A closeup view of the temple tower at Thiruvikrama Perumal Temple
A closeup view of the temple tower at Thiruvikrama Perumal Temple

Sri Thiruvikrama Perumal Temple, also known as Thadalan Kovil is situated in Sirkazhi, Nagapatinam district of Tamilnadu. Sri Thiruvikrama Perumal Temple is one of the 108 Divya Desam Temples, which are dedicated to Lord Vishnu, and also named as ‘Thiru Kazheesirama Vinnagaram’ The legend says that Lord Brahma, the god of creation was so proud and arrogant about His endless life span. The sage Romesa wanted to break the arrogance of Lord Brahma. As a result, the sage Romesa performed penance towards Lord Vishnu to get the blessings of Lord Vishnu in the form of Thirivikrama (a form of Lord Vishnu with one of His foot up).

Lord Vishnu blessed the sage and told the sage that the life span of Lord Brahma would be reduced by a year when each hair fall from the body of sage Romesa. By knowing this, Lord Brahma understood His flaws and worshipped Lord Vishnu and got the Dharshan of Lord Vishnu in Thirivikrama form. This temple is one of the five ‘Divya Desams’ referred by Thirumangai Azhwar as ‘Vinnagaram’. The five Divya Desam temples which are named as ‘Vinnagaram’ by Thirumangai Azhwar are:

  1. Thiru Kazheesirama Vinnagaram at Sirkazhi
  2. Parameswara Vinnagaram at Kanchipuram
  3. Arimeya Vinnagaram at Thiru Naangur
  4. Vaikunta Vinnagaram at ThiruNaangur
  5. Nandipura Vinnagaram at Nathan Koil, Kumbakonam

Specialty

The main deity of this Thiruvikrama Perumal Temple is Lord Thiruvikrama Narayana Perumal (Lord Vishnu), with His left leg above His head, facing the east direction. The other deities of this temple are Goddess Lokanayaki, consort of Lord Tirivikrama Narayana Perumal, Lord Thadalan, the festival deity, Goddess Mattavizhum Kuzhali, consort of Lord Thadalan, Lord Ganesha, Goddess Andal, Lord Rama, Lord Krishna and the Azhwars.

The main deity in this Thiruvikrama Perumal Temple is also called as ‘Lord Kazheesirama’, and ‘Thavitu Paana Thadalan’, the King of World. This temple is one of the Divya Desams where the great saint Thirumangai Azhwar sang hymns for the presiding deity and named the temple as Vinnagaram. This temple is built in a Dravidian style and it has three-tiered Rajagopuram (gateway tower). The Pushkarani (temple tank) of Thiruvikrama Perumal Temple is Sanga Pushkarani. The Vimanam (temple tower) of Thiruvikrama Perumal Temple is Pushkalavarta vimanam.

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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