Sunday, July 3, 2016

Aravindalochanar Perumal Temple (Irattai Tirupati Temple), Tholavillimangalam, Thoothukudi – The Temple

Aravindalochanar Perumal Temple (Irattai Tirupati Temple), Tholavillimangalam, Thoothukudi – The Temple
The exact history of the temple is not known, but it is understood from the neighbouring inscriptions, the temple has been a part of a series of temples built by Pandyas and expanded by Madurai Nayaks. The temple occupies an area of 1 acre (0.40 ha) and is surrounded by a granite wall.






The Rajagopuram, the temple's gateway tower, is a flat structure, unlike other South Indian temples, which have a conical elevated structure. A granite wall surrounds the temple, enclosing all its shrines and halls. The sanctum houses the image of Aravindalochanar facing east. The image is made of Saligrama stone.






The hall preceding the sanctum, the Artha Mandapam houses the festival image of Aravindalochanar with the images of Sridevi and Bhudevi on either of his sides. The Mahamandapa has shrines for Senai Mudaliyar, Garuda, Venugopala, Manavalamamunigal and Azhwars. The temple is situated in a thick forest. Lord Vishnu graces in the temple under the Gupta Vimana (tower) in the sanctum Sanctorum.





Moolavar: Aravinda Lochanar or Senthamarai Kannan
Thayar: Karunthadankanni
Pushkarani: Varuna theertham, Thamiraparani
Vimanam: Kumudha Vimaanam
Mangalasasanam: Nammalvar, Manavala Mamunigal

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