Sri Vanmuti Perumal Temple
Sri Vanmuti Perumal Temple-Nagapattinam

Sri Vannamutti Perumal Temple is located in Myladuthurai in the city of Nagapattinam, Tamil Nadu. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The temple is more than 1400 years old. Srinivasa Perumal temple in Vaanamutti (now Kozhi Kuthi) on the Northern Banks of the Cauvery, built during the rule of Kulothunga Chozha III, where the Moolavar is seen in a gigantic 14 feet standing posture. The idol is a Mooligai Varna Kala idol. There are inscriptions on the granite walls which mention the divine power of the temple. Vanamutti Perumal is more than 12 feet tall and carved out of a single Athi (Fig) tree with 4 hands holding Sangu, Chakram, Gadhai and Abayagastam as another hand. As the posture is tall, He is named Van-Sky, Mutti-Hitting, Perumal – Van Mutti Perumal. No abishek is performed on Perumal as the idol is of wood, only Thaila Kappu is done. The vimanam also was constructed like an Umbrella. Close to the main sanctum is that Yoga Narasimhar, who is seen to be blessing Bhaktha Prahalada and is in the state of Yoga. According to legend, Vanamutti Perumal gave Viswaroopa Dharshan to Pippalar Maharishi. Perumal is seen here with Thulasi mala and Sri Lakshmidevi to his chest. We see Sridevi and Bhoodevi Thayar also. Sree Sreenivasa perumal is seen with Shanku, Chakkra, Gadha and Abhya hastham. The temple tank is located at the right side of the temple, which is considered very significant. A holy dip in this temple tank is considered a greatest cure for all diseases.

Lord Anjaneya Sannadhi

There is a beautiful shrine for Lord Anjaneya. The unique feature of this Lord Anjaneyar is that the tail is coiled with a bell which lies over the head of Anjaneyar. Here Anjaneyar is called Sapthaswara Anjaneyar since Seven Music notes are produced (Sa re ga ma pa dha nee.)  When it is touched in different places.

History

Vaanamutti moolavar
Vanmuti Moolavar-Sri Vanmuti Perumal Temple-Nagapattinam

A king Nirmalan by name suffering from leprosy (skin disease) was living this area. When passing in a jungle, a sage playing on his veena very sweet manner. He fell at the sage foot and tried his blessings for relief from his illness. Merciful Rishi taught a mantra to the king and advise him to chant the mantra daily.The king took the advice on his head and began the chanting. A voice said, “its voice of Lord Vishnu. You are suffering from a serious dosha. Start your pilgrimage with the banks of Cauvery. Moovalur Lord Marga Sahayeswarar (Shiva) will guide you.You have to bathe from all holy things Places on the way. Stay in a place where your body becomes golden in colour”.

The king stopped the journey at the place as directed by the voice and was happy to see him quite healthy free of the disease.  He prayed to Perumal with all gratitude.  A tall Athi tree appeared from where Perumal granted darshan to the king with His discus, conch and Mother Mahalakshmi on His chest.  As all the sins of the King were washed off here, the place came to be known as Koti Hathi meaning the place freeing the devotee from crores of doshas. In the following days, the name changed to Kozhikuthi. The king surrendered at the Lord’s feet began to do penance and became Pipala Maharshi. The Maharshi performed penance on the shore of the river. Now there is a mandap in this place and the Cauvery flowing nearby is called Pippala Theertha.

Opening time

Morning 6.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m.

Evening 4.00 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.

Festival

  • Vaikunda Ekadsi in December-January is grandly celebrated in the temple.
  • Aani Rohini – Abhishekam
  • 3day Pavitrotsavam
  • Brahmotsavam in Thai – Chariot Festival on Sravanam
  • Monthly Sravanam is a special day at the temple
By Bus

Nagapattinam is connected by two national highways, NH 45A to Villupuram and NH 67 to Coimbatore and Gundlupete in Karnataka state. And it is connected with Chennai, Coimbatore, Tiruchirapalli, Karaikal and other major towns of Tamil Nadu. The State Express Transport Corporation operates long distance buses connecting Nagapattinam to Bangalore, Thiruvananthapuram and Marthandam.


By Train

Nagapattinam railway junction connects Thiruvarur in the west, Nagore in the north, Velankanni in the south and Karaikal in the east and for every major cities. There is a daily express train to Chennai via Mayiladuthurai and Ernakulam via Coimbatore.


 By Air

The nearest Airport is Tiruchirapalli Airport, located 145 km (90 mi) away from the town.

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