This is one of the Srivaishnava divya desams in Tamilnadu between Sivakasi and Virudanagar. The wonderful temple is located on a hillock in a serene atmosphere . As per the legend , the banyan leaf on which Perumal laid during Pralaya was converted into this hillock.
The Soma Sandha Vimanam is clearly visible even from a distance. On the way, we can have darshan at Papanasini Theertham. The other theerthams connected with this temple are Bhaskara Theertham, Sanga Theertham, Padma theertham and Arjuna nadhi(river).
After climbing a flight of steps, we reach the inner precincts of the temple. Beautiful paintings on the wall depicting Dasavatharam, Ashtalakshmi, Sri Ramar Pattabhishekam and on the ceilings is a feast to our eyes.
The main deity (moolavar) is glorified as ” Nindra Narayanan” also known as Thiruthangal Appa in Nindra Thirukkolam who gives darshan facing east. Lord’s right hand is pointed downwards towards His Lotus feet (Thiruvadi) and left hand is on His waist. The uniqueness in this temple is Perumal ( Lord Krishna) is seen with Sridevi, Bhoodevi, Neeladevi, Jambavathi, Aniruddha, usha ,Bhrigu rish , Markandeya rishi, Garuda , Viswakarma and Aruna. On Perumal’s right side, Sridevi, Bhoodevi, Aruna,Garuda and Viswakarma are in Nindra thirukolam ( standing postures ) , Markandeya rishi in sitting posture. On His left side, we can see Usha, Aniruddha, Jambavathi, Bhrigu rishi.
This is the only temple, Lord Krishna gives darshanam with Rukmini(Sridevi), Satyabhama(Bhoodevi), Niladevi , Jambavathi, Aniruddhan in the same sanctorum .
This holy place is closely connected to Aniruddha’s wedding. Goddess (Thayar) is glorified as Sengamala Naachiyar/ Anna Nayagi.
This is the only temple, Thayar gives darshan in a separate sanndihi in Nindra Thirukkolam with Her right hand in Abhaya mudra and left hand hanging down. Usually wherever there is a separate sannidhi, Thayar is always seated whereas in this place, she is in Nindra Thirukkolam and grants all the wishes of the devotees.
This place itself is named after Her ”THIRU- THANGAAL means Mahalakshmi stays here and whoever visits this place will be blessed with prosperity in this material life and after death will be blessed with Moksham.
Banasura’s daughter Usha wanted to marry Lord Krishna’s grandson Aniruddha, Banasura was infuriated and he tied up Aniruddha with Nagastra. Lord Krishna fought with Banasura, let His Sudarshana Chakram which slew his 98 hands. ParamaSiva pleaded Lord Krishna to spare his devotee and Perumal conceded the request .
Banasura gave his daughter in marriage at this place. Perumal appeared before Pururava Chakravarthy who was doing severe penance in this place and continued to reside here. The important theerthams are Baskara theertham named after Sun God who got rid of Brahmahathi dosham by having bath here, Papanaasini theertham- dip in this absolves one of all sins and he will be granted with moksha. As it is deep, we are not allowed to go near the theertham.
There is a small river by name,Arjuna nadhi which is considered as Ganges itself as Arjuna in order to perform mornining rituals prayed to Ganges and let loose Varuna asthram and water gushed out of the earth. Hence, this is very sacred.
Shri krishna sharanam mamah, Shri krishna sharanam mamah,
Jai Shri krishna.. ….. Jai Jai Sree Krishna
Adiyen Ramanuja dasan
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