Sunday, April 24, 2016

Sri Nilathunda Perumal Temple, Kanchipuram

Sri Nilathunda Perumal Temple, Kanchipuram
This Divyadesam is situated as a small Sannadhi inside Ekambareswarar temple in Big Kanchipuram. Out of the 108 Divyadesams, it lies in the 55th place. Mother Mahalakshmi graces the devotess from the naval chord Lotus of Sri Vishnu. Also, this temple is inside the Sri Ekambareswarar Temple, and pooja are done by Shivachariyars instead of Vaishnavites.

Thiru Nilathingal Thundam is one of the 108 Divya Desams of Lord Vishnu situated within the temple precincts of Sri Ekambareswarar Temple. The shrine is in the Easanya corner – north east – of the temple. This is a temple in a temple – Vishnu temple in Shiva temple.
Legends
Vishnu praying to Shiva for curing his blackened Skin:
Lord Maha Vishnu took the form of Tortoise (Koorma Avatara) to the hold the Meru Mount used as the stick (Mathu in Tamil) to churn the milk ocean.  Serpent Vasuki was used as the rope.  Vasuki, exhausted during this exercise, split its venom which fell on the Tortoise Vishnu under the milk ocean blackening his skin originally alluring pale blue.  Treatments were of no avail.  Lord Brahmma suggested that worshipping Lord Shiva will remove the blackness and restore his original shade.  Perumal performed penance on Lord Shiva, who granted darshan.  
Crescent Moon on the head of Lord Shiva spread his rays on Perumal. Black disappeared.  He recovered his own alluring blue shining better than before. Lord Ekambareswarar Temple was built on the background of this story.  As Perumal got back his skin colour as before through rays of Moon, He is praised as Nila Thunda-crescent moon-Perumal.  The shrine is in the Easanya corner – north east- of the temple. This is a temple in a temple – Vishnu temple in Shiva temple.  This is praised as one of the 108 Divya Desas of Lord Vishnu.
Vishnu helping Parvathi in her Penance:
When Parvathi was doing Tapas beneath a mango tree, Lord Shiva wanted to test the strength of her tapas. So, he fired the Mango tree. At that time, Parvathi seek the help of Vaamanar. After hearing the request of Parvathi, Sri Vaamanar with four hands with Sangu in one hand and Chakram on the other, took out the Chandran (Moon) from the head of Lord Shivan and with the cool rays out of it he made the fire cool and made the Mango tree grow once again.
After this, Parvathi went back to do the Tapas. But, Lord Shivan wanted once again to test her and sent Ganga, the river. When she came very fast to destroy the tapas of Parvathi, Parvathi explained her that both of them are sisters. Inspite of hearing this, Ganga River doesn’t want to stop and tried to destroy her and her tapas. At that time, Parvathi made a Shiva Lingam out of sand and hugged it towards her. At that time, both Shiva and Parvathi got mixed to each other. This is the Sthala Puranam of this temple.
Since, to help Parvathi, Sriman Narayanan took the Chandran (Moon) from Lord Shiva's head to prevent the Lingam done by sand from Ganga river, the Perumal is called as "Nila Thingal Thundathan" and so the sthalam is called as "Thiru Nilathingal Thundam".
This Divyadesam is found inside Ekambareswarar temple. Since, this temple is taken care by Siva Acharyas; the poojas for Sri Vishnu is done by a Sivachariyar only.
Greatness of Temple
Mother Mahalakshmi has her abode in the heart of Lord Vishnu on the left.  Here, she graces the devotee from the naval chord lotus of the Lord generally belonging to Lord Brahmma.  Brahmma creates beings with an order of life that may be good or bad for them based on their past births, according to our beliefs and scriptures. Worshipping Mahalakshmi in this temple reverses the adverse effects on the devotee originally fixed by Brahamma.
Lord Perumal blesses his devotees seeking child boon.  It is noteworthy that Mother Parvathi was relieved of the curse of Lord Shiva for closing his eyes though in a playful mood.  It is here Lord Perumal too got his vision restored by Lord Shiva, according to some stories.  It is said that Lord Shiva used Holy Ganga for Parvathi and the Crescent Moon for Perumal to grace them.  Worshipping Lord Ekambareswara and Lord Nilathunda Perumal together would promote more affection between brothers and sisters, it is advised.
Lord Nilathunda Perumal blesses the devotees in a shrine in the first prakara in standing form under the Purusha Suktha Vimana.  As he came alone here for a remedy, there is no shrine for Mother.  However, Mother Mahalakshmi is worshipped in a formless manner – Ner Uru Illa Thai – Mother without a form as she is believed merged with the Lord.
