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108 Dhivya Desam - Thiruppulinkudi

Location :  Pulinkudi near Sree Vaikuntham
Perumaal :  Kaaisinavendan
Thaayaar :  Malarmagal Naachiyaar
Theertham : Varuna Theertham
Paasuram :  NammAzhwar
Vimaanam : Vedha Saara Vimanam
Travel Base : Thirunelveli

Description: This is the third of the nine Nava Thiruppatis in Thirunelveli district in the belt between Thirunelveli and the coastal shrine of Thiruchendur.

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 Thiruppulinkudi in a total of 12 verses, of which one refers also to Varagunamangai and two refer also to (Thiru ) Vaikuntham. He refers to Perumaal's reclining posture at Thiruppulinkudi (Pulinkudi Kidandu), his seated posture at Varagunamangai (Varagunamangai irundu) and his standing posture at Vaikuntham (Vaikunthathull Ninru) in this verse.

 

Legend has it that Indra worshipped Perumaal here to rid himself of the Bhramahatti Dosham. Legend also has it that Bhudevi envious of Sridevi fled and hid herself in the netherworld and that Perumaal and Sridevi pacified her; Perumaal Sridevi and Bhudevi are seen enshrined in the sanctum, Perumaal in a reclining posture, relieving himself of the exertion of having followed Bhudevi into the netherworld. Legends associated with this temple are referenced in the Bhrahmaandapuraanam and the Tamraparani stala puraanam.

 

Deities: The Moolavar here is Kaaisinavendan - an imposing image of Perumaal; a lotus stalk from the navel of the image, terminates in a flower bearing an image of Bhrama, on the wall of the sanctum. The deity's feet are viewed through a window in the circumambulatory passage.This East facing temple has two prakarams.