TIRUKKANNAMANGAI (KRISHNA MANGALA KSHETRAM) – TIRUVARUR, TN,

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One of the 108 Temples and Celestial Abodes of Vishnu revered by Tamil Hymns of the Alwars of the 1st millennium CE

LOCATION: Tirukkannamangai near Tiruvarur (Chola Naadu)

VISHNU:  Bhaktavatsala Perumaal

THAYAAR: Abhishekavalli

THEERTHAM: Darshana Pushkarini

PAASURAM: Tirumangaialwar 

VIMAANAM: Utpala Vimanam

TRAVEL BASE: Tiruvarur

DESCRIPTION: This Divyadesam is located 6 km north west of Tiruvarur; at a distance of about 24km from Tirucherai. It is a grand temple with impressive sculptures.

This shrine is revered as one of the five Krishnaranya kshetrams  –  Tiruvazhundur, Tirukkannankudi, Kapistalam, Kannapuram and Kannamangai.

DEITIES: The Moolavar here is Bhaktavatsala Perumal in a standing posture facing east while Abhishekavalli is the presiding Taayaar here.

THE TEMPLE: This temple, covering a 10 acre area has 3 prakarams and a 5 tiered rajagopuram.

There are shrines to Kodandarama, Hayagreeva, Sanganidhi, Padmanidhi here. Sculptured images of Vaikunthanathan, and Mahavishnu on the Garuda mount are of great beauty here. Six worship services are offered each day here.

More recently, Ramalinga Adigalaar, Kaalamegappulavar and andakakavi Veeraraaghava Mudali have sung praises of this shrine.

LEGENDS: Has it that Lakshmi worshipped Vishnu here, and hence the name Lakshmivanam. It is believed that Shiva protects this shrine, from four temples located around here. Varuna and Romesa muni are said to have worshipped Vishnu here.

This shrine is also referred to as Saptamrita Kshetram thanks to the celebrated nature of 7 of its elements such as Vimanam, Mandapam, aaranyam, theertham, kshetram, river, town . Belief also has it that residing in this town, would enable one to be liberated of the cycle of births and deaths. A large beehive is located in the sanctum of Abhishekavalli Taayaar, and it is believed that the rishis in the form of bees offer worship to the deity.

Worship is offered to the beehive also.

The legend related to the moon's loss of his lustre and the penance that helped his regaining it holds here as in Somnath in Gujarat.

Legend also has it that Tirukkannamangai aandaan – a disciple of Naadamuni merged in the form of light with the image of the presiding deity here; this belief is commemorated in the Tiruvonam asterism of the tamil month of Aani.   

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