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108 Dhivya Desam - Thirukkannankudi

Location : Thirukkannangudi near Nagappattinam (Sikkal)
Perumaal : Lokanathan (Syamalameni Perumal)
Thaayaar : Lokanayaki, Aravindavalli
Theertham : Ravana Pushkarini

Paasuram : Thirumangai
Vimaanam : Utpala Vimanam
Travel Base : Thanjavur

Description: This Dhivyadesam is located near Nagappattinam, between the towns Keevalur and Sikkal both enshrining Shivastalams glorified by the Thevaram hymns.

Deities: The Moolavar here is Lokanathan or Syamalameni Perumaal in a standing posture facing East while the Uthsavar is Damodara Narayanan. Thaayaar here is Aravindavalli, and the Utsava Thaayaar is Lokanayaki.

Legend has it that Bhrigu Muni , Gowtama rishi and Bhrama worshipped Vishnu here. Legend also has it that Vashishtar created an image of Krishna of butter and meditated upon it. It is believed that Krishna appeared in front of Vasishtar, who reached out to him; a group of rishis engaged in meditation under the Magizha trees held Krishna, with their devotion, which served as the 'Paasa Kayiru'. Hence the name Thirukkannankudi. Interestingly Vasishtar is believed to have meditated upon a Shivalingam which he fashioned out of butter, at Sikkal nearby. Thirumangai Azhwar is believed to have hidden a golden image of Buddha - here at Thirukkannankudi which he had brought from a vihara at Nagappattinam for the purpose of building the walls of the Srirangam temple.