The Sri Varadharaja Perumal Temple is located at Thirunangur and is dedicated to God Vishnu. This temple is one of the 108 Divya Desam temples.
About The Temple
This temple is built according to the Dravidian style of architecture and it is also known as Thiru Manikkoodam. According to Hindu mythology, God Shiva had performed the dance of destruction carrying the half burnt body of Goddess Sati after her self-immolation. To stop the dance, God Vishnu threw His Chakra on the body of Goddess Sati which dismembered her body into 52 parts. It is also said that every time God Shiva’s hair touch the earth, there used to be 11 other forms of God Shiva appearing too. God Vishny came in 11 forms as God Shiva did and solaced him and said that His dance would be terrible for entire creations on the earth. Where the 11 forms of God Vishnu appeared at Thirunangur is known to be the places where 11 temples of God Vishnu exist. All these temples are considered to be very close.
About The Deity
The chief deity of this temple is God Varadharja Perumal and he is also known as God Senkanmal. He is in the standing posture and faces the East direction. His consort is Goddess Thirumamagal also known as Goddess Bhoodevi. This temple contains just 1 of the single Prakarama with a single shrine.
Legend and Stories
God Shiva has River Ganges and God Chandra, similarly the deity of this temple has the same God Chandra but instead of River Ganges he has God Garuda. The deity of this temple poses as God Varadharaja. It is known that he gave special darshan to God Chandra and God Garuda here. This was an act of illustrating the unity between the God Shiva and God Vishnu.
God Shiva had given this place to God Moon as he was cursed. God Vishnu saved God Chandra from the curse and that’s the reasom why Pushkarani is named as Chandra Pushkarani.God Varadharaja is renowned for the act that he did of giving unlimited and abundant wealth to his devotees. This act gives him the name of his Vimaan as Kanaka i.e. the Gold Vimaanam. The ray of God Chandra is very low which are known as manigal. God Varadharaja gave the darshan to God Chandra here hence this placei s also known as Thiru Mani Koodam.
The major festivals that are celebrated in this temple include Thirumangai Azhwar Mangalasasana Utsavam and Garudasevai and Vaikasai Brahmmotsavam.
Nearby Place To Visit
Some of the nearby places of interest to visit include:
This place is well connected by road and many bus services can be accessed to reach here.
The place is well connected by the railways. Nagapattinam, Nagore, Velankanni and Karaikal are four of the nearby stations in the west, north, south and east respectively.
The nearest airport from this temple is Tiruchirapalli airport.
Sri Varadharaja Perumal Temple,
Thiru Manikkoodam, Sirkazhi,
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Freedom from diseases
- Relief from adverse effects from bad planetary aspects
- Relief from bondage
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.