108 Divya Desams !! Thiruvelliyangudi Sri Kola Valvilli Ramar Perumal Temple !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!

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Thiruvelliyangudi Sri Kola Valvilli Ramar temple is one of the 108 Divya Desams of Lord Vishnu situated in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu.  One of the great Vaishnavaite scholars Sri Periyavacchan Pillai was born in Shenganur a place close to Thiruvelliyangudi.  It is believed that worship of Sri Kola Valvilli Rama in this sacred land would provide the devoutness equivalent to worship of Lord Vishnu in all the 108 Divya Desams. 

Presiding deity – Moolavar - Sri Kolavalvilli Ramar/Ksheerabdhi Nathan with his consort Goddess Sri Maragathavalli Thayar.  Utsavar – Sringara Sundaran

Mangalasasanam – Thirumangai Alwar

Pushkarani – Shukra Theertham, Brahma Theertham, Indra Theertham, Parasara Theertham

Prathyaksham to – Lord Shukra, Lord Indra, Lord Brahma, Lord Chandra, Sage Markandeya, Sage Parasara, Mayan (father of Mandodhari), Bhudevi

Vimanam – Pushkalavartha Vimanam

Festivals – Sri Ramanavami, Sri Gokulashtami, Navaratri, Thirukarthikai, Vaikundha Ekadashi

The legend has that Mayan (father of Mandodhari, wife of the demon King Ravana) was a renowned sculptor of Danavas likewise Vishwakarma for Devas.   Mayan constructed many stunning palaces for Danavas had a desire to build a worship place of Lord Rama. At the divine instruction of Lord Brahma, Mayan underwent severe penance praying to Lord Vishnu in this sacred land.    Lord Vishnu pleased at the devotion of Mayan and provided dharshan.  Mayan earnestly prayed to Lord to grant his dharshan as Lord Rama.  The most compassionate Lord instantaneously approved Mayan’s wish and instructed Sri Garuda to hold his divine weapons Conch and Dice.   Mayan had dharshan of Lord Rama with bow and arrow in this sacred land.  Garudalwar can be seen with four hands in that two hands holding Conch and Dice.

Another legend has that Lord Vishnu incarnated as Lord Vamana and approached the demon King Mahabali in his Yagna arena.  King Mahabali was impressed at the very appearance of adorable young Vamana.  He instantly agreed to offer jewels, precious stones, wealth etc...as alms to charming brahmachari.  Lord Vamana gracefully rejected all the precious jewels and wealth as alms.  He instructed King Mahabali to provide him a piece of land which could be measured with his teeny tiny foot. King Mahabali with his wife Vindhyavali prepared to offer alms to Brahmachari.  At this moment,  Danava Guru Shukracharya approached King Mahabali and advised him to put an end to this practice.  But the righteous King Mahabali does not want to break his promise already made to a Brahmachari, so he continued the process of offering alms to Lord Vamana.  In order to stop King Mahabali and save his kingdom, Shukracharya disguised into a bee and hid on the mouth of the vessel used to pour water and initiate the procedure, thus Shukracharya tactfully blocked the water flow.  Lord Vamana realized the trick played by Shukracharya, he took a sharp point Dharba grass and pierced the outlet.  Consequently, Shukracharya lost his eyesight.  Shukracharya prayed to Lord Vishnu for forgiveness and worshipped Lord in many sacred places.  Finally, he worshipped Lord Vishnu at Thiruvelliyangudi and regained his vision.

Contact Person – Sri S. Ramamoorthy Bhattar Swamin 0435 2943152/9443396212/9345794354
Sri Kolavilli Ramar Alayam,
Thiruvelliyangudi, Palakkudi Post,
Thirumangalakudi (Via), Kumbakonam – 612102.

This temple remains open from 8.00AM to 12.00PM in the morning and 5.00PM to 7.00PM in the evenings.

Jai Sriman Narayana !!

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