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108 Dhivya Desam - Thirukkaarakam

Location :  Kancheepuram 

Perumaal :  Karunaakara Perumaal

Thaayaar :  Padmamani Nachiyaar

Theertham : Akraaya Theertham

Paasuram  : ThirumangaiAzhwar

Vimaanam : Vaamana Vimanam

Travel Base : Chennai, Kancheepuram

 

Description: The Dhivya Desam Thiruoorakam enshrining Ulagalanda Perumaal   in Periya Kancheepuram, is also home to three other Dhivya Desam shrines Thiruneerakam, Thirukkaarakam and Kaarvaanam.

 

Deities: Thirukkaarakam, mentioned in a paasuram of ThirumangaiAzhwar is represented by the image of Karunakara Perumaal in a standing posture facing south, in a shrine in a prakaram of the Ulagalanda Perumaal Temple.

 

In a verse referring to Kachi Oorakam and Thiruvegkaa (both in Kancheepuram) ThirumangaiAzhwar refers to Neerakam, Nilattingal Tundam, Kaarakam , Kaarvaanam and Kalva(nur). Nilattingal Tundam is a shrine in the Kanchi Ekambreswarar Temple, Neerakam, Kaarakam and Kaarvaanam are shrines in the Ulagalanda Perumaal Temple (Oorakam) . Kalvanoor is the name of the shrine to Perumaal (Aadi Varaha Perumaal) in the Kanchi Kamakshi Amman Temple.

 

The Dhivya Desams revered by the Azhwars in Perumaal Kanchi are Attigiri (the vast Varadharaja Perumal Temple), Ashtabuyakaram, Thiruttankaa, Thiruvelukkai and Thiruvegkaa, while those in Shiva  Kanchi are Thiru Oorakam (Ulagalanda Perumaal Koyil) , Thiru Neeragam, Thiruppaatakam, Nilaattingal Tundam, Thirukkaaragam, Thirukkaarvaanam, Thirukkalvanur, Thiruppavalavannam and Parameswara Vinnagaram. The vast Ekambreswarar Temple(Prithvi Stalam)  revered by the Thevaram hymns, is located in Periya (Shiva) Kanchi, as are the Kamakshiamman and the Kumara Kottam Temples.