Friday, February 3, 2017

Ugra Narasimhar Temple, Thirukkuravalur, Nagapattinam

Ugra Narasimhar Temple, Thirukkuravalur, Nagapattinam
Ugra Narasimhar Temple is dedicated to Hindu God Vishnu located at Thirukkuravalur Village in Nagapattinam District of Tamilnadu. Thirukkuravalur is the Avathara sthalam of Thirumangai Azhwar. It is one of the Pancha Narasimha Kshetrams (5 Narasimha temples) in and around Thiruvaali and Thirunangur with Narasimhar in various forms. Panaga Prasadam is offered every day here. On New moon days, the temple is kept open all through the day.

This is an ancient Vaishnava Divya Desa, very devotionally revered as a great Narasimha Kshetra in South India. The temple is known as the Dakshina Narasimha Sthala. This holy land is mentioned as Sri Poornapuri, Poorna Narasimha Kshetra in Padma Purana and Naradha Puranas. River Manniyaru, a tributary of Cauvery running between Tirukudalur and Swamimalai passes through this place before reaching the ocean.

Sri Vaishnava Acharyas had praised this place as "Kurayalur fertile with perennial River Manniyaru" and "the sacred soil that gave Seer Kalian" – Kalian-Tirumangai Alwar. Great Vaishnava Gurus as Kulasekhara Alwar, Sri Ramanuja and Manavala Mamunigal had visited and worshipped the Lord in this temple.

Legends
Lord Vishnu consoled Lord Shiva:
Mother Parvathi left Lord Shiva to meet her father Daksha to teach him a lesson for organizing a Yagna with the intention of humiliating Lord Shiva. When Daksha humiliated her too, she fell on the Yagna fire. Furious Shiva sent Veerabadra and destroyed Daksha’s yagna. Yet, Lord Shiva could not reconcile from the separation of Mother Parvathi. Lord Narasimha with his consorts Sridevi and Bhoodevi gave darshan to Lord Shiva and consoled him. To see Lord Narasimha with two Mothers is a rare depiction in temples.
Avathara Sthalam of Thirumangai Alwar:
The place also has the reputation of being the birth place of Great Tirumangai Alwar. He was born here in Dwapara Yuga itself as a king named Uparisiravasu. He was again born here as King Neelan according to Mangalapuri Mahatmiyam. Of the 108 Vaishnava Divya Desas venerated by Alwars (82 are in Tamilnadu, 2 in Andhra Pradesh, 13 in Kerala, 8 in Uttar Pradesh, 1 in Nepal and 2 are in the Divine Kingdom)Tirumangai Alwar had venerated 86 Divya Desas in his Mangala Sasanam hymns.
Benefit of worshipping 86 Divya Desas here:
It is the staunch faith of the devotees that one worshipping this temple once would have the benefit of worshipping in all the 86 Divya Desas sung by Tirumangai Alwar. It is also noteworthy that Alwar had not sung the Mangalasasanam separately for this temple, where he was born, but had mentioned this shrine in the hymns he did on other temples.
The Temple
The significance of the temple is in the depiction of Lord Narasimha with two Mothers, Sridevi and Bhoodevi. Lord Narasimha generally graces with Sri Mahalakshmi only in all other temples. Mother Amirthavalli graces from her own separate shrine. There are separate shrines for Sri Aanjaneyar, Chakarathalwar and Tirumangai Alwar and Sri Vaishnava Gurus. The temple is praised in the hymns of Tirumangai Alwar.


Temple Opening Time
The temple is opened from 8.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.
Festivals
Sri Narasimha Jayanthi and Vaikunda Ekadasi (11th day from the New Moon day) are the festivals celebrated in the temple. A grand Garuda Seva festival is celebrated in Thirunangur near this place, also one of the 108 Divya Desas on the Thai (January-February) Amavasya day (new moon day) when Alwar visits this temple, with the chanting of the Tamil Veda ‘Tirupallandu’.
Prayers
Special pujas are performed to Lord Narasimha on Pradosha days (13th day from new moon or full moon days). Those suffering from depression, debt burdens and family problems pray on this day and on Ashtami and Swati Star days and offer Panagam as Nivedhana to the Lord.
Sudharsana Homa is performed to Chakarathalwar (the deity attributed to the discus of Lord Vishnu) on Amavasya day – new moon day). Those facing adverse planetary effects and curses of the departed ancestors and threats from enemies join this Homa and offer prayers for relief.
Contact
Sri Narasimhar Temple,
Thirukkuravalur,
Nagapattinam District
Mobile: +91 – 94435 64650 / 94430 07412.
Connectivity
The temple is 2 km from Mangai Madam which is 10 km from Sirkali on the Poompuhar road. Bus facility from Mangai Madam is very infrequent. Hiring other vehicle is suggested. Nearest Railway Station is located at Sirkazhi and Nearest Airport is located at Trichy.

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