Saturday, February 20, 2021

Kolavilli Ramar Temple, Tiruvelliyangudi – Religious Significance

Kolavilli Ramar Temple, Tiruvelliyangudi – Religious Significance

Vaishnava Navagraha Temples of Tamil Nadu:

The temple is considered as one of the nine Vaishnava Navagraha temples of Tamil Nadu and is a part of the popular Navagraha pilgrimage in the state. This Temple is associated with the planet Venus (Shukra). The planets are believed to influence the horoscope computed based on time of one's birth and subsequently influence the course of life. Each of the planets are believed to move from a star to another during a predefined period and thus sway over an individual's fortunes.

The Navagrahas, as per Hindu customs, are believed to provide both good and bad effects for any individual and the bad effects are mitigated by prayers. As in other Navagraha temples, the common worship practices of the devotees include offering of cloth, grains, flowers and jewels specific to the planet deity. Lighting a set of lamps is also commonly followed in the temple. As per belief, the energies distributed cyclically by Navagrahas can be channeled based on remedial measures.

Vaishnava Navagraha Temples of Tamil Nadu are;

1. Sarangapani Temple, Kumbakonam, Thanjavur (Suryan / Sun)

2. Thiru Nandipura Vinnagaram Temple, Nathan Kovil, Thanjavur (Chandran / Moon)

3. Thirunaraiyur Nambi Temple, Nachiyar Koil, Thanjavur (Chevvai / Mars)

4. Valvil Rama Temple, Thirupullabhoothangudi, Thanjavur (Budhan / Mercury)

5. Andalukkum Aiyan Temple, Adhanur, Thanjavur (Guru / Jupiter)

6. Kolavilli Ramar Temple, Tiruvelliyangudi, Thanjavur (Sukran / Venus)

7.  Uppiliappan Temple, Tirunageswaram, Thanjavur (Sani / Saturn)

8. Gajendra Varadha Temple, Thirukkavithalam, Papanasam, Thanjavur (Rahu / North Node) 

9. Jakath Rakshaka Perumal Temple, Thirukkoodaloor, Thanjavur (Kethu / South Node)

10. Saranathan Temple, Thirucherai, Kumbakonam, Thanjavur (Mandhi / Kuligan)

Divya Desam:

The temple is revered in Nalayira Divya Prabandham, the 7th – 9th century Vaishnava canon, by Thirumangai Alvar in ten pasurams. The temple is classified as a Divyadesam, one of the 108 Vishnu temples that are mentioned in Nalayira Divya Prabandham. Thirumangai Azhvaar in his Periya Thirumozhi verse refers Lord Vishnu of this temple as Kola Villi Rama.

Equivalent to 108 Divya Desams:

It is said that praying at this temple would be equal to praying at all the 108 Divyadesams.

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