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108 Dhivya Desam - Thiruvellakkulam

Location: Annan Koil near Sirkazhi
Perumaal: Srinivasan (Annan Perumaal, Kannan)
Thaayaar: Alarmelmangai
Theertham:Thiruvellakkulam
Paasuram :Thirumangai
Vimaanam:Tathvatyodhaka Vimanam
Travel Base:Chidambaram
Other: One of the 11 Thirunaangur Dhivya Desams closely associated with ThirumangaiAzhwar

Description: This Dhivyadesam is located 11 km south west of Sirkazhi and is one of the 11 Dhivya Desam shrines associated with Thirunangur. Perumaal here is considered equivalent to Venkatesaperumaal at Thirupati and this shrine is also known as ThenThirupati.

 

Deities: The Moolavar here is Srinivasan, also known as Kannan, Narayanan, Annan Perumaal - in a standing posture facing East; Thaayaar here is known as Alarmelmangai, and here Utsavar is Padmavati. This East facing temple has a single prakaram with a 3 tiered rajagopuram. The temple tank sweta puskharini is located across from the temple. There are shrines to Kumudavalli Nachiyaar, NammAzhwar and Manavaala maamuni.

 

Legends: A prince by name Swetan (son of the Suryavamsa King Dundumaaran) was saved from the clutches of death at the age of 9, upon having meditated upon the Mrityunjaya mantram, under a vilvamaram, on the banks of the Swetapushkarini (in a legend similar to that of Markandeya). Interestingly this legend is very similar to the one held at Thiruvenkadu (Swetaranyam) nearby where the sage Swetaketu was saved from the clutches of death by the grace of Shiva.

 

Kumudavalli Naachiyaar, a pious and firm devotee, and wife of ThirumangaiAzhwar was discovered here. There is a shrine to her here.

 

The Thirunaangur Dhivya Desams: This is one of the 11 Thirunaangur Dhivya Desams in the vicinity of Sirkazhi, glorified by the hymns of - and closely associated with  ThirumangaiAzhwar, whose birthplace  Thirunagari,  is located nearby. 11 Dhivya Desams in the vicinity of Sirkazhi, Thiruvaali and Thirunagari (the birthplace of ThirumangaiAzhwar) are associated closely with ThirumangaiAzhwar. Legend has it that Shiva performed the Ekadasa Rudra Aswamedha Yagam, to rid himself of the blemish of Bhramahatti; Perumaal is believed to have appeared in his presence with Sree Devi, Bhu Devi and Nila Devi at the end of the sacrifice, and upon Shiva's request, taken up 11 abodes here in the Thirunangur area, which correspond to the 11 Thirunaangur Dhivya Desams held in worship by Rudra.

 

Only ThirumangaiAzhwar has sung of these 11 Dhivya Desams. The  Thirunaangur Dhivya Desam shrines are Kavalampaadi, Thiruvanpurushottamam, Arimeya Vinnagaram,  Chemponseikoyil, Manimaadakkoyil (Narayanan), Vaikuntha Vinnagaram,  Thirudevanaar Togai, Thiruttetriambalam, Manikkootam, Thiruvellakkulam, and  Parthanpalli.

 

Festivals: The annual Bhrahmotsavam is celebrated in the tamil month of Purattaasi. The ThirumangaiAzhwar Mangalasasana utsavam in the month of Thai (after the new moon night) witnesses Garudasevai - a spectacular event in which festival images of Perumaal from the 11 (Thirunaangur) Dhivya Desam shrines in the area are brought on  Garuda mounts to Thirunangur. An image of Thirumangai Azhwar is brought to Thirunaangur  on a Hamsa Vahanam (from Thirunagari) and the his paasurams (verses)  dedicated to each of these 11 Dhivya Desams are recited. The image of ThirumangaiAzhwar circumambulates each of these deities, and at the conclusion of the festival, the images are returned to their temples. Prior to this, the image of ThirumangaiAzhwar and his consort are taken in a palanquin to each of the 11 Thirunangur Dhivya Desams, (trampling) through the paddy fields in the area, and the paasurams dedicated to each of the 11 Dhivya Desams are chanted in the respective shrines. The Ekadasi Garuda Sevai is the most important of the festivals in this area, and it draws thousands of visitors.