Sri Vaikundam Temple  

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  1. Krishnapuram:

    Krishnapuram is 13 kms SW from Thirunelveli town on the bank of Thamirabarani River.

    Main deity and Urchavar in the temple are Venkatachalapathy, Sridevi and Bhoodevi. The temple has three prakarams and as we go around we see thayar sannidhi of SriVaramangai.

    Other deities we see in the temple are Garudan, and twelve Azwars.
    As we enter the temple there is a big mandapam with pillars to sides. There are huge beautiful sculptures to pillars on either side. The temple is well known for its sculptures.

    Stone inscriptions are found which says Vijayanagara king; Krishnappa Nayakar expanded the temple and got the sculptures done on pillars.
  2. Sri Vaikundam:

    The temple is one of 108 Divya Desam and one of Nava Tirupathy.
    The place is about 26 kms from Thirunelveli town on the banks of River Thamirabarani.

    The temple main Raja gopuram is of 9 stories with three prakarams around the main sanctum.We enter into mandapam with pillars and as we go in we see Sri Ramar and sreenivasar sanctums.

    There is a Dwajasthambam and Garudazwar in front facing the main deity. We have darshan of Lakshmi Narashimar and Dasavatharam sculptures here.

    Main deity is Sri Vaikundanadhan in standing posture with Adiseshan’s five heads like an umbrella for him. Normally we see him in relaxing posture when he is with Adiseshan, but this is the only place where he is standing which is unique.

    There are two Thayar sannidhi. One is Vaikundavalli Thayar and the other one Soranadha Nayaki Thayar. Teertham of this temple is Brugu teertham, River Thamirabarannnni, and Kalasa teertham.

    Other deities in the temple are Santhana Garudan, Krishnan, Lakshmi Narashiman, Manavala Mamuni, Thiru Venkatamudayan and Hanuman.

    Urchavar of the temple is known as Kallarbiran with Sridevi and Bhoodevi placed inside the sanctum in front of main deity.

    Purana says once rakshas Somukan took the Vedas from Brahma. To get back the Vedas, Brahama penenced here and got it with lords blessings. There was a thief Karadushanan who used to give half of his wealth which he steals.

    Once he was arrested and put into jail when he tried to steal in palace. He thought of Vaikundanadhan at the time when he was caught. So Vaikundanadhan appeared as Karadushanan in front of King and discussed about principles, and created a good opinion about him.

    King thought he was a yogi, at this time Lord revealed himself. King and the thief became friends and so here urchavar is known as Kallarbiran. there is a seperate mandapam with pillars full of beautiful sculptures.

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