As Lord was cured by Lord Shiva, pujas to Perumal are performed in accordance with Saivite codes.  To reduce the excessive heat in his body, perfumed oil is applied instead of abisheks.  As the rays of crescent moon – Nila Thundu – fell on him, Lord is named Nilathunda Perumal.  He is also praised as Chandra Chooda Perumal. The Mangala Sasanam hymn of Tirumangai Azhwar describes this story.
Temple Speciality
The temple is praised in the Mangalasasanam hymns of Saint Tirumangai Azhwar. Housed in a Shiva Temple, this Vishnu temple is one among the celebrated 108 Divya Desas of Lord Vishnu. The one significant and rare feature in the temple is, Mother Mahalakshmi graces from the naval chord Lotus of Lord which, according to scriptures belongs to Lord Brahmma the Creator. As Mother Mahalakshmi grants her blessings to the devotees with the attribute of Lord Brahamma, it is believed that this darshan will change the adverse destinies of the devotee.
The Temple
There is a small shrine for Vishnu named Thiru Nilaaththingal Thundathan inside the Ekambareswarar temple complex. Vishnu is prayed as Vamana Murthy and the shrine is hailed by the Alvar saints as one of the 108 Divya Desams.
Lord Nilathunda Perumal blesses the devotees in a shrine in the first prakara in standing form under the Purusha Suktha Vimana.  As he came alone here for a remedy, there is no shrine for Mother.  However, Mother Mahalakshmi is worshipped in a formless manner – Ner Uru Illa Thai – Mother without a form as she is believed merged with the Lord.
Mother Mahalakshmi has her abode in the heart of Lord Vishnu on the left.  Here, she graces the devotee from the naval chord lotus of the Lord generally belonging to Lord Brahmma.  
The presiding deity of this Lord Vishnu‘s temple is ‘Lord Nilathingal Thundathan‘, also known as Lord Chandra Chooda Perumal, in a standing posture, facing towards the west with Adiseshan. His consort Goddess Mahalakshmi is named as Goddess Ner Oruvar Illavalli Nachiyar and also called as Goddess Nilathingal Thunda Thaayar. Historical name of this place is "Tirunilaathingal Thundam"
Mangalasasanam:
Thiru Mangai Alwar - 1 Paasuram. 
Pushkarani:
Chandira Pushkarani.
Vimanam: 
Purusha Sukthi Vimanam (Soorya Vimaanam). 
Temple Opening Time
·        07:00 to 12:00 (All days of the week (Morning)) 
·        16:00 to 19:00 (All days of the week(Evening)) 
Festivals
Lord bearing the light of moon, every Poornima day – full moon day is a festival day in the temple. Purattasi Saturdays of September-October and Vaikunda Ekadasi in December-January are other festivals observed in the temple.
Singers
The temple is praised in the Mangalasasanam hymns of Saint Tirumangai Azhwar.   “My Lord, You are in water, on the peak of the mount, in crescent moon, in the prosperous city of Kanchi, in the hearts of the devotees, in clouds, as a thief you are hiding everywhere, also in my unshaken heart, I am ever at Your feet.”
Prayers
Those suffering from skin and stomach diseases and any adverse evil effects and excessive heat in the body pray to Perumal and for child boon.  Perumal darshan also ensures affinity between mother and son. Devotees perform Thailakappu-an application with perfumed oil, pujas. Some do poor feeding.
Contact
Sri Nilathunda Perumal temple, (Inside Ekambareeshwar Temple)
Kancheepuram – 631 502
Phone: +91- 44 - 272 22084
Connectivity
Kancheepuram has road and rail connectivity conveniently. The temple is located in the center of the town is too close to bus stand. The Temple can be reached by walk from the Bus Stand. Kancheepuram is 75 km far from Chennai, 35 km from Chengalpet and 30 km from Arakonam.
By Road:
The city of Kanchipuram is well connected with the other part of the states and it is few kms from the Quadrilateral National Highway.
There are frequent bus services from Chennai and it takes 2- 3 hours to reach. The Chennai Metropolitan and the state express transport operate the services.
By Train:
Kanchipuram is connected with the southern part of the rail network and few trains are running through Kanchipuram.
Suburban trains are running between Kanchipuram and Chennai beach on specified intervals.
Nearest Railway Stations are located at Kancheepuram, Arakonam & Chennai.
By Air:
Chennai, the nearest international airport is situated around 75 km away from Kanchipuram. Both public and private transport facilities are available at the airport.

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