Kanchipuram has 15 famous Divya Desam temples.

Tirukkacchi Sri Varadharajar Temple

Sri Varadharajar Temple in Tirukkacchi The Varadaraja Perumal temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is one of the 108 Divya Desams, or holy abodes of Lord Vishnu, and is located in a part of Kanchipuram known as the Vishnu Kanchi, which is home to many famous Vishnu temples and where one of the greatest Hindu scholars, Ramnujacharya, is said to have lived.

Varadharajar temple

The temple is located atop Hastigiri hill, which is said to be the home of Indra’s elephant Airavata. There is a 100-pillar hall with magnificent sculptures on each pillar. Hindu mythology is represented via stories and tales. The sacred tank, Anantha Theertham, is drained every 40 years, and a wooden statue of Lord Attigiri Varadaraja is removed from beneath it and worshipped by millions.

The following festival will take place in 2019. A curse transformed a prince from Ayodhya and his wife into lizards, according to folklore. They recovered their human form after worshipping at this shrine. People with skin problems or those who have accidentally killed animals such as lizards or snakes should pray at this temple called Prayaschittam.

ThiruVekka Sri Yathothakaari Temple

Sri Yathothakaari Temple is considered one of Lord Vishnu’s 108 Divya Desam Temples. The Yathkothkari temple, which is one of Kanchipuram’s oldest temples, is dedicated to Lord Vishnu’s holiness. In Silappatikaram (2nd-3rd century), Patanjali, and Tolkppiyam, this temple is mentioned (3rd century). Poigai Alwar, one of the most prominent Vaishnavaite poets of the 7th century, was born here.

The temple is one of the 108 Divya Deshams listed by Azhvar saints in the Divya Prbandham. The sanctuary is said to have been built by the Pallavas, with subsequent contributions from the Cholas. The inscriptions on the walls show that several Chola monarchs sent gifts of land, money, lamps, and other items.

Sri Yathothakaari Temple’s Genesis Mythology: Goddess Saraswathi is linked to the temple’s origin legend. Saraswathi, enraged that Brahma had chosen Lakshmi as superior to her, attempted to interrupt his ‘yaagam’ by assuming the shape of the fast-flowing river Vegavathi. Vishnu stopped her during this period by sleeping across the river and halting its flow.

Saraswathi acknowledged her defeat when she saw Vishnu standing in her way. Because Vishnu obstructed the river’s passage, the reigning god was given one of Vishnu’s titles, Thiruvekka. According to another mythology related with the temple, the Pallava ruler expelled Kanikkannan and his instructor Thirumalisai for disobeying his commands.

Thirumalisai, a devout follower of the Lord in this town, requested that the Bhujangasayana Perumal accompany them. Kanchipuram was left in the dark as a result of their departure. The king realised his error and requested to Bhujangasayana Perumal to return with his two disciples. Yathothkari Perumal is the name given to the god because he granted the requests of his believers. The Kanchipuram Divya Desam Yatra includes this temple.

Ashtabujam Sri Aadhikesava Temple

The Adi Kesava Perumal temple is one of Lord Vishnu’s 108 Divya Desam Temples. The Adi Kesava Perumal temple, located in Kanchipuram’s holy city, is dedicated to Lord Vishnu’s divinity. The temple was extolled as one of the 108 hallowed abodes of Vishnu in Alwar saints’ songs, making it one of the Divya Desams.

Ramanujan, a respected Vaishnavite saint who is credited with popularising Vaishnavism in India, was born at the temple. Before his death, Ramanujan is supposed to have transferred his abilities to an idol and given them to his student, and it is this idol that is shown at the temple. The gold-plated shrine in front of Ramanuja’s hall is a gift from the Maharaja of Mysore.

