Friday, February 3, 2017

Vedarajan Temple, Thirunagari, Nagapattinam

Vedarajan Temple, Thirunagari, Nagapattinam
Vedarajan Temple in Thirunagari, 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 Vedarajan and his consort Lakshmi as Amruthavalli. The temple is believed to be the birthplace of Thirumangai Azhwar, one of the twelve Azhwar saints.




A granite wall surrounds the temple, enclosing all its shrines, while the water tank is located in a street axial to the eastern gateway. The temple has a seven-tiered Rajagopuram, the gateway tower. The temple is originally believed to have been built by the Cholas, with later additions by the Vijayanagar and Thanjavur Nayak kings who commissioned pillared halls and major shrines of the temple during the 16th century.




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. 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.




Vedarajan is believed to have appeared to Thirumangai Azhwar at this place. The temple follows Thenkalai tradition of worship. Four daily rituals and three yearly festivals are held at the temple, of which the fourteen-day annual Brahmotsavam during the Tamil month of Vaikasi (May - June) 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
While the exact history of the temple could not be ascertained, it is originally believed to have been built by the Cholas, with later additions by the Vijayanagar and Thanjavur Nayak kings who commissioned pillared halls and major shrines of the temple during the 16th century. In modern times, 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
It is believed that marriages which were not getting fixed for one reason or another will happen smooth if a sincere prayer is offered here, as the lord himself is known as Kalyana Ranganatha Perumal.
Contact
Arulmigu Vedharajan Thirukoil,
Thirunagari,
Thirunangur – 609 106,
Nagapattinam District
Phone: +91 – 4364 – 256927 / 275699
Mobile: +91 94433 72567 / 96297 58828 / 94433 72967
Connectivity
It is situated at about 10 kms from Sirkazhi. Buses from Sirkazhi to Thiruvenkadu go past this place. If you drive your car it is 20 kms from Mayavaram and 10 kms from Sirkazhi. Take Sirkazhi – Poompuhar bus to get down at Thirunagari. Auto from Sirkazhi bus stand will cost Rs. 200. This Temple is located at about 2 kms from Thiruvali. Nearest Railway Station is located at Sirkazhi and Nearest Airport is located at Trichy.

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