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Vaithamanidhi Perumal Temple

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Country  India
Location  Tirukkolur
Shrine  Srikara
Temple tank  Kubera
District  Thoothukudi
Poet  Nammalvar
State  Tamil Nadu
Primary deity  Vaithamanidhi (Vishnu)
Poets  Nammazhwar
Phone  04639 273 607
Architectural style  Dravidian architecture
Vaithamanidhi Perumal Temple
Address  Thirukalore, Tamil Nadu 628612
Consort  Kumudavalli, Kolurvalli(Lakshmi)
Similar  ThiruVaragunamangai Perumal Temple, Thiruvellakkulam, Kola Valvill Ramar Temple - T, Loganatha Perumal Temple, Sathyamurthi Perumal Temple

Sri Vaithamanidhi Permual Temple is one of the Nava Tirupathi., nine Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu located in Tiruchendur-Tirunelveli route, Tamil Nadu, India in the southern bank of Thamiraparani river.Thirukkolur is located at a distance of 4 km from Alwarthirunagari.This is the eighth temple of Nava thirupathi and is for mars (Sevvai). It is also called as Kuberasthalam. All these 9 temples are classified as "Divya Desams", the 108 temples of Vishnu revered by the 12 poet saints, or Alwars.

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The Temple

The place is the birthplace of Madhurakavi Alvar. The main deity has a reclining posture facing east. The temple has two prakaram(closed precincts of a temple).

History

Kubera the lord of wealth lost his prominence due to the curse of Lord Shiva for Kubera's evil glance on Parvathi. When he repented for his sin and sought forgiveness from Shiva and Parvathi, they advised him to do penance at Thirukkolur. After his penance at Thirukkolur, Vaithamanithi perumal blessed him with his original position with the wealth.

Vaithamanithi perumal is in reclining pose with the wooden measurement tool (Marakkal) as his pillow to measure the wealth and looking at the palm of his left hand to watch over location of the wealth.

It is believed that people pray here are blessed with great wealth.

Festival

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(sacred vehicle). An idol of Nammalvar is also brought here on a Anna Vahanam(palaquin) and his paasurams(verses) dedicated to each of these 9 temples are recited. The utsavar(festival deity) of Nammalvar is 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.

References

Vaithamanidhi Perumal Temple Wikipedia


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