Sri Aadhikesava Temple

Adi Kesava Perumal Temple’s Legend The temple’s history centres around the Boodha Ganas, who asked Lord Vishnu to release them from Lord Shiva’s punishment. Through a snake called Anantha, Vishnu produced a spring here. From the bank of the Theertha, he delivered the Bhoodha Ganas his darshan, which freed them from the curse. The Bhoodha Ganas built this temple for Adi Kesava Perumal as a token of their thanks. The famed Kanchipuram Divya Desam Yatra includes this temple.

Sri Adi Kesava Perumal temple is open from 6.30 a.m. to 12 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. The worshippers are offered the idol’s clothing as prasadham after Lord Ramanuja’s Thirumanjanam. This material is said to be able to heal a variety of ailments.

Thiru Ooragam Sri Ulagalantha Perumal Temple

Thiru Ooragam Thiru Ooragam Thiru Ooragam Thir One of the most important temples in Kanchipuram, the city of thousand temples, is Sri Ulagalanda Perumal temple, which is considered as one of Lord Vishnu’s 108 Divya Desam Temples and is located quite close to the Kanchipuram bus terminal. The primary deity’s massive image is the temple’s most notable feature. The temple’s main shrine is devoted to Trivikraman. Vamana is Lord Vishnu’s avatar. Vamana was given the name Trivikrama when he created a big representation of himself. Lord Vishnu has appeared in 25 different forms. There are temples dedicated to the three avatars of Rama, Krishna, and Narasimha.

Ulagalanda Temples dedicated to other manifestations of the Perumal are extremely rare. This is one of the few temples devoted to Lord Vishnu’s Vamana (Trivikrama) avatar. In the main shrine, there is a 35-foot-long idol of Lord Trivikrama standing with his left leg lifted aloft, as though his one stride has measured the sky.

His right leg is resting on Mahabali’s head (the demon king). Stucco is used to create the god (sudhai in the Tamil language). Lord Vishnu’s Utsava idols, as well as his consorts Sri Devi and Bhoo Devi, may be found in the same primary temple. This main shrine is one of the 108 Divya Desams, and the God at this main shrine is also known as Peragathan (108 most popular temples of Lord Vishnu).

On the right side of the main temple, there is a shrine dedicated to Lord Vishnu on top of the serpent Adi Sesha known as Ooragam. The serpent is referred to as Ooragam. There are three roundabouts at the temple (prakaras). Lord Vishnu is referred to as Tiru Niragathan aka Jagadeeshwara at the second prakara’s temple, Neeragam.

The Lord appears to be standing with four arms. The Lord is discovered with Nilamangaivalli or Nilamangaivalli Nahiar, his consort. The Utsava idols (metal idols/procession idols) are the only ones visible here, and the location of the major stone idols is unknown. One of the 108 Divya Desams, this temple is revered.

Another shrine named Karagam may be found in the third prakara. Lord Vishnu, also known as Karunakara, is shown with his spouse Padmamani sitting on Adi Sesha. This temple is regarded a Divya Desam in its own right. Only utsaval idols are present presently; features of the old temple and stone idols are unknown. Another temple, Tiru Kaarvanam, is located in the third prakara and features Lord Kaarvannnan aka Navaneetha Chora (Vishnu) standing with four arms beneath the Pushpaka Vimana.

Tiru Ooragam

Kamalavalli, his consort, is discovered with him. This is a different Divya Desam. Only Utsava idols may be found here, and the location of the major idols is unknown. In this temple, there is a separate shrine devoted to Goddess Aaranavalli Thayar. This aesthetically stunning temple is remarkable in that it has four Divya Desams in one structure.

Thiru Neeragam Sri Jagadeeshwarar Temple

Sri Jagadeeshwarar Temple is considered one of Lord Vishnu’s 108 Divya Desam Temples. In a single temple complex, there are four Divyadesams. To stop King Mahabali from acquiring Indra’s swarga lokam and restoring Indra’s capabilities, Lord Vishnu assumed the Vamana avatar.

