The Bhaktavatsala Perumal Temple lies in the Tanjore locale of Tamil Nadu. It speaks the truth 25 miles from Kumbakonam, 15 miles from Thirucherai and 4 miles Northwest from Thiruvaarur Railway station. However, office and office to stay are too available.The temple is among the 108 divyadesams of Sri Vaishnavas and comes under Choza naatu divyadesams. The presiding deity is the majestic Bhaktavatsala perumal in standing posture and thayar is known as Abhisekhavalli thayar. The temple is among the pancha Krishnaraya kshetrams- the others being Therazhandur, Thirukannapuram, Thirukanankudi, Thirukannamangai and Thiru kapisthalam.The temple is around 6 kilometres from Tiruvarur, about 25 kilometres from Kumbakonam and about 45 kilometres from Mayavaram.The temple is praised by Saint Tirumangai Azhwar in his Mangalasasanam hymns. 10 day festival following Chitra Poornima day in April – May is the main festival of the temple.
About the Deity
The Moolavar of this kshetram Bhaktaraavi perumal is giving his seva in standing stance with his face confronting the east Thayaar found in this sthalam is Abishegavalli.
About the Temple
Varuna the Lord of Rain, Sage Romasa, all the Devas, Mupathu Mukkodi in number, had the darshan of Lord in this temple. Besides being one of the celebrated 108 Divya Desas of Lord Vishnu, the temple also qualifies the six criterias of Vimana, Aaranya, Mandap, Theertha Kshetra importance, River, City importance to be called a Saptha Punya Kshetra or Sapthamrutha Kshetra. All the Devas in the celestial world gathered here to witness and participate in the divine wedding of Lord Vishnu with Mother Mahalakshmi. They wished that this darshan should be available to them forever. They took the form of honey-bees, built nests and stayed here to realize their wish.
Even today, a honey nest exists on the northern side of Mother’s shrine the antiquity of which is not known to anybody. This is a miracle in this Divya desa. It is believed that a one day stay in the place will bring total salvation to the soul. As Lord rushes to the rescue of His devotees so fast with the speed of Steam-Aavi in Tamil, He is praised as Bhakthar Aavi which later changed as Bhatharavi. Perumal’s Vimana is of Utpala design. It is also believed that the place is protected by Lord Shiva in all four directions in four forms. Though Vishwakseana appears with four hands in Vishnu temples, He appears with only two hands here as he came here to have the audience of Mother Mahalakshmi for Perumal on an occasion.
During Lord Vishnu’s Vamana Avatar, when He raised one of His legs up to the sky, Lord Brahmma worshipped the leg with abishek from the water of His Kamanadala bowl. A drop of this abishek water fell here, now praised as the sacred spring Darshana Pushkarini. When Chandra-Moon was wandering here for relief of a curse, he sighted this Pushkarini, his curse disappearing at once. Lord did the abishek to Mother with this spring water and made Her His consort. Hence, Mother is called Abishekavalli. Acharya Nadhamunigal, who edited the devotional verses of 12 Alwars under the caption Nalayira Divya Prapandam, had a disciple named Tirukanna Mangai Andan. His mission in life was to serve Lord, clean the temple and place him at Lord’s feet. While he was chanting the Vedas one day, suddenly he took the form of a dog, entered into the sanctum sanctorum and merged with Perumal as a Jyoti. A festival dedicated to him on the Tiruvonam star day in the month of Aani – June-July is devotionally celebrated. The place is named after him as Tirukanna Mangai
When the milk ocean was churned, after the appearance of the Karpaga Tree and Kamadenu, Mother Mahalakshmi appeared finally. Enticed by the handsomeness of Perumal, she decided to have His hand in wedding, came to this place and began Her penance to realize the wish. Knowing Her mind, Lord Vishnu asked Vishwakseana to fix a Muhurt, the auspicious day for the wedding. He then granted darshan to Mother. The wedding took place with all divine pomp and splendour in the presence of all Devas – Mupathu Mukkodi-90 crore in number. As Lord Perumal came out of the milk ocean for Mother Mahalakshmi, He is praised as Perum Pura Kadal – Kadal in Tamil means ocean.The place is also praised as Lakshmi Vanam as Mother performed penance here and as Krishna Mangala Kshetra as the divine wedding took place here.
Prasad and Offering
Sri Garuda Bhagwan, the celebrated vehicle of Lord Vishnu in the temple is colossal in size gracing the devotees. Those seeking removal of obstacle in wedding proposals, child boon and job seekers go around Him for realizing their wishes. Devotees perform Tirumanjanam and offer vastras and pray to Him
Near By Temple
Tirukannamangai is 5 km from Tiruvarur on the Kumbakonam route. The closest railway station is in Tiruvarur. The closest airport is in Trichy, Chennai
Sri Bhaktavatsala Perumal temple,
Tirukannamangai – 610 104,
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- To attain salvation
- For removal of obstacle in wedding proposals
- child boon and job seekers.
Achutham Keyshavam Rama Narayanam Krishna Damodaram Vasudevam Harim Shridharam Madhavam Gopika Vallabham Janaki Nayakam Ramachandram Bhajey
Meaning -Oh Lord who cannot be perished, who also has names like Keshava, Rama, Damodara, Narayana, Sridhara, Madhava, Krishna, Ramachandra the beloved of Janaki, let me say your name regularly.
Vasudeva Sutham Devam Kamsa Chanoora Mardhanam Devaki Paramanandham Krishnam Vande Jagathgurum
Meaning -I bow to you O Krishna, the ultimate guru, Devaki and Vasudeva's son, and the destroyer of Kamsa and Chanur.
Adharam Madhuram Vadanam Madhuram Nayanam Madhuram Hasitam Madhuram Hridayam Madhuram Gamanam Madhuram Mathuraa Dhipate Rakhilam Madhuram
Meaning -Meaning - Sweet are Your lips, sweet is Your face, sweet are Your eyes, sweet is Your smile, sweet is Your heart, sweet is Your gait, O Lord of Mathura, everything about You is sweet.
Alokya Mathur Mukha Madarena Sthanyam Pibantham Saraseeruhaksham Sachinmayam Devam Anantha Roopam Balam Mukundam Manasa Smarami
Meaning -I think of this Balamukundan as the one who looks lovingly at his mother's face while taking milk from her, who has eyes similar to the red lotus, who is the embodiment of truth and intelligence and other forms.
8.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. 5.00 p.m. to 8.30 p.m