Purushottama Perumal, Tirunangur, Nagapattinam


Basic information about the temple

Moolavar:Purushottama PerumalAmbal / Thayar:Purushottama Nayaki
Deity:PerumalHistorical name:TiruVan Purushothaman
Vriksham:Pala, VaazhaiTeertham:Tiruparkadal Teertham
Agamam:

Age (years):

1000-2000

Timing:9 to 11.30 & 6 to 8Parikaram:

Temple group:Divya Desam
Sung by:

Tirumangaiazhvar

Temple set:

Ekadasa Divya Desam

Navagraham:

Nakshatram:

City / town:TirunangurDistrict:Nagapattinam
Maps from (click): Current location Mayiladuthurai (23.2 km)Nagapattinam (58.4 km)

Tiruvarur (59.6 km)Kumbakonam (61.2 km)

Location

Tirunangur is located 10 km from Sirkazhi.

Sthala puranam and temple information

It will be useful to read this overview of the Nangur Ekadasa Divya Desam and Ekadasa Rudra Peethams, if you have not already done so, to set the context for the eleven temples (including this temple) in Nangur.

Vyaghrapada, the tiger-footed sage, was here with his son Upamanyu. He would pluck flowers and offer garlands to the Lord here. Once, when he was out collecting flowers, Upamanyu was hungry and started crying. Immediately, Lakshmi here asked Purushottaman to come from Vaikuntam, and bring milk with Him, to feed the child. The milk came from Tiruparkadal ! This is the reason for the temple Teertham being named Tiruparkadal Teertham.

It is believed that Perumal here came from Ayodhya (ie, the Rama from Ramayanam). The place is also called VanPurushottaman.

This is an old Chola temple, but has also seen relatively recent brickwork additions to its structure.

In the Tamil month of Thai (January-February), the Garuda Sevai utsavam takes place at the nearby Badrinarayana Perumal temple at Nangur, where the Perumal and Garuda of each of the 11 Nangur Divya Desam temples arrive here. This festival is a must visit for those who are interested.

Other information for your visit

There are no accommodation options in Nangur. The nearest place for decent budget and mid-range accommodation is Mayiladuthurai. Lately, some hotels and AirBnB type accommodation has come up around Sirkazhi.

Contact

Balaji Bhattar @ 04364-256221

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Author: TN Temples Project

A personal project to catalogue information on temples (both mainstream and off-the-beaten-track), so that people can learn about them and visit those temples more regularly.

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