Sunday, June 2, 2013

Thiruputkuzhi VijayaraghavaPerumal temple- The 57 th Divyadesam

Around Kanchipuram there are a lot of ancient Temples and today morning I had darsan in this temple. This is the place where Jatayu’s last rites were performed by Lord Rama. Jatayu belongs to a variety of birds called Pul in Tamil and hence this place is called Thiru Pul Kuzhi where Thiruman buried Jatayu..There is a pond which was created by Shri Rama for the final rites called jatayu theertham here with a sannidhi for Jatayu.The lord is Vijayaraghava perumal and Thayar is called Maragathavalli thayar.

How to Reach:

ON the Chennai  Bangalore highway NH 4 proceed beyond Kanchipuram and cross the railway over bridge. proceed for about 5 kms and you will see the road to the temple marked by a board.Take a left turn here and the temple is about 3oo meters away DSC04452


Jatayu theertham

DSC04453 Jatayu sannidhi outside the temple


Legends of the temple:DSC04454

Other than Jatayu’s Moksham this temple was the centre for learning for Shri Ramanujar and his disciples. .The guru of Ramanujar Shri Yadava prakasa who later became his sishya taught Vedanta rahasyam to Ramanujar here. Thirumangaialwar, Ramanujar and Manavalamamunivar  have done mangalasashanam here.There is a wonderful stone Horse sculpture here with mobile parts !! as the lords vahanam  for utsavams which is remarkable .

The view through the Gopura vasal


A view of the Thayar sannidhi from the gate with Ramanujar sannidhi seen in front


Outer praharam with entry into the sannidhi at the thirunamam.


The moolavar here is with both the thayars . Sridevi and Bhoo devi are interchanged with Sridevi on the left with the heads inclined towards perumal. The perumal also has Jatayu on his right thigh though this is obscured by the utsava vigrahams in front . The legend says that the smell from Jatayu forced Sridevi nachiar to move to the opposite side!!

The inner praharam has various Alwars statues


The outer praharam has various vahanams of the lord . The Kudurai vahanam is a real masterpiece .

DSC04463  Maragathavalli thayar has a separate sannidhi on the left of the main sannidhi unlike in other Perumal temples. She is benignly blessing the bhaktas .


The temple is famous for performing last rites to forgotten ancestors or forgotten last rites itself.

There is a belief that for  progeny prayers here will help. Devotees bring Paruppu which is roasted in the temples kitchen and given back. The lady should  tie this in her saree and sleep. If they sprout she is assured of progeny,



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