An aerial view of the Uthamar Kovil at Thirukkarambanoor
An aerial view of the Uthamar Kovil at Thirukkarambanoor

Thirukkarambanoor Sri Purushothaman Perumal Temple, also named as ‘Uthamar Kovil’ is situated in the Manachanallur Taluk, Tiruchirappalli district of Tamilnadu. Uthamar Kovil is dedicted to Lord Vishnu and also one of the 108 Divya Desam Temples. This temple is known as a sign of ‘Mumoorthigal'(Three Gods) Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva and Lord Brahma. Uthamar Kovil is also called as Bhikshandar Kovil. This temple is said to be built by the king of Janakapuri named Janakar, father of Goddess Sita. And later it was contributed by Chola kings and Madurai Nayakars. Uthamar Kovil is fully covered and surrounded by granite walls.

The legend is that, Lord Shiva was cursed for the sin of cutting one of Lord Brahma’s heads, and to get relieved from the sin He had to beg for food in Kabaalam (something like grail). The sin of Lord Shiva was partially released when He worshipped Lord Vishnu at Bhikshadana. And Lord Shiva fully relieved from His sin when He worshipped Lord Vishnu at Thirukandiyur when taking a holy dip in the temple tank. The Kabaalam got filled by Goddess Lakshmi at Thirukandiyur and so, In Purushothaman Temple Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva and Lord Brahma has separate Sannadhi streets and hence called as Mummoorthigal.

Specialty

In Uthamar Kovil, Lord Vishnu is worshipped as Lord Purushothaman, the presiding deity, in reclining posture and Goddess Lakshmi as Goddess Pooranavalli (consort of Lord Vishnu). There is a separate holy shrine found for Lord Shiva who is worshipped as Bhikshadanar in the form of Lingam, situated near the shrine of Lord Vishnu. The Vimanam (the tower above the sanctum) of Uthamar Kovil is known as Udhyoga Vimanam. And there is also a separate shrine for Lord Brahma and Goddess Saraswati,(consort of Lord Brahma).

The other deities found in this Uthamar Kovil are Lord Ganesha, Lord Murugan, Lord Nandheeswarar (the vehicle of Lord Shiva) and the idols of Navagrahas (the nine planets). As per the Tamil literature, Sri Purushothaman Perumal Temple (Uthamar Kovil) is said to be glorified in the Nalayira Divya Prabandham. This is one of the temple where six separate holy shrines of Gods with their consort Goddesses are worshipped in a single temple complex. The seven forms of Guru can be observed in this Uthamar Kovil. The Seven forms are:

  1. Lord Bhikshadanar, represents Sadasiva Guru
  2. Lord Brahma, represents Brahma Guru
  3. Goddess Soundarya Parvati, represents Shakti Guru
  4. Brahaspathy, represents Deva Guru
  5. Lord Varadaraja Perumal, represents Vishnu Guru
  6. Lord Subramanya, represents Gnana Guru
  7. Sukrachariar, represents Asura Guru.

Pooja Timings

  • Ushathkala Pooja- 5:30 a.m.
  • Kalasanthi Pooja – 8:00 a.m.
  • Uchikala Pooja – 10:00 a.m.
  • Sayarakshai Pooja – 5:00 p.m.
  • Irandamkalam Pooja – 7:00 p.m.
  • Ardha Jamam Pooja – 8:30 p.m.

Festivals

  • Brahmotsavam – November or December
  • Rama Navami Utsavam – April or May
  • Vaikunta Ekadashi – December or January
  • Pongal – January
  • Diwali – October or November
By Road

Trichy has well maintained National High ways connected with all major cities like Chennai, Nagaerkovil etc.


By Train

Trichy Railway station is well connected with all railway stations in Tamilnadu and has plenty of express and passenger trains from Chennai, Madurai, and Tirunelveli etc.


By Air

Trichy City has Airport with domestic and international flights from Chennai, Bangalore, Colombo, Sharjah etc.

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