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
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 .
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,