Thirukkannamangai – Sri Bhaktavatsala Perumal Temple

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மண் நாடும் விண் நாடும் வானவரும் தானவரும் மற்றும் எல்லாம்

உண்ணாத பெரு வெள்ளம் உண்ணாமல் தான் விழுங்கி உய்யக்கொண்ட

கண்ணாளன் கண்ணமங்கை நகராளன் கழல் சூடி அவனை உள்ளத்து

எண்ணாத மானிடத்தை எண்ணாத போது எல்லாம் இனிய ஆறே

Mother Mahalakshmi appeared after the appearance of Karpaga virutsham and kamadenu, during churning of Parkadal. On seeing Lord Vishnu she is impressed by the handsomeness of the lord and decided to marry him. She came to this place and began her penance to realize her wish. Knowing her wish perumal asked vishwaksena to fix muhurtham for marriage. He gave darshan to mother mahalakshmi. The wedding took place with splendor and pomp witnessed by muppathu mukkodi devas. As the lord came from par kadal for the marriage he is praised as Perum Pura Kadal.

As mother mahalkshmi did her penance here, the place is called Lakshmi vanam and also as Krishna mangala kshetra as the divine wedding took place here.

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When Chandra-Moon was wandering here for relief of a curse, he sighted this Pushkarini, his curse disappeared at once.

Romasa Maharishi lived in the period known Bharatha kalam explained the story of the king Nalan to Pandavas and made them clear the aspects of the planet Saturn. Here at this place Lord Bhaktavatsala showed himself in person and explained the truth of his presence of Bhaktaraavi perumal here.
Every year Vaikunda Ekadesi is being celebrated very specially here. Godess Mahalakshmi performed penance in the “Shree Mandapan” of this temple and after having a bath in the pushkarani she gave her hand to Bhaktavatsala perumal. Hence she is called as “Abishegavalli” and this place is also called as “Lakshmi Vanam”.

All the Devas in the celestial world gathered here to witness and participate in the divine wedding of Lord Vishnu with Mother Mahalakshmi. They wished that this darshan should be available to them for ever. They took the form of honey-bees, built nests and stayed here to realize their wish.

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Even today, a honey nest exists on the northern side of Mother’s shrine the antiquity of which is not known to anybody. This is a miracle in this Divya desa. It is believed that a one day stay in the place will bring total salvation to the soul. As Lord rushes to the rescue of His devotees so fast with the speed of Steam-Aavi in Tamil, He is praised as Bhakthar Aavi which later changed as Bhatharavi. Perumal’s Vimana is of Utpala design.   It is also believed that the place is protected by Lord Shiva in all four directions in four forms. Though Vishwakseana appears with four hands in Vishnu temples, He appears with only two hands here as he came here to have the audience of Mother Mahalakshmi for Perumal on an occasion.

During Lord Vishnu’s Vamana Avatar, when He raised one of His legs up to the sky, Lord Brahmma worshipped the leg with abishek from the water of His Kamanadala bowl. A drop of this abishek water fell here, now praised as the sacred spring Darshana Pushkarini. \\

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Lord did the abishek to Mother with this spring water and made Her His consort. Hence, Mother is called Abishekavalli.

Acharya Nadhamunigal, who edited the devotional verses of 12 Alwars under the caption Nalayira Divya Prapandam, had a disciple named Tirukanna Mangai Andan. His mission in life was to serve Lord, clean the temple and place him at Lord’s feet. While he was chanting the Vedas one day, suddenly he took the form of a dog, entered into the sanctum sanctorum and merged with Perumal as a Jyoti. A festival dedicated to him on the Tiruvonam star day in the month of Aani – June-July is devotionally celebrated. The place is named after him as Tirukanna Mangai

Our human soul is named Jeevatma and the soul of the great god as Paramathma. In every Jeevathma paramathma lays on hidden position. To explain this and to kindle the intrest of every Jeevathma to enclave itself with the Paramathma, the god Bhaktavatsala perumal transforms his soul and gives in place for the Jeevathma and hence, as the god mingles his soul with those of his diciples he is known as Bhaktaraavi perumal.

As all know, Lord Krishna is always surrounded by a group of Gobikasthree, the women of Gokulam. But in this place Lord Krishna due to Mahalakshmi’s hard penance this place is named after her Kannan’s wife (ie) Thiru Kanna Mangai.

Moolavar:                           Bakthavathsala Perumal

Uthsavar:                            Perum Purakadal

Thaayar:                               Kannamangai Nayaki – Abhishekavalli

Thalavirutcham:                Magizha Maram

Theertham:                        Darshana Pushkarani

Sthalam:                              Lakshmi Vanam

City:                                       Thiru Kanna Mangai

Devotees perform Tirumanjanam and offer vastras and pray to Him.

River Cauvery splits up into two brooks and runs in the North and South side of the temple forming a Garland to the god.

There’s a forest named “Bhadhrivanam” and it’s mostly like the one found in Naimisaranyam and Bhadhrinath. This place as considered idle for performing penance.

This place is treated in unision with Thiruninravur,

(i) Both the Moolavars are named Bhaktaraavi perumal.
(ii) Both the places were Mangalasaasanamed only by Thirumangai Alwar.
(iii) Godess Mahalakshmi performed penance and joined Mahavishnu as Abishegavalli as she did in Thiruninravur.
(iv) Both the Vimanas are Utpala Vimanam.
(v) Lord Varuna got special dharsan of god both these places.

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These Sapthamirdha Kshetram brings one back the memory of

Naimisaranyam, Badrinath, Thiruvarangam,Thirunindravur,Thirukadalmalai

Thirukkannapuram and  Thirukkannakudi

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