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Kattumannar Kovil / Manyu Kshetram Sri Veeranarayana Perumal Temple is one of the Abhimana Kshetram of Lord Vishnu located in Chidambaram, Cuddalore District, Tamil Nadu.
Presiding deity – Moolavar Sri Veeranarayana Perumal with his consort Goddess Sri Bhudevi/Maragathavalli Thayar, Utsavar – Sri Rajagopalan with his consorts Sri Sathyabhama & Rukmini/Hemambja Nayaki/Semkamalavalli Thayar , Nitya Utsavar – Kattumannar with Ubayanachiyars/Shenbagaka Mannar with Ubayanachiyars,
Significance – Avatharasthalam of Sri Manavala Mammunigal & Alavandar
Sage Manavala Mamunigal was profound in Veda Sastra from the early ages of childhood. He was devoted his entire life in performing daily rituals to Lord Veeranarayana Perumal in this temple. Once, while carrying out the daily rituals the Sage happened to hear the voices of group of devotees assembled chanting the glorious verses ending with Aravamuthey. Sri Manavala Mamunigal was ecstatic, a strong desire developed in him to recover this splendid composition; his longing to get hold of the entire composition brought him to Kumbakonam. Consequently, Lord Aravamuthan was directed the sage to Thirukkurugur where he was obtained the entire compositions from Thiru Nammalvar. Shortly, Thiru Manavala Mamunigal returned to Kattu Mannar Kovil and publicized the 4000 Divya Prabandham available for the public.
Pushkarani – Veda Pushkarani
Worshipped by – Sage Mathanga
Sannidhis – Alwars & Acharyas, Shrine for Lord Shiva at Udayargudi Sri Anandeeswarar,
Festivals – Vaikunda Ekadashi, Panguni Uthram, Prabhandam recital and Araiyar Sevai,
The legend has that Lord Brahma was cursed Sage Mathanga for wrong recital of the sacred Veda. In order to get rid of the curse, Sage Mathanga visited Sri Mushnam and could listen to a divine voice direct him to visit Manyu Kshetram/Kattu Mannar Kovil. Sage Mathanga arrived on this sacred land and continued austerities. Lord Vishnu was pleased at the devotion of Sage Mathanga and appeared before him. Sage earnestly requested Lord to remain on this sacred land forever. Hence, Lord Veera Narayana decided to reside here with his consort Goddess Sri Maragathavalli Thayar.
This temple remains open from 7.30 AM to 12.30 AM in the morning and 4.30 PM to 8.30 PM in the evenings.
Jai Sriman Narayana !!