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108 Dhivya Desam - Thirukkolur

Location :  Thirukkolur near Thiruchendur
Perumaal :  VaiththaMaanidhi Perumaal
Thaayaar :  Kumudavalli, Kolurvalli
Theertham : Kubera Theertham
Paasuram :  NammAzhwar
Vimaanam : Srikara Vimanam
Travel Base : Thirunelveli

Description: This is the seventh of the nine Nava Thiruppatis in Thirunelveli district in the belt between Thirunelveli and the coastal shrine of Thiruchendur. Thirukkolur is located near Ten Thirupperi and Azhwar Thirunagari. It is the birthplace of Madhurakavi Azhwar.

Only NammAzhwar, who resided at Azhwar Thirunagari, has sung of these nine shrines Thiruvaikuntham, Varagunamangai, Pulinkudi, Tolaivillimangalam, Thirukkulandai, Thirukkolur, Thirupperai and Thirukkurugoor collectively referred to as Azhwar NavaThiruppati. Tolaivillimangalam referred to as Irattai Thirupati, counts as two in the scheme of Nava Thirupatis, but as one of the 108 Dhivya Desams.   NammAzhwar has sung of Thirukkolur in 12 verses of his Thiruvaimozhi. 

 

Deities: The Moolaver here is Vaittha Maanidhi Perumaal in a reclining posture facing East, while Thaayaar here is Kumudavalli. This is an East facing temple with 2 prakarams. There are two sancta respectively for Kumudavalli and Kolurvalli.

 

Legend has it that Kubera was cursed by Parvati and was absolved of his curse here. The nine forms of wealth are said to have left Parvati, following her curse, and meditated upon Perumaal here. Perumaal is believed to be the protector of the nine forms of wealth. It is also believed that righteousness (dharma) defeated evil (adharma) here. Thirukkolur is also referred to as the Angarakastalam.