Sri Saranatha Perumal Temple is a Hindu temple located in the village of Tirucherai . The presiding deity is Vishnu who is known as “Saranathan”. The temple is one of the 108 Divya Desams where Lord Vishnu is seen with five Goddesses: Sridevi, Boomidevi, Neela devi, Mahalakshmi and Sara Naayagi gives away his heartfelt blessings. The presiding deity is Vishnu who is known as “Saranathan”.
After the fall of the Vijayanagar Empire in Tanjore, Azhagiya Manavala Naicker who ruled Tanjore planned to erect a temple for Rajagopala swamy in Mannarkudi. He appointed his minister Narasa Boopalan for this job. He was to get Blackstones from all possible places.
This minister was a great worshipper of Saranatha Perumal of Thirucherai and wanted to erect a temple for him too. So he ordered his men to unload one stone from each cart which passed Thirucherai.
A spy of the king caught hold of this and informed the king. The angered king came for an inspection. But before that in overnight Narasa Boopalan constructed this temple and to please the king he added a sannathi for Rajagopala swamy too and his plan worked and he was away from kings anger after that the king ordered to complete the temple with his money.
When time came to destroy the world and finish the yugam, Brahma was worried a lot. He pleaded Lord Vishnu to tell him a way to keep the tools necessary for Srishti and all vedas safely. Lord ordered him to put all these things in a strong mud pot and after trying mud from all places Brahma finally made a pot out of the sand taken from Thirucherai and saved all vedhas and all necessary aids for srishti.
Hence as this placed gave the magical mud which held a lead role this place became the reason for all living things to live even after the Maha pralaya so this place is called “Sara Shetram”.
The source is Tirunam Saranatha Perumal. Mother’s name is Thirunam Saranayaki’s mother, Panchalakshmi’s mother. The Sarnath Perumal Temple is a rectory where the Thirumangai Alwar Mangalasasana was sung in Tirucherai, which is referred to as Tirucharam in the Puranas.
Unlike any other Vaishnava temple, the Thaipusam festival is celebrated here critically. It is also special that a grand ceremony and puja is held for Kavirittai. The 10 day Thaipusam festival is one of the important festivals held here. The 10 day Thaipusam festival is one of the most important festivals held here. Election on the 10th day. The festival is celebrated on the day of Thaipusam as the event where Goddess Perumal is presented to the Mother of Cauvery with five goddesses.
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