Saturn (Sani) - Saturday
Located Place: Tirunageswaram located near Kumbakonam
Deity: Uppiliappan Perumal (Vishnu) Goddess: Bhumi Devi (Lakshmi).
Urchavar: Sri Ponnappan
Theertham: Ahotra Puskarani
Historical Name: Thiru vinnagaram
How to Reach: Within 7 km from Kumbakonam
Old Year: 1000 – 2000 years old.
Temple Worship time: 6. 00 AM to 1.00 PM & 4.00 PM to 9.00 PM
Temple contact no: 0435- 2463385, 2463685
About Thirunageswarm (ThiruVinnagaram):
The Town Thirunageswaram located near Kumbakonam, Tamilnadu, south India. And the main deity is Oppiliappan perumal (Vishnu) and his consorts Bhumi Devi (Lakshmi) and it’s only one of the temple for Saturn (Navagraha in Kumbakonam.
It is one of the 108 Divyadesam dedicated to Vishnu, who is worshipped as Kola Oppiliappan and his consort Lakshmi as Bhumi Devi.
The temple is Constructed by Cholas and renovated by Nayak. The temple follows Vaigasana Agama and follows Vadagalai practices. During the Viswaroopa Seva, the first worship, Suprapada Prabarthi Mangalam, a verse exclusively dedicated to Uppiliappan is relayed.
Separate shrines for the consort of Oppiliappan Perumal (Vishnu) , and the Deity is Bhumi Devi (Lakshmi).
The temple has a five-tiered rajagopuram (the gateway tower) and enshrined within a granite wall. The complex contains all the shrines and water bodies associated with it. The Sahasradhari plate and pot (kudam) are made of gold for performing Thirumanjanam (ablution) to the presiding deity.
The temple also maintains golden sword, diamond crown and gold arm guard for the image of Hanuman. The shrine over the sanctum is plated with gold. The main shrine of the temple houses the image of Oppiliappan in standing posture and it also houses the images of Bhoomidevi and sage Markendeya.
The Vimana is called Suddhananda, meaning "pure happiness". The Desika shrine is located near the sancturn sanctorum. On the sides of the first precinct, the shrine of Anjaneya is located on the southern, and Alwars' and Sri Rama's on the northern and Ramanuja's on the eastern sides.
The shrine for Maniappan is located in the second precinct in the southern side, while the shrines of Ennappan and the holy birth spot of Bhoomidevi are located in the northern side. Garuda's shrine is located right opposite the sanctum and right behind the temple mast. The shrine of dancing Krishna is located on the southern side of the main entrance.
Uppiliappan is considered the elder brother of the presiding deity of Tirupathi Venkateshwara Temple.
The temple is revered in Nalayira Divya Prabandham, the 7th–9th century Vaishnava canon, by Periazhwar, Thirumangai Azhwar and Nammazhwar. The temple is classified as a divyadesam, the 108 Vishnu temples that are revered in the Vaishnava canon.
The temple is counted as the fourteenth in the list of divyadesams in Chola Nadu and 83rd in the overall list.
The Azhwars address the presiding deity by various names like Uppiliappan, Vinnagarappan and Venkatachalapathy and his consort Bhumidevi as Bhoomidevi Nachiar and Dharanadevi.
Periazhwar refers Uppiliappan as Thiruvinnagar Mevvane in his verses in Periathirumozhi while Namaazhwar called him "Thannoppaarillappan", that is he who has no comparison, meaning there is neither an equivalent nor superior to Vishnu. He mentions that "the Lord who by his powers affords solace for pining hearts, and renders them fit for service".
Lord Mother Bhoomadevi expressed here grievance to lord Maha Vishnu (Perumal) that she had not the privilege of being in the chest of lord through she too had all the dignity features of mother mahalakshmi and demanded that right her too lord replied that she would have that position as a daughter of a maharishi markendaya and that she would be known as tiruthiuzhai (Tulsi).meantime sage markendaya was also performing penance to have mahalakshmi as his daughter.
He saw the little child Bhoomadevi having all the attributes of mahalakshmi near a tulsi plant. He was too happy to take the child and bring her up. When she attn. the marriageable age, lord Vishnu in the guise of an old man called on the sage seeking his daughter in marriage. Sage simply turn down his request saying that his daughter was too young for him and did not know even cooking with correct amount of salt to be added to the preparation.
Adamant lord said that he would be accept that the food even without salt. Sage understood that the visitor was no other a person its perumal himself. And he was happy to give his beloved daughter to him.
Lord Perumal accepted food without salt. And he is praised as Uppliappan and also be Oppli appan as know equal him. Thulasi Devi and Bhooma Devi came to stay on the chest of lord in the form of tulsi Garlands offered by Devotees in all perumal temples.
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