Jagannatha Perumal Temple, Thirumazhisai, Thiruvallur
|Date built:||12th century.|
|Architectural style:||Dravidian architecture|
|Address:||Jagannatha Perumal Temple,Thirumazhisai, Thiruvallur District|
|Phone||+91 44 2681 0542|
The temple is believed to be the birthplace of Thirumalisai Alvar, one of the twelve Azhwars whose work is compiled as Divya Prabandha, the early medieval Tamil canon of the Azhwar saints from the 6th–9th centuries AD. There is a separate sannidhi for Thirumazhisai Azhwar in this temple. This temple is one of the three Jagannatha Kshetrams and is referred as Madhya Jagannatha Kshetram. Puri is the Uthra Jagannatha Kshetram and Thirupullani near Rameswaram is the Dakshina Jagannatha Kshetram.
Devotees use to have a dip in Bhrigu Theertham and worship the Lord for release from sins. They pray to Mother seeking child boon and prosperity. They worship Mother Vaishnavi holding discus and conch offering garlands for removal of obstacles in wedding talks. Realizing their wishes, devotees perform Tirumanjanam to Lord and Mother and offer archanas with Tulsi leaves.
The temple follows Thenkalai tradition of worship based on Vaikasana Agamic tradition. The temple priests perform the pooja (rituals) during festivals and on a daily basis. As at other Vishnu temples of Tamil Nadu, the priests belong to the Vaishnavite community, a Brahmin sub-caste. The temple rituals are performed four times a day: Ushathkalam at 8 a.m., Kalasanthi at 10:00 a.m., Sayarakshai at 5:00 p.m. and Ardha Jamam at 8:00 p.m. Each ritual has three steps: alangaram(decoration), neivethanam (food offering) and deepa aradanai (waving of lamps) for both Jagannatha Perumal and his consort Thirumangaivalli. There are weekly, monthly and fortnightly rituals performed in the temple.
Various festivals are celebrated in the temple, with the Aani Brahmotsavam (during June – July), Aipasi Manavala Mamuni festival during October – November, Azhwar festival on Thai Magam star day in January-February and Maasi float festival during February – March being the most prominent. During Aani Brahmotsavam, the temple car housing the festival deities of Jagannatha Perumal and Thirumangaivalli is drawn around the streets of Tirumazhisai. During the float festival in February–March, the presiding deities are drawn in a float in the temple tank. The temple is maintained and administered by the Hindu Religious and Endowment Board of the Government of Tamil Nadu.
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How to Reach:
Thirumazhisai is located on the western corridor a suburb of Chennai City in Tiruvallur District of Tamilnadu. Thirumazhisai is situated on Poonamallee – Thiruvallur – Thirupathi Highway. Thirumazhisai is located at about 5 Kms from Poonamallee, 17 Kms from Sriperumbudur, 24 Kms from Tiruvallur, 13 Kms from Avadi, 11 Kms from Thiruverkadu, 6 Kms from Narasingapuram, 8 Kms from Mangadu, 31 Kms from Thiruvallur, 26 Kms from Chennai Central Railway Station, 24 Kms from Egmore Railway Station, 24 Kms from Chennai Airport and 25 Kms from Chennai.
The Temple is located at about 250 meters from Thirumazhisai Koil Bus Stop, 750 meters from Thirumazhisai Bus Stand and 18 Kms from Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminus. Buses ply every 30 minutes from Parrys (253,54B) / Koyambedu (153) / T. Nagar (597) / Tambaram (596). Frequent buses are available from Poonamallee and buses from various parts of the city to Thiruvallur passes through Thirumazhisai. From Chennai take the Poonamallee high road, just after Motel Highway on the left-hand side, take the immediate right (usually taken en route to Tirupati). Be cautious as this is a major Bangalore highway and an accident-prone area. After making a right go for 500 yards to reach Thirumazhisai.
Nearest Railway Stations are located at Pattabiram (10 Kms), Avadi (14 Kms) and Tiruvallur (20 Kms).
Nearest Airport is located at Chennai (24 Kms).
Jagannatha Perumal Temple,
Thirumazhisai, Thiruvallur District
Phone: +91 44 2681 0542
Mobile: +91 96001 81449
Email: [email protected]