When King Mahabali agreed to give Lord Vishnu, who was disguised as a dwarf Brahmin, 3 feet of land, Lord Vishnu measured the earth and sky with one foot, the heaven with the second foot, and asked the King where the third foot should be kept. Because the King was a devout follower of Lord Vishnu, he requested that the Lord keep the third foot on his head, and the Lord did so, sending the King to the netherworld and satisfying his desire to take the Vamana avatar.

Thiru Neeragam

To grant the King’s longing to see the Lord in complete form, the Lord assumed the shape of Ulagalandha Perumal. Adiseshan, a miniature version of the Lord, also emerged. Ooragathaan is another name for the Lord here. The Lord stands almost 30 feet tall, with his left leg parallel to the ground and his right leg on Mahabali’s head.

The lord’s two steps are shown by two fingers spread out in the left hand and one finger in the right hand, as if inquiring the King were to maintain the third foot. Sri Jagadeeshwarar Temple is one of Lord Vishnu’s 108 Divya Desam Temples.

Thiru Kaaragam Sri Karunakara Perumal Temple

Thiru Kaaragam, Sri Karunakara Perumal Temple, located in Kanchipuram, is one of Lord Vishnu’s 108 Divya Desam Temples. The Thiru Ooragam (Ulgalantha Perumal) temple contains the Sri Karunakara Perumal shrine. The importance of Sri Ulagalantha Perumal Kovil is that it houses three Divya Desams in its precinct: Thiruneeragam, Thirukkaragam, and Thirukaravanam.

Sri Karunakara Perumal Temple’s Legend According to Hindu folklore, sage Garga got wisdom by performing penance at Sri Karunakara Perumal shrine. As a result, the place was given the name Garagaham, which was eventually changed to Kaaragam.

Information on the god — This information is exclusive to the temple deity. Sri Karunakara Perumal is the Moolavar of this Sthalam. He is in a standing stance, facing his thirumugham in the direction of the south (the direction that belongs to the cool breeze). Karunakara Perumal is the Perumal in this sthalam. He is performing his seva while facing south, which is considered to be the direction of the cool air.

Thiru Kaaragam

He is discovered with Padmamani Naachiyaar, also known as Ramamani Thayar, and reveals to the world that he is the Megham (Clouds) who provides rain to the earth to increase its prosperity. The Perumal is known as “Karunakara Perumal” because he demonstrates Karunai (Courtesy). The shrine is venerated in Tirumangai Alvar’s lyrics.

Thirukkaar Vaanam Sri Thirukkaar Vaanar Temple

Thiru Kaarvannam, Sri Thirukkaar Vaanar Temple is considered one of Lord Vishnu’s 108 Divya Desam Temples in Kanchipuram. The Thiru Ooragam (Ulgalantha Perumal) temple contains the Kaarvannam, Sri Thirukkaar temple.

According to tradition, Kaar, the black clouds, are Sri Narayana Himself. The planet receives rain from the clouds. Sriman Narayanan is said to be the black clouds himself. Sri Thirukkaar Vaanar Temple is one of Lord Vishnu’s 108 Divya Desam Temples.

Thirukkaar Vaanam Sri Thirukkaar Vaanar Temple

The site of the temple On the route to Kamatchi Amman temple, in the centre of Kanchipuram town.

Temple Hours: The temple is open from 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Thiruparameshwara Vinnagaram Sri Vaikunda Perumal Temple

Perumal Temple of Sri Vaikunda The Vaikunta Perumal temple is a component of Vishnu Kanchi and one of Lord Vishnu’s 108 Divya Desam Temples in Kanchipuram, where the divinity of Lord Vishnu is worshipped.

Nandivarman II, a Pallava ruler, is said to have erected the temple in the 6th century. The Cholas and Vijayanagar rulers later added to the temple’s expansion. The shrine is claimed to have been visited by Sri Ramanujar and Sri Manavalamamunigal. The Divya Prabandha, a Tamil collection of Azvar saints’ poems, praises the shrine.

