July 3, 2016

Natham Vijayasana Perumal Temple

Site Name: Vijayasana Perumal Temple 
Site Type: Hindu ancient temple
Location:  3 kms from Sri Vaikuntham , in Tirunelveli-Tiruchendur route, 29 kms from Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu state, India
Highlights: One of Nava Tirupati temples and a Divya Desam
Nearest Railway Station: Tirunelveli
Nearest Airport: Madurai
How to reach: Well connected by road from Tirunelveli, Tiruchendur and Tuticorin
Hotel: Few options in Sri Vaikuntham; for better options, go to Tirunelveli, Tiruchendur or Tuticorin - all of them are located within the range of 30-35 kms
Restaurants: Few options in Sri Vaikuntham; for better options, go to Tirunelveli, Tiruchendur or Tuticorin - all of them are located within the range of 30-35 kms

Sri Vaikuntham is a beautiful village located near Tirunelveli city in Tamil Nadu state of India. At a distance of around 3 kms from Sri Vaikuntham, a small hamlet called Natham is situated. Natham is how the village is called nowadays. But the actual name of the village is Varagunamangai

There is an ancient temple for Vishnu, called as Vijayasana Perumal Temple is located here. It is considered as the 92nd Divya Desam located in the Pandya region. There are nine Vishnu temples on the banks of the river Tamrabharani, which are popularly called as Nava Tirupatis. This site is the Second 'Nava Tirupati' temple (one among nine important Vishnu temples in Tirunelveli-Tiruchendur route).  Let us explore about this temple in this article.

Highlights:

  • Nammalwar has sung Pasuram about this site in his verses.
  • It is considered as the 92nd Divya Desam temple. It is located in Pandya region.
  • It is considered as the Second Nava Tirupati temple.
  • God Vijayasana Perumal
  • Goddess Varaguna Valli 
  • Utsav - Emmidar Kadivan
  • Teerth (holy water) - Agni Teerth and Deva Pushkarani
  • Vimana Vijayakoti Vimana

Legend:

As per the legend a Brahman named Vedavit performed penance and chanted Asana Mantra in this site. Pleased with his prayers, Vishnu gave darshan to him. Hence, the deity is called as Vijayasana Perumal in this site. As Vedavit attained moksha, this site is also called as Mokshapuri.


It is also believed that one's soul attains moksha if death occurs in this site. A fisherman, who had cast his net in the holy tank, died due to a snake bite. He immediately attained moksha as he died in this site. He was apparently a King in his previous birth who was very bad. 

It is believed that Lord Vishnu gave darshan to Agni, Romasa Rishi and Satyavan in this site. 

History:


It is a Pandya period old temple with additions made by the later kings of different dynasties.


Temple Layout:

The east facing temple has a five tiered gopura. The layout is very simple. The east facing sanctum enshrines Vijayasana Perumal in the sitting posture. Sesha is seen spreading its hood behind him. On his either sides, Sri Devi called as Varaguna Mangai and Bhoo Devi are found. 

Varaguna Mangai is such a beautiful name. There is no separate shrine for her in this temple. She is found along with the presiding deity only in the sanctum. Notably, the village is named after her. (I wonder if the village has something to do with Varaguna Pandya - not sure).

The utsav (festival) idol has a very good Tamil name, Emmidar Kadivan, which means one who would eliminate our troubles. Emmidar Kadivan along with his two consorts are also found in the sanctum.

The flag staff, bali peetha and Garud are found facing towards the sanctum.

Happy travelling.


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