Sri Vaigundanathar Temple is located in Thirunangur village of Sirkazhi, Nagapatnam district of Tamilnadu, dedicated to Lord Vishnu and also one of the 108 Divya Desam Temples. Sri Vaigundanathar Temple is also called as ‘Thiru Vaikunda Vinnagaram’, Vaigundam refers to the abode of Lord Vishnu. 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.
The presiding deity of this Vaigundanathar Temple is Lord Vaigunda Nathan Perumal (Lord Vishnu), in sitting posture facing towards the east and the Goddess found here is Vaikunta Valli (Goddess Lakshmi). Vaigundanathar 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 Vaigundanathar Temple is called Lakshmi Pushkarani, Udhanga Pushkarani, and Viraja Theertham. The Vimanam (temple tower) of Vaigundanathar Temple is called as Anantha Sathya Varthaka Vimanam.
- 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
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.
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.
The nearest Airport is Tiruchirapalli Airport, located 145 km (90 miles) away from the town.
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