Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Thiruppaarthanpalli (Thamaraiyaal Kelvan Perumal Temple), Thirunangur – The Temple

Thiruppaarthanpalli (Thamaraiyaal Kelvan Perumal Temple), Thirunangur – The Temple
It is located close to Thirunangur, a small village, 8 km east of Sirkali en route to Thiruvenkadu. The temple complex has a single prakaram (closed precincts of a temple) and separate shrines for Tamaraiyan Kelvan Perumal facing west, Shenbagavalli Thayar facing east. The vimana of the temple is called Narayana Vimanam and water body associated with the temple is called Katka Theertham. The festival images of Tamaraiyan Kalvan, Krishna and Rama, are stored in the shrine of Tamaraiyan Kelvan.

This is the only temple where the images of Rama and Krishna are housed in the same shrine. The main gateway tower, the Rajagopuram faces west and the temple is surrounded by walls. The temple tank is located in the southern side outside the temple complex. There is a separate hall in the temple complex that houses the chariot and festival chariots. The festival deity has four consorts namely, Sridevi, Bhudevi, Neeladevi and Jambavathy.

Following the legend of sage Agasthiyar, a separate shrine of Agasthiyar was built during the consecration of the temple in May 2015. The Moolavar is Thamaraiyaal Kelvan also called Parthasarathy, Lakshmi Rangar in a standing posture facing east with the Thayar Thamarai Nayaki. There is an Utsava Moorthi of Ramar called Kolavalli Raman with Sankhu, Chakra, Ghadhai, bow and arrow.

Theertham of this temple are Sankara Saras Pushkarani, Ganga theertham. As the Ekadasa Rudhiran got Dharsan here, the Pushkarani is known as Shankara Saras where Shankara means Lord Shiva and as an honour to Ganges which is in the top of Lord Shiva’s head, it is also known as Ganga Theertham.

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