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Sri Vaikundanatha Perumal Temple (Sri Vaikundam) Tirunelveli.

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This temple is situated in Tirunelveli district in Tamil Nadu. 1 1/2 miles away from Sri Vaikundam railway lane, this sthalam is situated. Bus facility, lodging facility with food facility is available. This sthalam is one of Azhwars Navatirupathi.

Sthlapuranam :

This sthalaperumal, Sri Vaikundanathan is found alone in Nidra Kolam, as Aadhiseshan serving him as an umbrella.

Once, a theif named, Kaala dooshakan, after steeling the precious things from the people had an agreement in his mind, that he will give half of the stolen things to this sthala perumal. As of its whenever he steels something, he dedicated half of the stolen things to Vaikunda nathan.

Srivaikundam – Kalla PiraanLikewise, once he stole some precious ornaments and things from King’s palace. But unfortunately, he was caught up by the palace authorities. They brought him to the palace and made to stand infront of the king. Without knowing what to do, he meditated on Sri Vaikundanathan, in his mind and heart. Since, the perumal got the things from the thief, he occupied entirely in the heart the minds of him.

After this, he explained the Aathma Gnana followings to the king. The voice and the appearance belongs to the thief, Kaaladooshan, but the explaination of the Gnana was told by Sri Vaikundanathan. After hearing this, the Emperumaan gave his dharshan to both, the king and the thief in Nindra Thirukkolam.

As asked by the king, this perumal is named as “Kalla Piraan”. Kalla – means thief. Since, he gave the seva through a thief, he is named as Kalla Piraan.

Once, Somagan, who was a demon steeled the vedas from Brahma devan and he seeked the help of Sriman Narayanan. Sri Vaikundanathan fought with the Arakkan (demon) to get back the vedas. This is one of the said story about this sthala perumal.

Born as an ordinary human in Ayodhya, Brighu Chakravarthy in the next generation as a biggest emperor, he ws given the prathyaksham of this sthala Emperumaan. Devendran, Indiran was also given the prathyaksham.

The utsavar – Kallabiraan with the Gadha, a weapon in his hand and along with the Sangu and Chakkaram along with Periya piratti and Bhoomi piratti along the two sides, he giving his seva as “Abayakara Varadhan” in Nindra Kolam.

The Sculpturist, after finished doing the utsavar – Kallabiraan, was excited and forgot himself on the beauty of the perumal. As an excitement, he pinched (Expressed as the happiness and the admiration of the beauty the Kallapiraan perumaal. Because of this, a small impression is found on the cheeks of this utsava perumal.

That kind of beauty, this kallapiraan perumal is Moolavar, after fighting with the Somagasuran for the vedas of Brahma devan, in an hurry, he climbed up on Garudan leaving two pirattiyaar. Because of this only, the Moolavar is found alone in this sthalam in Nindra Kolam.

This sthala perumal is also named as “Paal Pandiyan”. The story behind is one of things that has to be explained.

Brahma devan did the tapas on the perumal and the perumal suddenly disappeared in to the earth. But the cows, which roamed along the place, automatically gave the milk, where the perumal disappeared. After digging the place, Brahma devan took out the perumal out of the place and after he raised this temple. Since, he was able to get out the perumal, because of the cow’s milk, this perumal is also named as “Paal Pandiyan”. “Paal means – milk”.

It is said that Sooriya perumal, worship this perumal twice a year. As that of it, 6 day of chittirai and 6 day of Iyppasi month, the rays of the sun cross the Gopura entrance and is found all along the Emperumaan as explaining that he is worshipped him.

Two thaayars, Vaikunda valli and Sora Valli are found in separate sannadhis. Vaikunda valli is periya pirattiyaar and Sora valli is found after the Soranatha Naachiyaar’s vaasal. The vaikunda vaasal is opened only during Vaikunda Ekadasi.

Near the Vaikunda Vaasal, manavaala maamunigal sannadhi and Dasavatharam of Sri Vishnu is found. Opposite to this is a separate sannadhis for Yoga Narasimhar in south east direction. Every tuesday, special Poojas are done for Yoga Narasimhar.

On the North side a separate sannadhi for Thiruvenkada Mudayaan, Sri Srinivasar in big mandapam is found.

