Thirupper Nagar Sri Appakkudathaan Perumal Temple is situated in Koviladi village of Thiruchirappalli, Tamilnadu. This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and also one of the 108 Divya Desam Temples. Sri Appakkudathaan Perumal Temple said to be mostly contributed by Chola dynasties. The mythology says that the as a result of sin, King Ubhamanya was cursed by the Saint Durvasar and lost all his power. And to get rid of the sin, the king was asked to go to Thirupper Nagar and to feed one lakh people there every day.
As asked by the saint, the king started feeding one lakh people at Thirupper Nagar every day. And one day, as a result of testing the king, Lord Vishnu appeared as an old man and asked the king for the meal. The king started feeding to the old man. The old man consumed all the food which was prepared for one lakh people for a day. The king got confused by seeing this but kept calm and asked the old man with respect whether he need anything else. And the old man asked for a pot full of Nei Appam (a kind of sweet).
The king arranged for it and gave it to the old man. And as soon as the old man received the Appam, the king got relieved of his curse and got blessings from Lord Vishnu in His original form. Because of this reason, the Lord Vishnu is well known as Appakkudathaan in this temple and even today Appam is offered as a special offering to the presiding deity here.
Lord Vishnu is worshipped at Appakkudathaan Perumal Temple by the name Lord Appala Rangan, the presiding deity of this temple in reclining posture facing the west direction. This Appakkudathaan Perumal Temple constitutes of 3-tiered Rajagopuram, and the Moolavar (Appala Rangan) is seen holding a pot in His right hand, and surrounded by Goddess Bhooma Devi and Goddess Kamala Valli Thaayar. The other deities of this temple are Lord Ganesha, Saint Nammazhwar, Ramanujar, Lord Lakshmi Narayanar and Lord Venugopalan.
Sri Appakkudathaan Perumal Temple is said to be one of the Panacharanga Kshetrams (five temples) situated on the banks of river Cauvery, dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The Panacharanga Kshetrams are:
- Sri Ranganatha Swamy Temple, Srirangam
- Parimala Ranganatha Perumal Temple, Mayiladuthurai
- Sarangapani Temple, Kumbakonam
- Sri Appakkudathan Temple, Trichy
- Sri Ranganatha Temple, Srirangapatna (Karnataka)
The idols of king Ubhamanya and king Dhurvarsa can be seen in the sanctum of this temple. Sri Appakkudathaan Perumal Temple is also respected in the Nalayira Divya Prabandham and have sung hymns by Periyazhwar, Thirumangai Azhwar, Thirumalisai Azhwar and Nammazhwar. Sri Appakkudathaan Perumal Temple is believed to be the place where Saint Periyazhwar attained salvation. It is believed that Lord Appakkudathaan Perumal in this temple will not go out from the Sthalam as well from the hearts of His devotees.
- Kalasanthi Pooja – 8:30 a.m.
- Uchikala Pooja – 10:00 a.m.
- Sayarakshai Pooja – 6:00 p.m.
- Ardha Jama Pooja – 8:00 p.m.
- Chariot festival – April or May
- Vaikunta Ekadashi – December or January
- Navarathri – September or October
- Butter pot breaking ceremony (Uri Adi)
Trichy has well maintained National High ways connected with all major cities like Chennai, Nagerkovil etc.
Trichy Railway station is well connected with all railway stations in Tamilnadu and has plenty of express and passenger trains from Chennai, Madurai, and Tirunelveli etc.
Trichy City has Airport with domestic and international flights from Chennai, Bangalore, Colombo, Sharjah etc.
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