Thirunangur Divyadesams near Sirkazhi - Part 1

Eleven divyadesams near Sirkazhi are collectively called Thirunangur divyadesams. All of these come under the Choza naatu divyadesams of Sri Vaishnavas and are close to each other. Thirunangur divyadesams are extremely popular for the Thirumangai alwar Mangalasasana utsavam during the tamil month of thai. 

Lord Vishnu is said to have appeared at Thirunangur in 11 forms as requested by Lord Shiva. These form the 11 Thirunangur divyadesams- Thiru Parthanpalli, thiru Kavalampadi, Manimada kovil, Thirudevanar Thogai, Thiru manikoodam, Arimeya vinnagaram, Vaikuntha vinnagarm, Thiru vellakulam, Thirumani koodam, Thiruteriambalam and Semponsei kovil.

Thirumangai azhwar is taken in a palanquin to all these temples and the paasurams of each of these temples are recited at the the respective temple. During the Garuda sevai festival, the utsavars from all these temples come to Thirunangur. Also an image of Thirumangai azhwar is brought on Hamsa vahanam from his avathara sthalam -Thirunagari and the paasurams by the azhwar in praise of these 11 deities is sung. Later, the deities return back to their temples. It is extremely popular and several people come down to witness the grand event.

Sirkazhi is easily accessible from prominent cities in Tamilnadu and connected with trains too. It would be ideal to stay at Sirkazhi and cover all the divyadesams nearby. Sirkazhi is around 10-12 kms from Thirunangur divyadesams and one can easily cover all of them in half a day's trip. Of the temples- Thiruvali and Thirunagari combinedly form one divyadesam.

Although timings are mentioned for the temples, most of them are flexible in timings and one can hire a guide from Annan koil to go around all the temples if required.

1. Thirukavalampadi Gopalakrishnan perumal temple

 About the temple

The presiding deity is Gopalakrishnan perumal with Rukmini and Satyabhama in standing posture and thayar in the same sannadhi is Senkamala Naachiyaar. The utsavar is called Rajagopalan. Since Krishna gives darshan here with Rukmini and Satyabhama the place is said to as divine as Dwarka.

When Lord Krishna was in search of Parijata flower for Satyabama and unable to find it, he was directed by Shiva to a lake full of parijata flowers at this place. Hence the temple tank is named Thatamalar poikai.

Temple tank and vimanam

The temple tank is called Tadamalar poigai and vimanam is known as Swayambu vimanam.

Temple timings

The temple is open in the mornings from 8 am to 11.30 am and in the evenings from 5 pm to 7 pm.

2. Thirumanikoodam Varadaraja perumal temple

About the temple

The presiding deity is Varadaraja perumal -also known as Manikooda nayagan in standing posture. Thayar in the same sannadhi is known as Thirumamagal nachiyar.

Temple tank and vimanam

The temple tank is called Chandra pushkarni and vimanam is known as Kanaka vimanam.

Temple timings

The temple is open in the mornings from 8 am to 12 noon and in the evenings from 5 pm to 7 pm.

3. Thiru Devanar thogai - Deiva nayagan perumal temple

About the temple

The presiding deity is Sri Deiva nayagan perumal in standing posture with Sridevi and Bhoodevi and utsavar is known as Madhava perumal. Thayar in a seperate sannadhi is known as Kadalmagal nachiyar or Deivanayaki thayar and utsavar is Madhava nayaki thayar.

Since the devas were believed to have gathered here to pray to Lord Vishnu, the place came to be known as Devanar thogai.

Temple tank and vimanam

The temple pushkarni is called Devasabha pushkarni and vimanam is known as Sobana vimanam.

Temple timings

The temple is open in the mornings from 8 am to 11.30 am and in the evenings from 5.30 pm to 7.30 pm.

4. Arimeya Vinnagaram - Kudamaadukootan perumal temple

About the temple

The presiding deity is Sri Kudamaadukoothan is sitting posture and utsavar is Gopalan. Thayar is Amrita kadavalli thayar in a seperate sannadhi. There are sannadhis for Rama and Andal too. Lord Vishnu is said to have given darshan as Gopala krishna for Sage Uthanga.

Temple tank and vimanam

The temple tank is called Amrita theertham and vimanam is called Uchchasrunga vimanam

Temple timings

The temple is open in the mornings from 8 am to 12 noon and in the evenings from 4 pm to 7 pm.

5. Thiruteriambalam Palli konda perumal temple

About the temple

The presiding deity is Sri Senkanmaal or Ranganathar in reclining posture and thayar in a seperate sannadhi is called Senkamalavalli thayar. The Lord gives darshan as in Srirangam lying on Adiseshan.

Temple tank and vimanam

The temple tank is called Surya pushkarni and vimanam is Veda Vimanam.

Temple timings

The temple is open in the mornings from 8 am to 12 noon and in the evenings from 4 pm to 7 pm.


Srivatsan said...

Just visited 11 divya desam's near Sirkazhi, Thirunangur.... Wanted to share an experience. Met a guide Subramanian, who helped us in visiting 11 divya desams. All the 11 places are interior villages and with no proper direction boards. Also the temple timing which was sort of erratic. He came with us in our car and showed the temple. His number is 9159706875. His name is Subramanian. Hope it helps.


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mahalakshmi visweswaran said...

Hi Sir,
Thanks for your guidance. We went to the above 11 temples on 27th june & contacted Mr.Subramanin over the given number. It was very helpful. we were able to visit all the temples before 1.00 p.m.

Satishd Ronan said...

Hi !!

Can you please let me know how much did subramaniam charge for guiding you


Hema Mohan said...

