Thiruvali-Thirunagari

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Thiruvali-Thirunagari
Thiruvali-Thirunagari is located in Tamil Nadu
Thiruvali-Thirunagari
Thiruvali-Thirunagari
Location in Tamil Nadu
Coordinates: 11°13′32″N 79°47′58″E / 11.22556°N 79.79944°E / 11.22556; 79.79944Coordinates: 11°13′32″N 79°47′58″E / 11.22556°N 79.79944°E / 11.22556; 79.79944
Location
Country: India
State: Tamil Nadu
District: Nagapatnam
Location: Thirvali, Thirunagari
Temple Details
Primary Deity: Lakshmi Narasimhan, Vedarajan(Vishnu)
Consort: Amirtagatavalli, Amirtavalli(Lakshmi)
Poets: Thirumangai Alvar, Kulasekara Alvar
Architecture and culture
Architectural styles: Dravidian architecture
Number of temples: 2

Thiruvali - Thirunagari Temples are paired Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu located 10 km away from Sirkali, Tamil Nadu, India and 5 km away from each other. It is one of the "Divya Desams", the 108 temples of Vishnu revered by the 12 poet saints, or Alwars.[1] Unlike other Divyadesams where a single shrine is referred, this pair of temples is referred together in all the 41 paasurams(poems). These temples follow Thenkalai mode of worship.

It closely associated with Thirunangur Tirupathis and the birthplace of Thirumangai Alvar.

Thiruvali[edit]

The temple has small west facing shrine. The village is where the consort Sri Kumudavalli naachiyar of Thirumangai Alvar was raised.

Thirunagari[edit]

This place is the birthplace of Thirumangai Alvar. The temple has a 7-tier rajagopuram and an elevated structure. Unlike other temples where the Temple tree(Kodimaram) faces the main deity, the kodimaram here faces the shrine of Thirumangai Alvar.

Festival[edit]

The Thirumangai Alvar Mangalasasana utsavam(festival)[2] in the month of Thai(Jan-Feb) witnesses 11 Garudasevai a spectacular event in which festival images idols from the 11 Thirunaangur Divyadesam shrines in the area are brought on Garuda mounts to Thirunangur. An idol of Thirumangai Alvar is also brought from this temple on a Hamsa Vahanam(palaquin) and his paasurams(verses) dedicated to each of these 11 temples are recited. The utsavar of Thirumangai Alvar and his consort Sri Kumudavalli naachiyar are taken in a palanquin to each of the 11 temples, through the paddy fields in the area. The paasurams (poems) dedicated to each of the 11 Divyadesams are chanted in the respective shrines. This is the most important of the festivals in this area, and it draws thousands of visitors.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hindu Pilgrimage: A Journey Through the Holy Places of Hindus All Over India. Sunita Pant Bansal.
  2. ^ "Garuda Sevai'". [1]. Retrieved 2011-08-19.