A closeup view behind the tower at Sri Devaadi Raja Perumal Temple
A closeup view behind the tower at Sri Devaadi Raja Perumal Temple

Sri Devaadi Raja Perumal Temple, also known as Sri Devadirajan Temple is located at Thiruvazhunthoor, Therazhundur village, Tanjore district of Tamil Nadu and also revered as one of the 108 Divya Desam temples, dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Sri Devaadi Raja Perumal temple is also called by the names Azhundoor, Azhundhai, Therazhundhoor. Sri Devaadi Raja Perumal temple is glorified in Nalayira Divya Prabandham, a Vaishnava canon, and mangalaasanam (devotional songs) were sang by the 12 azhwar saints. The great Tamil poet Kambar, who wrote Kambaramayanam, the Tamil version of Ramayana, one of the great works of Indian literature, was believed to be born at this place.

The presiding deity of this Sri Devaadi Raja Perumal Temple is Lord Sri Devaadi Rajan, found in a standing posture, facing towards the east direction. The presiding deity stands at a height of 10 feet, gives Dharshan along with Garuda, the bull mount of Lord Vishnu, in His left and Prahaladha, the devotee of Lord Vishnu, and sage Markandeya Maharishi found to His right. The deity holds Gadhayudham, the weapon of Lord Vishnu, in His left hand and river goddess Cauvery is found kneeling at His lotus feet. The various mounts used for the deity at this temple are Adisesha, Surya Prabhai, Indra Vimanam, horse and elephant.

The Goddess of this Sri Devaadi Raja Perumal Temple is Sengamalavalli Thayaar. And the mounts used for the goddess are Surya Prabhai, Yali, Swan, elephant and lion. The festival deity of this temple is Amaruviappan (Lord Vishnu), and the other deities of this temple are Goddess Andal, azhwar saints, Lord Vasudeva, Lord Narasimha, Lord Rama, Goddess Sita, Lakshmanan, Lord Hanuman, Sri Vishwaksenar, the chief of Lord Vishnu’s army).

The Vimanam (tower above the sanctum sanctorum) of the Sri Devaadi Raja Perumal Temple is called as Garuda Vimanam. The name of the vimanam has a story that the Garuda, the bull mount of Lord Vishnu, was presented a vimanam and a vairamudi (crown) by Dhevendran (Lord Indra). And Dhevendran asked Garuda to place it in a suitable Divya Desam. Garuda placed Vairamudi to Thirunarayanapuram and the Vimanam to Therazhundur temple. Since then the Vimanam is called as Garuda Vimanam. The Pushkarani (temple tank) of Sri Devaadi Raja Perumal Temple is called as Darshana Pushkarani.

Pooja Timings

The temple remains open from 7.30 AM to 12.00 noon in the morning and in the evening from 5.00 PM to 8.30 PM.

Festivals

  • Sri Ramar Utsavam – April/May
  • Brahma Utsavam – May/June
  • Sri Andal Utsavam – July/August
  • Sri Jayanthi Utsavam – August/September
  • Deepa Utsavam – November/December
  • Pagal Patthu Utsavam – December/January
  • Thai Month Garuda Seva Festival – January/February
  • Magam Utsavam – February/March
By Road

Thanjavur has a well-maintained sub-urban public transport system. Government and private buses operate frequently to major cities and towns.


By Train

Thanjavur railway junction has three rail heads leading to Tiruchirapalli, Kumbakonam and Thiruvarur. Thanjavur is connected by rail with most important cities and towns in India.


By Air

The nearest airport is Tiruchirapalli International Airport.

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