Vaithamanidhi Perumal Temple

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Sri Vaithamanidhi Perumal Temple
Sri Vaithamanidhi Perumal Temple is located in Tamil Nadu
Sri Vaithamanidhi Perumal Temple
Sri Vaithamanidhi Perumal Temple
Location in Tamil Nadu
Geography
Coordinates 8°35′48″N 77°57′28″E / 8.59667°N 77.95778°E / 8.59667; 77.95778Coordinates: 8°35′48″N 77°57′28″E / 8.59667°N 77.95778°E / 8.59667; 77.95778
Country India
State Tamil Nadu
District Tuticorin
Location Tirukkolur
Culture
Primary deity Vaithamanidhi
(Vishnu)
Consort Kumudavalli,
Kolurvalli(Lakshmi)
Temple tank Kubera
Shrine Srikara
Poets Nammazhwar
Architecture
Architectural styles Dravidian architecture

Sri Vaithamanidhi Permual Temple is one of the Nava Tirupathi.,[1] nine Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu located in Tiruchendur-Tirunelveli route, Tamil Nadu, India in the banks of Thamiraparani river. All these 9 temples are classified as "Divya Desams", the 108 temples of Vishnu revered by the 12 poet saints, or Alwars.[2]

The Temple[edit]

The place is the birthplace of Madhurakavi Alvar. The main deity has a reclining posture facing east. The temple has two prakaram(closed precincts of a temple).

Festival[edit]

The Garuda Sevai utsavam(festival) in the month of Vaikasi(May-Jun) witnesses 9 Garudasevai, a spectacular event in which festival image idols from the Nava Tirupathis shrines in the area are brought on Garuda vahana(sacred vehicle). An idol of Nammalvar is also brought here on a Anna Vahanam(palaquin) and his paasurams(verses) dedicated to each of these 9 temples are recited. The utsavar(festival deity) of Nammalvar is taken in a palanquin to each of the 9 temples, through the paddy fields in the area. The paasurams(poems) dedicated to each of the 9 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. ^ 15 Vaishnava temples of Tamil Nadu. M. Rajagopalan
  2. ^ 108 Vaishnavite Divya Desams: Divya desams in Pandya Nadu. M. S. Ramesh, Tirumalai-Tirupati Devasthanam.