013. Thirunandhipura Vinnagaram – Sri Jaganatha Perumal Temple, Kumbakonam
About the Temple & Location:
This place is in the Thanjore district of TamilNadu. From Kumbakonam first we have to reach Korukai by bus and from there the temple is situated at a distance of 1 1/2 miles.
As all know, Nandi (ox) is the Vahanam (carrier) of Lord Shiva. He is one of an extraordinary example for pure love and devotion to god. He has proved that neither good appearance nor sweet voice is needed to reach God. Only pure and simple devotion would bring God near you.
He was the one who explained the greatness of Lord Shiva to Lord Vishnu. Once this Nandi performed Tapas (penance) seeking Lord Vishnu blessing and because of this, the place is known as “Nandipura Vinnagaram”.
NAthan means “Teacher” or “Guide”. As Lord Narayana guided at this place, he is called as “NAthanAdha”.
The great King Sibhi was a gret donar. Once, Lord Indra took a form of a hunter and Lord Agni transformed himself as a pigeon.
The piegon saught Sibhi’s help and to help the poor bird, he came forward to give his own flesh equal to the piegons weight to the hunter. So, he sat in the wert plate of the Balance while the piegon in the east. So, to see this beautiful scene, Lord Narayana faces west in this temple. Then he blessed eternity to King Sibhi.
It is also said that this temple was constructed by the famous King Nandhi varma.
As this palce is like puri Jaganath temple of North India, it is called as Dakshina Jaganatham ((i.e. south Jaganatham).
As Nandhi made penance here, the pushkarani (or) tank of this place is called as Nandi theertha Pushkarani.
There’s a historical note that Lord Vinayaka was seen in the tree “Mandara”.
As the Vimaanam of this place is Mandara Vimaanam, this place indicates a note of unity among all castes.
At a distance of about 1 1/2 miles away from this place in the river side there is a garden named “Nandivanam” and inside it is a very old temple in a dilapidated condition.
The Moolavar of this sthalam is Sri Jaganathan. He is also known as NAthanAdhan and Vinnagara Perumal. The Moolavar (the presiding diety) is giving his seva in Sitting position facing his thirumugham towards west direction. Prathyaksham for Nandi and King Sibhi.
The Thayaar found in this sthalam is Senbagavalli Thaayar.
Thirumangaialwar – 10 Paasurams. Total – 10 Paasurams.
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