Thursday, January 5, 2017

Ninra Narayana Perumal Temple, Thiruthangal, Sivakasi, Virudhunagar

Ninra Narayana Perumal Temple, Thiruthangal, Sivakasi, Virudhunagar
Ninra Narayana Perumal Temple is dedicated to Hindu God Vishnu located in Thiruthangal, a town in the outskirts of Sivakasi in the South Indian state of Tamilnadu. 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 Ninra Narayana and his consort Lakshmi as Arunakamala Mahadevi. The temple in its present form was believed to have been built by Devendra Vallabha, a Pandya king.





The temple has three inscriptions in its two rock-cut caves, two dating from the period of 8th century. The temple is built on a granite hill 100 ft. (30 m) tall and a granite wall surrounds the temple, enclosing all its shrines and bodies of water. Unlike other temples, this temple does not have a Rajagopuram, the temple's gateway tower. The later Pandya kings, Vijayanagar and Nayak kings in the region made significant additions to the temple.





Ninra Narayana is believed to have appeared to Sridevi and Bhoomadevi. Four daily rituals and many yearly festivals are held at the temple, of which the Vaikasi Vasantotsavam, Pillai Lokacharyar festival and Kurathazhwar festival, each celebrated for ten days, being the most prominent. The temple is maintained and administered by the Hindu Religious and Endowment Board of the Government of Tamilnadu.





The Lord is seen in a standing posture atop a hill (the Thangal Malai). At the Western entrance is the Lord Ranganatha Sannidhi from where one has to climb around 15 steps to reach the Ninra Narayanan Sannidhi. The temple is located on the other side of Karunellinathar temple, a famous Shiva temple and can be reached from that temple on the hillock. The Aandaal Divya Desam at Srivilliputhur is about 25Kms (West) from here.





Legends
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History
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The Temple
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Temple Opening Time
The temple remains open in the morning from 6.00 AM to 12.00 noon and in the evening from 4.00 PM to 8.00 PM.
Festivals & Religious Practices
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Religious Significance
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Contact
Arulmigu Nindra Narayana Perumal Thirukovil,
Thiruthangal, Sivakasi
Virudunagar District – 626 130
Mobile: +91 – 94426 65443 / 99445 35101 / 94425 47533
Connectivity
The temple is located at about 4 kms from Sivakasi, 20 Kms from Virudhunagar, and 20 Kms from Srivilliputhur.  Frequent buses are available from Virudunagar, Sivakasi and Srivilliputhur. Mini buses ply every 5-10 mts between Sivakasi and Thiruthangal. Nearest Railway Station is Thiruthangal Railway Station, which is found in Virudhunagar - Tenkasi Railway Lane. The nearest airport is Madurai Airport, located 45 km northeast of the town.

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