Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Vijayaraghava Perumal Temple (Thiruputkuzhi), Kanchipuram – The Temple

Vijayaraghava Perumal Temple (Thiruputkuzhi), Kanchipuram – The Temple
The temple is believed to have been built by the Pandya kings during the 13th century, as seen from the stone inscriptions in the temple. The temple here is one among the 108 Divya Desams and is dedicated to Lord Vijayaraghavaswamy (Moolavar). There is a separate temple for Thayar in the form of Maragathavalli Thayar and a Sannidhi for Sri Ramanuja as well.

Lord Vijaya Raghava Perumal blesses the devotees with Jatayu on his lap. Both the Nachiyars are found on both the sides, but in opposite manner. During all Perumal processions, due regard is offered to Jatayu also. As this is the place, where Lord Rama performed the last rites for Jatayu the eagle, who fought with Ravana to rescue Sita from him and sacrificed his life in the service of the Lord, as a mark of honour to him, the flag post and the Balipeeta are outside the temple.

Vijayaraghava Perumal temple houses a separate shrine for Goddess Maragathavalli Thayar. The Pushkarani (temple tank) of Vijayaraghava Perumal temple is called as Jatayu Pushkarani. The Vimanam (the tower above the sanctum sanctorum) of Vijayaraghava Perumal temple is called as Vijaya Koti Vimanam. The temple has been revered as Nalayira Divya Prabandham, a Vaishnava canon, and hymns were sung by Thirumangai Azhwar, the saint of south India.

Sundara Pandyan, the Pandya King, was one of the earliest rulers to have renovated this temple. Rayas, known for their attachment to Vishnu temples, are also said to have contributed to the renovation of this temple. While the temple currently comes under the endowment board, it is completely run by the Maragathavalli Trust (MSVRP Trust), which has done a commendable job in recent years. 

The Vijayaraghava temple wears a clean and neat look, with the Trust management cleaning the prakaram on a regular basis. The temple tank, which had worn a barren look several years ago (the Theppam fest had been stopped temporarily in 1974), is now brimming with water. 

Lord Vijaya Raghavan on Horse Vahanam is a special feature. There is a separate Sannidhi for Jataayu opposite the temple tank. On all festive occasions, Lord first visits the Jataayu Sannidhi during his street procession. Raama is said to have sent an arrow that created a pit here to bring sacred water into this place (this is where the temple tank is currently).

Moolavar & Thaayar:
The Perumal of this sthalam is Sri Vijayaraghava Perumal. Moolavar in found in sitting position facing East direction. Prathyaksham for Jadayu (Eagle). 
Thaayar: Maragathavalli Thayaar. She has her own temple. 
·        Jadayu
·        Ramanuja
·        Maragathavalli Thayaar
Jadayu Pushkarani.
Near this Theertham, in Thai month Theppa utsavam is done in a very big manner and special poojas are done on every Amavasai.
·        Vijaya Koti Vimanam.