A view infront of the Sri Purushothama Perumal Temple (Thiru Vaan Purushothamam at Thirunangur)
A view infront of the Sri Purushothama Perumal Temple (Thiru Vaan Purushothamam at Thirunangur)

Sri Purushothama Perumal Temple, named as ‘Thiru Vaan Purushothamam’ is situated in Thirunangur, Nagapatnam district of Tamilnadu. Vaan Purushothamam 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. The legend says that Lord Vishnu brought the ocean of milk when the child Upamanu was in need of milk in the absence of the child’s father Vyagrapadha.


The presiding deity of this Vaan Purushothamam Temple is Lord Purushothama Perumal, in a standing posture, facing towards the east direction and the Goddess is Pusushottama Nayaki. Vaan Purushothamam Temple is glorified in Nalayira Divya Prabandham, the great canon and the hymns were sung by Thirumangai Azhwar. It is believed that Lord Rama, the incarnation of Lord Vishnu stands here as Lord Purushothaman by the request of Lord Shiva.

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 Vimanam (temple tower) of Vaan Purushothamam Temple is called as Sanjeevi Vigraha Vimanam. The Pushkarani (temple tank) of Vaan Purushothamam Temple is called as Thirupaarkadal Pushkarani.

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.


  • 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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    Reason for name:- Acharyar Periya vachaan Pillai classified three types of people

    I) Adhaman:-One who does not care about the sufferings of others,as long as he is able to indulge in his pleasures.

    II) Madhiman:- One who wants every body to seek pleasure as he does

    III) Uthaman:- One who even if he suffers, he wants other to enjoy the pleasures
    Perumal is named Van Purushothaman as he is above all.
    SthalaPuranam 1:- Uthanga maha rishi did penance here. The depth of the penance was un bearable to devas who approached mahavishnu for protection. Lord Maha Vishnu agreed to go over to uthangar and make him stop his penance.Lord Maha Vishnu gave darshan to uthangar. Upon the request of the rishi mahavishnu stayed here.
    Sthalapuranam2:- Once upon a time Vyagrapadhamaharishi visited thirunangoor divya desams along with his 3year old son upamanyu for darshan.They were attracted by the lord sri.vanpurushothman in his vadivazhagu.One day vyakrapathar lef this son in the temple and went to garden to bring some flowers for worship of the lord. The boy was cried for milk. After sometime spontaneous grace the lord van purushothaman brought the Ksheerabdi (milky ocean) to thirunangur and fed withmilk. The boy was so happy and he prayed the lord to remain the milky ocean here.This the lord did converting in to huge lake even today called”THIRUPPARKADAL”. This episode is taken in suklha dwadasi in karithaigai. It is believed that one who dip in the lake on that day supposed to wash all the sins.

    The temple ranks among the 108 Divya Desas of Perumal. Saint Tirumangai Azhwar has described Lord of the Temple as Lord Rama of Ayodhya in his Mangala Sasanam hymns, saying that benefits would accrue not only to the one chanting the glory of Lord but also to those listening the chanting. The belief is that issues of any complex nature would be solved if one performs Vishnu Sahasranama archana for 48 days continuously without any break and conclude the prayer with special archana and puja on the final day.