Kazheesirama Vinnagaram, Thadalan Kovil, Sirkazhi, Nagapattinam
|Architectural style:||Dravidian architecture|
|Address:||Sri Trivikraman Temple,Kazheesirama Vinnagaram,
Sirkali – 609 110,Nagapattinam District,
This is one of the five Divya Desams referred by Thirumangai Azhvaar as ‘Vinnagaram’. The others being Parameswara Vinnagaram (Kanchipuram), Arimeya Vinnagara(Thiru Nangoor), Vaikunta Vinnagaram (Thiru Nangoor) and Nandipura Vinnagaram(Nathan Koil, Kumbakonam). Another feature of Thirumangai’s praise of this Divya Desam is his reference to the Goddess in his Paasurams. Mangai Mannan crowned as ‘Mangai Azhvaar’ and handed over the Vel by Thiru Gnana Sambandhar. The temple is administered by Chola Simhapuram Koil Kanthaadai Chantamaarutham Swami Dhoddayacharyar.
Temple Opening Time
The temple is open from 7.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. and from 4.30 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.
Devotees pray for success in endeavors, promotion in jobs and longevity. Devotees offer Tulsi garlands, vastras and sweet pudding as nivedhana.
- Sri Rama Navami & Sri Ramanujar Utsavam (Chithirai (April-May))
- Brahmma Utsavam & Vasantha Utsavam (Vaikasi (May-June))
- Jyeshtabishegam (Aadi (July-Aug))
- Sri Jayanthi & Pavithra Utsavam (Aavani (Aug-sep))
- Navarathri Utsavam (Purattasi (Sep-Oct))
- Deepavali Utsavam & Manavalamamunigal Utsavam (Iyppasi (Oct-Nov))
- Thirumangai Mannan Utsavam (Kaarthigai (Nov-Dec))
- Pagal Pathu & Rapathu, Vaikunda Ekadasi Utsavam, Koodarai Vellum Sethi, Thaayar Adhyayana Utsavam & Mattayadi Sethi (Margazhi (Dec-Jan))
- Sankaranthi & Thiruppavai Sattrumurai (Thai (Jan))
- Thirumangai Azhwar Mangalasasana Utsavam & Garudasevai (Thai (Jan-Feb))
- Dhottayacharswami Sattrumurai (Maasi (Feb))
- Panguni Uthiram & Thaayar Sethi Utsavam (Panguni (Mar-Apr))
- Thirumangai Azhwar Mangalasasana Utsavam and Garudasevai – January or February
- Ushathkalam Pooja – 8 a.m.
- Kalasanthi Pooja – 10:00 a.m.
- Sayarakshai Pooja – 5:00 p.m.
- Ardha Jamam Pooja – 7:00 p.m.
Legend / Local stories
Vishnu teaching a lesson to Brahmma on pride of his boon of longevity:
Lord Brahmma the creator grew proud of his boon of longevity spanning many Yugas. Lord Vishnu decided to teach him a lesson. Sage Romesa performed penance here for the darshan of Lord Vamana-Trivikrama form scaling the whole world with one foot up. Granting his wish, Lord told the sage that he would live longer than Brahmma whose longevity would be reduced by a year if and when one hair fell from his body.
Brahmma understood that Lord has indirectly taught him a lesson and shed his pride. Thus Lord graced this place with his Trivikrama form. This is said to be the place where Lord Vishnu in his Vaamana Avatara measured his first step. At this Divya Desam, only the left foot of the Lord can be seen every day. The right foot is displayed only once a year on the Vaikunta Ekadesi day.
Shangu Pushkarani and Chakra Theertham:
The Sangu which yields Paramapadham and Chakram which gives all wealth lays here as Shangu Pushkarani and Chakra Theertham.
Sri Rama Vinnagaram:
The term Rama is equivalent to number one for he had one wife, one arrow, one word, one rule and one dharma. As the perumal of this place too is the only ruler of the whole world this place is called Sri Rama Vinnagaram.
Thal in Tamil means Earth or World, Aalan means the ruler. As Lord scaled the world with his Foot, Sri Andal called him Thadalan. The verses of Sri Andal are pieces of delight with sweet melody of Tamil coupled with their spiritual content.
Birth place of Saivite Saint Tirugnanasambandar:
Sirkali has the special reputation of being the birth place of Saivite Saint Tirugnanasambandar.
Debate between Thiru Mangai and Thiru Gnana Sambandhar:
Once the temple was left without proper care, hence an old woman kept the procession deity Thadalan inside the Thavittu (husk) pot. She performed poojas and was worshipping him. After visiting Thiru Chitra Koodam (Chidambaram), Thirumangai Mannan was on his way to Sirkazhi. All the way his subjects sang praise of him uttering different names of Mangai Mannan. The praise of Thirumangai Mannan by his subjects angered the disciples of Thiru Gnana Sambandhar. They blocked Thirumangai Mannan and asked his followers not to shout praises of Thiru Mangai Mannan in this birthplace of Thiru Gnana Sambandhar.
They wanted Thirumangai Mannan to engage with Thiru Gnana Sambandhar in a debate and win over him before continuing with their praise of Thirumangai Mannan. In the dream of Alwar, Lord appeared and told him that to get Thadalan from the old woman, pray to him and after that go for the debate. In the first meeting between Thiru Mangai and Thiru Gnana Sambandhar, the Vaishnavite poet answered fluently each of Thiru Gnana Sambandhar’s questions and let out 10 verses of praise in the name of Vishnu.
Pleased and impressed with Mangai Mannan’s knowledge and the sweetness in his praise and description of the different forms of Vishnu, a spell bound Thiru Gnana Sambandhar acknowledged the greatness of Thirumangai and crowned him as ‘Mangai Azhvaar’. Sambandar was very happy and rewarded Alwar with his Vel which is given by Goddess Parvathi and also an anklet. Both of them hugged each other and bore good bye in a sad mood and paved way to the unity of Saivam and Vaishnavam.
How to Reach:
The temple is 2 km from Sirkali bus stand on the Chidambaram route. Frequent buses are available from Chennai, Chidambaram and Kumbakonam. It’s about half mile away from the Sirkazhi station. The town is situated at 21 Kms North East to Mayiladuthurai and on the highway between Mayiladuthurai and Chidambaram. The town has all the facilities including transport and lodging. Sirkazhi is located 235kms South of Madras, 20kms South of Chidambaram, 21 kms North of Mayavaram and 70kms West of Nagapattinam. Nearest Airport is located at Trichy.
Sri Trivikraman Temple,
Sirkali – 609 110,
Phone: +91- 4364 – 270 207
Mobile: +91 – 9442419989 / 9443771400 / 9443650803
Email: [email protected]