108 Divya Desams !! Thiru Nilathingal Thundathan Perumal Temple, Kanchi !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!

Photo courtesy:www.tirumala.org

Thiru Nilathingal Thundam is one of the 108 Divya Desams of Lord Vishnu situated within the temple precincts of Sri Ekambareshwarar Temple; one of the Pancha Boothasthal of Lord Shiva represents Earth.  This temple is located in Kanchipuram District, Tamil Nadu. 

This is one of the oldest temples situated from the date back to 600 A.D. built by the Pallava Kings; Kings of Chola Dynasty also have made abundance of contributions to this temple.  The tallest majestic Rajagopuram of this temple was built by the King of Vijayanagara Sri Krishna Devaraya.  The most attractive thousand pillars Mandap was also the contributions of Vijayanagara Kings. 

Presiding deity – Moolavar Sri Nilathingal Thundathan/Sri Chandrachooda Perumal with his consort Goddess Nilathingal Thundathayar/Nerourvar Illa Valli.

Prathyaksham to – Lord Shiva

Mangalasasanam – Thiru Mangai Alwar

Pushkarani – Chandra Pushkarani

Vimanam – Purusha Sukthi Vimanam/Soorya Vimanam

Sthala Vruksham – A  3,600 year old huge Mango Tree  with four branches representing four Veda – Rig, Yajur, Sama and Adharva Veda.

In this temple Sri Nilathingal Thundathan Perumal is in the form of Lord Vamana.  The legend has that Goddess Parvati underwent severe penance to attain Lord Shiva as her husband.  In order to test her devotion Lord Shiva originated massive fire on the mango tree where Goddess Parvati was seated and engrossed in meditation.  Goddess Parvati earnestly prayed to Lord Vishnu- Sri Nilathingal Thundathan to cool down the environment.  Lord Vishnu instructed Lord Chandra who was residing in the matted hair of Lord Shiva to shower his breezy air to control the scorching heat.  At last, everything reinstated to normalcy and Goodess Parvati continued her penance.  Thus, Lord Vishnu in this temple had known ‘Thiru Nilathingal Thundan’.

Contact details:

Sri . T.A.Bashyam -9795331931

68, North Mada Street,

Little Kanchipuram.

Jai Sriman Narayana !!

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