The monarch of this territory of Vidharba Desa, King Virocha, did not have an heir owing to a curse in his previous birth. He worshipped to Lord Kailasanatha in Kancheepuram, a devout Shiva devotee. Lord Shiva promised him that Lord Vishnu’s Dwarapalakas would be born as the king’s sons.

Thiruparameshwara Vinnagaram Sri Vaikunda Perumal Temple

Despite their royal birth, the young princes remained Lord Vishnu worshippers and performed a yagna for the happiness and prosperity of the people. Lord Vishnu, pleased with them, granted them darshan as Vaikundanatha Perumal. The Kanchipuram Divya Desam Yatra includes this temple.

Temple hours are 7.30 a.m. to 12 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. During the Vaikunta Ekadasi festival, the Thiru Parameswara Vinnagaram temple sees a significant audience.

Thiru Pavala Vannan Sri Pavala Vannar Temple

The two temples of Pachai Vannar and Pavalai Vannar, two shrines standing opposite each other, two locations of sanctity where the Lord is addressed by his colour, are located in Kanchipuram, one of the 108 Divya Desam Temples of Lord Vishnu.

At the Pachai Vannar, he is dressed in emerald green, while at the Pavalai Vannar, he is dressed in coral. In the songs of the Alwar saints, the Pavalai Vannar temple was lauded as one of Vishnu’s 108 hallowed abodes. Despite the fact that the Pachai Vannar temple is not mentioned in the hymns, both of these temples are thought to make up the Divya Desam. The temples are supposed to have been erected by Pallava king Nandivarman II, with Chola and Vijayanagar kings contributing later.

Thiru Pavala Vannan Sri Pavala Vannar Temple

Sri Pavala Vannar Temple Folklore: Lord Brahma performs a yagna in the Pavala Vannar Perumal temple, according to legend. Goddess Saraswathy, enraged because she wasn’t a part of it, dispatched demons to cause havoc. Lord Vishnu fought the demons and made sure the yagna ran properly.

The God in this location is coral in hue. It is said that the Lord offered Sage Bhrigu a blessing that Mahalakshmi would be born as his daughter, hargavi, at the Pachai Vanna Perumal temple. Lord Vishnu then wedded Bhargavi at this hallowed location. The Lord is emerald green in hue in this sanctuary. The famed Kanchipuram Divya Desam Yatra includes this temple.

Sri Pavalai Vannar temple is open from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Despite the fact that Pachai Vannar is not a Divya Desam, both of these temples are often worshipped as a single Divya Desam. Devotees feel that visiting only one temple is enough.

Thiru Paadagam Sri Pandava Thoodhar Temple

One of the 108 Divya Desam devoted to Lord Vishnu is Sri Pandava Thootha. The historic temple Pandavathootha Perumal Temple or Thirupadagam dedicated to Lord Krishna stands in Kanchipuram, the region of a thousand temples. Lord Krishna is revered as Pandava Thoothar Perumal, while his spouse Lakshmi is revered as Rukmini.

The temple is one of Kanchipuram’s three oldest temples, believed to have been erected by the Pallavas in the late eighth century AD, with later contributions by Medieval Cholas and Vijayanagar monarchs. It is one of Lord Vishnu’s 108 Divya Desam temples. The Hindu Religious and Endowment Board of the Tamil Nadu government maintains and administers the temple.

Thiru Paadagam Sri Pandava Thoodhar Temple

King Janamejaya, Arjuna’s great-grandson, travelled to Sage Vaisampayana many years after the Kurukshetra conflict to hear the account of his forefathers. Sage Vaisampayana informed him how, in order to prevent war, Lord Krishna disguised himself as a Pandava emissary and went to Duryodhana.

