A closeup view of the Sri Perarulaalan Perumal Temple (Thiruchsemponsey)
A closeup view of the Sri Perarulaalan Perumal Temple (Thiruchsemponsey)

Sri Perarulaalan Perumal Temple, also named as ‘Sempon Arangar Temple’ is situated in Thirunangur village of Sirkazhi, Nagapatnam district of Tamilnadu. This Perarulaalan Perumal Temple is one of the 108 Divya Desam Temples, which are dedicted to Lord Vishnu and also named as ‘Thiruchsemponsey’. 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. It is said that Lord Rama, the seventh avatar of Lord Vishnu gifted a gold idol of a cow to a Brahmin who stayed in the ashram of sage Dranethra, after killing the Demon King Ravana.And hence this temple is called as Thiru Sempon Sei Kovil.

Specialty

The presiding deity of this Perarulaalan Perumal Temple is Lord Perarulaalan Perumal (Lord Vishnu), in standing posture facing towards the east direction with His consort Goddess Alli Mamalar (Goddess Lakshmi). Sri Perarulaalan 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 Pushkarani (temple tank) of Sri Perarulaalan Perumal Temple is called as Nithya Pushkarani. The Vimanam (temple tower) of this temple is called as Kanaka Valli Viamanam. Sri Perarulaalan Perumal Temple is also called by the names such as Hema Rangam, Nagapuri, and Nangai Nagaram.

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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