Thiruvanparisaram Sri Kuralappa Perumal Temple, also known as ‘Thiruvazhmarban Temple’ is located at the village of Thiruppathisaram, Kanyakumari District of Tamil Nadu. Sri Kuralappa Perumal Temple is revered as one of the 108 Divya Desam temples, dedicated to Lord Vishnu and also called as ‘Thiruvanparisaram’. It is said that the mother of Nammazhwar, one of the twelve azhwar saints of Tamil Nadu, who are known for their affiliation to the Vaishnava tradition of Hinduism, was born in Thiruvanparisaram village.
The exact date year about the construction of the temple was unknown. The major renovations of the temple was done by the King Kulashekhara, one of the twelve azhwar saints and Thirumalai Nayak, the most notable of the thirteen Madurai Nayak rulers in the 17th century. The legend says that the two couples named Udaya Nangai and Kaarimaran, got married at Thiruvanparisaram. Since they had no children, they visited Thirukurungudi temple, where Lord Nambi is the presiding deity, and prayed to Lord Nambi for child boon. Lord Nambi appeared before the couple and said that He Himself will be born to them and asked them to take the child to a the Tamarind tree at Thirunagari.
He also said that the child would bring them a great reputation. As Lord Nambi said, Udaya Nangai gave birth to a male child on Visaka Star day, which was a poornima full moon day. They took the child to Thirunagari as told by Lord Nambi, in a golden carrycot. The child suddenly climbed on the tree with Gnana Mudra, the most common yogic mudra used in meditation which refers to ‘Wisdom’. The child was believed to be in penance for 16 years. This is one of the sacred event which took place at the holy village Thiruvanparisaaram.
The presiding deity of this Thiruvanparisaram Sri Kuralappa Perumal Temple is Lord Thiruvazhmarban also called as Kuralappa Perumal (Lord Vishnu). The deity is 9 feet tall and is made of a special element called Kastusarkara yogam, Mustard and Jaggery paste. Since the presiding deity is made of Mustard and Jaggery paste, no Abishekam (bathing Pooja) is performed to the deity. Goddess Mahalakshmi is found on the chest of the lord. And Lord Kuralappa Perumal holds his weapons Shangu and Chakra in His hands. The Indra mandapam (hall) of the temple has a special paintings of Dashavatharam of Lord Vishnu, the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu.
The other deities of the Thiruvanparisaram Sri Kuralappa Perumal Temple are Goddess Sridevi, Goddess Bhoodevi, Lord Ganesha, Lord Rama, Garuda (the bull mount of Lord Vishnu), Vishwaksenar, saint Nammazhwar, and Lord Nataraja etc. This temple is glorified in Nalayira Divya Prabandham, a Vaishnava canon, and mangalaasanam (devotional song) was sang by the azhwar saint Nammazhwar. The Theertham (temple tank) of Sri Kuralappa Perumal temple is called Lakshmi theertham.
The temple remains open from morning 4.30 AM to 12.30 PM and in the evening from 5.00 PM to 8.00 PM.
- Poornima day – May/June
- Thiruvonam – January/February
- Krishna Jayanthi – August/September
- Vaikuntha Ekadasi – December/January
- Annual Bhramotsavam – April to May
There are a wide network of public and private bus services which provide number of internal and interstate transportation facilities to Kanyakumari. NH 7 and NH 47 join Kanyakumari to various other major cities of the country.
The nearest railway stations are Kanyakumari station, Nagercoil station, Eraniel station and Kuzhithurai station.
The nearest airport to reach Kanyakumari is the Trivandrum international airport and the domestic Tuticorin airport.
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