Sri Loganatha Perumal Temple is located at ‘Thirukannangudi’, Sikkal, Nagapatnam district of Tamilnadu, dedicated to Lord Vishnu and also one of the 108 Divya Desam Temples. Loganatha Perumal Temple is built in a Dravidian style and the temple has a five-tiered structured Rajagopuram. The legend says that the great sage Vashita made an idol of Lord Krishna (an avatar of Lord Vishnu) out of butter. As Lord Krishna pleased by his great devotion, the butter idol did not melt for many years. The sage continued worshipping the butter idol of Lord Krishna.
One day, as a result of testing the sage Vashita, Lord Krishna took the form of a little boy and started eating the butter idol. While seeing this, the saint started chasing the little boy, when the boy crossing a tree called Magizha tree, he was caught by the rishis’s who were doing penance there. The rishi’s tied the little boy in the tree for eating the butter idol. At last, Lord Krishna appeared in His original form, the rishi’s fell at Lord Krishna’s feet, and Lord Krishna blessed them at this place and worshipped by the rishi’s as Lord Dhamodhara Narayanan. By the request of Rishi’s and the sage Vashita, Lord Krishna stayed here in a standing posture and blesses the devotees. And hence this place is called as Thirukannagudi.
The presiding deity of Loganatha Perumal temple is Lord Loganatha Perumal(Lord Vishnu), in standing posture facing the east direction. The other deities of this temple are Goddess Loganayaki(Goddess Lakshmi),the consort of Lord Loganatha Perumal, Goddess Aravindavalli,Lord Damodara Narayanan, etc. The idol of Garuda (the vehicle of Lord Vishnu), is seen with a posture that the hands of Garuda is placed around its body.
Loganatha Perumal Temple is one of the Panchakannan Kshetrams (five Holy temples of Vishnu), Lord Kannan (Krishna), is the incarnation of Lord Vishnu. The Panchakannan Kshetrams are:
- Sri Loganatha Perumal Temple, Thirukannangudi
- Sri Gajendra Varadha Perumal Temple, Thirukavithalam
- Sri Neelamega Perumal Temple, Thirukannapuram
- Sri Bhaktavatsala Perumal Temple, Thirukkannamangai
- Sri Ulagalantha Perumal Temple, Thirukovilur
The Loganatha Perumal Temple is glorified in Nalayira Divya Prabandham, the Vaishnava canon, and the hymns are sung by Tirumazhisai Alwar. The Vimanam (temple tower) of this temple is called Udbala Vimanam. The Pushkarini, the temple tank of Loganatha Perumal Temple is Saravana Pushkarini.
The temple remains open from 6 am to 12 noon and in the evening from 5 pm to 8 pm.
- Chittirai Utsavam – April or May
- Navaratri – September or October
- Vaikunta Ekadasi – December or January
Extensive network of roads connect it to Chennai, Madurai, Tiruchirappalli, Pondicherry, Thanjavur and all other major cities. Nagapattinam is located at a distance of about 330kms from Chennai by Road.
Nagapattinam railway junction connects Thiruvarur in the west, Nagore in the north, Velankanni in the south and Karaikal in the east. There is a daily express train to Chennai via Mayiladuthurai and Ernakulam via Coimbatore and it connects all major cities.
The nearest Airport is Tiruchirapalli Airport, located 145 km (90 miles) away from the town.
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