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Thirukannamangai Sri Bakthavalsala Perumal Temple is one of 108 Divya Desam of Lord Vishnu also known as Sapthamrutha Kshetram located in Tiruvarur, District of Tanjavur in Tamil Nadu. This temple is just 27km away from Tirucherai, 38km from Kumbakonam and 8km from Tiruvarur.
Presiding deity – Moolavar – Baktaravi Perumal/ Baktavalsala Perumal, with his consort Goddess Sri Abhisheka Valli Thayar
Mangalasasanam – Thirumangai Alwar
Vimanam – Uthpala Vimanam
Pushkarani – Dharsana Pushkarani/ Vishnu Padha Gangai
Sthalavruksham – Makizham Poo Vruksham
Worshipped by – Sri Mahalakshmi, Lord Varuna, Sage Markandeya and Sage Romasa. Lord Chandra was got rid of the curse after taking a holy dip in the pond situated here.
Lord Baktavalsala was also worshipped in Kritha , Thretha , Dwapara and Kaliyuga by Lord Brahma, Pururavass, Sage Brighu and Akasa Purushas respectively.
Sapthamatha Brahmi and Lord Kasi Vishwanathar arrived in this sacred land at the advice of Sage Romasa and Sage Markandeya. They worshipped Lord Baktavalsan here after a holy dip in the Theertham.
Pratyaksham to – Lord Varuna, Sapthamatha Brahmi and Sage Romasa
Festivals – Vaikundha Ekadashi, Markazhi Adyayana Festival, Float festival, Brahmostavam,
Sannidhis – Sri Ramanujar, Sri Koorathalwar, Lord Anjaneya, Sri Manavala Munigal, Thirukannamangai Andan, Garuda Alwar, Serpent God, Sri Andal, Sri Vedanta Desikar, Lord Navaneetha Krishna, Sri Kodhanda Ramar, Lord Narasimha, Utsavarmurthies of Alwars and Acharyas, Kaliya Mardhanam, Lord Lakshmi Narasimhar, Sri Vamana, Sage Parasurama, Hiranyaksha Vadham, Balarama, Lord Brahama, Gajendra Varadar, Goddess Saraswathy, Bhuvaraha and Navaneetha Krishnan.
Significance – Thirukannamangai Aandan, one of the disciples of Nathamunigal was born here and he was engaged (Pushpa Kainkaryam) in the service of Lord by collecting flowers for the worship of Lord Bakthavalsala Perumal.
Badrivanam found here is an ideal place for worship of Lord and undergo austerities; it bears a resemblance of Naimisharanya Kshetram and Badri.
River Cauvery splits into two streams and flows North and South of this sacred land formed herself as a garland to Lord Baktavalsala Perumal.
A night stay in this sacred land provides mukthi/liberation from the cycles of birth and death.
The legend has that Sri Mahalakshmi underwent severe penance to attain Lord Baktavalsala as her husband. She took holy dip in the Dharsana Pushkarani and underwent severe austerities in the Sri Mandapam located here; Lord Baktavalsala was pleased at her devotion. Lord Brahma performed the marriage and the four pillars on the Mandapa represented four Vedas witnessed the celestial marriage of the divine couple. Hence, this place has got its name ‘Lakshmi Vanam’. A rectangular shaped bee hives found on the wall of the sanctum sanctorum of Goddess Sri Abhisheka Valli Thayar, all the Deities, Yakshas, Kinnaras, Gandharvas, Rishis and Sages appeared as bees to witness the celestial marriage of the divine couple in this sacred land.
Sage Romasa underwent severe austerities and prayed to Lord Baktavalsala Perumal here. Lord was pleased at the Sage and provided him dharshan. Lord Indra requested Sage Romasa to meet Pandavas and boost their confidence during their exile from Kingdom Hasthinapur. At the request of Lord Indra, Sage Romasa met Pandavas and described to King Yudhishtira regarding the ill effects of the planet Saturn on King Nala and his Kingdom.
It is believed that whoever worships Lord in this sacred land after having a holy dip in the pond, undergo severe austerities and fast, fed a Brahmin would attain prosperity all through their life.
This temple remains open from 7.30AM to 12.30PM in the morning and 5.00PM to 8.30PM in the evenings.
Contact Person – Sri Raja 9842465956
South Car Street, Thirukannamangai Post,
Manakkal, Ayyampet (Via)
Tiruvarur District 610104.
Jai Sriman Narayana !!