Thirukkoodaloor Sri Aaduthurai Perumal Temple also known by ‘Jagath Rakshaka Perumal Temple’ is situated in Vadakurangaduthurai village of Kumbakonam, Tamilnadu. This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and also one of the 108 Divya Desam Temples. Sri Aaduthurai Perumal Temple is also called by the names Jakath Rakshaka Perumal Temple, Thirukoodalur Temple, Vayyam Kaatha Perumal Temple, and Sangama Kshetram.
The legend says King Ambarisha, the great devotee of Lord Vishnu, involved himself in worshipping Lord Vishnu, and this led to lose his kingdom. Upon everything, he continued worshipping Lord Vishnu with an immense concentration on meditation. And he did not notice the Sage Durvas who passed by, when he was in mediation. The sage got angry by the ignorance of the king and cursed the king. The King Ambarisha went to Lord Vishnu praying for his relieve from the curse.
And it is said that Lord Vishnu threw His Discus to chase the sage. The sage finally begged Lord Vishnu to forgive him. Hence it is said that the King Ambarisha built this temple and so the main deity of this temple is also called as Lord Ambarisha Varadhar. Many other legendries are told by the legends regarding this temple.
Sri Vayyam Kaatha Perumal is the presiding deity of this Sri Aaduthurai Perumal Temple, stands facing the east direction, and also called by the names Jeghathratshakan, Uyyavanthaar and Ambarisha Varadhar. The other main deities of this temple are Lord Ramanujar, Azhwars, Goddess Andal and Garuda (the vehicle of Lord Vishnu). In this temple, Nandhaga Rishi along with all Devars will be given the grand Prathyaksham of Lord Sriman Narayanan. Hence this Sthalam is called as Thirukkoodaloor.
Since all the holy rivers comes to river Cauvery for cleaning themselves from the sin left out by the devotees. The holy river Cauvery approached Lord Brahma that river Cauvery wanted to cleanse herself. Lord Brahma asked river Cauvery to worship Lord Vishnu. And as a result river Cauvery got purified by worshipping Lord Vishnu at this place. The Vimanam (tower above the sanctum) of this temple Sri Aaduthurai Perumal Temple is called Suddha Satwa Vimana. Sri Aaduthurai Perumal Temple is respected and glorified in Nalayira Divya Prabandham, and one hymn is sung by Thirumazhisai Alwar.
- Ushathkala Pooja – 7 a.m.
- Kalasanthi Pooja – 8:00 a.m.
- Uchikala Pooja – 12:00 p.m.
- Sayarakshai Pooja – 5:00 p.m.
- Irandamkala Pooja – 6:00 p.m.
- Ardha Jama Pooja – 7:30 p.m.
- Brahmotsavam festival – May or June
- Vaikunta Ekadasi – December or January
- Chithirai – April or May
There are regular government and private bus services to Chennai, Thanjavur, Mannargudi, Tiruchirapalli, Chidambaram, Nagapattinam, Coimbatore, Madurai, Pondicherry, and Tirunelveli. The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) operates daily services from Bangalore and Mysore to Kumbakonam and other major places.
Kumbakonam is connected by rail with most important towns and cities in South India. The Mysore- Mayiladuthurai Express connects Kumbakonam with Mysore and Bangalore. There are regular express trains that connect Kumbakonam with all major cities.
The nearest international airport is at Tiruchirapalli, which is 91 km (57 mi) from Kumbakonam.
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