Krishna showed his celestial form, the Vishwaroopa, to the blind Dritharashtira, father of the evil Duryodhana, after he was humiliated, and warned him of the repercussions. Janamejaya, eager to see the Lord in his heavenly form, underwent rigorous penance at this location after hearing the account. The Lord blessed him with his darshan because of his dedication. The Kanchipuram Divya Desam Yatra includes this temple.

Temple hours are 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. The temple of Sri Pandava Thoothar Perumal is considered to provide wealth and well-being to people born in the Rohini Nakshatra.

Thiru Nilathingal Thundam Sri Nilathingal Thundathan Perumal Temple

Nilthingal Thundam Perumal temple (also known as Chandrasoodeswarar Perumal temple) is one of Lord Vishnu’s 108 Divya Desam. The temple is housed in a shrine within Ekambareswarar Temple, Kanchipuram’s greatest temple.

It is one of the 108 Divyadesams devoted to Vishnu, who is known as Nilathingal Thunda Perumal, and his spouse Lakshmi, who is known as Nilathingal Thunda Nayagi. The temple has six daily rituals and two major yearly festivals, the most important of which is the Vaikunta Ekadasi festival, which takes place during the Tamil month of Margazhi (December–January).

 

The Hindu Religious and Endowment Board of the Tamil Nadu government maintains and administers the temple. Unlike other Vaishnavite temples, which have Vaishnavite priests, this temple has a Saiva priest since it is located within a Shiva temple.

 

Nilthingal Thundam Perumal Temple’s Legend: Parvati, Shiva’s spouse, was practising penance along the Vegavathi river under the temple’s ancient Mango tree. Shiva used fire to put her dedication to the test. Goddess Parvati sought assistance from her brother Vishnu. Vishnu plucked the crescent from Shiva’s head and reflected the rays, causing the tree and Parvati to calm off.

Shiva decided to put Parvati to the test once again, so he sent the Ganga (Ganges) to sabotage her penance. Parvati appealed to Ganga, persuading her that they were both sisters and that she should not hurt her. As a result, Ganga did not interfere with Parvati’s penance, and Parvati created a Shiva Linga out of sand to join with Shiva. Ekambareswarar, or “Lord of Mango Tree,” became Shiva’s name, while Nilathingal Thundam became Vishnu’s.

According to Hindu folklore, Parvathi was performing penance at this location in order to get Shiva’s blessings. She enlisted Vishnu’s assistance in the matter. With a conch and disc, Vishnu came as Vamana, who emanated brightness like the moon. Vishnu is said to have arrived for Chandra (moon) and Shiva.

According to another mythology, when the Devas (celestial gods) and Asuras (demons) were churning the Ocean of Milk, Vishnu aided them as a tortoise Kurma, who held the mount. Vasuki employed a snake as a churning rope, and the snake emitted poison, turning the tortoise’s skin from blue to black. Vishnu sought advice from Brahma, who instructed him to worship Shiva. The Sun and Moon are thought to be Shiva’s two eyes. With the cool lunar rays, he opened his left moon eye to relieve Vishnu’s anguish. The reigning god was given the name Nilathingal Thunda Perumal as a result of this.

ThirukKalvanoor Sri Aadhi Varaha Perumal Temple

Sri Aadhi Varaha Perumal Temple is one of the 108 Divya Desam dedicated to Lord Vishnu at Sri Kamakshi Amman temple in Big Kanchipuram. It is located on the right side of Ambaal’s Garbagraham (Moolavar sannadhi). Sri Aadhi Varaha Perumal is the Moolaver in this Sthalam. Lord Vishnu is depicted standing in a West-facing stance. Anjilai Valli Naachiyar is the Thayar of this sthalam. Found in the maadam close to Sri Aadhi Varaha Perumal’s wall.

