A view infront of the entrance tower at Sri Narayana Perumal Temple (Thirumanimadam Temple)
A view infront of the entrance tower at Sri Narayana Perumal Temple (Thirumanimadam Temple)

Sri Narayana Perumal Temple, also named as ‘Thirumanimadam’ is situated in Thirunangur, Sirkazhi, district of Nagapatnam, Tamilnadu. Sri Narayana Perumal Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and also one of the 108 Divya Desam Temples. The mythology says that Lord Shiva had a dance of destruction (Rudra Tandava) carrying half burnt body of goddess Sati after goddess Sati’s self-immolation. To stop the dance of destruction performed by Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu threw His Chakra (Sudharshan Chakra) on Goddess Sati’s body which dismembered Her body into 52 parts.

And it is said that each time the hair of Lord Shiva touches the earth, there appeared eleven other forms of Lord Shiva. Lord Vishnu appeared in eleven forms as Lord Shiva did and solaced Lord Shiva saying that His dance of destruction may result in the destruction of entire creations on the world. The eleven forms of Lord Vishnu which appeared at Thirunangur is said to be where the eleven temples of Lord Vishnu are situated. Hence, the eleven temples at Thirunangur are very closely associated to each other in one way or the other. And it is said that eleven Rudras (deities) and the group of Rishis were worshipped Lord Vishnu and got blessings of Lord Vishnu at Thirunangur.

Specialty

The presiding deity of this Sri Narayana Perumal Temple is Lord Narayana Perumal (Lord Vishnu), facing towards the east direction. The idol of Goddess Pundareega Valli(Goddess Lakshmi) is found along with Lord Narayana Perumal. Sri Narayana Perumal Temple is glorified in Nalayira Divya Prabandham, the great canon and the hymns were sung by Thirumangai Azhwar. The poetry or mantra which are dedicated to each of the eleven temples by the legends are chanted in the respective temples even today.

During the Garudasevai festival which is celebrated on the month of January, the festival deities of all the eleven temples associated to Lord Vishnu at Thirunangur are brought on Garuda Vahanam (the vehicle of Lord Vishnu). The Pushkaranis (temple tanks) of Sri Narayana Perumal Temple are called Indra Pushkarani and Rudhira Pushkarani. The Vimanam (temple tower) of Sri Narayana Perumal Temple is Pranava Vimanam. The Lord in this temple is said to be stands as a lamp who spread Gnana (knowledge) to the world and indicating that a lamp is kept in the maadam (place for locating the lamps) of the temple and hence this place is called Thirumanimaadam.

Pooja Timings

  • Ushathkalam Pooja – 8 a.m.
  • Kalasanthi Pooja – 10:00 a.m.
  • Sayarakshai Pooja – 5:00 p.m.
  • Ardha Jamam Pooja – 7:00 p.m.

Festivals

  • Thirumangai Azhwar Mangalasasana Utsavam and Garudasevai – January or February
  • Vaikasi Brahmmotsavam – May or June
By Road

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.


By Train

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.


By Air

The nearest Airport is Tiruchirapalli Airport, located 145 km (90 miles) away from the town.

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