This Divyadesam is a huge temple situated in Tirukkovilur, which is also home to the Tirukkovalur Veerattam, a prehistoric shrine glorified by the Tevaram hymns. Tirukkovilur is considered to be one of the Pancha Krishnaranya shrines. This shrine represents the physical meeting point of the first of the Alwars Poikaialwar, Bhutattalvar and Peyalwar. The Divya Desams enshrining Trivikrama are Tiru Oorakam (Kanchipuram), Tirukkovilur, Kaazhicheeraamavinnagaram and Tiruneermalai.
About The Temple
Tirukkovilur, Tirukkannankudi, Kapistalam, Kannapuram and Kannamangai are the five panchakrishna kshetrams. The main deity is an imposing image of Ulagalanda Perumal or Trivikrama, with his foot raised, facing east. Taayaar here is known as Poonkoval Nachiyaar in a separate shrine. The Utsavar here is Aayanaar or Kovalan (Gopalan).
About the Deity
The presiding deity of this temple is ‘Lord Thrivikrama Perumal‘ or ‘Lord Ulagalantha Perumal‘ (Lord Vishnu) and the Goddess is ‘Poongothai Nachiyar‘ (Goddess Lakshmi).The other main deities of this temple are Lord Venugopala, Lord Lakshmi Narayana, Lord Lakshmi Raghava, Lord Lakshmi Narasimha, Lord Rama, Lord Veera Anjaneya, Goddess Andal and Shukracharya, the Guru of Asuras. The location of this temple is said to be the place where the first three Azhwars, the great saints Poigai Azhwar, Bhoothathazhwar and Peyazhwar attained salvation. The Pushkarani (temple tank) of Ulagalantha Perumal Temple is called as Pennar and Krishan Pushkarani. The Vimanam (the tower above the sanctum sanctorum) is called as Srikara Vimanam. This temple is said to be the place where the great canon Nalaayira Divya Prabhandham got initiated by the Azhwars.
Legends and Stories
According to the legend, Vishnu took the form of Vamana, to subdue the demon king Mahabali, took on a gigantic form and occupied the earth and the heavens and rested his foot upon Mahabali's head and exiled him to the another world. This is a huge temple with a magnificient Rajagopuram which can be seen from a distance. Covering an area of 5 acres, it has three prakarams. There is a small shrine for Vamanar (Vishnuâ€™s avatar) behind the image of Trivikrama. An Ardhamandapam, a Mahamandapam, and the Pandya Mandapam are seen in front of the sanctum. There are also shrines to Lakshminarayanar, Lakshminarasimhar, Andal, Udayavar, Senai Mudaliyar, Manavala Mamuni, Chakrattalwar, Poonkoyil Naachiyaar (Pushpavalli), Varadarajar and Venugopalar here. There is also a Ramar temple behind the Taayar shrine. This temple was initially a brick and cement structure in the period of Parantaka Chola I, it was patronized by the great Chola rulers Raja Raja Chola I and Raja Raja II. It was rebuilt of granite by Rajendra Deva in the 11th century. Legend has it that the three Alwars (Poikaialwar, Bhutattalwar and Peyalwar) took shelter in the haven of Mrikandu munivar, in confined quarters on a stormy night when they felt the prodigious of the fourth person, who was none other than Perumaal, later upon whom they composed many number of poetries in praise. This is where the first poetries of the Alwars came into being.
Ushathkalam Pooja – 7 a.m.
Kalasanthi Pooja – 8:00 a.m.
Uchikalam Pooja – 12:00 p.m.
Sayarakshai Pooja – 6:00 p.m.
Irandamkalam Pooja – 7:00 p.m.
Ardha Jamam Pooja – 10:00 p.m.
Panguni Brahmmotsavam – March or April
Masi Magam festival – February or March
Purattasi Pavithra Utsavavm
Navarathri, Srirama Navami, Sri Ramanuja Jayanthi, Vasanth Utsavam – April or May
Vaikasi Visaka Garuda Seva, Nammazhwar Sattrumurai – May or June
Aani Periazhwar Sattrumurai – June or July
Aadi Thiruvadipooram, Andal Utsavam – July or August
Avani Sri Jayanthi, Uriyadi utsavam – August or September
Aipasi Mudalazwar Sattrumurai, Sri Manavala Mamunigal utsav – October or November
Karthikai Kaisika Ekadasi, Tirukarthikai – November or December
Margazhi Rapathu, Pagal Pathu and Vaikunta Ekadashi – December or January
Aadhi Tiruvarangam Perumal Temple
Chinnamailam Arulmigu Subramaniya Temple
Atulya Nadeswarar Temple
Maha Kaleswarar Temple
Selva Lalithambikai Temple
The nearest airport is Pondicherry airport, approximately 40 km from Viluppuram. Pondicherry Airport is connected to Bangalore by commercial airlines. The nearest major airport is the Chennai International Airport, approximately 147 km from the town, the next closest major airport is Tiruchirapalli Airport, approximately 160 km from the town.
Viluppuram has a well-known railway station. The Viluppuram Railway Junction at Viluppuram serves as the distribution point of rail traffic from Chennai, the state capital of Tamil Nadu, towards the southern part of the state.
Viluppuram is well connected by roads to major cities and to the rest of the state. Villupuram has the longest National roads of any district in Tamil Nadu, which connects all the major cities.
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.