A view of the entrance at Thiruthangal Sri Nindra Narayana Perumal Temple
A view of the entrance at Thiruthangal Sri Nindra Narayana Perumal Temple

Sri Nindra Narayana Perumal Temple, also named as ‘Thiruthangalappan Perumal Kovil’ is located at Thiruthangal, Virudhunagar district of Tamilnadu and also revered as one of the 108 Divya Desam temples, dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Thiruthangal Sri Nindra Narayana Perumal temple is glorified in Nalayira Divya Prabandham, a Vaishnava canon, and mangalaasanam (devotional songs) were sang by the 12 azhwar saints.

The legend says that once Goddess Sridevi, Goddess Bhoodevi, and Goddess Neeladevi had an argument of about the superiority among them. Finally Goddess Sridevi got angry and left the adobe of Lord Sriman Narayanan and came to Thiruthangal and performed penance towards Lord Sriman Narayanan. Pleased by Her devotion, Lord Sriman Narayanan gave Goddess Sridevi a boon that She would be the Hamsam of Goddess Annapoorani, who offers food and shelter to the people.

Later Goddess Bhoodevi and Goddess Neeladevi also joined Goddess Sridevi at Thiruthangal. Since Thirumagal Goddess Sridevi stayed at this sacred place, this temple is called as ‘Thiruthangal’. (Thangal means staying).

Specialty

The presiding deity of this Thiruthangal temple is Lord Nindra Narayana Perumal also called Thiruthangalappan, found in a standing posture facing towards the east. The Goddess of this temple is Goddess Sengamala Thayaar, also called as Annanayaki, Amiruthanayaki, Aanandhanayaki and Jambhavathi. Unlike other temple the goddess of this temple Sengamala Thayaar is found in a standing posture and blesses the devotees. It is believed that Anirudha, the grandson of Lord Krishna, and Usha, the daughter of demon Banasura, got married at this place and is considered to be very sacred.

The other deities of the Thiruthangal temple are Sri Garudalwar, Lord Perumal with his consorts Goddess Sri Devi, Boodevi, Neeladevi, Jambavathi, Lord Anjaneya, Goddes Andal, Sage Markandeya, Sage Brighu, Vishwakarma, Anirudha & Usha etc. The special feature of this Thiruthangal temple is that Garuda, the mount of Lord Vishnu, is found with four hands and holding a snake in one of the hands, Amiruta Kalasam (nectar pot) in one hand, and other two hands are found folded.

Pooja Timings

The temple remains open in the morning from 6.00 AM to 12.00 noon and in the evening from 4.00 PM to 8.00 PM.

Festivals

  • Aani Brahmotsavam – June/July
  • Aadipooram festival – July/August
  • Vasanthotsavam – May/June
  • Puratasi Garuda Seva – September/October
  • Chitra Pournami- April/May
  • Krishna Jayanthi – August/September
  • Pavithra Utsav – August/September
  • Navarathri – September/October
  • Karthikai Deepam – November
  • Vaikunda Ekadasi – December/January
By Road

The major roads include National Highway 7 and three district roads that connect Virudhunagar with neighboring towns like Sivakasi, Madurai, Rajapalayam, Aruppukkottai and Sattur. The State Express Transport Corporation operates long-distance buses connecting the town to important cities like Chennai, Tirupur and Thoothukudi and so on.


By Train

The Virudhunagar railway station is located in the major rail head from Madurai to Kanyakumari. The Southern Railway operates daily express trains to places like Chennai, Tuticorin, Kanyakumari, Tirunelveli, Tenkasi, Guruvayoor, Tirupathi, Mumbai, Trivandrum, Mysore, Howrah and Nizamuddin.


By Air

The nearest airport is Madurai Airport, located 45 km northeast of the town.

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