108 Divya Deasams !! Thirukkurungudi Sri Nindra Nambi Perumal Temple !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!

Thirukkurungudi / Vamana Kshetram is one of the 108 Divya Desams of Lord Vishnu located in Tirunelveli District, Tamilnadu.  This temple also enshrines Kidantha Nambi, Irundha Nambi and Melai Nambi.  This is one of the oldest temples of Lord Vishnu famous for its wide circumambulatory Paths, Stunning murals and Architectural works.  This temple occupies massive 18 acres of land and the huge outer wall was constructed by Thirumangai Alwar.  The Kings of Pandya and Emperors of Vijayanagar also have made abundance of contributions to this temple. 

Presiding deity – Moolavar Azhagiya Nambi/Sundara Paripuranam/ Kurungudi Nambi, with his consort Goddess Thiru Kurungudi Nachiyar

Mangalasasanam – Periyalwar, Thirumazhisai Alwar, Thirumangai Alwar, Nammalvar,

Significance – Thirumangai alwar attained Salvation at the feet of Lord Nambi.

Prathyaksham to – Lord Shiva, Gajendra

Festivals – Panguni Brahmostavam, Vaikundha Ekadashi, Chithirai Vasanthostavam, Vaikasi Jyeshtabishekam, Navaratri, Oonjal Festival, Float Festival, Pavithrostavam

Theertham – Thiruparkadal, Sindhu Nadhi, Nambi Aru, Panchaturai Theertham,

Vimanam – Panchakethaka Vimanam

Sthalavruksham – Palm Tree

Sannidhis- Lord Nindra Nambi/Paripooranan, Lord Mahendranathar, Lord Bhairava, Iruntha Nambi/Vaikundha Natharn, Kidantha Nambi, Manavala Mamunigal, Lakshmi Narasimhar, Lakshmi Varahan, Lord Srinivasa with Andal, Dasavathar of Lord Vishnu, Periya Piratti, Boodevi, Udayavar,

The legend has that Goddess Boodevi was abducted by the demon Hiranyaksha and hid her deep under the ocean.  All the deities and sages prayed to Lord Vishnu to retrieve Mother Earth from the clutches of the demon.  Lord Vishnu transformed into a wild board and plunged into deep under the ocean.  Lord Varaha had fierce battle with Hiranyaksha and saved Mother Earth.  After this glorious incident Lord Vishnu along with Goddess Boodevi arrived on this sacred land.  He passionately looked upon Goddess and shrunk his terrifying size into normal.  Thus, this place has got in its name ‘Thirukkurungudi’.

Another legend has that there lived a zealous devotee of Lord Nambi.  He passionately sings and worships Lord Nambi.   As he was an outcaste so was not allowed to enter into the temple premises.  On a Kaisika Ekadashi day while he was on his way to worship Lord Nambi, a fierce hungry demon approached him with a demand to eat him right away.  The outcast man pleaded the demon to wait for his return after worshipping Lord Nambi.  After a long argument, the demon agreed to leave him.  He arrived at the temple entrance and realized the flag post (Dwajasthambam) was blocking his view of Lord.  He authoritatively sung the glorious verses of Nammalvar’s composition.  Lord Nambi was pleased at the devotion and instructed flag post to move aside, so that his devotee can have the dharshan of Lord.  Lord blessed him with the title ‘Nampaduvan’.  On his way back, he met the demon as he was promised earlier.  But the demon had fallen at his feet with mounted regret.  With Nampaduvan’s merits attained by observing Kaisika Ekadashi the demon attained Salvation.

This temple remains open from 6.30AM to 12.00PM in the morning and 4.30PM to 8.00PM in the evening.

Jai Sriman Narayana !!

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