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Sri Venkatavaanan temple
 
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Moolavar: Venkatavaanan, Sreenivasan
  Urchavar: Maayakkoothan
  Amman / Thayar: Alarmelmanga Thayar, Kulandaivalli (Kamalaavalli) Thayar
  Thala Virutcham: -
  Theertham: Perungula Thirtham
  Agamam / Pooja : -
  Old year: 1000-2000 years old
  Historical Name: thirukulanthai
  City: Perungulam
  District: Thoothukudi
  State: Tamil Nadu
 
Singers:
     
  Mangalaasaasanam - Nammalvar Koodaccenrel iniyen kodukken kolvalai nenchatthodakkamellamPaatarrozhiya ilantu vaikal palvalaiyar mun parsazhinthenMaadakkodi mathil thenkulandai vankuda paal ninra maayakkoothanAadarparavaiyuyarththa velpor aazhi valavanai athariththe. Tiruvaymoli: 8-2-4  
     
 Festival:
     
  Vaikunta Ekaadasi  
     
 Temple's Speciality:
     
  This is one of the 108 sacred places of Lord Vishnu and the 7th Navathiruppathi dedicated to Sani Bhagavaan or Saturn.  
     
Opening Time:
    
 The temple is open from 7.30 am to 12.00 noon and from 5.00 pm to.7.30 pm. 
   
Address:
   
  Arulmigu Venkatavaanan Tirukkoil, Perungulam – 628 752, Tirukkulandai, Thoothukkudi District.  
   
Phone:
   
  +91 4630 256 476 
    
 General Information:
     
 

The place known as ‘Tirukkulandai’, is more identified as Perungulam. The residents of this village recognize their dwelling as ‘Perungulam Perumal koil’ and thus associate it with the temple. Though a small village now, inscriptional evidences show that it must have been a big city, once upon a time. The temple too remains impressive, without much damage.

Sreenivasan, the Prime Deity, stands majestically facing east under the Ananda Nilayam vimaanam.  His Spouses have their place near him and do not have separate shrines.  The Utsavar or procession deity is called ‘Maayakkoothan’ or Soranathan in Sanskrit.  The interesting feature is that Garuda, who is usually installed opposite to the Moolavar, dwells as Utsavar in the sanctum sanctorum itself.

The icon of the Prime Deity, enfolded on both sides by his Spouses, displays Kamalaavalli or Kulandaivalli blissfully seated in His chest.  Nammalvar has consecrated this divya desam in Tiruvaymoli, 8.2.4.

 
     
 
Prayers
    
 

All devotees come to pray in this temple and in the Nava Thirupathis seeking relief from the adverse aspects of the nine planets faced by them.

 
    
Thanks giving:
    
  Devotees perform thirumanjanam for the Lord and don him with new clothes. 
    
 Greatness Of Temple:
     
 

Nine Sri Vaishnava Kshetras are considered very sacred linked with the nine planets.  Perumal directly represents each planet in these temples respectively as shown below:

 

1.  Sun                                    :  Srivaikundam

2.  Moon                                :  Varagunamangai (Natham)

3.  Mars – Sevvai                 :   Tirukolur

4.  Mercury-Budha             :   Tiru Puliankudi

5.  Jupiter – Guru               :   Alwar Tirunagari

6.  Venus – Shukra              :  Then Tiruperai

7.  Saturn-Sani Bhagwan    :  Perunkulam

8.  Serpent planet – Rahu    : Irattai Thirupathi (Twin Tihirupathi)  

9.  Serpent planet-Ketu        : Irattai Thirupathi – Twin Thirupathi

                                                  Tholavilli Mangalam.

Equalling the importance of the Navagraha temples in the Chola region, these are the Navagraha temples in the Pandya region.  Since Perumal Himself represents a respective planet directly in these temples, there is no separate shrine for the Navagrahas here.  People visit the places concerned with their need.  As it would be difficult to visit these temples by bus journeys, it is advised that a cab may be hired to cover the shrines in a single day comfortably.  For those in Chennai, the Tourism Development Corporation arranges the facility twice a month – on the first and third Fridays.  The devotee can return back on Wednesday morning.  The charge is Rs. 1,100 per head with lodging facility.

 
     
  Temple History:
     
 

According to the history of the place-Sthala Purana, Kamalavathi, daughter of a Brahmin performed penance on Lord Vishnu, who took Her hands in wedding.  The place is also known as Palikai Vanam.  The history further goes to say that a demon Ashmasaran fought with Lord and was killed by Him.  Perumal danced his body. As    requested by the Devas, He accepted the name Maya Koothan – dancer.  Sri Garuda Bhagwan has the honour of being by the side of Perumal as procession deity.

 
     
Special Features:
     
  Miracle Based: The temple is one among the 108 Divya Desas of Lord Perumal. Of the Nava (nine) Tirupathis, this is 7 in the rank having Sani Bhagwan importance.
 
     
 
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