108 Divya Desams !! Thiru Adhanoor – Thiru Andu Alakkum Ayan Perumal Temple !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!

Photo courtesy: V.P.Rajesh

Thiru Adhanoor – Bhargava Kshetram is one of 108 divya Desams of Lord Vishnu situated 5.5 kms  away from Swami Malai and 11 kms from Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu.  This temple is located just 1km away from another Divya Desam of Lord Vishnu, Thirupullam Boothankudi.

Presiding deity – Sri Andu Alakkum Ayan Perumal/ Utsavar – Sri Ranganathar with his consort Goddess Ranganayaki/Kamalasini Thayar/Bhargavi Thayar

Pushkarani – Soorya Pushkarani and Chandra Pushkarani

Worshipped by – Sage Brighu, Agni, Thirumangai Alwar, Lord Indra and Kamadhenu

Prathyaksham to – Thirumangai Alwar, Lord Indra and Kamadhenu

Vimanam – Pranava Vimanam

Mangalasasanam – Thirumangai Alwar

Festivals – Thiruvadipooram, Brahmostavam in the month of Vaikasi and Avani Pavithrostavam

Sannidhis – Lord Agni, Kamadhenu, Sage Brighu, Lord Anjaneya,

This sacred land is closely associated with the mythology of  Samudra Madhan - churning of Milky Ocean. The Deities lost their powers and glories, Lord Indra with all the deities approached Lord Brahma to find a solution for this serious issue.  Lord Brahma advised the deities to pray to the supreme Lord Vishnu.  Lord Vishnu instructed the deities to churn the milky ocean that would provide the nectar of Immortality, an appropriate solution to regain the lost glories of the deities.  Lord Vishnu advised the deities to perform the enormous task with the help of demons.  The demons were agreed to take part in this gigantic task with a specific condition that the deities should share a portion of the elixir of immortality with them.  The conditions were agreed by the deities and demons.  Mount Mandara as a center pole and serpent Vasuki as a rope, the churning of the milky ocean began.   Before long, mount Mandara started tilting and created an impediment to their task.   Lord Vishnu transformed himself into a huge tortoise and protected mount Mandara from sinking.  In short, serpent Vasuki started to spew out the deadly poison which could destroy the entire Universe.  Lord Shiva gracefully consumed the poison and saved the Universe from destruction.  Seeing all these hurdles, Maharishi Narada advised the deities to worship Lord Ganesha who is the prime deity to be worshipped before any venture.  The deities consecrated an idol of Lord Ganesha at Thiruvalanchuzhi and resumed their task.

While churning the milky ocean, many of the precious treasures were come out and it was distributed among the deities.  Finally, Lord Dhanvandhari appeared with the elixir of immortality. Lord Vishnu transformed himself into a beautiful young maiden ‘Mohini’ and distracted the attention of demons, she elegantly walked amongst them and served the nectar of immortality to the deities and reinstated their lost glories. 

Another legend has that Thirumangai Alwar one of the 13 renowned Vaishnavaite Saints visited this sacred land at the instruction of Lord Ranganatha of Sri Rangam.  Thirumangai Alawar had undertaken the task of building huge temple wall of Sri Rangam.  While construction was in progress, Alwar found shortage of fund.  Thirumangai Alwar arrived in Thiru Adanoor at the divine instruction of Lord Ranganatha.   Alwar found a holy man with a measuring bowl, who had godly powers to fill the measuring bowl with the desired objects.  Thirumangai Alwar revealed his inability to pay the wages for the laborers who were engaged in the construction work.  The holy man agreed to pay off the wages for the workers under one condition that he would measure sand with this empty bowl.  The sand would turn into gold for the sincere workers and remain sand for the dishonest.  While Thirumangai Alwar was witnessing the holy man commenced his inexplicable task.  Thirumangai Alwar was fascinated at this mystifying incident and followed the holy man to a certain extent but soon he vanished.  In a little while, Thirumangai Alwar envisioned this holy man as the Supreme Lord with a measuring bowel on his one hand and other was holding pen and palm leaf used for writing purpose.

Contact Person – Sri Sheshadri Battachariyar Swamin -0435  2000503

This temple remains open from 7.30AM to 12.30 PM in the morning and 5.30PM to 8.30PM in the evenings.

Jai Sriman Narayana !!

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