July 7, 2016

Perunkulam Maya Koothar Temple

Site Name: Maya Koothar Temple 
Site Type: Hindu ancient temple
Location:  8 kms from Sri Vaikuntham, in Tirunelveli-Tiruchendur route, 47 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

Perunkulam is a small village located near Tirunelveli city in Tamil Nadu state of India. It's original name was Tirukkuzhanthai. The village has a prominent temple for Vishnu called as Maya Koothan TempleIt is considered as the 95th 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 Seventh '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 95th Divya Desam temple. It is located in Pandya region.
  • It is considered as the Seventh Nava Tirupati temple.
  • God  Srinivasa Perumal
  • Goddess - Alarmel Mangai and Kuzhandai Valli
  • Utsav - Maya Koothan
  • Teerth (holy water) - Perunkulam
  • Vimana Ananda Nilaya Vimana

Legend:

As per the legend, an Asura named Asmacharan abducted the wife of a Vishnu devotee, Vedasaran by name. His wife's name was Kumudavalli. Vishnu fought with him and killed him. As the Asura used his magical powers, his fight with Vishnu was called as Maya Yuddha.Thus, he saved the wife of his devotee and then danced on the severed head of the Asura.  Hence, he is called as Maya Koothan, meaning the one who danced after defeating the Asura who did Maya Yuddha.

Later, Vedasaran's daughter Kamalavati meditated on Vishnu and wished to marry him. Pleased with her prayers, Vishnu appeared to her and married her in this site. 

Temple Layout:

The east facing temple has very simple plan and layout. There is a small gopura with a front side mandap. The tank is found outside the temple premises.

The sanctum enshrines  Srinivasa Perumal in the standing posture. The consorts of the presiding deity, Alarmel Mangai and Kuzhandai Valli are found in the sanctum. There is no separate shrine for them. 

The utsav (festival) deity is very beautiful. The temple is named after the utsav deity Maya Koothan. He is found along with two consorts in the sanctum. 

Garud is found facing towards the sanctum. The flag staff and bali peeth are found as usual. Manavala Mamuni sub-shrine is also found in the temple. 

The mandaps have few interesting sculptures including a lot of Yazhis.

Happy travelling.






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