Friday, February 3, 2017

Azhagiyasingar Temple, Thiruvali, Nagapattinam

Azhagiyasingar Temple, Thiruvali, Nagapattinam
Azhagiyasingar Temple in Thiruvali, a village in Nagapattinam district in the South Indian state of Tamilnadu, is dedicated to the Hindu god 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 Azhagiyasingar and his consort Lakshmi as Pooranavalli. A granite wall surrounds the temple, enclosing all its shrines. The temple is originally believed to have been built by the Cholas, with later additions by the Vijayanagar and Thanjavur Nayak kings during the 16th century.





Azhagiyasingar Temple is believed to be closely associated with Thirunangur Tirupathis, a group of 11 temples located near Nangur at Nagapattinam. Thirunagari is the birthplace of Thirumangai Azhwar and Thiruvaali is where Tirumangai Azhwar’s wife Kumudhavalli was brought up. Thirumangai Azhwar refers to Perumal as Vayalali Manavalan at Thiruvaali; however Vayalali Manavaalan is enshrined at Thirunagari. Hence traditionally, Thiruvaali and Thirunagari are considered to be a single Divya Desam. Thirumangai Azhwar has referred to Thiruvaali – Thirunagari in a total of 41 verses.





Also, Kulasekhara Azhwar in his decade of verses dedicated to Rama (Sowrirarjan at Kannapuram) refers to ‘Aali Nagarkku Atipati’ in a lone verse. This is the most deserted temple of the Divya Desams around Thirunangur. Thiruvaali and Thirunagari are two separate temples around 2 kms apart near Thirunangur and they together are considered a single Divya Desam.





They are part of the Pancha Narasimha kshetrams. The temple follows Thenkalai tradition of worship. Four daily rituals and three yearly festivals are held at the temple, of which the Thirumangai Azhwar Utsavam during Thai being the most prominent. The temple is maintained and administered by the Hindu Religious and Endowment Board of the Government of Tamilnadu.





Legends
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History
The exact history of the temple could not be ascertained. It is believed to have been built by the Cholas, with later additions by the Vijayanagar and Thanjavur Nayak kings. The temple is maintained and administered by the Hindu Religious and Endowment Board of the Government of Tamilnadu.





The Temple
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Temple Opening Time
The temple remains open from 8.00 AM to 11.30 AM in the morning and in the evening from 5.30 PM to 7.30 PM.
Religious Practices & Festivals
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Literary Mention
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Prayers
Those seeking wisdom and prosperity pray to Lord here. Devotees perform Thirumanjanam to Lord Perumal and offer vastras.
Contact
Azhagiya Singar Temple,
Thiruvali Thirunagari - 609 106, 
Nagapattinam District
Phone: +91 – 4364 – 256 927 / 275 699
Mobile: +91 – 94433 72567 / 94433 72567 / 96297 58828
Connectivity
Thiruvali is located at about 9 kms from Sirkali on the Poompuhar road and 4 km north of Thirunangur. The temple is about 1 km from the bus stop. Nearest Railway Station is located at Sirkazhi and Nearest Airport is located at Trichy.

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