Tirupatisaaram (Tirruvannparisaaram)

One of the 108 Temples & Celestial Abodes of Vishnu revered by the Tamil hymns of the Alwars of the 1st millennium CE

Location: Tiruppatisaram near Nagarkoil(Kanyakumari)
Malai Naadu)
Vishnu: Tirukkuralappan, Venkatachalapati
Taayaar: Kamalavalli
Theertham:Lakshmi Theertham
Paasuram :Nammalwar
Vimaanam:Indrakalyana Vimanam
Travel Base:Kanyakumari
Description Tirupatisaram, with its temple to Venkatachalapati, is located in Kanyakumari district, near Nagarkoil in lush surroundings. Tirupatisaram is the birthplace of the mother of Nammalwar. Nammalwar refers to Vishnu as Tiruvaazhmarban at Vannpaasaram, in a lone verse. Worship protocols followed here are also the same as those of Kerala.

Deities: The presiding deity here is  Tiruvaazhmaarban, known as Tirukkuralappan or Venkatachalapati in a seated posture facing east. Taayaar here is Kamalavalli Naachiyaar (residing on his chest). Venkatachalapati is flanked by 6 of the saptarishis in the sanctum. There is a shirne to Rama and Agastyar outside the sanctum.

There is also a shrine to Natarajar with Sivakami and Vinayakar to the left of the sanctum. Murals depicting the 10 avatarams of Vishnu are seen are seen one of the mandapams. The image is made through the kadu sarkara yoga process as in Tiruvanantapuram and Tiruvattar.

The partly gold plated flagstaff of this temple is believed to have been installed by Kulasekhara Alwar. The Nayak rulers of Madurai have made endowments to this temple.

Legend has it that Lakshmi fearing the fierce form of Narasimha following his slaying Hiranya, meditated upon him; Vishnu upon assuming a Shanta Swaroopam upon Prahladan's request, proceded in search of Lakshmi, who assumed his chest as her permanent abode (Shria Pati Sancharam hence Tirupatisaram).

Legend has it that Vibhishana was blessed with a vision of the coronation of Rama, here at Tirupatisaaram (while returning to Lanka).

Udayanangai -and her husband Kaari (both devotees of Vishnu), are believed to have celebrated Vamanajayanti here (on the bright ekadashi in the month of Virgo), and begotten Nammalwar on Vaikasi Vishakam. Legend also has it that the 7 Saptarishis meditated upon Vishnu here and were blessed with his divine vision (as in Tirupuliyur).. It is believed that the waters of the temple tank have miraculous healing properties.

Festivals: Kerala Tantram is the worship protocol followed here. Five services are offered each day. The annual Bhramotsavam is celebrated in the month of Chittirai. Krishna Jayanthi, Saturdays in the month of Purattasi are considered sacred here. Vaikuntha Ekadasi and Aadi Swathi (associated with Kulasekhara Alwar) are also celebrated here.

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