020. Thiruvazhunthoor (tErazhundUr)- Sri Devaadi Raja Perumal Temple, Mayavaram
About the Temple & Location:
This sthalam is a village which is situated in Tanjore district of Tamil Nadu.
It lies in between Mayavaram junctiont and Kuttalam station on the main railway line between Chennai (Madras) to Tajore.
This temple can also be reached by travelling around 7 Kms from Kuttalam and about 8 Kms from Mayavaram.
This Divyadesam is also called with other names such as Azhundoor, Azhundhai, Therazhunthur.
Uparisaravasu was the king of Sethi Kingdom and was the student of Devaguru Bhragaspathi. He got a chariot which floated in the sky from Lord Indra.
Once he settled a dispute between the rishi’s and devas and favour it in the Deva’s side.
The rishi’s got angry and cursed the king that his chariot would not fly in the sky.
So as an effect to the curse, his chariot got stuck in this place and the king fell infront of the lord. Henceforth this place is called as Therazhunthur (Ther means Chariot).
Lord Narayana sent Garudan and helped him to fly back. As Lord helped the person loved by deva’s who was a human he was called Devaadirajan from then on.
Moolavar Devaadirajan is of 10 feet tall having Lord Gauruda to his left and prahalatha along with Markanteya Maharishi to his right. He has Gadhayudham (his weapon) in his left hand. River Cauvery too is there kneeling at his lotus feet.
Utsavar Aamaruviappan stands with a very beautiful calf along with his two wives.
Cow and calf belong to the Deva group, buffulo’s belong to Asura group and sheep’s belong to Mankind. Lord Krishna thus saves all the living things. As Jeevatma becomes a tamed cow before Lord Krishna and he too behaves as a tamed cow infront of a pure heart, he is called as Aamaruviappa (ie) Aaa means cow (person who is as soft as a cow). Thus the Lord Aamaruviappa is said to inherit the qualities of Lord Krishna (ie) (he contains Lord Krishnas Amsam).
There is a tale regarding Aamaruviappan’s arrival at this place. Once Lord Brahma stole all the cows of Ayarpadi which were under Lord Krishna’s custody and locked them at Theruzhunthur. Lord Krishna came to know this thro his Yoga maya and created a whole new heard of cows. Lord Brahma then asked Lord Krishna to forgive him. He asked Lord Krishna to stay permenantly at this place and bless all the people who seek his help.
There’s a beautiful unjal Mandapam (Unjal – Joola – Swing) in this temple.
Inside the Rajagopuram, poet kamban and his wives images are beautifully carved. (Poet Kamban was born here only) there are also many beautiful images which are in a demolished state.
Manavala Maamunigal has done Mangalasasanam to his place. Utsavar is brought for Thirumanjanam (ceremony of bathing the lord) in river cauvery many times each year.
As an act of Unison, Lord Krishna (ie) Lord Aamaruviappan is dressed up as Lord Rama and brought in Ceremony near the Vedapuriswarar temple (Lord Shiva’s temple).
Moolavar has golden (helment) Kreedam, Sagasranama necklace, Dasavathara Udhara Malai, Golden anklet, godess Alarmel mangai in his heart diamond Thiruman (sacared symbol of Vaishnavities).
1. This Sthalam is the birth place of the Great Tamil Poet, Kambar who has created “Kamba Ramayanam“.
The Moolavar of this sthalam is Sri Devaadi Rajan. He is giving his seva in Nindra (Standing) Thirukkolam facing his thirumugham towards east direction. Prathyaksham for Dharma devadai, Uparisaravasu, River Cauvery, Garudan and Agastiyar.
The Thayaar found in this sthalam is Sengamalavalli Thaayar.
The Utsavar found in this sthalam is Aamaruviappan.
Listed below are some of the Utsavams (Festivals) done in this Sthalam.
Sri Ramar Utsavam and Vasantha Utsavam in Chithirai month.
Brahma Utsavam in Vaikasi month.
Sri Andal Utsavam in Aadi month.
Sri Jayanthi Utsavam in Aavani month.
Sri Desikar Utsavam in Puratasi month.
Pavithra Utsavam in Iyppasi month.
Utsavam for Thirumangai Alwar and Deepa Utsavam in Karthigai month.
Pagal Patthu and Raa Patthu Utsavam Margazhi month.
Thai Month – Garuda seva.
Punar Poosam and Magam Utsavam Maasi month.
Sri Sengamalavalli Thaayar Utsavam in Panguni month.
Perumal Sannadhi In this Sannadhi only, the Perumal of the sthalam, Sri Devaadi Rajan is found giving his seva to his bhaktas.
Thaayar Sannadhi In this Sannadhi, the Thaayar, Sri Sengamalavalli is found giving her seva to his bhaktas. On every Fridays, the thaayar is giving her seva as “Vaibava Lakshmi”.
Sri Vasudevar Sannadhi This sannadhi is found on the left side of the Moolavar Sannadhi. In this Sannadhi, Sri Vasudevar is found.
Sri Narasimhar Sannadhi This sannadhi is found in between Perumal Sannadhi and Sri Vasudevar Sannadhi. In this Sannadhi, Sri Narasimhar is giving his seva for his bhaktas who destroys the evil things and helps his bhaktas to get rid of them.
Sri Ramar Sannadhi This sannadhi is found on the south direction of the Perumal sannadhi. In this Sannadhi, Sri Ramar (both moolavar and utsavar) are found in Nindra koilam facing east direction. Beside him, Seetha Piratti, Lakshmanan and Hanumar are also found.
Sri Vishwaksenar Sannadhi Sri Vishwaksenar is otherwise called as “Senai Mudaliar” (the chief of the army of the Perumal). He is found in this sannadhi which is found in front of Sri Vasudevar Sannadhi.
Sri Desikar Sannadhi Next to Sri Vishwaksenar Sannadhi, this Sannadhi is found.
Sri Alwars Sannadhi All the Alwars are found on the Outer Pragharam in front of Thaayar Sannadhi.
Sri Andal Sannadhi Sri Andal Sannadhi si found on the Outer Pragharam where both Moolavar and Utsava Vigraham (Idol) are found. Thiruvadi Pooram and Margazhi – Koodara Valli are the special occasions for Sri Andal.
Sri Kambar Sannadhi As soon as we enter the temple, Sri Kambar sannadhi is found on the left side where Kambar and his wife are worshipping the Perumal is standing position.
Sri Hanuman Sannadhi Opposite to the Kodi maram, Hanuman is found in Nindra kolam facing his Thirumugam on the north direction.
Thirumangaialwar – 45 Paasurams Total – 45 Paasurams.
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