The Moolavar is Sri Vaikundanathan. Other names of him are Kalla Piraan, Paal Pandiyan. Moolavar in Nindra Thirukkolam facing east direction.
Prathyaksham for Brighu Chakaravarthy and Indiran.
Thaayar : Two thaayars namely Vaikundha Valli and Bhoodevi are found. They have their own separate sannadhis.Pushkarani: Brighu Theertham, Tamirabarani Nadhi. Vimanam: Chandira Vimaanam.
The Gopuram is very big which is 110 feet in height and 500 feet in width, and 396 feet wide big walls which encloses the temple. Numerous sculpture are found in the 100 pillared mandapam which is found near Moolavar sannadhi.
The architecture of the temple is simply amazing and there are three prakarams in the temple. The temple gopuram is 110 feet in height and 500 feet in width. The sanctum houses the image of Sri Vaikuntanathar in standing posture with a mace in his hand. Adisesha, the serpent god, unfurls his hood over Vishnu. This is the only divya desam where Adisesha has his hood above the standing Lord. There are shrines to Krishna, Lakshmi Narasimha, Hanuman, and Tiruvenkatamudaiyar. The Tiruvenkatamudaiyar Mandapam is rich with sculptures of Yallis, Elephants and Warriors.

The nine Vaishnava temples known as the Navathirupatis are also considered to be associated with the Navagrahas. The Perumale in all the nine Tirupatis are considered and worshiped as Navagrahas. These Pandya Navathirupathi sites are revered as Navagraha sites along with the sites located in Chola country. All these sites are located in Thoothukudi district. The presiding sun of the Navagrahas is Mahavishnu. He is also known as Surya Narayanan. From the fact that all the other planets except Saturn, who has attained the degree of Easwara, wear the marriage-name on his forehead, one can feel that the Navagrahas are associated with Vaishnavism.

The ten incarnations of Tirumala and the Navagols associated with them are as follows:

  1. Incarnation of Rama: Sun.
  2. Incarnation of Krishna: Moon
  3. Incarnation of Narasimhar: Tuesday
  4. Kalki incarnation: Wednesday
  5. Dwarf incarnation: Guru
  6. Parasurama incarnation: Venus
  7. Kurma incarnation: Saturn
  8. Machcha incarnation: Ketu
  9. Incarnation of Balarama: Kuligan
  10. Varagar incarnation: Rahu

The neophytes associated with the Navagrahas are as follows:

The neophytes associated with the Navagrahas are as follows:

  1. Sun: Thiruvaikundam
  2. Moon: Varagunamangai3.
  3. Chevvai : Tirukoilur
  4. Budahan: Tirupuliyangudi
  5. Guru: Alvarthirunagari
  6. Sukra: Then Thiruporai
  7. Saturn: Perunkulam
  8. Rahu: Double Tirupati (Thevarpran)
  9. Ketu: Double Tirupati (Aravindhalosana)

All the Navathirupathi places are Mangalasasana by Nammazhvara. This week we are going to visit the Arulmigu Kallapran Swami Temple, the sun-drenched temple in Navathirupathi, in the line of Srivaikuntam Kallapran Health Temples. Mythological Special: In ancient times, in the Naimicharanya sacred forest, the best sellers of education such as the Maharishis and Brahmarishis gathered and argued about the holy shrine of the holy theertham. To ask him to recite the sites and theerthams associated with Tirumala, the Suta sage narrated the glory of Thiruvaikundanathan, the first of the Navatirupatis, as the holy theertham Tamiraparani and the Navathirupatis as the Thirumal temples.

The temple is one of the Navagraha temples in Vaishnavism, associated with Surya, the Sun god. The unique feature of this temple is that the Sun’s rays falls directly on Lord Vaikuntanathar on two days (on the 6th day of Chitrai (April-May) and Aipasi (October-November)) every year.

The Garuda Sevai festival is a spectacular event held in the month of Vaikasi (May-Jun) at this temple. During the festival, the festival idols from Navatirupathi temples are brought here on Garuda vahana. The Garuda Sevai utsavam(festival) in the month of Vaikasi(May-Jun) witnesses 9 Garudasevai, a spectacular event in which festival image idols from the nava tirupathis shrines in the area are brought on Garuda vahana. An idol ofNammalvar is also brought here on a Anna Vahanam(palaquin) and his paasurams(verses) dedicated to each of these 9 temples are recited. The utsavar of Nammalvaris taken in a palanquin to each of the 9 temples, through the paddy fields in the area. The paasurams(poems) dedicated to each of the 9 Divyadesams are chanted in the respective shrines. This is the most important of the festivals in this area, and it draws thousands of visitors.

