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Sri Aadhikesava Perumal Temple (Thiruvattaru) Kerala - Divya Desam 92

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Sri Aadhikesava Perumal Temple (Thiruvattaru) Kerala - Divya Desam 92
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.

Sri Aadhikesava Perumal Temple (Thiruvattaru) Kerala - Divya Desam 92

Divya Desam 92 - Sri Aadhikesava Perumal Temple:

NAMAVALI : Sri Maragadhavalli nayiga sameda Sri Aadikesava parabramane namaha

Sri Aadhikesava Perumal Temple (Thiruvattaru) Kerala - Divya Desam 92
Located about 30kms from Nagercoil off Marthandam near the Kerala - Tamil Nadu border and one of the 13 Malai Naatu Divya Desams is the Adi Kesava Perumal Koil. This is one of the oldest temples in this region. Though this Divya Desam is located in Tamil Nadu, there are no big temple towers that are typical of Divya Desams in Tamil Nadu. The temple has been built in typical Kerala style on a 3 acre land. All poojas are in Kerala style - Thaanthriga Vithi and the priest is from Kerala as well.

Sri Aadhikesava Perumal Temple (Thiruvattaru) Kerala - Divya Desam 92

History & Legend:

Lord Adikesava Perumal graces in a reclining form, longer than Lords of this form in the 108 Perumal shrines. He is facing west, his eyes set on Tiruvananthapuram Lord Anandapadmanabaswami. It is a rare form that Perumal facing west with His left hand hanging and the right assuring the devotee – Abhayahastha. His head and feet are south-north directions respectively. Mother Maragathavalli Nachiar graces with Lord.

Sri Aadhikesava Perumal Temple (Thiruvattaru) Kerala - Divya Desam 92
Due to an error in the conduct of a yajna by Lord Brahmma, two demons appeared from the fire – Kesan and Kesi. They caused all troubles to Sages and Devas. They came to Lord Vishnu for protection. Lord killed Kesan and used Kesi as a pillow for his bed. The demon’s wife, to avenge the Lord, called Rivers Ganga and Tambiraparani to help her. They came in spate to wash off the Lord. Mother Earth simply raised the ground level where Perumal was reclining. Both Rivers went round the Lord, prayed to Him and continued to flow round as two garlands. This event is mentioned in Nammalvar’s Mangalasasanam hymn.

Sri Aadhikesava Perumal Temple (Thiruvattaru) Kerala - Divya Desam 92
As Perumal destroyed demon Kesan, He is named Kesava Perumal. Kesi tried his best to escape from the Lord with his 12 hands. Lord put 12 Rudrakshas in his hand and foiled his escape bid. 12 Shiva temples came into being through these Rudrakshas around Tiruvattaru. During Shivrathri, devotees run to cover all the 12 Siva temples and end the prayer with Lord Shiva at the feet of Adikesava Perumal. The practice continues even today.

Sri Aadhikesava Perumal Temple (Thiruvattaru) Kerala - Divya Desam 92
The idol of Perumal is made of a mixture of materials called Kadu Sarkarai Yogam with 16,008 Salagrama stones (stones with Narayana forms). The devotee has to worship Perumal through three entrances. The procession deity in a standing form graces with Mothers Sridevi and Bhoodevi. There is no Lotus or Brahma on the naval of Perumal. It is believed that the devotee worshipping Perumal here would have no further births. Garuda, Sun, deities of the five weapons (Panchayudha), demons Madhu and Kaidaba are in the sanctum sanctorum. Maharshi Hadhaleya is near the head of the Lord. Between the 3rd and 9th day of Puratasi and Panguni, during dusk, Sun’s rays directly falls on the Lord inside the sanctum, almost as a mark of respect from the Sun God to Adi Kesava Perumal.

Sri Aadhikesava Perumal Temple (Thiruvattaru) Kerala - Divya Desam 92
The temple is older than Anantha Padmanabha Swamy temple in Trivandrum (about 50kms from here). Adi Kesava Perumal is said to be the elder brother of Anantha Padmanabhan and hence, this place is referred to as Aadhi Ananthapuram. This temple is also known as Chera Naatu Srirangam.

Sri Aadhikesava Perumal Temple (Thiruvattaru) Kerala - Divya Desam 92
Festival: Onam, Aipasi Brahmmotsavam in October-November, Purattasi Saturdays in September-October, Vaikunda Ekadasi in December-January are the festivals celebrated in the temple. Theerthavaari, is one of the grand utsavam done in this sthalam. Pushpanjali is yet another important utsavam done in this temple where lots of flowers are offered to the Perumal.

Temple Timings:

The temple is open from 05:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and from 05:00 p.m. to 08:00 p.m.


This sthalam is situated next to Thoduvetti in Kerala. We can also reach this sthalam by getting down in Thoduvetti while traveling in Bus which starts from Trivandrum to Nagarkoil. After getting down in Thoduvettin, we have to catch another bus and travel around 6 miles to reach this sthalam. There is no lodgying facility. 30 kms from Nagarkoil.

Sri Aadhikesava Perumal Temple (Thiruvattaru) Kerala - Divya Desam 92

Temple Address & Contact Info:

Arulmigu Aadhi Kesava Perumal Thirukkoil,
Thiruvattaru - 629177,
Kanyakumari District,
Tamil Nadu.
Contact : Kesavan Namboodari @ 043651 283320 or 93455 48039
Mohan Kumar - Manager @ 94425 77047


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