Friday, March 10, 2017

Kariya Manikkam Perumal Temple, Thirunelveli

Kariya Manikkam Perumal Temple, Thirunelveli
Kariya Manikkam Perumal Temple is dedicated to Hindu God Vishnu located near the Thirunelveli Town Railway Station. Lord is seen in three different postures- Neela Mani Nathar in East Facing Standing Posture, Lakshmi Narayana in South Facing Kalyana Thirukolam and Anantha Padmanabha in an Uthara Sayana Kolam. It is a Prarthana Sthalam to regain eyesight. This temple is believed to provide liberation from all kinds of Doshams.

History
The Padmanabha Theertham of this temple finds a mention in the second Adhyayam of the Tamaraibarani Mahatmiyam. Hence, this temple's idol and Theertham are said to be at least 5000 years old, while the construction of the temple complex is believed to have been completed at least 1500 years ago. Later, Pandya Kings are said to have made contributions in the renovation of the temple.

The Temple
Lord in this temple is seen in three different postures- Neela Mani Nathar in East Facing Standing Posture with Sridevi and Bhoodevi, Lakshmi Narayana in South Facing Kalyana Thirukolam and Anantha Padmanabha in an Uthara Sayana Kolam. Utsavar is Kariya Manikka Perumal. A specialty at this temple is the North Facing Anjaneya, normally not seen in any other Perumal temple.


Temple Opening Time
The Temple will be open from 7 am - 11 am in the mornings and 5.30 pm – 8.30 pm in the evenings.
Festivals
11 day Brahmotsavam and Puratasi Saturday are celebrated in this temple with much fanfare.
Literary Mention
Nammazhwar in his Pasuram refers to Kariya Manikkam Perumal;
ஒண் சுடரோடு இருளுமாய் நின்று ஆறும்
உண்மையோடு இன்மையை வந்து
என் கண் கொளாவகை நீ கரந்து
என்னைச் செய்கின்றன
என் கொள் சிந்தையுள் நைகின்றேன்
என் கரிய மாணிக்கமே என் கண்கட்குத்
தின் கொள்ள ஒரு நாள் அருளாய், உன் திரு உருவே
Prayers
Being a temple that has the name of both Saturn and the Sun God - Kari (Sani - Saturn) and Manikkam (Aditya - Sun God) - it is believed that this temple is a Prarthana Sthalam for liberation from all curses/Doshams. Belief is also that the Lord answers the prayers of devotees who have problems with eye sight/vision.
Contact
Kariya Manikkam Perumal Temple,
Thirunelveli Town, Thirunelveli District
Phone: +91 462 2320020
Mobile: +91 92457 77727
Connectivity
The Temple is located at about ½ Km South West of Nellaiyappar Temple and located near Railway Station. Nearest Airport is located at Madurai and Thiruvananthapuram.

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