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108 Dhivya Desam - Thiruvannparisaaram

Location :  Thiruppatisaram near Nagarkoil
Perumaal :  Thirukkuralappan
Thaayaar :  Kamalavalli
Theertham : Lakshmi Theertham
Paasuram :  NammAzhwar
Vimaanam : Indhrakalyana Vimanam
Travel Base : Kanyakumari

Description: Thirupatisaram, with its temple to Venkatachalapati, is located in Kanyakumari district, near Nagarkoil in lush surroundings. Thirupatisaram is the birthplace of the mother of NammAzhwar. NammAzhwar refers to Perumaal as Thiruvaazhmarban at Vannpaasaram, in a lone verse. Worship protocols followed here are also the same as those of Kerala.

Deities: The presiding deity here is  Thiruvaazhmaarban, known as Thirukkuralappan or Venkatachalapati in a seated posture facing East. Thaayaar here is Kamalavalli Naachiyaar (residing on his chest). Venkatachalapati is flanked by 6 of the saptarishis in the sanctum. There is a shirne to Rama and Agastyar outside the sanctum.

 

There is also a shrine to Natarajar with Sivakami and Vinayakar to the left of the sanctum. Murals depicting the 10 avatarams of Perumaal are seen are seen one of the mandapams. The image is made through the kadu sarkara yoga process as in Thiruvanantapuram and Thiruvattar.

 

The partly gold plated flagstaff of this temple is believed to have been installed by Kulasekhara Azhwar. The Nayak rulers of Madurai have made endowments to this temple.

 

Legend has it that Thaayaar fearing the fierce form of Narasimha following his slaying Hiranya, meditated upon him; Perumaal upon assuming a Shanta Swaroopam upon Prahladan's request, proceded in search of Thaayaar, who assumed his chest as her permanent abode (Shria Pati Sancharam hence Thirupatisaram).

 

Legend has it that Vibhishana was blessed with a vision of the coronation of Rama, here at Thirupatisaaram (while returning to Lanka).

 

Udayanangai -and her husband Kaari (both devotees of Perumaal), are believed to have celebrated Vamanajayanti here (on the bright ekadashi in the month of Virgo), and begotten NammAzhwar on Vaikasi Vishakam. Legend also has it that the 7 Saptarishis meditated upon Perumaal here and were blessed with his divine vision (as in Thirupuliyur).. It is believed that the waters of the temple tank have miraculous healing properties.

 

Festivals: Kerala Tantram is the worship protocol followed here. Five services are offered each day. The annual Bhramotsavam is celebrated in the month of Chittirai. Krishna Jayanthi, Saturdays in the month of Purattasi are considered sacred here. Vaikuntha Ekadasi and Aadi Swathi (associated with Kulasekhara Azhwar) are also celebrated here.