When cruel Kamsa put
his own sister Devaki and her husband Vasudeva in prison, Lord Vishnu appeared
before them and assured that He would be born to them. This is His first Leela-divine play Krishna Leela. He
appeared as Vaasudeva to Gopilar and Gopiralayar then. His life in Gokhulam as a shepherd was the 32nd
Leela. Based on these events, the
presiding deity is Vaasudeva and procession deity as Rajagopala. While opening the Vaasudeva shrine in the
morning, Gopuja-cow puja and Gaja puja-puja to elephant are performed. Procession deity is also called Rajamannar,
hence the name of the place Mannargudi.
appears as a shepherd in simple attire using it also as a turban and wearing
all the child ornaments. There are also
a cow and two calves with Him. Kamsa
engaged a wild elephant named Kuvalaya Peetam to kill Balarama. Lord Krishna killed that elephant. Remembering the event, Lord is holding a tusk
in His left hand.
Lord Krishna arranged
a competition among the Gopikas bathing in Yamuna River. The contest was that they should dress
properly and wear the jewels after the bath.
One Gopika could not find one of her ear ring. They found it at last in the ear of Krishna and were excited with joy to see its beauty in
His ears. Based on this event, Lord in
the temple has a Thadanga-ear ring in one ear and Kundalam-ring in the other.
Milk is the main
nivedhana for Lord. This is given as
Prasad also. As in Madurai Kallazhagar temple, Dosa is the
nivedhana here only in evening pujas.
18 day Brahmmotsavam
is celebrated in the month of Panguni-March-April. 18 has a significance in Lord Krishna’s Avtar
life. Duration of Kurukshtra war was 18
days. Srimad Bhagwat Gita has 18
chapters in the immortal Mahabharata epic.
This is a famous festival in the temple.
Lord appears in 32 types of Aalankaras representing His 32 Leelas. The Butter Pot festival is celebrated on the
16th day when Lord comes in procession as crawling baby with butter
in hand. That is also offered as
nivedhana. After the Alankara, when Lord
comes to a mandap in the place, people throw butter balls. He returns to the temple in Horse vahan in
During this festival,
Lord also appears as Sri Andal, on two faced bird named Kanda Peranda Pakshi
and as Sri Rama dressed in stark on the Pancha Mukha Anjaneya vahan.
Thayar blesses the devotees from a separate shrine. Special Tirumanjanam is performed to Her on
Poosa Star day-Mother’s birth star. On
the fourth day of Thai month-January- Lord and Mother appears together on a
single throne. Garuda is in female form
before Mother’s shrine. Those facing
problems in marriage and concerned with the welfare of children, light ghee
lamps to Garuda. Though this is a Perumal Temple,
Maya, born before Krishna is blessing here as
Durga in the Vaasudeva Perumal ghoshta.
Special pujas are performed here at Rahukalam time. Devotees tie cradles here seeking child boon.