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Sri Purushothama Perumal Temple (ThiruVan Purshothamam), Seerkazhi - Divya Desam 32

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Sri Purushothama Perumal Temple (ThiruVan Purshothamam), Seerkazhi - Divya Desam 32
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 32 - Sri Purushothama Perumal Temple:

NAMAVALI : Sri Purushothamanayagi sameda Sri Purushothama parabramane namaha
Sthala Vruksham : Pala, Vazhai

Thirunangoor is one of the 108 Divyadesas. Thirumangai Azhwar in his Mangalasasanam sings the deity here as Ayodhya Rama. Not only those who sing the glory of this lord but even those listening reap the benefits.

The Lord fulfills the desire of a devotee chanting Vishnu Sahasranama for 48 days continuously and completes this fasting with a special puja on the last day. The Lord shows a solution to any problem of the devotee. There is no special Sannidhi for Vanpurushothaman in other Vaishnava temple. Acharya Manavala Mamunigal spent two years in the shrine in the service of the Lord. There are three Anjaneyars here, one before Ramar Sannidhi appearing in all humility covering the mouth with both hands.

There will be no weeds in the Thiruparkadal; It is in the north of the temple. The Lord is very fond of the Shenbaga flowers.

Sri Purushothama Perumal Temple (ThiruVan Purshothamam), Seerkazhi - Divya Desam 32

History & Legend:

We have the Saivism story of Thirugnanasambandar to whom mother Parvathi fed the milk. We have in Vaishnavism a similar incident of the Lord creating a milk ocean itself for a hungry child. The Lord is Vanpurushothman. The Lord is worshipped here as Sri Rama.

Maharshi Vyakrapatha came to the garden in the temple with his child Upamanyu. He went into the garden for picking flowers leaving the child in the entrance. The child cried for the father and for milk, as it was hungry. Hearing the child crying, the Lord created a milk ocean. Mother Purushothamanayaki fed the child. This is the only Divya Desa temple, where Maha Vishnu is known as Purushothaman.

Sri Purushothama Perumal Temple (ThiruVan Purshothamam), Seerkazhi - Divya Desam 32
The presiding deity faces the east in a standing position along with his consorts Sridevi and Bhoodevi. Goddess Mother Purushothama Nayaki is in the southwest corner of the temple in a sitting pose. Andal, Rama, Sita Lakshmana, Anjaneya, Nammazhwar, Udayavar (Ramanuja), Senai Mudaliar are in the inner roundway of the temple.

Sri Purushothama Perumal Temple (ThiruVan Purshothamam), Seerkazhi - Divya Desam 32
10 days Brahmmotsavam in the month of Panguni (March-April), Pavithra Utsav in Avani (September-October) and Garuda Sevai on the next day of New moon day in Thai (January-February) are festival days in the temple.

Temple Timings:

09:00 am to 11:30 am ; 06:00 pm to 08:00 pm.

Sri Purushothama Perumal Temple (ThiruVan Purshothamam), Seerkazhi - Divya Desam 32

How to Reach:

The temple lies on the Sirkali-Nagapattinam route. The visitor should get down at the Annan Perumal Koil stop and walk about 2 kms eastward. Sufficient bus conveyance is available from Sirkali, which is 9 kms from here. Nearest railway station is Sirkali and airport Trichy.

Temple Contact Details:

Arulmigu VanPurushotthaman Thirukkoil,
Thirunangur – 609 106
Nagapattinam District.
Tamil Nadu.
Phone: 94869 09166 or 04364 266542 or 04364 256221.


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