Sunday, August 14, 2016

Sowmiya Narayana Perumal Temple, Thirukoshtiyur, Sivaganga

Sowmiya Narayana Perumal Temple, Thirukoshtiyur, Sivaganga
Sowmya Narayana Perumal Temple in Thirukoshtiyur, a village in the South Indian state of Tamilnadu, is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Constructed in the Dravidian style of architecture, the temple is glorified in the Divya Prabandha, the early medieval Tamil canon of the Azhwar saints from the 6th–9th centuries AD. It is one of the 108 Divyadesam dedicated to Vishnu, who is worshipped as Sowmya Narayana Perumal and his consort Lakshmi as Thirumamagal. 





The temple is known as the place where Ramanuja, the expounder of Vaishnavadatta philosophy preached the holy Ashtakshara "Ohm Namo Narayana" to all people irrespective of their caste. A granite wall surrounds the temple, enclosing all its shrines. The temple has a five-tiered Rajagopuram, the gateway tower and the Ashtanga Vimana, which is taller than the gopuram. The temple tank is located opposite to the temple, outside the main entrance. Sowmya Narayana Perumal is believed to have appeared as Narasimha avatar to the Devas, the celestial deities.





The temple follows Thenkalai tradition of worship. Six daily rituals and many yearly festivals are held at the temple, of which the float festival during the Tamil month of Masi (February – March), Navarathri during September – October and Vaikunta Ekadasi during Margazhi (December – January) being the most prominent. The temple is maintained and administered by Sivaganga Devasthanam.





The place and temple occupy a great place of importance in the history of Vaishnavism. It is located 8 kms South West of Tiruppattur on the Sivaganga Highway. This temple that finds a reference in the Brahmanda Purana. Lord Sheerabdhi Nathan, who had come here from Thiru Parkadal on the request of the Devas, is seen in a Bhujanga Sayana Posture at this temple.





Etymology
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Legends
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Greatness of Temple
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The Temple
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Ramanuja Connection with this Temple
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Temple Opening Time
The temple remains open in the morning from 7.00 AM to 12.00 noon and in the evening from 4.30 PM to 8.30 PM.
Religious Significance
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Religious Practises & Festivals
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Literary Mention
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Prayers
This is one of the temples where devotees seek relief from delays in marriage proposals.  They also pray for prosperity in family. Devotees light ghee lamps expressing their gratitude to Lord.
Contact
Sri Sowmya Narayana Perumal Temple,
Thirukoshtiyur – 630 211
Sivaganga District, Tamilnadu
Phone: +91- 4577 - 261 122 / +91 - 4577 261248
Mobile: +91- 94862 – 32362 / 94433 41163 / 98654 85886
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1 comment:

Chandan Bhatia said...

Thank you for this valuable information.

Hare Krishna!
Chandan Yatra Das
http://www.holy-pilgrimages.com/