Mythological Special: In ancient times, in the Naimicharanya sacred forest, the best sellers of education such as the Maharishis and Brahmarishis gathered and argued about the holy shrine of the holy theertham. To ask him to recite the sites and theerthams associated with Tirumala, the Suta sage narrated the glory of Thiruvaikundanathan, the first of the Navatirupatis, as the holy theertham Tamiraparani and the Navathirupatis as the Thirumal temples.

In ancient times, a demon named Somukan stole the scriptures and the ability to create from Brahman. Brahman also changed the penance in his left hand into a disciple and ordered him to visit the holy places on earth. When the disciple reached Jayantipuri on the banks of the Tamiraparani river, he was attracted by the Asura Moginis and forgot his command to depart from his duty. Knowing this by his enlightenment, Brahman turned the mandala in his right hand into a woman and ordered her to find a place of penance on the banks of the Tamiraparani river above the Ganges.

The woman also learned of Tamiraparani’s pride and told Brahman about Thiruvaikundattalam on the banks of the Tamiraparani river. Knowing this, Brahman bathed in the Tamiraparani Theertham and performed severe penance. Sarveshwaran, who was moved by Brahman ‘s meditation, appeared before Brahman and asked him to ask for what he needed. Also, at the request of Brahman, Srimannarayana rises in the name of Lord Thiruvaikundapathi and bestows all blessings on the devotees who come here to worship him. Legend: Weeragupta, a famous merchant in Thiruvaikundam, had a son named Kala Dusakan. Ivan is a thief. Before Ivan went to steal, he served Thiruvaikundanathan and prayed that he would not be caught by anyone while he was stealing.

As a result of the good deeds done in his previous life, he used to bathe in the Kalasa Theertham at Thiruvaikunda and serve Perumala. Thus one day at midnight the bride escaped by plundering the great treasures in the palace of the kingdom. But his colleagues were caught by the guards. Knowing the details through them, the king ordered the guards to capture the term blasphemer. Knowing this, Dusakan surrendered to Thiruvaikundapathi and begged him to dedicate his treasures to the temple. Emperuman, who had made it his mission to protect the captives, gave refuge to the term blasphemer.

Then Emperumane went to the palace in the form of a term blasphemer. I feel pity when I see you stealing towards the king and the thief leader Who are you? He asked. Emperuman says to the king, O king, you do not realize your mistake. The wealth of the government is wasted by you and those around you. Money has four aunts (partners). I.e. Dharma, King, Thief, Agni. The king of these is to uphold the Dharma and protect the citizens. He told the king that I had played this game to make you realize that you had failed to do so, and that I was proud to save the world. Thiruvaikundapathi was called Kallapiran (Soranathan) by guarding the thief.

Temple Highlights:
The revision is the first of its kind. It is the fifty-fourth divine nation out of the hundred and eight divine nations. In the temple, the rays of the sun are read twice a year on the full moon day of the month of Chittirai and at dawn on the full moon day of the month of Ipasi among the Thiruvadis of Moolavar Thiruvaikundanathar. The whole of the night glows towards the Lord. This sun worship is done to Lord Shiva in many places, but only to this place sun worship is done for Thirumal. It is believed that Surya Tosham Pitru Tosham departs from worshiping Ithalattu Swami.

Devotees worship the Lord by asking for a place in both worlds to attain the state of Moksha (Motsam). Those who have sun related defects in the horoscope can pray here for relief.
On the first day of the month, 108 blankets will be worn for Ithalattu Kallapran. Then, he would walk around the flagpole. After this, each blanket will be taken and the decoration will be dissolved. It is customary for devotees to make sandalwood bracelets and worship the blind man to fulfill their prayers.

Thiruvaikundam is located on the Tirunelveli-Thiruchendur Highway. From Tirunelveli, Thoothukudi and Thiruchendur to Thiruvaikundam.Srivaikuntam is in the Tirunelveli-Tiruchendur railway route and the temple is about 3 kms from the station. It is about 30 kms from Tirunelveli, from where frequent bus services are available. Adequate bus-services are available from Tirunelveli / Tiruchendur.

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