Legend of Sri Aadhi Varaha Perumal Temple: Once, while Kamakshi and Sri Lakshmi were bathing in Kama Koshtam, Emperumaan observed them and heard what they were saying by hiding behind a pillar. When Parvathi, who resembled “Kamakshi,” realised Sriman Narayanan was watching them, she punished him by having him stand, then sit, and eventually Kidantha stage. As a result, he may be found in all three sevas (Nindra, Irundha, and Kidantha) on the koil’s north side of the pond. Because Sriman Narayanan observed them having bath without knowing who they were, Parvathi gave him the name “Kalvan,” and this Divyadesam is known as “Thirukkalvanoor,” the One and Only Divyadesam among the 108 Divyadesam where the almighty appears in a very little form as Adhivarahar.

Thiru Velukkai Sri Azhagiya Singar Perumal Temple

Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu is home to the Sri Azhagiya Singa Perumal Temple. Sri Azhagiya Singar Perumal Temple is considered one of Lord Vishnu’s 108 Divya Desam Temples. ‘Thiruvelukkai’ is another name for it. A four-tiered Rajagopuram stands in Sri Azhagiya Singa Perumal Temple (temple tower).

Lord Sri Azhagiya Singar, in Yoga pose, facing east, is the presiding deity of Azhagiya Singa Perumal Temple. Goddess Amruthavalli, Lord Sri Azhagiya Singar’s spouse, and Garuda, Lord Vishnu’s chariot, both have their own shrines. The hymns chanted by the saints Peyalvar, Bhoothathazhwar, Thirumazhisai Azhwar, and Thirumangai Azhwar were sung in Nalayira Divya Prabandham, the ancient canon, to glorify Sri Azhagiya Singa Perumal Temple.

 

The walls of Sri Azhagiya Singa Perumal Temple are encircled by granite and designed in the Dravidian style of architecture. Kanaga Saras and Hema Saras Pushkarani are the names of the Sri Azhagiya Singa Perumal Temple’s Pushkarani (temple tank). Kanaka Vimanam is the name of the Vimanam (tower above the sanctum sanctorum) in Sri Azhagiya Singa Perumal Temple.

According to legend, Goddess Lakshmi (Lord Vishnu’s spouse) and Goddess Saraswati (Lord Brahma’s consort) had a heated debate about who was the superior of the two. They resolved to seek Lord Indira, the monarch of heavenly deities, for clarification. Goddess Lakshmi is the supreme Goddess, according to Lord Indira.

Goddess Saraswati was dissatisfied with the choice and inquired of Lord Brahma, who picked Goddess Lakshmi as the Superior Goddess as well. Goddess Saraswati became dissatisfied and began to avoid Lord Brahma. During this critical period, Lord Brahma completed an Aswametha Yagna with His spouse Goddess Saraswati, which is normally done over a long period of time.

Goddess Saraswati’s rage reached a boiling point as a result of this. Goddess Saraswati decided to disrupt Lord Brahma’s yagna by interrupting it in various ways, but Lord Vishnu always intervened. Goddess Saraswati also dispatched a monster named Kapalika to sabotage the Yagna. To destroy the demon, Lord Vishnu assumed the shape of Narhari. This is the location where Lord Vishnu lived peacefully, and therefore the name ThiruVelukkai, where Vel means “wish” and Irukkai means “dwelling.” Lord Vishnu is reported to have come in the shape of Azhagiya Singar to the sage Bhrigu Maharishi.

Thiruthanka Sri Deepa Prakasar Perumal Temple

Sri Deepa Prakasar Perumal Temple is one of Lord Vishnu’s 108 Divya Desam Temples, located in Kanchipuram’s holy city. The Lord is revered as the light, or Jyoti, at Perumal temple. Devotees think he can remove gloom from their life.

In the chants of the Alwar saints, the temple of Deepa Prakasar was extolled as one of the 108 hallowed abodes of Vishnu, making it one of the Divyadesams. Vedanta Desika, the famous poet and devotee of the Lord, is claimed to have been born here. In the temple, he has his own shrine. Desikar’s symbol is said to have been placed by his son Nayinar Varadhachariar.

