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Pureprayer extends warmest greetings the devotees for the occasion of Deepavali and Karteekmaas. Wishing this Deepavali bring a lot of cheer to your life, let us embark on Spiritual Journeys during this holy occasion to temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu.

Pureprayer take you on a SpiRitual Journey to Trivikramanarayanan temple in Sirkazhi of Nagapattinam district of Tamil Nadu state, dedicated to Lord Vishnu on the auspicious occasion of Lakshmi Puja.

“Oru kuralai irunilam moovadi mannvendi

Oolagamanathium Eeradiyal odukki onrum

Tharaga ena maavaliya sirayil vaitha

Thaadalan thaalanaiveer thakka keerthi

Arumaraiyin thiral naagum velvi ayinthum

Angamgal avaiyarum esaigal yezhum

Theruvil malivizha valamum sirukkum kazhi

Srirama vinnagare sermin neere”

This is a verse by Thiru Mangai Azhwar about Lord Vishnu who came as a dwarf to the court of demon king Maha Bali seeking the gift of three paces of land.

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Where is Trivikramanarayanan Temple?

Trivikramanarayanan temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu is located in Sirkazhi of Nagapattinam district at a distance of about 21 km from Mayiladuthurai of Tamil Nadu State, on the highway to Chidambaram. Trivikramanarayanan temple is one of the 108 Divyadesam temples. This temple is also called as Kazhiseerama Vinnagaram or Thadalan kovil in Tamil. It is said that a sage called Romasha (Lomasha), did a deep penance for a long time, seeking salvation. Lord Vishnu appeared in the form of Trivikrama to the sage and blessed him with a longer life than Brahma. Devotees visit the temple to worship the lord before beginning construction.

The name Sirkazhi is said to have been derived from the name of goddess Sri Kali. This town had many different names in the past. Sirkazhi is the birthplace of Tirugananasambandhar and Thiru Mangai Azhwar.

Kazhiseerama Vinnagaram, Parameswara Vinnagaram (Kanchipuram), Arimeya Vinnagaram (Thiru Nangoor), Vaikunta Vinnagaram (Thiru Nangoor) and Nandipura Vinnagaram (Nathan Koil, Kumbakonam) are the five Divyadesam temples praised and sung by Thiru Mangai Azhwar.

What is the legend about Thiru Mangai Azhwar?

A heated debate is said to have taken place once between the followers of Thirugnanasambandar and Thiru Mangai Azhwar, as to who was great. The debate went on for quite some time. Sambandar asked Mangai Alwar to compose a Kurul. Mangai Alwar used the word Kurul in the context of a dwarf and composed a verse, praising the Vamana Avatar of Lord Vishnu. Sambandar felt very happy with this composition and honoured Mangai Alwar with a Vel that he always carried with him and gifted an anklet.

What are the legends about Trivikramanarayana temple?

Lord Vishnu is said to have measured the entire earth as one pace beginning from this region. Thadalan means the one who covered the earth. Andal is believed to have praised Trivikrama is Thadalan. He is also called Mann Alanthan. Mann means earth.

Creator Brahma once felt he was unequal to anyone in the universe and he was the supreme. Lord Vishnu appeared before him and explained about Sage Romasha and the power of his penance. The sage was given a boon that, he would live longer than Brahma, the Creator. Vishnu said, every time Sage Romasha lost a strand of hair, Brahma would lose his power and capabilities. The creator learnt the importance of penance from this.

Temple Architecture:

Trivikrama Narayanan temple is a large temple complex surrounded by high walls with many shrines and waterbodies. Gopuram is a large three-tiered structure. The tower above the sanctum sanctorum is called ‘Pushkala Vimanam’. Shankha Teertham and Chakra teertham are the two ponds in the temple. A shrine for Lord Rama is in the Prakaram (corridor). This is known as Rama Vinnagaram. Anjaneya (Hanuman) has been consecrated outside the temple-complex. Many rulers are believed to have contributed to the development and maintenance of the temple-complex right from the Medieval Cholas through the Vijayanagar Empire.

Main Deity:

Lord Vishnu is also known as Thavittu Panai Alan. Image of Lord Vishnu is in the standing position with his left leg lifted high above his head. He is depicted with two hands holding Shankha and Chakra. With his right hand, he is asking the demon king Mahabali about the third pace.  Scholars have interpreted this as, Trivikraman is inculcating us with the importance of giving. The right foot of Trivikraman which is placed on the earth cannot be seen every day. We can have Darshan of his right foot only during the festival of Vaikuntha Yekadashi. Also, Goddess Lakshmi is holding the lord’s right foot firmly to keep his balance.

Devotees visit Trivikrama temple seeking his benevolence and offer Tulasi garlands, sweets and Vastrams (cloths). They take back sand offered at the lotus feet of lord before beginning the construction.

When is the best time to visit Sirkazhi Trivikramanarayanan Temple?

Chittirai, Sharannavaratri, Deepavali and many more festivals are celebrated in great pomp and gaiety in Trivikramanarayanan temple. These colourful celebrations make it great occasion to visit. Also, the winter season starting from November to February is said to be a pleasant time to visit Sirkazhi Trivikramanarayanan temple.

What are the nearby temples?

Thillai Nataraja temple, Chidambaram:

Thillai Nataraja temple dedicated to Lord Shiva in Chidambaram is located about 20 km from Sirkazhi Trivikramanarayanan temple. The present structure is believed to have been built in 10th Century CE. Lord Shiva is believed to have performed his Cosmic Dance here.  Chidambaram means clothed in wisdom.

The temple walls are replete with structures explaining the different Karanas of Natya Shastra (Bharata Natyam dance form).

Parimala Ranganathar Temple:

Parimala Ranganathar temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu is located in Thiruindaloor of Mayiladutthuarai about 22 km from Sirkazhi Trivikramanarayanan temple. This is one of the 108 Divyadesam temples described in Nalayaira Divya Prabandam. The temple is believed to be of significant antiquity with contributions at different times from Medieval Cholas, Vijayanagar Empire and Madurai Nayaks.

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