Friday, December 25, 2015

Ulagalantha Perumal Temple (Trivikrama Temple), Tirukoyilur, Villupuram

Ulagalantha Perumal Temple (Trivikrama Temple), Tirukoyilur, Villupuram
Ulagalantha Perumal Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Vishnu located in TirukoyilurTamilnadu. It was 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 Ulagalantha Perumal and his consort Lakshmi as Poongothai. The temple is believed to have been built by the Medieval Cholas, with later contributions from Vijayanagar kings and Madurai Nayaks. The temple covers an area of 5 acres (20,000 m2) and has a temple tower that is the third tallest in Tamil Nadu, measuring 192 ft (59 m) in height.

As per Hindu legend, Vamana, a dwarf and an avatar of Vishnu was appeared here to quell the pride of Asura king Bali. The temple is believed to be the place where the first three Azhwars, the Vaishnava saints, namely, Poigai AlvarBhoothathalvar and Peyalvar attained salvation. The temple is one of the Panchakanna (Krishnaranya) Kshetrams, the five holy temples associated with Krishna, an avatar of Vishnu.
Ulagalantha Perumal is believed to have appeared to king Mahabali and the Azhwars. Six daily rituals and a dozen yearly festivals are held at the temple, of which the chariot festival, celebrated during the Tamil month of Chittirai (March–April), is the most prominent. The temple is maintained and administered by the Hindu Religious and Endowment Board of the Government of Tamil Nadu.

This temple is dedicated to Sri Trivikrama – Ulagalanda Perumal, the fifth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. It is situated on the southern bank of Krishnabadra in South Arcot district of Tamilnadu. This temple tower is one of the tallest, measuring 192 feet in height. The Alwars Poigai Alwar, Boodathalwar & Peiyalwar sang in praise of Lord Vishnu which formed the integral part of the Nalayira Divya Prabandham.
One of the special features is that one idol contains the forms of two Gods - front side as Chakkarathalwar with sixteen hands and the back side as Narasimhar.

This Divyadesam is a vast temple located at Thirukkovilur (near Thiruvannamalai), which is also home to the Thirukkovilur Veerattam, an ancient shrine glorified by the Thevaram hymns. This temple has a history of royal patronage.
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Greatness of Temple
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The temple
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Temple Opening Time
The temple is open from 6.30 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.
Devotees strongly believe that Lord Trivikrama would respond their prayers seeking high positions, promotions and regaining the positions they have lost.  Devotees are blessed with happy wedding, children and freedom from enemies.  Lord Chakarathzhwar frees the devotees from the evil effects of spells and witchcrafts.

Offering Vastras and Tulsi garlands to Lord and Mother, lighting ghee lamps, performing turmeric abishek to Mother, Kumkum abishek to Mother Durga and feeding the devotees – Annadhanam – are the prayer commitments followed by devotees.
Festivals & Religious Practices
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Vaishnavite Saints Poigai Azhwar, Bhoodhathazwar, Peyazhwar and Thirumangai Azhwar had sung the glory of Lord Trivikrama in their celebrated hymns of Nalayira Divya Prabandham.
Literary mention
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Sri Trivikramaswami Temple,
Tirukovilur-605 757
Villupuram district
Phone: +91- 94862 79990
According to Older tradition, "Ko" means cow in Tamil and Cow is related to Dharma. So, Cow is related Aathma if the people and the God is related to the person who is taking care of all the Cows, Goats etc. Since, Lord Narayana (Vishnu) is saying this message to the world; this place is called as "Tirukoviloor".

Both Saivam and Vaishnavam should be treated as a single one. This is the primary thing, which is taken care of by the Alwar at this place.
There should be no difference between these two castes. In this way this village is built without any racism.

This is one among the "Pancha Krishnaranya Kshetram". Other Ksthremas are Thirukkannankudi, Thirukkannapuram, Thirukkannanmangai and Kabisthalam.
The Sthalam is the starting point of the great, Nalayira Divya Prabandham explained to the World.
This temple is situated in Villupuram district in Tamil Nadu. 2 miles away from Thirukovilur lies between Vizhupuram to Kaatpaadi railway lane. Some other routes are from Pondicherry to Bangalore, Chittoor - Trichy (Via Vellore) - Cuddalore, from Thiruvannamalai, Vizhupuram also have plenty of bus facilities. It is situated on the banks of Thenpennai River.
Thirukkovilur is on the Panruti-Vellore route. Bus facility is available from Villupuram. The place is 75 km from Cuddalore, 36 km Villupuram, 36 km from Thiruvannamalai and 40 km from Kallakurichi. 
Nearest Railway Station: Thirukkovilur (Villupuram – Kadpadi line)
Nearest Airport: Chennai.

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