnu. The Garuda Sevai, that takes place in the Tamil Calendar month of Thai (Jan-Feb) every year takes place at the Mani Maada Koil. It is here that the 10 different forms of Vishnu from the Divya Desams in and around ThiruNangur come together to be praised by Thiru Mangai Azhvaar on the day after the No moon day. This is the most important festival in Thiru Nangur.



Quick Facts
Deity : Narayanan East Facing Sitting Posture
Goddess : Pundarika Valli Thaayar
Azhvaar : ThiruMangai Azhvaar 12 Paasurams (1218-27,1850,2674(132))
Temple Timing : 8am-1130am and 5.30pm-730pm
Priest : R. Narayana Bhattar
Contact : 04364 275689 or 94439 85843

8. Thiru Mani Koodam


Varadaraja Perumal Mani Koodam Koil is located in Thiru Nangur and the Lord here, one of the 11 forms of Vishnu who came to Thiru Nangur as per the request of Shiva, is said to be from Kanchipuram. Like Kanchi Varadar, the Lord here is said to grant all wishes of devotees.

Quick Facts
Deity : Varadaraja Perumal East Facing Standing Posture
Goddess : Thiru Maamagal Naachiyar
Azhvaar : ThiruMangai Azhvaar 10 Paasurams ( 1288-97)
Temple Timing : 8am-12noon and 5pm-7pm
Priest : R. Srinivasa Bhattar

9. Devanar Thogai Madhava Perumal koil

Located about 3 kms North East of Anna Koil and 2kms from Purushottamar koil, Madhava Perumal koil in Devanar Thogai on Keezha Salai is said to be the place where the Devas came in groups and congregated to have darshan of Lord Vishnu in his 11 different forms. The Lord here is from Thiru Vidanthai. It is believed that Sage Vashista undertook penance here and had darshan of the Lord.




Quick Facts
Deity : Deiva Naayakan East Facing Standing Posture
Goddess : Kadal Magal Naachiyar
Utsavar : Madhava Perumal
Azhvaar : ThiruMangai Azhvaar 10 Paasurams ( 1248-57)
Temple Timing : 8am-1130am and 5.30pm-730pm
Priest : Sampath Bhattar
Contact : 04364 266542/ 94869 09166





10. Thiru Paarthaan Palli







Located near Thiruvenkadu (Budhan Sthala) about 15kms from Sirkazhi off the Poompuhar road, legend has it that Arjuna reached this place while on a pilgrimage. Feeling thirsty after a long trip, he could not find water anywhere.  Seeing Sage Agastya undertaking penance at this place, he was hopeful that he would be able to quench his thirst at the ashram but to his dismay he found that the Sage’s Kamandala too had gone dry.

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. To mark this event, Arjuna is seen here at this Divya Desam with a sword. 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’.

Poigai Azhwar’s praise
Lord of Parthanpalli is the only Divya Desam Lord among the 11 Vishnu Temples in Thiru Nangur who is praised by an Azhwar in addition to Thiru Mangai Azhwar.

      Festivals 
      On the Amavasya day in Aadi, Parthasarathy goes on a procession to Poompuhar Sea (where River Cauvery merges with Bay of Bengal) for the Annual Theerthavari Festival
  On the No Moon Day in Thai, Thirumangai Azhwar visits this temple  
        

Quick Facts
Moolavar         :  Thaamaraiaal Kelvan West Facing Standing Posture
Goddess           : Shengamalavalli Thayar (Thamarai Nayaki)
Utsava Deity    : Parthasarathy (and Kolavilli Rama)
Time                : 8am-10am and 5pm-7pm
Contact           : Seshadri Bhattar @ 94422 26413

11. Thiru Kaavalampaadi

Located quite close to Thirumangai Azhvaar’s birth place of Kuraiyalur and off the Seerkazhi-Poompuhar road is the Gopalakrishnan Divya Desam in Thiru Kaavalampaadi. Dwaraka Lord is seen here as Gopalakrishnan. This place is said to have powers equivalent to a visit to Dwaraka itself.



Quick Facts
Deity : Gopalakrishnan (Rajagopalan) East Facing Standing Posture
Goddess : Madavaral Mangai, Shenkamala Naachiyar
Azhvaar : ThiruMangai Azhvaar 10 Paasurams (1298-1307)
Timing : 8am-1130am and 5pm-7pm
Priest : A. Srinivasa Bhattar

How to reach the temples Contact Shri. Mohan (auto services) 94863 03430

Where to stay
Hotel Sampoorna (lodge)near Seerkazhi bus stand for a quick wash and deposit of luggage.

27 comments:

Anand said...

Thank you so much for the effort you have put into collecting these details and providing it in such a structured manner.

Prabhu.S said...

Dear Shri. Anand,

Thanks for reading and the comments.

Regards
Prabhu

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Anand said...

I recently visited the kshetra and was fortunate to receive darshan at 9 out of the 12 (including Seerkazhi Trivikramar koil). I would like to add that the bhattar at Manimada koil is Satish Narayana and not just Narayana. He is called Satish and hence, asking for a Narayana bhattar creates a minor confusion. Secondly, I thought it might help to note that a Mohan lives in the village of Nangur. He provides services of an autodriver and is very pleasant and helpful as a person. He would take folks around to all the temples and is familiar with all the bhattars of that area (so he actually fetches them in case they have shut the temple and gone home). He was a blessing for us on the trip. His contact number is: 9486303430.
It might help people to ask for Hotel Sampoorna (though it is more of a lodge) which is very near the Seerkazhi bus stand. The rooms are decent.

Sudhakar said...

Thanks for your valuable information.
can u pl provide the phone number of Hotel Sampoorna at Seerkazhi.

