TIRUNANDIPURA VINNAGARAM (KUMBAKONAM), TN,
One of the 108 Temples and Celestial Abodes of Vishnu revered by Tamil Hymns of the Alwars of the 1st millennium CE
LOCATION: Tirunandipura Vinnagaram (Naadan Kovil) near Kumbakonam
VISHNU: Jagannathan, Naathanathan
THEERTHAM: Nandi theertha Pushkarini
VIMAANAM: Mandaara Vimanam
TRAVEL BASE: Kumbhakonam
DESCRIPTION: This Divyadesam is located at Nandipura Vinnagaram near Korukkai, near Kumbhakonam. The name Nandipuram stems from the association with Nandivarama Pallavan, or alternatively from the legend where it is believed that Nandi performed penances in this village.
DEITIES: The Moolavar here is Jagannathan or Vinnagarapperumaal in a seated posture facing west, while Taayaar here is Shenbagavalli.
TEMPLE: This temple has fort like walls and a rajagopuram and a west facing sanctum. An image of Nandi is seen on one of the walls of the sanctum.
It is believed that Vishnu who originally faced the east, turned westward to look at the spectacle of King Sibi, keeping his word to a dove who had filed a grievance to him – placing his entire weight on a balance to compensate for the injury suffered by the bird.
LEGENDS: Legend has it that to seek atonement for the fault of insulting the Dwarapalakas of Vishnu, Nandi performed penances at the temple and hence the name Nandipura Vinnagaram.
Legend also has it that king Sibi obtained a vision of Vishnu at this shrine.
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