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Sri Aadhikesava Perumal Temple – Thiru Vattaaru,Kanyakumari.

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Adikesavaperumal Temple is a Hindu temple located in Thiruvattar, Kanyakumari district, Tamil Nadu, India and is one of the 108 Divya desams, the holy sites of Hindu Vaishnavism in keeping with existing Tamil hymns from the seventh and 8th centuries C.E. The temple is one of the ancient thirteen Divya Deshams of Malai Nadu. The temple is a picturesque setting surrounded on 3 facets by rivers particularly, (River Kothai, River Pahrali and River Thamirabarani) It turned into the Rajya Temple and Bharadevatha shrine of Erstwhile Travancore. After state reorganisation, the temple handed over to Tamilnadu H&RCE Dept. The presiding Vishnu in the shape of Ananthapadmabhan/Adikeshavaperumal is thought to be older than Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram. Since Vishnu is living right here in a reclining function, and is surrounded by means of rivers, the temple is referred to as as “The Srirangam of Chera Kingdom”.
Thiruvattar Sree Adikesava Perumal Temple is situated 6 km north-east of Marthandam and 30 km north-west of Nagercoil (in Kanyakumari district, Tamil Nadu). The temple is surrounded on three sides by rivers (Kothai,Parali and Thamirabarani). Paraliyar takes a turn in this place and it is called vattaru and when the temple of Adikeasav Perumal was created it came to be known as Thriuvattaru.

The Adikeshava temple is likewise wherein Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, founder of the Gaudiya Vaishnava motion, found the lost manuscript of the Brahma Samhita.

The Lord AdiKesavaSwamy manner ‘Foremost Friend’. Legend says that Lord AdiKesavaSwamy defeated the demon Kesi. The demon’s wife prayed to the River Ganges and to River Thamirabarani and created a destruction. But it was in vain and he or she surrendered to the Lord. Thus, the formation of the rivers made in a circle got here to be called Thiruvattaru

Vaikunta Ekadesi is well known with pomp and glory. Paal Payasam (Milk Kheer), Aval and Appam are scrumptious prasadams at this temple. The pujas are executed inside the same way as that of the Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple, Thiruvananthapuram.
Moolavar : Adi Kesava Perumal, West Facing Bujanga Sayanam
Thaayar : Maragada Valli Thaayar
Utsavar : Adi Kesavan
Azhvaar : NammAzhvaar has praised the Lord with 11 paasurams

Asuras Kesan and Kesi tried to disrupt the Yaagam of Brahmma and troubled the Devas, who requested Lord Vishnu to help them destroy the asuras. Vishnu came here, killed Kesan and kicked down and slept on Kesi displaying his Sayana Kolam. Kesi’s wife invoked the blessings of Goddess Ganga, who along with Tamaraibarani, came with great velocity to cause floods here. Seeing this and as per the instructions of the Lord,Bhoodevi created a mount to block the over flow. Realising the fault, Ganga and Tamaraibarani split into two and into a circular formation around the Lord in a symbolic gesture of garlanding the Lord.

As the Lord killed the Asura Kesan, he came to be called ‘Adi Kesavan’. This Divya Desam is surrounded and circled by rivers (River Parali) from all sides. Hence, this place came to called Thiru ‘Vatta-aaru’.

Lord seen sleeping in opposite direction
One has to climb 18 steps to reach the Adi Kesavan Sannidhi, where the 22 feet Lord, made out of 16008 Saligramams, is seen in a West facing Bhujanga Sayanam (seen sleeping in the opposite direction –Head in the South, Feet in the North).

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