Sri Valvil Ramar Perumal Temple is situated in Pullamboothankudi village, near Kumbakonam, Tanjore district of Tamilnadu. This temple is one of the 108 Divya Desam Temples, which are dedicated to Lord Vishnu and also named as ‘Thiruppullamboothankudi’. The mythology was that the reclining posture of Lord Valvil Ramar in this temple was after the funeral of Jatayu, the eagle bird, which tried to save Goddess Sita (the consort of Lord Rama).
Since Goddess Bhoomi Pirattiyaar who was with Lord Sri Valvil Ramar in the condolence of Jatayu, still accompanies Lord in this temple. The other legend says that Kiruthrajan, a devotee of Lord Vishnu, performed meditation towards Lord Vishnu at Pullamboothangudi with his heart and mind completely filled with the thoughts of Lord. Lord Vishnu was said to be pleased by his devotion towards Him and blessed Kiruthrajan in the form of Valvil Ramar Perumal.
The presiding deity of this Valvil Ramar Perumal Temple is Lord Valvil Ramar (an incarnation of Lord Vishnu) also called as ‘Chakaravarthy Thirumagan’, in a reclining posture facing east. Goddess Sita (the consort of Lord Rama) is not found near Lord Valvil Ramar in this temple as She was detained by the demon King Ravanan. The holy shrine of Valvil Ramar Perumal is said to be dedicated to Lord Buda (planet Mercury).
The other main deities of this temple are Goddess Bhoomi Pirattiyaar is worshipped as Goddess Potramaraiyaal, Lord Yoga Narasimhar etc. It is believed that devotees who is seeking for employment and carrier improvement will get their prayers fulfilled if they visit this temple. This temple has a three-tiered structure Rajagopuram (temple tower). The Vimanam (tower) of Sri Valvil Ramar Perumal Temple is called Shobana Vimanam. The temple tank or Theertham of Sri Valvil Ramar Perumal Temple is called Kiruthra Theertham.
The temple remains open from 7.30 a.m. to 12.00 noon and in the evening from 4.30 to 7.30.
- Sri Rama Navami – March or April
- Vaikunda Ekadasi – December or January
There are regular government and private bus services to Chennai, Thanjavur, Mannargudi, Tiruchirapalli, Chidambaram, Nagapattinam, Coimbatore, Madurai, Pondicherry, and Tirunelveli. The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) operates daily services from Bangalore and Mysore to Kumbakonam.
Kumbakonam is connected by rail with most important towns and cities in South India. The Mysore- Mayiladuthurai Express connects Kumbakonam with Mysore and Bangalore. There are regular express trains that connect Kumbakonam with major cities in the state like Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai and Tiruchirapalli.
The nearest international airport is at Tiruchirapalli, which is 91 km (57 miles) from Kumbakonam.
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