Sri Deepa Prakasar Perumal Temple Tradition: Lord Brahma performed a yagna in the Deepa Prakasar Perumal Temple, according to legend. Goddess Saraswathy, enraged because she wasn’t a part of it, dispatched demons to cause havoc. The Asuras disrupted the yagna by blocking the flow of light. The Lord is known as Deepa Prakasar Perumal because he emerged like a column of light to destroy the devils. The famed Kanchipuram Divya Desam Yatra includes this temple.

Thiruputkuzhi Sri Vijayaraghava Perumal Temple

Sri Vijayaraghava Perumal Temple is one of Lord Maha Vishnu’s 108 Divya Desams, located 15 kilometres from Kanchipuram. Thiruputkuzhi-Sri Vijayaraghava Perumal Temple is one of Lord Maha Vishnu’s 108 Divya Desams, located 15 kilometres from Kanchipuram.

This is one of the Thondai Nadu Divya Desams, which is linked to the epic Srimad Ramayanam. In Amarnath Thirukkolam facing East, Lord Perumal appears as Sri Vijayaraghava Perumal, as the Moolavar. MaragathaValli, the local Thaayar, has her own temple. Two pasurams were written by Thirumangai Alwar.

 

In temples, special rituals/prarthana are done. Ladies who do not have children donate the dhal (Paruppu) to Madapalli (the site where the Lord’s meal is cooked) at Sri Vijayaraghava Perumal Temple. The dhal is soaked in water after it is provided, then tied around their stomachs and told to sleep. If the seed sprouts after they wake up, it is verified that they will give birth to a kid.

 

Information about the god The Moolavar is Vijaya Raghava Perumal, the temple deity at Sri Vijayaraghava Perumal Temple sthalam. In his hands, he has Jatayu. Both Naachiyaars may be found on both sides, although in opposing directions. Moolavar is observed seated in an East-facing position. Maragathavalli Thayaar is the Prathyaksham for Jadaayu (Eagle) and Thaayar. She has a temple of her own.

 

Sri Devi in the Lord’s Left: A one-of-a-kind feature Sri Vijaya Raghava Perumal is seen seated with the bird (Jataayu) perched on his thigh. Sri Devi Thaayar is reported to have walked to the opposite side of the Lord because she couldn’t stand the scent of the closing ceremonies and the flames that emerged from Jaatayu’s cremation.

The Goddess appears to the left of Lord Vijayaraghava at this temple, her head slightly tilted in the Lord’s direction (in all Divya Desams, Sri Devi Thaayar is seen to the right of the Lord). The Thaayar Sannidhi is also to the Lord’s left. The Thaayar Sannidhi is always to the Lord’s right in all Divya Desams.

Sri Vijayaraghava Perumal Temple Legend: According to legend, Sri Rama abandoned all of his possessions and went to the wilderness as his father had instructed. Sita sees a golden deer in the wild and asks Rama to catch it for her. The deer, on the other hand, is a demon sent by Ravana to seduce Rama and Lakshmana so that he can kidnap Sita. Ravana kidnaps Sita and takes her to Lanka as Rama and Lakshmana are searching for the deer. On the trip to Lanka, Jatayu the vulture encounters Ravana and battles him to free Sita, but Ravana cuts Jatayu’s wings, causing him to fall to the ground.

When Rama and Lakshmana arrive in quest of Sita, they discover Jatayu in the wilderness, mortally wounded. Jatayu dies after telling them about Ravana and Sita. Sri Rama then administers Jatayu’s dying rituals. The Perumal performs his Seva in the way in which he did Jatayu’s ultimate burial, as advised by Jatayu. Lord Rama launched an arrow and formed a spring, which is today known as Jatayu Pushkarini, to provide water for the ceremonies. In Tamil, Tiru is a honorary prefix, Pul is a bird (a distinct eagle family), and Kuzhi is a pit. Tiru Pul Kuzhi-Tiruputkuzhi is the place’s name.


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