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Sri Bhaktavatsala Perumal Temple (Tirukannamangai), Thanjavur - Divya Desam 18

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Sri Bhaktavatsala Perumal Temple (Tirukannamangai), Thanjavur - Divya Desam 18
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 18 - Sri Bhaktavatsala Perumal Temple:

Moolavar : Bhaktavatsala Perumal
Urchavar : Perum Purakadal
Amman / Thayar : Kannamangai Nayaki-Abishekavalli
Thala Virutcham : Magizha Maram
Theertham : Darshana Pushkarini
Old year : 2000-3000 years old
Historical Name : Lakshmi Vanam
City : Tirukanna Mangai
District : Tiruvarur
State : Tamil Nadu

Thiru Kannamangai Bhaktavatsalam Divya Desam is located about 25kms South of Thirucherai Divya Desam on the Kumbakonam-Thiruvarur road between two rivers – OdamPokki in the South and Virutha Cauvery in the North.

Sri Bhaktavatsala Perumal Temple (Tirukannamangai), Thanjavur - Divya Desam 18

History & Legend:

When the milk ocean was churned, after the appearance of the Karpaga Tree and Kamadenu, Mother Mahalakshmi appeared finally. Enticed by the handsomeness of Perumal, She decided to have His hand in wedding, came to this place and began Her penance to realize the wish. Knowing Her mind, Lord Vishnu asked Vishwakseana to fix a Muhurt, the auspicious day for the wedding. He then granted darshan to Mother. The wedding took place with all divine pomp and splendour in the presence of all Devas – Mupathu Mukkodi-90 crore in number. As Lord Perumal came out of the milk ocean for Mother Mahalakshmi, He is praised as Perum Pura Kadal – Kadal in Tamil means ocean.
The place is also praised as Lakshmi Vanam as Mother performed penance here and as Krishna Mangala Kshetra as the divine wedding took place here.

Sri Bhaktavatsala Perumal Temple (Tirukannamangai), Thanjavur - Divya Desam 18
Besides being one of the celebrated 108 Divya Desas of Lord Vishnu, the temple also qualifies the six criterias of Vimana, Aaranya, Mandap, Theertha Kshetra importance, River, City importance to be called a Saptha Punya Kshetra or Sapthamrutha Kshetra. All the Devas in the celestial world gathered here to witness and participate in the divine wedding of Lord Vishnu with Mother Mahalakshmi. They wished that this darshan should be available to them for ever. They took the form of honey-bees, built nests and stayed here to realize their wish.

Sri Bhaktavatsala Perumal Temple (Tirukannamangai), Thanjavur - Divya Desam 18
Even today, a honey nest exists on the northern side of Mother’s shrine the antiquity of which is not known to anybody. This is a miracle in this Divya desam. It is believed that a one day stay in the place will bring total salvation to the soul. As Lord rushes to the rescue of His devotees so fast with the speed of Steam-Aavi in Tamil, He is praised as Bhakthar Aavi which later changed as Bhatharavi. Perumal’s Vimana is of Utpala design. It is also believed that the place is protected by Lord Shiva in all four directions in four forms. Though Vishwakseana appears with four hands in Vishnu temples, He appears with only two hands here as he came here to have the audience of Mother Mahalakshmi for Perumal on an occasion.

Sri Bhaktavatsala Perumal Temple (Tirukannamangai), Thanjavur - Divya Desam 18
During Lord Vishnu’s Vamana Avatar, when He raised one of His legs up to the sky, Lord Brahmma worshipped the leg with abishek from the water of His Kamanadala bowl. A drop of this abishek water fell here, now praised as the sacred spring Darshana Pushkarini. When Chandra-Moon was wandering here for relief of a curse, he sighted this Pushkarini, his curse disappearing at once. Lord did the abishek to Mother with this spring water and made Her His consort. Hence, Mother is called Abishekavalli.

Acharya Nadhamunigal, who edited the devotional verses of 12 Alwars under the caption Nalayira Divya Prapandam, had a disciple named Tirukanna Mangai Andan. His mission in life was to serve Lord, clean the temple and place him at Lord’s feet. While he was chanting the Vedas one day, suddenly he took the form of a dog, entered into the sanctum sanctorum and merged with Perumal as a Jyoti. A festival dedicated to him on the Tiruvonam star day in the month of Aani – June-July is devotionally celebrated. The place is named after him as Tirukanna Mangai.

Sri Bhaktavatsala Perumal Temple (Tirukannamangai), Thanjavur - Divya Desam 18
Sri Garuda Bhagwan, the celebrated vehicle of Lord Vishnu in the temple is colossal in size gracing the devotees. Those seeking removal of obstacle in wedding proposals, child boon and job seekers go round Him for realizing their wishes.
Varuna the Lord of Rain, Sage Romasa, all Devas-Mupathu Mukkodi in number, had the darshan of Lord in this temple.

Temple Timings:

The temple is open from 08:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and from 05:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

How to Reach:

One can take a bus from Kumbakonam via Tirucherai. One can also reach Kannamangai from Thiruvarur (about 7 kms West of Thiruvarur). From Mayavaram, one can take the Tiruvarur road to reach Thiru Kannamangai.

Temple Contact Details:

Bhaktavatsala Perumal Koil
Thiru Kannamangai
Kudaivaasal Taluk
Thiruvarur District 610 104.
Phone: 04366-278288 ; 98658 34676.
Priest : P.K. Ramaswamy Bhattar @ 92454 89881 or 98424 65956


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