Thiruvanparisaram – Sri Kuralappa Perumal Temple
This Divyadesam, Thiruvanparisaram is also known as “Thirupathisaram” and lies around 3 miles away from Nagarkoil. Thiruvanparisaram is very close to Nagarkovil. This is a Malai Nattu Divya Desam. Temple is a mixture of Kerala and Tamil Nadu style architecure. Malayala priests perform Poojai. Thiru Vazh Marban (The one who has Lakshmi in his heart) is the name of the Lord.
Goddess Shri Mahalakshmi, who is generally found on the right side of the heart of Lord Vishnu, is found on the left side of this Temple. Banyan tree is found near the Lakshmi Theertham, which is capable of curing diseases and it is also said to be the hamsam of the Lord Vishnu.
The idol of the main deity is 9 feet tall and made of a special element called “Katusarkara Yogam” (Mustard and Jaggery paste) and no ritual bathing (Abhishekam) is performed to it. The deity has shangu (Conch) and chakra in the hands and Goddess Shri Mahalakshmi in his chest (Thiru Vazhmarbhan). Dashavathara (Ten incarnations of lord Vishnu) paintings adorn the Indra Kalyana Mandapam of this temple. It is a famous temple in Tamil Nadu.
Other shrines for Garuda, Shri Ganesha, Shri Rama, Shri Vishwaksenar, Shri Nammalvar.
This place was mentioned in the Nalayiradivyaprabandam (Sacred Hymns – the holy book of the Vaishnavaites). Nammalwar’s mother hailed from Thiruppathisaram.
Goddess Shri Mahalakshmi, who is generally found on the right side of the heart of lord Vishnu, is found on the left side of this temple. Banyan tree is found near the Lakshmi Theertham, which is capable of curing diseases and it is also said to be the hamsam of the lord Vishnu.
The presiding deity of this Thiruvanparisaram Sri Kuralappa Perumal Temple is Lord Thiruvazhmarban also called as Kuralappa Perumal (Lord Vishnu). The deity is 9 feet tall and is made of a special element called Kastusarkara yogam, Mustard and Jaggery paste. Since the presiding deity is made of Mustard and Jaggery paste, no Abishekam (bathing Pooja) is performed to the deity. Goddess Mahalakshmi is found on the chest of the lord. And Lord Kuralappa Perumal holds his weapons Shangu and Chakra in His hands. The Indra mandapam (hall) of the temple has a special paintings of Dashavatharam of Lord Vishnu, the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu.
The other deities of the Thiruvanparisaram Sri Kuralappa Perumal Temple are Goddess Sridevi, Goddess Bhoodevi, Lord Ganesha, Lord Rama, Garuda (the bull mount of Lord Vishnu), Vishwaksenar, saint Nammazhwar, and Lord Nataraja etc. This temple is glorified in Nalayira Divya Prabandham, a Vaishnava canon, and mangalaasanam (devotional song) was sang by the azhwar saint Nammazhwar. The Theertham (temple tank) of Sri Kuralappa Perumal temple is called Lakshmi theertham.
The exact date year about the construction of the temple was unknown. The major renovations of the temple was done by the King Kulashekhara, one of the twelve azhwar saints and Thirumalai Nayak, the most notable of the thirteen Madurai Nayak rulers in the 17th century. The legend says that the two couples named Udaya Nangai and Kaarimaran, got married at Thiruvanparisaram. Since they had no children, they visited Thirukurungudi temple, where Lord Nambi is the presiding deity, and prayed to Lord Nambi for child boon. Lord Nambi appeared before the couple and said that He Himself will be born to them and asked them to take the child to a the Tamarind tree at Thirunagari.
He also said that the child would bring them a great reputation. As Lord Nambi said, Udaya Nangai gave birth to a male child on Visaka Star day, which was a poornima full moon day. They took the child to Thirunagari as told by Lord Nambi, in a golden carrycot. The child suddenly climbed on the tree with Gnana Mudra, the most common yogic mudra used in meditation which refers to ‘Wisdom’. The child was believed to be in penance for 16 years. This is one of the sacred event which took place at the holy village Thiruvanparisaaram.
Festivals – Poornima day – May/June, Thiruvonam – January/February, Krishna Jayanthi – August/September
Vaikuntha Ekadasi – December/January, Annual Bhramotsavam – April to May.