Prabhu.S said...

04364 273 422-Hotel Sampoorna, Seerkazhi.

Pam said...

Thanks a million to Prabhu for providing valuable info and also to Anand for Mohan's phone number.

Melasevel group said...

I had the grace of almighty Sri Narayana to visit all the eleven temples other than Thrivikramar at Seergazhi, with my wife and brother Parthasarathy and his wife Bhanu. Sri Madhava Bhatacharya at Annan Koil has been a pillar of strength in organizing our visits to all the temples through a driver who is well versed with the routes and known to all the Bhatacharyas of the shrines. Madhava Bhatachariar can be contacted through 9489856554 and he stays at Annan Koil.

The enormous details provided by Sri Prabhu will definitely instigate people to visit all these temples. Marvelous efforts taken by Mr Prabhu is appreciable by all the devotees of Narayana.

Prabhu.S said...

Sir,

Thank You for the kind words.

Prabhu

Sound said...

Swamins,

Adiyen Soundararaja Dasan had been to Seerkazhi and Tirunangur Divyadesams along with family.

Auto Services by Sudarsan Iyengar were noteworthy.

Sudarsan Iyengar knows all the bhattachars in Nangur Temples which is helpful when many temples are to be covered within a day.

Also, he provides lunch and stay facilities for Sevarthis. This is helpful since we can abstain from taking food at hotels.

My opiniopn is that anyone visiting Nangur Divyadesams can make use of his Auto and Hospitality Services.

Sudarsan Iyengar( Auto Services) : 09486116242

ravi said...

appy to see the interest in ThriuNangur Divya desam

ThriuMangai Azhwar Mangalasasanam event in Thai amavaysa is very significant event in Thirunangur Divaya Desam.

Every perumal in Nangur divya desam are so much attached to Azhwar, because only the thriumangai azhwar pasuram given the status of Divya desams.
In 1996 Van Purushotama Perumal was stolen in the month of december but the perumal being founded within the month before the Azwar's Mangalasasa visit in Thai amavasa 11 Garuda Seva festival.
This year the festival will be on 4th Feb 201

PRabhu S said...

Thank You

Prabhu

Black said...

I had been to the 11 Garuda sevai last week. I have uploaded the photos in http://divyadesamyatra.blogspot.com/

Regards
Sathish

7 temple said...

This is official news:
Sampath bhattar has retired from his post.So contact 04364-256221(balaji alias kalyanarangan) for details.

Dr.Balaram said...

i visited the divyadesam on first of this month(september).actually there are 13 temples included in the desam. but of these thiruvali and thirunagari are considered together as ONE and hence in effect there are 12 THIRUPPATHIKAL here.

PRabhu S said...

Yes Dr. Thiruvali and Thirunagari Story is labelled under Divya Desams near Mayavaram.

Prabhu

MADHAV said...

Thank you Mr. Prabhu for the information shared on the blog. I covered the Thiru Nangur Divya Desams apart from the Thrivikrama Perumal and Thiru Thalachangadu. I used Mr. Mohan's auto and he helped me complete the tour of 14 divya desams and 2 narasimha perumal temples (of the pancha narasimha kshetrams) in a matter of 7 hours!

With regards
Madhav

PRabhu S said...

Good to hear
Prabhu

nAradA said...

Under aNNan kovil writeup you quote,

“ Kaliyan Sonna Maalai Vallaaravar Vaanaraguvai Thaamey” shows this Lord as the elder brother.

It is actually "vallar ena vallavar vAnavar thAmE"

The actual pAsuram 1317 is reproduced below.

நல்லன் புடைவே தியர்மன் னியநாங்கூர்ச்

செல்வன் திருவெள் ளக்குளத் துறைவானை,

கல்லின் மலிதோள் கலியன் சொன்னமாலை,

வல்ல ரெனவல் லவர்வா னவர்தாமே.

PRabhu S said...

Thank You for pointing this out.

Prabhu

Shankar Gubbi Rajanna said...

Dear Prabhu
Thank u for information on Nangur divya desams. I am visiting nangur next week. Hope I will be able to engage mohans auto. Is he in sirkhali or nangur?
Thanks again for information.

PRabhu S said...

Yes, you can call him.

or you can call Narayana Bhattar @ 94439 85843 and he will organise an auto for you either from Sirkazhi or at Nangur, based on your requirement.

Prabhu

Shankar Gubbi Rajanna said...

Visited 11 divya desams on 24/11/3013 using Mohans auto. Phone no9486303430. As these temples are interior, archakas complete the pujas and lock the temple. Therefore, it is necessary that archakas have to be located to get temple opened up for darshan. Mohan arranged this and his efforts are appreciable. Though auto charges seemed little higher but it was it.
Thank u again prabhu for igniting urge within me to visit 11 divya desams.

PRabhu S said...

Good to hear.
Thank You for the kind words.

Prabhu

Sudha Devanath said...

Which is the strait train that goes to Seerkazhi, from Chennai, are the broad Guage work over? We are planning to go Thirunangur DivyaDesams bur are not sure of the mode of transport. Is there any Bhatrachariar who can provide simple food for 2 or 3 persons.please help. Sudha Devanathan

PRabhu S said...

Chozhan Day Express ( dep 920am- arrival 2pm)

Rameswaram Exp, Mannai Exp and Karaikal Exp are the daily night trains from Madras. (Karaikal Exp reaches around 415am)

Food: You can contact Annan Koil Bhattar and he will organise.

Prabhu

sachin Nair said...

Thank you for all the details. Visited all except Vardaraja Perumal as the bhattar was not available. And yes Mr Mohan was extremely extremely helpful. Would be great if people can share experiencea of visits to other Divya Desams. Thank you once again sir.