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Sri Devadhirajan Perumal Temple (Therezhundur), Mayiladuthurai - Divya Desam 20

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Sri Devadhirajan Perumal Temple (Therezhundur), Mayiladuthurai - Divya Desam 20
Divya Desams refer to the 108 Vishnu temples that are mentioned in the works of the Tamil Azhvars (saints). Divya in the Tamil language indicates "premium" and Desam indicates "place" (temple). Of the 108 temples, 105 are located in India, one in Nepal and two outside of the Earthly realms. Most of the Divya Desams in Tamil Nadu follow the Thenkalai tradition. This includes the important temples of Srirangam and Triplicane.

The Divya Desams are revered by the 12 Azhvars in the Divya Prabandha, a collection of 4,000 Tamil verses. Lord Shiva, the other major deity in Hinduism, is similarly associated with the Paadal Petra Sthalams, 275 Shiva temples which are praised in the Tevaram canon by the 63 Nayanars.

Divya Desam 20 - Sri Devadhirajan Perumal Temple:

Moolavar : Devadhirajan, Aamaruviappan
Urchavar : Aamaruviappan
Amman / Thayar : Sengamalavalli
Theertham : Darshana Pushkarini
Old year : 1000-2000 years old
Historical Name : Therezhundur
Pushkarani : Dharsana Pushkarani, River Cauvery.
Vimanam : Garuda Vimaanam.
City : Therezhundur.
District : Nagapattinam
State : Tamil Nadu

Sri Devaadi Raja Perumal, or Thiruvazhunthoor, is a Hindu temple situated in Thiruvazhunthoor, Therazhundur, a village in Tanjore district of Tamil Nadu. It lies in between Mayavaram junction and Kuttalam railway station on the main railway line between Chennai (Madras) and Tanjore. It is one of the "Divya Desams", the 108 temples of Vishnu revered by the 12 poet saints, or Alwars.

Sri Devadhirajan Perumal Temple (Therezhundur), Mayiladuthurai - Divya Desam 20
Once Brahma took away the herd of cows which were grazing around in Gokulam while Krishna was having bath on the banks of Yamuna, and brought them to Thiru Vazhandur. Krishna came back and through his powers found out what had happened. Instantly, he created the same number of cows at Gokulam.

Realising his folly, Brahma approached Krishna and requested him to give darshan at Thiru Vazhandur. Accepting his request, Krishna appears as Aamaruviyappan (Gosakan in Sanskrit) in his ‘divine form’ along with a cow by the side of his back and a calf in front of him, a beautiful sight that one is not witness to in any of the other Krishnaranya Divya Desam Kshetram. This is a speciality of this Krishnaranya Kshetram.

The other Krishnaranya Kshetrams are Thiru Kannangudi, Kapisthalam, Thiru Kannapuram and Thiru Kannamangai.

Sri Devadhirajan Perumal Temple (Therezhundur), Mayiladuthurai - Divya Desam 20
King Uparisiravasu was travelling in the sky on his chariot. He had a boon that anything on which the shade of his chariot falls, would be burnt. On one such occasion, the divine cows suffered the burns as the shade of the chariot fell on them. Lord Vishnu, noticing this, wanted to teach a lesson to the king. He placed His feet on the shade of his chariot. His chariot was brought to earth and was caught in the sand. His pride also came to an end. As the chariot (Ther) was caught under the earth, the place came to be known as Therezhundur (Ther= Chariot).

Unique Features:

Sri Devadhirajan Perumal Temple (Therezhundur), Mayiladuthurai - Divya Desam 20
Indra once presented Garuda a gold ornament and a vimanam. It is said that Garuda gave the Vimanam at this temple at Thiru Vazhandur (the Gold ornament was given to Thiru Narayanan at Melkote near Mysore). Happy at this gesture of Garuda, the Lord accorded him a special status at this temple with a position alongside him at the sanctum sanctorum, a unique feature at a Divya Desam. Normally one finds Garuda opposite the Lord but here he is seen next to the Lord Himself.

Prahalad who had seen an aggressive and angry Lord Vishnu killing Hiranyakashipu in his Narasimha Avataar undertook penance here wanting to see a softer, quieter version of the Lord. Legend has it that the Lord gave darshan to Prahalad here in his not so ‘angry form’. One finds Prahalad alongside DevathiRajan, another unique feature.

Sri Devadhirajan Perumal Temple (Therezhundur), Mayiladuthurai - Divya Desam 20
Sage Agasthya wanted to wed Cauvery. When she refused, the sage locked her here. Cauvery escaped from this place only to be cursed by the Sage who said " Let the place where Cauvery goes be in trouble'. Cauvery undertook penance here at TherEzhendur to get liberated from the curse of Sage Agasthiya.

This is the birth place of the famous Tamil poet Kamban (Kamban wrote the Kamba Ramayana in Tamil). There is a separate sannidhi for Kamban at this temple. The place where Kamban resided, on the Sannidhi street, has now been turned into a beautiful new ‘Kamban Mandapam’.

It is believed that this was the place where Sage Markandeya performed penance here to get Moksham.

Sri Devadhirajan Perumal Temple (Therezhundur), Mayiladuthurai - Divya Desam 20
Lord Perumal and Lord Shiva were playing dais one day. Mother Parvathi was the judge. While rolling the dais confusion arose. Mother Parvathi favoured Perumal. Angry Shiva cursed Her to become a cow. Mothers Mahalakshmi and Saraswathi also joined Her as cows. Perumal became the shepherd. Aa in Tamil means cow. Hence Lord is also praised as Aamaruviappan ruling this region.

Temple Timings:

The temple is open from 07:30 AM to 12:00 Noon and 05:00 PM to 08:30 PM.

How to Reach:

Bus : From Mayavaram, take bus going to Kumbakonam, get down at Komal Road stop( 9 kms from Mayavaram). Take another bus to Ther Ezhendur ( 2kms from there)Bus Nos. 10A, 10B, 10C ply directly from Mayavaram to Ther Ezhendur. There is also a direct bus (No. 33) from Kumbakonam.
Auto : Auto will charge about Rs. 30 from Komal Road bus stop
Nearest Rail Head : Kutralam Railway Station on the Kumbakonam-Mayavaram route is about 4 kms from here.
(There was a railway station for Ther Ezhendur before but does not exist now)

Temple Contact Details:

Ther Ezhendur Devathi Rajan Perumal Temple
Sannidhi Street, Ther Ezhendur 609 808
Priest : Srinivasan Bhattar / Venkatesh Bhattar Contact : 04364-237952 ; 9003461610 ; 8056869235 ; 9944039572 ; 9791769942.


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