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Sri Adikesava Perumal temple
 
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Moolavar: Adikesava Perumal
  Urchavar: -
  Amman / Thayar: Maragathavalli Thayar
  Thala Virutcham: -
  Theertham: Sea water, Vattaru, Rama theertha
  Agamam / Pooja : -
  Old year: 2000-3000 years old
  Historical Name: -
  City: Tiruvattaru
  District: Kanyakumari
  State: Tamil Nadu
 
     
Singers:
     
  Vaishanavite saint Nammalvar had sung the glory of Perumal of this temple in his Mangalasasanam.  
     
 Festival:
     
  Onam, Aipasi Brahmmotsavam in October-November, Purattasi Saturdays in September-October, Vaikunda Ekadasi in December-January are the festivals celebrated in the temple.  
     
 Temple's Speciality:
     
  The idol of Perumal is made of a mixture of materials called Kadu Sarkarai Yogam with 16,008 Salagrama stones (stones with Narayana forms). The devotee has to worship Perumal through three entrances. The procession deity in a standing form graces with Mothers Sridevi and Bhoodevi. There is no Lotus or Brahmma on the naval of Perumal. It is believed that the devotee worshipping Perumal here would have no further births. Garuda, Sun, deities of the five weapons (Panchayudha), demons Madhu and Kaidaba are in the sanctum sanctorum. Maharshi Hadhaleya is near the head of the Lord. Setting rays of Sun fall on the Lord in Panguni-March-April from 3 to 9 and from 3-9 in the month of Purattasi-September-October.  
     
Opening Time:
   
  The temple is open during normal hours.  
   
Address:
   
  Sri Adikesava Perumal temple, Tiruvattaru, Kanyakumari district – 629 177.  
   
Phone:
   
  +91- 94425 77047 
    
 General Information:
     
 

Those on a pilgrimage to 108 Divya Desas are advised to worship Lord Adikesava Perumal before proceeding to Tiruvananthapuram to worship Lord Anandapadmnabaswami.

 
     
Prayers
    
 

Lord grants all that the devotees ask for.

 
    
Thanks giving:
    
  Devotees offer Tirumanjanam to Lord and Mother. 
    
 Greatness Of Temple:
     
 

Lord Adikesava Perumal graces in a reclining form, longer than Lords of this form in the 108 Perumal shrines.  He is facing west, his eyes set on Tiruvananthapuram Lord Anandapadmanabaswami.  It is a rare form that Perumal facing west with His left hand hanging and the right assuring the devotee – Abhayahastha.  His head and feet are south-north directions respectively.  Mother Maragathavalli Nachiar graces with Lord.

 
     
  Temple History:
     
 

Due to an error in the conduct of a yajna by Lord Brahmma, two demons appeared from the fire – Kesan and Kesi.  They caused all troubles to Sages and Devas.  They came to Lord Vishnu for protection.  Lord killed Kesan and used Kesi as a pillow for his bed.  The demon’s wife, to avenge the Lord, called Rivers Ganga and Tambiraparani to help her.  They came in spate to wash off the Lord.  Mother Earth simply raised the ground level where Perumal was reclining.  Both Rivers went round the Lord, prayed to Him and continued to flow round as two garlands.  This event is mentioned in Nammalvar’s Mangalasasanam hymn.

 

As Perumal destroyed demon Kesan, He is named Kesava Perumal.  Kesi tried his best to escape from the Lord with his 12 hands.  Lord put 12 Rudrakshas in his hand and foiled his escape bid.  12 Shiva temples came into being through these Rudrakshas around Tiruvattaru.  During Shivrathri, devotees run to cover all the 12 Siva temples and end the prayer with Lord Shiva at the feet of Adikesava Perumal.  The practice continues even today.

 
     
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