Dasavathara Perumal, Murappanadu, Tirunelveli
Basic information about the temple
|Moolavar:||Dasavatara Perumal||Ambal / Thayar:||x|
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|City / town:||Murappanadu||District:||Tirunelveli|
|Maps from (click):||Current location||Tirunelveli (17 km)||Thoothukudi (45 km)|
|Nagercoil (92 km)||Kanyakumari (96 km)|
Murappanadu is located 11km from Tirunelveli on the route to Thoothukudi.
Sthala puranam and temple information
Mithrasagar from this village was a drama artiste who used to enact only Vishnu puranams. He used to travel all over the country with his troupe. Once he happened to visit Kashmir and perform in the presence of King Kungumangan and Princess Chandramalini. His performance was on the ten avatarams of Vishnu. The king was highly impressed with his performance and the princess fell in love with him. Mithrasagar and the princess married, and came back to live in this village. In their old age, they created an ashram and spent their life and time only on the service of the lord. Lord Vishnu was impressed and pleased with their undiluted love and service to him and presented himself to them in all his Dasvatharams. He also gave the hymn “Om namo bhagavathe vasudevaya namah”.
Veda Vyasa’s Tambraparani Maahatmiya Puranam makes references to Manimahodaya Agraharam (later corrupted to Agaram). This place was also called Bhagavata Kshetram, due to a number of bhagavatars living here, and this being a centre for Vedic education, millennia ago.
Vishnu appears in all his Dasavatarams in a single stone here. This is considered a Navagraha parikara sthalam.
Other information for your visit
Right beside this temple is the temple for Anjel Perumal. Also close by is a temple for Kailasanathar (but not a Nava Kailasam temple). All three temples are supervised by the same priest.