• Vishnu

Sri Kalamegaperumal Temple

Overview


Thirumohur is one of the 108 Divya Desams arranged East of Madurai at a separation of 12 kilometers. It is situated nearby Ottakkadai. Thirumohur, Madurai, has its fanciful inception in the inaccessible past. This is a spot where pariharams might be offered to rahu and kethu. The puranic name of Thirumohur - Mohanashetram - Confirms the occurrence. It is encompassed on all sides by lavish vegetation, paddy fields and the little slope called as Yanai Malai.In North side, Thirumohar is well known as Nannisaranyarn. The temple is celebrated among Vaishnavites for being having a place of Pancharata Agama.

The Deity in this place of worship is said to have guided Nammalwar in the Divine path known as called Archiradi Gattu. Henceforth the divinity is likewise called by the Name  ‘Marganbandu’. The eminent temple is devoted to Lord Kalamega Perumal. Icon of principle god accepts to be 5000 years of age. Worked amid seventh century, the temple was very much renewed and revamped by the first Pandiya emperor.

The temple was revamped and extended by first pandiya rulers to lord Krishna Devarayor and Siva Ganga - Maruthu Pandi siblings. From the engravings accessible, it has been accounted for that the temple was worked around 7th century. The symbols are accounted for to be over 5000 years of age. It is an understood legend that Lord Vishnu took the Mohini avatar i.e., accepted the type of a lovely cleaning specialist, to trap evil spirits for conveying the celestial nectar (Amirtham) to Devas. Thirumohur has a place with the pancharatra agama and is one of the 108 Divya Desams in the vaishnavite convention. Nammalwar and Thirumangai Alwar have written in acclaim for this sanctury.


About The Temple


Kalamega Perumal Temple in Thirumohur involves a 2.5-section of land (10,000 m2) region. ‘Kaalamegham’ means the dim downpour bearing mists. The temple has a five level rajagopuram or fundamental tower. Kalamega Perumal Temple is over 2000 years of age and has been alluded to in popular Tamil abstract works like the Aganaanuru, Padhitrupathu, Maduraikanchi and particularly in the colossal epic Silappadikaram. A stone divider encompasses the temple, encasing every one of its holy places and three of its four waterways. The temple has a five-layered rajagopuram, the temple's portal tower and a gigantic temple tank before it. The temple is accepted to have been worked by the Pandyas, with later increments from the Madurai Nayaks. Six day by day ceremonies and three yearly celebrations are held at the temple, of which the Brahmotsavam, celebrated amid the Tamil month of Vaikasi (April-May), being the most unmistakable.

The temple is kept up and directed by the Hindu Religious and Endowment Board of the Government of Tamil Nadu. Kalamegha perumal kovil is among one of the pandiya naatu divyadesams of Sri Vaishnavas. There are four prakarams to the temple. The moolavar is Kalaamegha perumal in nindra thirukolam and in same stance such as Varadharaja perumal of kanchipuram with gadhe in left hand and right hand as though gift the fans. The utsavar is Thirumogur aapthan. The utsavar here is found with pancha aayudams. There are figures of Lord Kondanda Ramar, Sita, Lakshma, Kamadevan and Rathidevi in the Garuda mandapam of the temple.

Inscriptions

There are bits of engravings fitting in with the times of Sundara Pandya (1251 - 1271 A.D.) Kulasekara Pandya I ( 1268 - 1311 A.D.) and Sadaya Varman Sundara Pandy ( 1304 - 1319 A.D.).

Sri Narasimma Sudharsanam

There is a different place of worship committed to Sri Surdarsana Murthy (Chakrathazhvar) by Jadavallaba Srivallaban in A.D.1251.In this hallowed spot, Chakrathazhvar is as the moving chakra, and has the letters to as the mantra, according to the agama rules. The Lord has 16 divine hands and is outfitted with 16 sorts of weapons with a third eye on the temple and Jwala kesham. His feet are (prathyalidham) molded as though they were running, so as to kill the hardships of the devotees.On the back side of the moolavar and urchavar statues is the Yoga narasimhar statue, with four sorts of chakrayudams in his four hands; speaking to dharma, artha, kama and moksha.

Nammazhwar's portrayal of Thiru Mogur

Nammazhwar in his 11 Thiruvoimozhi verses of applause on Thiru Mogur depicts the enormity of the Lord and the components of this area as it was then, a huge number of years prior. By, Thiru Mogur was a cool and ripe spot with green fields and dazzling forests with tall and ready sugarcane and paddy all around. The holy temple lake was brimming with excellent Lotus blossoms that sprouted in vast numbers as the year progressed.

He portrays Kaalamegha Perumal as one who addressed the requests to God of the Devas by taking the type of Mohini to inebriate the asuras along these lines giving the hallowed nectar to the Devas, in this way giving them eternality.

