Srinivasa Perumal Temple, Tirukulandhai
|Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple|
|Other names||Sri Mayakoothar Perumal Temple|
|Primary deity||Srinivasa Perumal
|Consort||Alamelu Mangai Thaayar
|Architectural styles||Dravidian architecture|
Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple or Sri Mayakoothar Permual Temple is one of the Nava Tirupathi., nine Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu located in Perungulam, 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.
The temple has an image of Lord Vishu facing east direction. Kulam refers to tank in Tamil language. The name of the village is derived from the same. The temple has two prakarams(closed precincts of a temple).
This temple history describes Lord Vishnu's power to perform miracles to serve his devotees.Once one asura abducted Vishnu baktha Vedasaran's wife Kumudhavalli.The asura performed magic tricks but was vanquished by Vishnu who danced on his head as Koothar.And he restored Kumudhavalli to her husband.
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.
- 15 Vaishnava temples of Tamil Nadu. M. Rajagopalan
- 108 Vaishnavite Divya Desams: Divya desams in Pandya Nadu. M. S. Ramesh, Tirumalai-Tirupati Devasthanam.
- Adinathar Alwar thirukkoil Sthala varalaru; Temple publication; Page 6,7
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