Sri Maayapiran Perumal Temple is revered as one of the 108 Divya Desam temples of Lord Vishnu. Sri Maayapiran Perumal Temple also called as ‘Thirupuliyoor Mahavishnu Temple’, situated in Puliyoor, Alappuzha District of Kerala and also revered as one of the 108 Divya Desam temples, dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Thirupuliyoor Mahavishnu Temple is mainly dedicated to Lord Krishna, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu and also glorified in Nalayira Divya Prabandham, a Vaishnava canon, and mangalaasan (devotional songs) were sang by the azhwar saints Nammazhwar and Tirumangai azhwar.
Thirupuliyoor Mahavishnu Temple is considered as one of the five ancient temples in Chengannur, Kerala and one of the temples which is connected with the legends of Mahabharata, one of the two major Sanskrit epics of ancient India. And these five temples are believed to be built by the Pancha Pandavas (five princes), the five acknowledged sons of Pandu, who ruled Hastinapura (a town and a nagar panchayat in Meerut district of Uttar Pradesh). The five temples built by the Pancha Pandavas are:
Thrichittatt Maha Vishnu Temple by Yudishtira
Thirupuliyoor Mahavishnu Temple by Bheema
Aranmula Parthasarathy Temple by Arjuna
Thiruvanvandoor Mahavishnu Temple by Nakula
Thrikodithanam Mahavishnu Temple by Sahadeva
Legend The legend says that the Pancha Pandavas after enthroning Parikshit, a Kuru king who reigned during the Middle Vedic period (12th or 11th century BCE), as a king of Hastinapura, the Pancha Pandavas started a pilgrimage. And on arriving on the banks of Pamba River, it is said that each of them installed an image of Lord Krishna. And it is believed that Thirupuliyoor Mahavishnu Temple is built by Bheema, the second of the Pancha Pandavas. Bheema is considered to be more powerful among the Pancha Pandavas.
The presiding deity of this Sri Maayapiran Perumal Temple is Lord Maayapiran (Lord Vishnu), in a standing posture facing towards the east direction and the Goddess of this temple is Goddess Porkodi Nachiyaar. One of the special feature of this temple is that this temple places the weapon called Gatha, which is used by Bheema.
Thirupuliyoor Mahavishnu Temple contains the deities of Sapta Rishis (saints) Atthri, Vasishtar, Kaasyapar, Gouthamar, Bharadwajar, Vishvamitra and Jamadagni, who were believed to perform Seva (selfless service) along with goddess Porkodi Nachiyaar to Lord Emperumaan (Lord Vishnu). And the Sapta Rishis are believed to have attained moksha (liberation) towards Lord Emperumaan (Lord Vishnu). The Theertham (temple tank) of this temple are Pragnya saras theertham and poonsunai theertham. The Vimanam (tower above the sanctum sanctorum) of the temple is called Purushothama Vimanam.
Location: Tiruppuliyur (Kuttanaadu) near Chengannur
Taayaar: Porkodi Naachiyaar
Paasuram :Nammalwar, Tirumangaialwar
The temple is said to have been dedicated by Bhima, one of the Pancha Pandavas. Vrushadharpi, the son of the CBI, committed many sins during his reign here. The king wondered what he could do to get rid of this sin. Then he knew that the Saptarishis had come there and ordered them to donate.
Arasano Mahabhavi, the Saptarishis decided that he should not buy donations by hand and refused to buy donations. Realizing this, the king sent his gift of mixed fruit in a different way. For the Sapta Rishis this is known through Gnana Thrushti. Refused again. Thus the angry king tried to kill the Saptarishis by a woman. History has it that the Saptarishis realized this and killed the deadly woman and took the Saptarishis to heaven to pray to Tirumala! Nammazhvar and Thirumangaiyalvar have done Mangalasana for this temple.
For those who are good, and for the common people who have no strength other than divine wealth, hardships will continue to come. No one can say when or how these phases will come. The Tirupuliyur Mayapran Temple is the place where one should seek refuge in the Lord if everyone abandons himself. The Lord will surely relieve their sufferings and bless them by giving them a place in heaven.