Sri Thothathrinatha Perumal Temple also called as ‘Sri Vanamamalai Permual Temple’, is situated in Nanguneri (Vanamamalai), Tirunelveli district of Tamilnadu. This temple is revered as one of the 108 Divya Desam temples, dedicated to Lord Vishnu and also named as ‘Thiruccherivaramangai’. Sri Thothathrinatha Perumal temple is glorified in Nalayira Divya Prabandham, a Vaishnava canon, and mangalaasan (devotional songs) were sang by the twelve azhwar saints.
Sri Thothathrinatha Perumal Temple is located on the banks of Thamiraparani River. The place is named as Nanguneri because it is surrounded by four lakes. This temple has a five-tiered Rajagopuram, monumental tower and is built in a Dravidian style of architecture. This temple has a large temple complex with two Prakarams (closed precincts). Sri Thothathrinatha Perumal temple is considered to be one of the eight Swayam Vyaktha kshetras (self-manifested shrines) of Lord Vishnu, where the presiding deity is said to be manifested on its own. The eight Swayambhu Kshetras of Lord Vishnu are:
- Srirangam Ranganathaswamy temple
- Srimushnam Bhu Varaha Swamy temple
- Thotadri Vanamamalai Perumal Temple
- Tirumala Venkateswara Temple
- Naimisaranya Devaraja Perumal Temple
- Badrinath Temple
The presiding deity of this Sri Thothathrinatha Perumal Temple is Lord Thothathrinathan (Lord Vishnu) and the goddess of the temple is Varamangai Thayaar (Goddess Lakshmi). The main feature of this temple is that the temple has the deities of 11 swayambu moorthies. And the other deities are Chakratalwar, Lakshmi Varahar, Vishwaksenar, Lakshmi Narayanan, Tirukacchi Nambi, Kannan, Srinivasan, Alwars and Acharyas, Ramanujar, Kooratalwar, Andal, Rama, Pillai Lokacharyar, Venugopala, Manavala Mamunigal.
The legend says that the king Kaarya Maharaja did not have a child and so worshiped Lord Nambi at Thirukurungudi asking boon for a child. Lord Nambi appeared before the king and asked him to perform rituals to the deity who is present beneath the earth at Nanguneri. As Lord Nambi said, the king dug the earth and found blood gushing out from the head of the deity. The king was shocked and prayed to Lord Nambi. Lord Nambi asked the king to perform oil Abishekam to that found deity.
And after the completion of the oil Abishekam he asked the king to throw the oil into pond near the place. After performing this, the king was believed to have blessed with a child. Performing Oil Abishekam everyday to the presiding deity and dropping the oil into the temple tank is followed in this temple even today. The oil has been named as ‘Sarva Roha Nivarani’ by the sage Agastya, which is believed to have medicinal behavior to cure both the internal and external illness of the devotees.
The sacred Theertham (temple tank) of Sri Thothathrinatha Perumal temple is called Settru Thamarai theertham and the Vimanam (the tower above the sanctum sanctorum) of this temple is called Nandhavarthana Vimanam.
The temple remains open from morning 8.00 AM to 12.00 noon and in the evening from 5.00 PM to 9.00 PM.
- Chithirai Brahmmotsavam – April/May
- Panguni month Utsavam – March/April
- Purnima day
The State Express Transport Corporation has intercity service to Bangalore, Chennai, Kanyakumari and other cities
The nearest railway station is Tirunelveli Junction railway station. The city is connected to major cities in all four directions: Madurai and Sankarankovil to the north, Nagercoil to the south, Sengottai and Kollam to the west and Tiruchendur to the east.
The nearest airport to Tirunelveli is Tuticorin Airport. The nearest international airports are Madurai Airport and Thiruvananthapuram International Airport.
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