030. Thiru Kavalampaadi – Sri Gopala Krishna Perumal Temple, Seergazhi
About the Temple & Location:
This temple lies in the Tanjore district of Tamil Nadu. It’s about 7 miles east from Seerkazhi and 5 miles away from the Vaihteeswaran Kovil railway station. Bus facilities are provided but staying facility are not provided.
Here Lord Gopala Krishnan give dharsan along with his wives Rukmani and Satyabhama.
Vishwaksenar the chief of the Nithyasuri’s was the son of Kundalai and Lord Varuna (Rain god). Kundalai was sent to disturb the penance of Saint Dhuruvasa by Lord Indra was gained his curse. So, she was born as a hunter’s daughter and married pathiran a hunter. One day Lord Varuna loved her and as a result she bore Vishwaksenar as her child.
Later by his hard penance he was made the chief of Nithyasuri’s the good spirit’s who live in Pramapatha and who are always near Lord Narayana.
He wished to have dharsan of Lord Narayana as Lord Krishna and fulfilled his wish here.
Rudran was caught by Brahma Hathi dhosam, an evil spell as he killed Lord Brahma. To over come this he prayed the Lord at Kadamba kshetram, Kantiyur and here at this place got rid of his problem.
To gain the love of god, its enough if we do our duties correctly. Vishwaksenar and Rudran both were fully satisfied before having dharsan of this Lord and did not requested him anything. So Lord gave his blessing happily as he had said in Bhagavat git that if you do your duties without expecting anything from me, I would give all the necessary for you without your request.
Reason behind the name: This Kshetram in tirunAngUr area is called tirukkAvaLambADi (திருக்காவளம்பாடி). KAvaLam means orchard. This kshEtram was once a huge orchard and hence got the name KAvaLam (orchard) pADi (village).
ஏவிளங் கன்னிக் காகி இமையவர் கோனைச் செற்று, காவளம் கடிதி றுத்துக் கற்பகம் கொண்டு போந்தாய், பூவளம் பொழில்கள் சூழ்ந்த புரந்தரன் செய்த நாங்கைக், காவளம் பாடி மேய கண்ணனே களைக ணீயே (Periya tirumozhi – 4.6.8)
KAvaLam in the second line above refers to the garden in indralOkam, according to legend, which was destroyed by Lord Sri Krishna to punish Indra. He then brought pArijAta tree to DwAraka to grant the request of SatyabhAmA. Third line in the above pAsuram indicates that Indra chose this KAvaLam pADi to honour Sri Krishna for killing narakAsuran and restoring Indra’s pride, prestige and wealth.
Another legend stated is, Here the Lord accepts the pure state of his devotees as food and so this place is called Kavalampadi. So, there is no Madapalli (Kitchen – a place to cook food for the lord here at this temple).
1. On every day next ot Thai Amavasai (New moon day in the Tamil Month Thai), the perumal of this temple is taken in the Garuda Vahanam to join the Thirunaangur Garuda sevai.
2. It is First and one among the Thirunaangur Thirupathi’s.
The Moolavar of this Divyadesam is Sri Gopala Krishnan. Also known as Rajagopalan. He is giving his seva Nindra (Standing) Thirukkolam facing his thirumugham towards east direction. Prathyaksham for Vishwaksenar (Senai Thalaivar) and Rudran.
The Thayaar found in this sthalam is Madavaral Mangai. She is also called with the name Sengamala Naachiyaar.
Thirumangaialwar – 10 Paasurams. Total – 10 Paasurams.
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