Sri Deyva Nayaga Perumal Temple, also known as ‘Sree Devanathaswamy Temple’ (or) Thiruvaheendrapuram Temple is situated in the village of Thiruvanthipuram, Cuddalore district of Tamil Nadu. Sri Deyva Nayaga Perumal Temple is revered as one of the 108 Divya Desam temples, dedicated to Lord Vishnu. This temple has a five tiered Rajagopuram (monumental tower) and contains two Pragharams (precincts). Sri Deyva Nayaga Perumal temple is glorified in Nalayira Divya Prabandham, a Vaishnava canon, and mangalaasanam (devotional songs) were sang by the 12 azhwar saints. This temple is closely associated with Swami Vedanta Desika, a Sri Vaishnava guru and one of the most brilliant stalwarts of Sri Vaishnavism in the post-Ramanuja period.
Swami Vedanta Desika was said to be spend so many years in this sacred hill and worshiped Lord Narsimha and Garuda, the bull mount of Lord Vishnu. As a result, Garuda appeared to him and initiated him Hayagriva Upasana to attain religious knowledge to a greater extent. The legend says that Adi Sesha, the serpent mount of Lord Vishnu, have created this sacred shrine of Lord Devanatha Perumal and it also said to have created the Sesha theertham. Hence Aheendran (Adiseshan) created this temple, this temple is called as Thiruvaheendrapuram. Garuda, the bull mount of Lord Vishnu was said to have created the Garuda nadi theertham of the temple.
The presiding deity of this Deyva Nayaga Perumal Temple is Lord Devanatha Perumal, also called as Moovaragiya Oruvan, the manifestation of Trinity (Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva) found in a standing posture facing towards the east direction. The presiding deity is also called by the names Devanathian, Divishannathan vibuthanathan, Daasasathiyan, Adiyavarkku Meyyan, Ninraruliya Mahavishnu, Ezhisai naada Perumaan. And the Goddess of this temple is called as Hemambujavalli Thayaar also called as Goddess Vaikunda Nayagi.
The special significance of this Sri Deyva Nayaga Perumal Temple is that the top hill of the temple enshrines the shrine of Lord Hayagiva, the embodiment of knowledge and learning. The other deities of this temple are Lord Narasimha, Lord Dakshinamurthy, Lord Rama, Lord Venugopala, azhwars, Lord Pallikonda Perumal, Lord Lakshmi Narasimhan, Goddess Andal, Garuda, Vishvaksena, Acharyas, Lord Aheendrapuranathan and Sri Vedanta Desikar. The Vimanam (tower above the sanctum sanctorum) of Sri Deyva Nayaga Perumal temple is Chandra vimanam, and Sudhdhasatva vimanam. The Theerthams (temple tank) of this temple are Garuda nadi theertham, Chandra theertham, and Sesha Theertham.
The temple remains open from 6.00 AM to 11.00 AM in the morning and in the evening from 4.30 PM to 8.00 PM.
- Chithirai Brahhmotsavam – April/May
- Vaikasi Visakam and Vasanth Utsavam – May/June
- Narasimha Jayanthi and Aadi Pooram – July/August
- Aavani Pavithra Utsavam – August/September
- Krishna Jayanthi – September/October
- Diwali – October/November
- Karthikai Festival – November/December
- Hanumath Jayanthi and Vaikunda Ekadasi – December/January
- Makar Sankranthi – January/February
- Rama Navami – March/April
National Highway NH-45A (the Villupuram–Pondicherry–Cuddalore–Chidambaram–Nagapattinam Highway) passes through Cuddalore. Three state highways connect Cuddalore with other parts of Tamil Nadu.
The nearest railway station to reach Sri Deyva Nayaga Perumal temple is Thirupadirippuliyur and Cuddalore Port Junction. A number of trains passing through Cuddalore provide connectivity to cities like Madurai, Thirupathy, Tirunelveli, Tiruchendur, Karaikal, Thanjavur, Tiruchirapalli, Mannargudi etc.
Nearest Airport is at Chennai, Tamil Nadu, which is just 175 km away from Cuddalore.
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