Just visited 13 Divya Desams in and around Sirkazhi. Thank you for giving the contact of Mr.Subramanian. He accompanied us in our car and because of his resourcefulness and contacts with priests of all temples we were able to visit all the 13 temples by 1.p.m. We paid him Rs.500 for his noble service and Rs.100 for lunch. But for him we could not have visited all the temples.

Mani Rathinam said...

Hi Srivatsan /Mohan

We have planned to visit Divya desam in and around sirkazhi...

whether we can able to complete before 1 pm.. if we start at 7 or 8 am....

G Hariharan said...

Thanks sir.I will take his help when go there shortly.These tips are highly helpfulto contact gurukkal or guide as it happened for me at Thiruvennainallur

srinivasa rajan said...

Visited 13 divya desams near Sirkazhi on 24.9.2016. Thanks to information provided in the blog contacted Mr. Subramanian who took us to all the temples and we started around 7 AM and could complete all the temples before 12 noon. Being Purattasi Saturday the Annan Perumal Koil was a bit crowded but there were few people in the other temples. Mr. Subramanian is a very nice person and knows the area and the temple priests very well and checked whether all the temples were open before we visited them. He does not make any demand and we paid him Rs.1000/- after visiting all the temples and he was happy with the same. If you have plans of visiting these temples please take his help.Otherwise it would be extremely difficult to locate the temples which are located in small villages without any direction or map. Rajan

VCA said...

We visited the temples today. Mr Subramanian couldnt come. He directed to Mr Rajendran. We wanted to pay only 800 inclusive of food. But he demanded additional 300. Definitely guide is needed, please add thadalan temple in sirkazhi, visit tiruvali and thirunagari also. Please negotiate rate with guide before onboarding. 800 is nominal rate

chitra said...

We too had used the services of Mr. Subramani, He is a good navigator but do not expect any temple history or legend from him. He has good contacts with the priests and sees to that we get darshan in all temples and that is what matters .We paid him Rs. 700/in October 2016. Rs.700-800 appears to be reasonable.

Anonymous said...

i recently january 2017 visited the divyadesams in sirkali is very wonderful. the guide subramanian @ subbu (9159706875) and driver ravi (9043222552) both are very helpful, quiet, obedient. And he knows perfect dharshan times and correct route. not only the sirkali; mayavaram and nagapattinam divyadesams also. i give Rs.1000/- the vehicle charge is Rs.3500 is reasonable.

Kala Subramanyam said...

Hi I recently visited the above 13 Divya desams. Mr. Subramanian was very helpful in guiding us and I could complete all within 4 hours.

Nisha.Balan said...

@kalasubramanyam , we are planning to visit 13 divyadeshams on 24-25th June .. pls let us know how much time did it take for you to visit all 13 temples .. also pls let us know how much did u pay to mr. Subramaniam.. also did he arrange for food and stay ? If not , pls advise us about stay and food .. thanks ..janaki

EC said...

@Nisha can easily visit all the tirunangur divyadesams in half a day's time. But please ensure you take along someone who knows the place and timings or check with your taxi service and ask them to send accordingly. You can stay at hotel sampoorna in Sirkazhi..reasonable and comfort stay. You can call them and make an advance booking for the rooms. They also arrange vegetarian lunch in the afternoon or you can check with Annan koil priest also.

Nisha.Balan said...

Thanks a lot for the prompt reply @ EC .. however , we are planning to use the services of guide Mr, Subramaniam.. so just wanted to check how much to pay him.. also since we are traveling with small kids , so that's why will not be able to rush .. hope one full day will be enough .. thanks a lot for the info ..

srinivasan said...

Hi All,

Thanks for posting all the informations which helped a lot.

We called Subramaniam with the above given no, as he was not feeling well he gave a driver number and arranged a Guide (Suresh 9994621065), very humble person and knowing more information about all the temples and guided well with the routes and calling temple butter before we reach so there were no time lapse.

We hired a indica so unable to accommodate guide with us ... so he traveled in his bike. He didnt demanded any amount and we have given Rs 600 and he happily accepted.

Totally there were 13 temples to be seen and 12 of them were divyadesams and it is advisable to take a guide as all the temples were not be opened on the usual timings.

If you have kids and elders then plan it for a whole day because we have started by 6 30 AM in morning and completed by 11 45 but we sacrificed our breakfast and will be too tedious by noon.

Srinivasan V

Jagannathan Rangaswamy said...

The information given by those who have visited the Divya desams around sirgazhi has been extremely useful to us when we visited the temple two weeks ago. Mr . Subramanian ,our guide was so helpful and resourceful. Our driver Mr Murugan from Murugan travels knew all the routes so well and he even enthusiastically took us to other temples in and around mayavaram in the short span of time we had for our visit. Murugan never hurried us in any temple,was cheerful and enthusiastic. He can be contacted in this no-9442779296 or 8526060879.Mr.Subramaniam's contact no. 9159706875

Unknown said...

Kindly tell us the total cost for travel and guide.


EC said...

Travel charges depend on the can service you charges are mentioned in the comments

Logesh Babu said...

Thanks for sharing your valuable experience about Sirgazhi Divya Desam.
We have visited 12 Divya Desam with the help of Mr. Subramanian without him it is very difficult to complete this pilgrimage. We could not able to visit one due to death in priest family.
We have stayed in Grand White Palace in Sirgàzhi and room is pretty good with complementary breakfast. Food is also good.
Om Namo Narayana.
Thanks Logesh

Unknown said...

On 4/3/3/2018 we have visited 12 Divyadesams around sirkazi.
Mr.Subramanian guided us to visit these Shetrams.
If we want to cover these temples we have to start very early.we need a car too to visit the temple s.

May God bless.
Hari On
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