108 Divya Desams !! Thirucherai Sri Saranatha Perumal Temple !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!

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Thirucherai is one of the 108 Divya Desams of Lord Vishnu also known as Pancha Sara Kshetram situated 15 kms from Kumbakonam and 3km south of  Nachiyar Kovil in the District of Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu.

This is one of the oldest temples with a majestic rajagopruam of 120 feet height was built by Nayak King Azhagiya Manavala Nayakar of Thanjavur.  Nayakas were fervent devotee of Lord Vishnu.  The King who was ruled this city decided to construct a grand temple for Lord Sri Rajagopalaswamy in Mannargudi.  He ordered to one of his chief officials Narasa Boopalan to carry out the work of Sri Mannargudi Sri Rajagopalaswamy temple immediately.  Narasa Boopalan was an ardent devotee of Lord Saranatha, he was enthusiastic to renovate Lord Sri Saranatha temple in Thirucherai too.  While the work was in progress transporting stones and materials required for the construction work, some of them were unloaded in Thirucherai at the instruction of Narasa Boopathi.   Suspecting this action, the King carried out an unexpected visit to this temple.    Narasa Boopathi passionately prayed to Lord and to the utter surprise of the King could visualize Lord Rajagopalaswamy before him in this sacred place.  The most delighted King allocated abundance of funds for the construction and renovation of this temple.

Presiding deity –  Moolavar - Sri Saranatha Perumal with his consorts Goddess Sri Sridevi, Sri Boodevi , Sri Neeladevi Nachiyar , Sri Mahalakshmi and Goddess Sri Saranayaki Thayar

Pushkarani – Sara Pushkarani

Vimanam – Sara Vimanam

Worshipped by – Sage Brighu, Saunaka, Maharishi Vyasa, Sage Markandeya, River Cauvery

Sannidhis – Lord Ganesha, Lord Anjaneya, Sri Rajagopala Swamy with his consorts Sri Rukmini and Sathyabhama, Lord Balaji, Lord Rama with Lakshman and Goddess Sita, Lord Yoga Narasimha, Sri Manavala Munigal, Sage Markandeya, Sri Santhana Gopalan, Alwars, Sri Cauvery Thayar,

Pratyaksham to – River Cauvery and Sage Markandeya

Mangalasasanam – Thirumangai Alwar

Festivals – Thaipoosam Ratholsavam

The legend has that Lord Brahma was instructed by Lord Sriman Narayana to preserve the chronicles of creation and Veda before the entire world get cleaned out in deluge.  At the instruction of Lord Vishnu, Lord Brahma started to create a unique pot, but he was not succeeded at his task.  Finally, Lord Brahma helplessly approached Lord Vishnu, Lord Brahma was advised to collect sands from this sacred land and craft a pot.  Thus, Lord Brahma crated a pot with this mystic sand and preserved Vedas and tools of creation.

Another legend has that River Ganga and River Cauvery had a heated argument about their supremacy.  River Ganga was very certain about that she is the superior amongst all the rivers.  River Ganga was originated from the feet of Lord Sriman Narayana and was carried by Lord Shiva on his head.  River Ganga and River Cauvery approached Lord Brahma to get their disagreement sorted out.  Lord Brahma pronounced that River Ganga is the superior amongst all the rivers.  River Cauvery was deeply disappointed at this, Lord Brahma instructed her to undergo penance praying to Lord Vishnu in this sacred land to get her status equal to River Ganga.  River Cauvery underwent severe penance praying to Lord Vishnu in Thirucherai.   Lord was pleased at the devotion of River Cauvery and blessed her with equal status to River Ganga and affirmed her as one of the sacred rivers.  River Cauvery earnestly prayed to Lord to remain in this sacred land forever with the appearance as Lord Saranatha. 

Contact Person – Sri Ramudu Bhattar Swamin – 9444104374/0435 – 2468078
2/3 North Street, Thirucherai,
Kumbakonam, Tanjore – 612605.

This temple remains open from 7.00AM to 12.00PM in the morning and 4.00PM to 7.00PM in the evenings.

Jai Sriman Narayana!!

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