Nammazhwar goes ahead to commend the alluring physical elements of the Lord of Thiru Mogur-One with four in number arms, lotus eyes, wearing a Tulasi wreath crown and lovely lips that in a split second draw each aficionado to this temple. He additionally discusses the Lord who is found in a dozing stance on the hooded Adisesha (Padarkol Pambanai Pallikolvaan Thiru Mogur). He says that even Brahma and Siva came here and looked for darshan of Kalamegha Perumal at this spot.

In a critical message to enthusiasts, Nammazhwar says that the individuals who visit Thirumogur and go around Kaalamegha Perumal just once offering their earnest requests to God and surrendering to the Lord of Thiru Mogur will discover their issues vanishing in the blink of an eye.

Mangalasasanam

  • Nammalwar - 3667 to 3677
  • Thirumangaialwar - 2673(74)
Antiquated rock cut Yoga Narasimha hole temple

Found four kilometer north of Thiru Mogur divyadesam at the foot of the immense Yaanaimalai (elephant slope) is an eighth Century AD shake slice hollow temple committed to Yoga Narasimha in Y. Narasingam. This spot is alluded to as the Gaja Giri Kshetram breaking so as to mean the development of the temple the enormous bit of the elephant mold.


About The Deity


The Moolavar is Kaalamega Perumal found in standing stance - right hand - varada hastam, gadai (mace) in left hand confronting east. The Goddess of this temple is Mohana Valli Thaayar (separate sannidhi).The utsavar is Thirumogur Aapthan with pancha ayudham (five weapons). There is a gold kavasam for Aadiseshan. There is a sannithi for Palli Konda Perumal or Ksheerabthi nath, who is worshipped by Sridevi and Bhoomidevi. This is known as prarthanasayanam. This is called as Sukra sthalam, as the devis had adored Sriman Narayana, who had then recovered the abundance of the devas by wrecking the asuras.

Rituals for the principle deity

Taking the enthusiasts back so as to the legend of this divyadesam, the Lord of Thiru Mogur showed his Mohini avataram at Yaanaimalai. Clad in a sparkling brilliant white vastram, the Lord went on a parade at 10 p.m. to the four-pillared mandapam at the Northern passageway where he was anointed with Thailakappu. For the following three hours, the Bhattars of Thiru Mogur - Govindan and Sridhar Tiruvoimozhi Pillai - were presented with the honor of getting Mogur Aapthan prepared for the third and the tremendously anticipated Thiru Kolam of the day.

Gajendra Moksham Puranam

Soon after 2 a.m., the screens went up and Lord Mogur Aapthan in a wonderful green and violet vastram embellished with sparkling adornments and a grand crown advanced out on the Garuda vahanam. It was well past 2.30 a.m. what's more, time for the order of the Gajendra Moksham scene, the quite anticipated occasion of the day. The scene was well set - a three ft tall wooden elephant and a four ft long wooden crocodile were set on the temple tank with the crocodile appear to be grasping on to the leg of the elephant. One could just about envision Gajendra's noisy cry looking for the assistance of the Lord. It was a moving scene.

Situated at the four-pillared mandapam close by the lotus tank, Mogur Aapthan listened to the sweet 30 minute presentation of the Gajendra Moksham Puranam by Sridhar Bhattar, a descendent of Tiruvoimozhi Pillai. Taking after the presentation of every verse, he clarified the importance of this occasion and how the Lord mitigated Gajendra, who argued His backing, and spared him from the grasp of the crocodile. The scene implies that the individuals who offer their supplications to God truly to the Lord will be ensured by Him.

Sridhar Bhattar has been presenting the Puranam for as long as 28 years at this temple on the full moon night in Maasi.As he discussed the stanza identifying with Lord Narayana heaving his disk to murder the crocodile, a wafer projectile was shot at from close Mogur Aapthan that sped and struck the crocodile at a helping pace, consequently soothing the elephant from its grip. Several fans had a chance to remember this authentic episode.Just after 3 a.m. Mogur Aapthan left Y. Narasingam on the Garuda vahanam and came to Thiru Mogur the following morning conveying to an end this yearly event.


Legend And Stories


Madurai has experienced through extremely intriguing past and it is trusted that beginning of Madurai occurred amid Sangam Period. Formerly, the city was popular as Kadambavanam and amid the antiquated times, one agriculturist was intersection the woodland and he saw Lord Indra performing puja of his own Lingam. The rancher reported this scene before Raja Kulasekra Pandya. The ruler promptly requested to get out the woods and built up the world well known temple named Meenakshi Temple around the Lingam.

Going back to third century, the city was gone to by Megasthanese took after by Rome and Greece dealers. Step by step, Madurai got created in world level exchanging focus particularly, blasted up in tenth century. After that, Cholas caught the city and ruled over the city till thirteenth century. At that point, the throne of the city was spellbound by Alauddin Khilji in 1311. Sadly, they could manage over the city just till 1323 as took after by Tughlaqs. In 1371, Madurai turned into a critical piece of Vijaynagar Dynasty of Hampi. As the self evident reality, the Vijaynagar tradition had picked the Nayaks to rule over the city yet later on, in 1530, the Krishna Deva Rao kicked the bucket and the city went under the control of Nayaks. Amid the decision time of Nayak Dynasty, the city rises too created city and horde of attractions were included like Padu Mandapam, Thirumalai Nayak Palace, and so on. In 1781, British guideline commanded the city.

