108 Divya Desams !! Thiru Semponsei Kovil Sri Perarulalan Perumal Temple !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!

Thiru Semponsei Kovil is one of the 108 Divya Desams of Lord Vishnu located in Thirunangur, Nagapattinam District, Tamil Nadu.

Presiding Deity – Moolavar Perarulalan, Utsavar – Hemarangan/Sempon Arangan with his consort Goddess Sri Alli Mamalar Nachiyar

Pushkarani – Hema Pushkarani

Vimanam – Kanaka Vimanam

Mangalasasanam – Thirumangai Alwar

Festivals – Thai Mangalasasana Utsavam, Vaikundha Ekadashi, Ekadasaha Garuda Sevai,

Prathyaksham to – Lord Rudra

The legend has that Lord Rudra worshipped Lord Vishnu on this sacred land to get rid of Brahmahathya sin.  The most pleased Lord Vishnu provided dharshan to Lord Rudra.  Lord Rudra desired Lord Vishnu to assume his eleven divine forms and reside on this sacred land of Thirunangur.   Lord Vishnu remained on this sacred land forever as desired by Lord Rudra and these 11 divine forms of Lord Vishnu came to known as 11 Thirunangur Divya Desams.  And they are:

Thirukavalampadi - Sri Gopalakrishna Swamy with his consorts Goddess Rukmini & Satyabhama

Thiruvanpurushothamam – Thiru Purushothaman with his consort Goddess Purushothama Nayaki

Thirusempon Seikovil – Sri Perarulalan with his consort Goddess Allimalar Nachiyar

Thirudevanar Thogai – Thiru Deivanayaga Perumal with his consort Goddess Kadalmagal Nachiyar

Thirumani Koodam – Sri Varadaraja Perumal with his consorts Goddess Sri Devi Nachiyar & Boomi Devi Nachiyar

Thiru Parthanpalli – Thiru Thamarai Kelvan with his consort Goddess Thamarai Nayaki

Thiru Manimada Kovil – Thiru Narayanan with his consort Goddess Pundarikavalli Thayar

Thiruvali Thirunagari – Sri Vedaraja Perumal with his consort Goddess Amruthaghatavalli Thayar

Thiru Vaikundha Vinnagaram – Thiru Vaikundha Natha Perumal with his consort Goddess Periya Piratti

Thiru Arimeya Vinnagaram – Thiru Kudamadu Koothan with his consort Goddess Amruthaghata Valli

Thiruthetri Ambalam – Thiru Senkanmal with his consort Goddess Senkamala Valli Thayar

Another legend has that Lord Rama had a fierce battle with the demon King Ravana, beheaded the demon King and afflicted with Brahmahathya sin.    He arrived in the sacrosanct place Rameshwaram and worshipped Lord Shiva to get rid of the Brahmahathya.  On his way back to Ayodhya, he arrived in Thirunangur and continued austerities as per the advice of Sage Dridanetra.   He worshipped an idol of cow made of gold and later it provided as alms to a pious Brahmin, who was in turn utilized the entire gold for the construction of an attractive temple dedicated to Lord.

There is an interesting myth associated with this temple.   There was a poor Brahmin Kashyapa lived in a small village at Kanchipuram.  His family had to undergo severe poverty.  One day the old Brahmin Kashyapa's elder son Mukundan left home with the permission and the blessings  of his father searching for a livelihood and arrived on the banks of river Cauvery.  Finally, Mukundan reached at the sacred temple of Thiru Semponsei Kovil.  He met a saintly person in this temple and narrated his pathetic stories.  The saintly person advised  Ashtakshara Mantra 'Om Namo Narayana' to Mukundan and instructed him to chant this sacred Mantra that would eradicate his poverty.  Mukundan was delighted at the progress in his life, he blissfully seated infront of the deity and sincerely chanted the Ashtakshara Mantra continously for three days.  Approximately, he repeated this  sacred chant  for 32,000 times.

On the third day evening Mukundan left the temple and decided to return to his village through the woodlands in Kuranguputhur.   Soon the sun disappeared from the sight, the darkness spreaded its wings, the entire woodlands doomed into darkness.  Moreover, there were lots of monkey crowd creating nuisances around him.  He decided to settle on the top a Banyan tree and slowly drifted to sleep.  During the midnight he heard some noises of whispering under the tree.  He looked  down searching for the voice, there were theives carrying loads of wealth along with fierce weapons.  Mukundan keenly observed the acts of the theives while sitting on the  brach of this tree.  These theives were shouted some secret code repeated for five times to the Banyan tree, immediately the tree trunk divided into two equal halves created an opening.  They safely deposited the loads of wealth in the opening and closed it with the same secret code.  To his surprise the Banyan tree followed the instructions of the theives.  The theives left the place immediately.

Mukundan was so surprised watching the whole scenario.  Soon, Lord appeared before Mukundan and advised him to follow the secret code and take as much as wealth he needed as a gift for his sincere devotion  and chanting the holy names of Lord.  Mukundan sincerely followed the instruction of Lord.  Before leaving to home once again visited  this temple with tears of joy and prayed to Lord in a ecstacy.  He returned to his native land with the wealth and performed charities and conducted sacrifices to please the Lord.  The old Brahmin and his family lived happily for long time and finally attained the Abode of Lord with their righteousness.  Thus, the presiding deity of this temple got his name 'Sempon Rangan'. 

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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