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Sri Tirunarayur Nambi temple

Moolavar : Tirunarayur Nambi
Urchavar : Idar Kadutha Tiruvalan
Amman / Thayar : Vanjula Devi
Thala Virutcham : Vagulam ? Magizham
Theertham : Manimutha, Sangarshanam, Pradyunam, Shamba theerthams
Agamam / Pooja : Vaikanasam
Old year : 1000-2000 years old
Historical Name : Sukandagiri Kshetra
City : Nachiarkoil
District : Thanjavur
State : Tamil Nadu


   Saint Tirumangai Azhwar in his sweet Mangalasasanam hymn had beautifully described the scenic environment of the place of Lord Tirunarayur Nambi and His reclining posture, calling devotees to place themselves on His Lotus feet at the temple built by Chola king Kochenganan.


   10 day Brahmmotsavam in Margazhi (December-January) and Panguni (March-April with Garudaseva is grandly celebrated in the temple.

Temple's Speciality:

   Being one among the celebrated 108 Divyadesas of Perumal, Mother Vanjulavalli graces the devotees in Her standing posture. Procession deity Mother appears with a parrot and a key bunch on Her hip showing that She is the Head of the Universe overseeing all administration.

Opening Time:

   The temple is open from 7.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 4.30 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.


   Sri Narayur Nambi Temple, Nachiarkoil-612 602. Thanjavur district.


   91- 435 - 246 7017, 94435 - 97388.

General Information:

   The Vimana above the presiding deity is called Hema Vimana. Lord Chakarathazhwar with the Navagrahas below and paintings of Dasavathara (10 incarnations of Lord Vishnu) is blessing the devotees in the prakara. Sage Medhavi is nearby in worshipping form. The idols of the procession deities of all 108 Divyadesa temples are near the Garuda Bhagwan shrine. Special Tirumanjanam are performed here on Shravana star days each month.


    Devotees pray to Garuda Bhagwan on Thursdays offering archanas and vastras for relief from delays in marriages, adverse aspects on children and for relief from negative aspects of serpent planets.

Thanks giving:

   Devotees offer tulsi garlands and vastras and sweet pudding-Sarkarai Pongal as nivedhana to Perumal.

Greatness Of Temple:

   Tirumangai Azhwar, formerly Neelan the chieftain spent all his wealth in the service of Lord Perumal. As he was not a Vaishnava, nobody recognized his bhakti and services. Sad Azhwar came to this place and begged Perumal to acknowledge him as His devotee. Pleased with Azhwar, Perumal placed the Vaishnava mudras-symbols of discus and conch on both his hands. Mudradanam is a ceremony of accepting one in the Vaishnava group by placing the symbols of Discuss and Conch in hands.

Temple History:

   Sage Medhavi was a staunch Perumal-Vishnu devotee. He wanted to have Lord as his son-in-law. He performed penance sitting under the Vanjula tree to have Mother Mahalakshmi as his daughter. Mother appeared before the sage as a little pretty girl before him on the Utharam star day in Panguni (March-April). The sage named Her Vanjuladevi and brought Her up in his hermitage. Lord Mahavishnu came to earth in five forms as Sangarshanan, Pradyumnan, Anirudhan, Purushothaman and Vaasudevan to find Mahalakshmi and marry Her. Each searched for Mother in different directions. Garuda Bhagwan who accompanied the Lord, spotted Mother in the Sage?s ashram and informed the Lord. Perumal expressed His desire to the sage to marry his daughter. The sage accepted Lord?s wish on one condition that his daughter would have all powers in all matters. Perumal agreed to the condition and had the hands of Mother. Lord told Garuda that he should have His place here blessing the devotees as He had to be under the influence of wife. Thus Garuda Bhagwan became prominent in the temple. Named after Mother-Nachiar in Vaishnavite terms, the place came to be known as Nachiarkoil.

Special Features:

    Miracle Based: Mother is in a standing posture a little before Lord in the temple. Procession Mother is holding a parrot in Her hand and a key bunch in Her hip confirming Her authority over Lord.

*Sources from Dinamalar.com

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