One of the 108 Temples and Celestial Abodes of Vishnu revered by Tamil Hymns of the Alwars of the 1st millennium CE
LOCATION: Terezhundur near Mayiladuturai, (Chola Naadu)
VISHNU: Devadirajan, Aamaruviappan
THEERTHAM: Darshana Pushkarini
VIMAANAM: Garuda Vimanam
TRAVEL BASE: Mayiladuturai
DESCRIPTION: This Divya Desam, known as the Aamaruviyappan temple, is located near Mayiladuturai and is one of the five shrines sacred to Krishna. Also located in this village is the Tiruvazhundur Shivastalam, connected with the legend of Shivas marriage with Parvati, the daughter of Bharata Muni. Tiruvazhundur is the birthplace of Kambar, the author of Ramayanam in Tamil.
This shrine has been referred to in Tamil Sangam literature such as Akanaanooru and Puranaanooru. Tiruvazhundur or Terezhundur is revered as one of the five Krishnaranya kshetrams Tiruvazhundur, Tirukkannankudi, Kapistalam, Kannapuram and Kannamangai.
DEITIES: The Moolavar here is Devadirajan in a standing posture facing east. To his right is Prahladan and to his left, Garudan. Kaveri is portrayed worshipping Vishnu in the sanctum. The Utsavar is Aamaruviyappan portrayed as one grazing cattle. Taayaar here is Senkamalavalli.
LEGENDS: Has it that Bhrama caused the herds of cattle being grazed by Krishna to disappear and that Krishna caused another herd to be created, upon which Bhrama apologized to Krishna, and requested him to take abode at Tiruvazhundur. The charriot of a King by name Oordvaradan is said to have gotten stuck in this town and hence the name Terazhundur.
Legend has it that Vishnu was worshipped by Kaveri, Garudan, Agastya, Dharma, the king Uparisravas.
TEMPLES: Images of Lakshmi on the vimanam crowning this shrine, are of great beauty. The temple tank is located across from the entrance.
This east facing temple with 2 prakarams has a 3 tiered rajagopuram. Images of Kamban and his wife are seen in the temple. Other shrines here include those to Yoga Narasimha, Rama, Hanumar, Vasudevar, the Alwars and the Acharyas.
FESTIVALS: The annual festival is celebrated in the month of Vaikasi. The Kamban festival is celebrated for 3 days in the month of Pankuni.
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