Neelamegha Perumal Temple
|Neela Megha Perumal Temple|
View of the temple and the temple tank
|Primary deity||Neela Meghar(Vishnu)|
|Temple tank||Gajendra, Kapila|
|Architectural styles||Dravidian architecture|
Neela Megha Perumal Temple or Sowriraja Perumal Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu located Thirukannapuram, Tamil Nadu, India Near Karaikal on the Nannilam to Karaikal highway . It is one of the "Divya Desams", the 108 temples of Vishnu revered by the 12 poet saints, or Alwars.
The temple has a 7-tier rajagopuram and a vast temple complex. The prime deity, Neela Meghar has an imposing image. The temple tank is situated right opposite to the temple. Every year in Markhali (Tamil Month, Equavelent - December), Neelameghu Perumal will go to Visit the Marriage of Venkatesha Perumal of T.R.Patinam- Karaikal
|Pancha Kannan Temples|
|Loganatha Perumal Temple||Thirukannangudi|
|Gajendra Varadha Temple||Kabisthalam|
|Neelamegha Perumal Temple||Thirukannapuram|
|Bhaktavatsala Perumal Temple||Thirukannamangai|
|Ulagalantha Perumal Temple||Thirukkovilur|
The temple is revered in Nalayira Divya Prabandham, the 7th–9th century Vaishnava canon, by Tirumazhisai Alwar in one hymn. The temple is classified as a Divyadesam, one of the 108 Vishnu temples that are mentioned in the book.
This temple is one of the Panchakanna (Krishnaranya) Kshetrams. Kannan refers to Krishna, the avatar of Vishnu, while pancha means five and Kshetrams refers to holy places. Four of the five temples are situated in Chola Nadu, in modern times, in the region surrounding Kumbakonam and Nagapattinam and one of them in Nadu Nadu. There are five similar temples located in North India, called Pancha-dvarakas. Krishna is not the presiding deity in any of the temples. The processional deity, Krishna, led to the derivation of the names of these places..
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- T., Padmaja (2002). Temples of Kr̥ṣṇa in South India: history, art, and traditions in Tamil Nadu. New Delhi: Shakti Malik. pp. 93–94. ISBN 81-7017-398-1.
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