TIRUVELLIYANKUDI (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: Tiruvelliyangudi near Kumbakonam (Chola Naadu)
VISHNU: Kolavilli Raman
THEERTHAM: Sukra Theertham
VIMAANAM: Pushkalavartaka Vimanam
TRAVEL BASE: Kumbhakonam
DESCRIPTION: This Divyadesam is located 20 km north east of Kumbhakonam (enroute to Aaduturai. ). It is also known as Bhargavapuram.
DEITIES: The Moolavar here is Kolavilli Raman in a reclining posture facing east and the Utsavar is Sringara Sundaran. Thaayaar here is Raktavalli. It is believed that visiting this DivyaDesam is equivalent to visiting all of the 108 shrines.
TEMPLE: This temple with 2 prakarams faces the east. The stala vriksham here is the banana tree.
LEGENDS: Sukran, Bhrama, Indra, Parasarar, Mayan, Markandeyar and Bhumi Devi are believed to have worshipped here. The sanskrit name Bhargavapuram and the tamil name Velliankudi arise from the legend that Sukra worshipped Vishnu here.
Legend has it that the divine architect Mayan meditated towards Vishnu and obtained a vision of Vishnu armed with his discus and conch. He then requested for a vision of Vishnu in the form of Rama. Legend has it that Vishnu handed his discus and his conch to Garudan and took the form of Rama armed with a bow.
Hence the tamil name Kolavilli Raman and the unusual depiction of Garuda with the conch and the discus.
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