Sthalapurana

The Puranas say an occurrence where in all the abundance of the god Indra is reviled into the seas by a holy person. The divine beings subsequently were left powerless and poor. They alongside the asuras utilized Mount "Manthara" to beat the sea to recapture the celestial nectar of everlasting life. After the celestial nectar was gotten, clashes emerged about having the same and the divine beings in this manner implored Lord Vishnu, who saves and keeps up the universe to defend the nectar from the hands of the abhorrent ones. To this master Vishnu is accepted to have taken the type of "Mohini" or a brilliant wonderful lady which diverted and therefore helped the divine beings in devouring the nectar and acquiring their quality.

In memory of this Lord Indira is accepted to have made the unique Vimana of the temple which later got named Mohanakshetra. The divine beings Indira and Brahmma are accepted to have offered supplications to God here.Another legend says how a drop of the nectar of eternality, called Amrutha spilled from the sea into the temple lake, bringing on Lord Vishnu to emerge here.


Festivals


10 day Vaikasi Brammotsavam (May-June), Vaikunta Ekadasi (December-January), Gajendra Moksham in the Masi Poornima day in February – March, 2 day Panguni Thirukalyanam (March-April), Krishna Jayanthi are the primary celebration saw in the temple. Additionally all new moon days, both Tamil and English New Year days, Deepavali and Pongal are the celebration days in the temple.


Thanks Giving


Abishek (showering) Chakkarathazhwar in curd is an imperative supplication to God duty. Devotees offer garments to Perumal and Thayar (Mother Goddess) furthermore apply spread. Individuals likewise offer wreaths made of Tulsi and different blooms. Prasads - Nivedhanas are readied, offered to the master and dispersed to the meeting aficionados. The individuals who could bear the cost of do Annadhanam (encouraging) to the meeting fans and the poor.


Rare Facts


  • Celebrations, religious practices temple clerics perform pooja (customs) amid celebrations , on consistent schedule taking into account vaiksana agama.
  • The prathanasayana appearance of principle divinity not discovered anyplace in 108 divya desam temples

Temple's speciality


The claim to fame of the temple is the vicinity of Chakratalwar with 16 hands and every hand holding an alternate weapon. There is Lord Narasimha behind chakratalwar with shanku chakra. There are 154 letter sets cut in the 6 hovers and there are pictures of 48 divine beings. Chakratalwar is found in Prathyaaletha stance that infers that the status to help devotees at all times. The place got its name as moghur because of the Mohini avatharam taken by Lord Vishnu to guarantee that the devas got the amrutham that left the beating of the sea as opposed to the asuras so that the devas get back the lost force. It is trusted that a drop of amrutham fell into the temple tank and henceforth it is otherwise called periya thirupaarkadal and siriya thirupaarkadal.

There is one more perumal sannadhi with the master giving darshan in Prathana Sayana thirukolam on adisheshan with Sridevi and Bhoomidevi thayaar supplicating at the Lord's feet. An intriguing component is that adishesan has thanga kavacham and this type of the Lord was preceding the Lord taking Mohini avatharam.The blessed Vimana is known as Chaturmoka Vimana. The temple complex was work by Pandyas Vijaya Nagara Emperor and Nayak Chraftains amid thier sucession district. At that point one more life like status of Marudu Brothers and developed the front Mantap. This are lovely senlptors in the mainstays of Garuda Mantapam, Rama with his sibling Lakshmana and Sita in his outcast is delightfully depicted as scultpates, there Manmathan and Rathi are uncommon pieces in this hall.


Significance


This temple is approached by devotees who offer prayers to Chakkarathazhwar here for development of business, promotion in professions, employment opportunity, foreign travel, wealth, buying new lands and vehicles, child, success in litigation etc.  Those buying new vehicles also do the pooja in this temple.


Accessibility

Airport

The nearest Airport is situated in madurai.

Railways

The nearest railhead is situated in madurai.

Road

Thiru Mogur is around six kilometer from Madurai Maatuthavani transport stand and two kilometer off Oththakkadai. Auto from Madurai railroad station will be Rs. 150. Smaller than normal transports employ specifically to the temple. Town transports are accessible each half hour to the temple.


Temple Address


Arulmigu Kalamegaperumal Temple,
Thirumohur, Madurai North Taluk,Madurai District,
Tamil Nadu, India, Pincode - 625 107.

Significance

Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-

  • Employment opportunity
  • Foreign travel
  • Wealth
  • New lands and vehicles
  • Child
  • Success in litigation
Shlokas

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.

Timings

The temple is open from 07:00 am to 12:00 pm and from 04:00 pm to 08:00 pm.

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