Saturday, January 14, 2017

Soundararajaperumal Temple, Nagapattinam – Religious Importance

Soundararajaperumal Temple, Nagapattinam – Religious Importance
The temple finds mention in Brahmanda Purana in the Utharakanda Gyana Yoga section. The temple is revered in Nalayira Divya Prabandham, the 7th –9th century Vaishnava canon, by Thirumangai Alvar. The Azhwar has sung praise, imagining himself as a lady and Soundarajan as his lover. The temple is classified as a Divyadesam, one of the 108 Vishnu temples that are mentioned in the book. Many Acharyas have also written songs on the various forms of Soundarajan in this Temple. 
Thivyakavi Pillai Peruman has revered the presiding deity in his works of Notriyettu Tirupathi Kovai and Paravai Ramanujar in his works of Notriyettu Tirupathi Thirupugazh. Muthukrishna Dasar, a poet of the early 20th century, has glorified Soundararaja Perumal and Soundaravalli in his works in Pancharatna Pathigam. Soundararaja Perumal Thasavathara Pathigam is a work on the presiding deity by Subbaraya Pillai. One of the three Sangeetha Mumurthi, namely Muthuswami Dikshitar, has sung praise of the deity in his verses.

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