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Sri Sowriraja Perumal temple

Moolavar : Neelamega Perumal
Urchavar : Sowriraja Perumal
Amman / Thayar : Kannapura Nayaki
Thala Virutcham : NA
Theertham : Nitya Pushkarini
Agamam / Pooja : Vaikanasam
Old year : 1000-2000 years old
Historical Name : Krishnapuram
City : Tirukannapuram
District : Nagapattinam
State : Tamil Nadu


   Sri Andal, Tirumangai Azhwar and Kulasekhara Azhwar had praised the Lord in their Mangala Sasanam hymns.


   13 day Masi Magam Utsav-with Theerthavari in the sea on the 10th day of Masi full moon-poornima day in February-March is the most important festival in the temple. The other festival is the 13 day Vaikasi Brahmmotsav on Poornima Anusha star day with Lord coming in procession remembering the wedding event of Lord with Padmini Nayaki the daughter of Vasu. The festival concludes with Theerthavari in Nitya Pushkarini. 10 day, day festival (Pagal Pathu in Tamil) begins on the second day of Amavasya-new moon day in Margazhi covering December-January with Lord?s procession. The night festival in the same month (Rappathu in Tamil) begins with Vaikunda Ekadasi day. As the temple is praised as Vaikunda on Earth ?Bhooloka Vaikundam, as established in the words of Saint Nammazhwar, there is no special Sorgavasal as traditionally seen in Perumal Temples. First day of all Tamil months; Ekadasi the 11th day of new moon or full moon days; Chitra poornima in April-May; Tiruvadipooram in July-August; Navarathri in September-October; Tirukarthikai in November-December; Panguni Uthiram in March-April; Deepavali, Makar Sankranthi; Tamil and English New Year days are also observed as festival days in the temple with special pujas to Lord.

Temple's Speciality:

    The temple is one of the 108 Divya Desas of Perumal. There is a vibration effect in the sanctum sanctorum which is said to exist from days of yore. The Navagrahas the nine planets installed by Indira is on the wall under the tower facing west with respective zodiac signs. There is a small scar above the right eyebrow of the procession Lord.

Opening Time:

    The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 4.30 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.


    Sri Sowriraja Perumal Temple, Tirukannapuram-609 704. Nagapattinam district.


   91- 4366 - 270 557, 270 718, 99426 - 56580.

General Information:

   Navagrahas carved in a single stone with relative zodiac signs are installed on the northern wall at the Rajagopuram entrance. Lord Sri Rama and Mother Sita are shown as the masters of planets. Presiding Perumal blesses the devotees in His standing posture. The Vimana above the sanctum Sanctorum is called Utpalavadhaga Vimana.


    People pray to Perumal seeking wedding and child boon. As the very name of Perumal indicates the alluring of hair beauty, many pray for beautiful hair style and cure from hair fall. People also pray for total cure from threatening diseases. Usual prayers for family welfare, prosperity etc. As Lord?s view fall on the Navagrahas the nine planets in this Vaishnava temple, all adverse aspects of planets are removed. Perumal grants all boons to devotees such as employment opportunities, progress in trade, promotions etc. to His devotees.

Thanks giving:

    Those seeking wedding boon offer Archana Mala, perform Tirumanjanam, offer nivedhana with Parivattam and Sowrimudi used mostly by women with short hair. Other commitments include offering vastras, tulsi garlands, pujas with dressing-alankaras. Two time puja is dedicated Sri Anjaneya with Vadamala. Devotees also contribute for the renovation of the temple.

Greatness Of Temple:

    One day, the priest of the temple gave the garland used in the Perumal puja to his sweet heart. It so happened quite unexpectedly the king came to the temple, but the priest had no puja garland to receive the king. He simply used the second hand garland he presented to his lover. The king noticed a hair and enquired the priest how it came there. The priest replied that it was the hair of Perumal. When demanded to show it, the priest assured the king to show it the next day. The king agreed but warned him of punishment if he failed. The priest fell at the feet of Lord to protect him. When the king came the next day, Perumal gave him darshan with hair. Thus, he became Sowriraja Perumal. Sowri means hair. Devotees can see this Tirumudi (hair) darshan only during the procession on new moon days.

Temple History:

   Many many years ago, sages performed penance on Lord Vishnu relinquishing food and sleep and thus were physically reduced as thin as paddy stalks. Almost they lost human form. A king Uparisiravasu by name blessed with the Astakshara Mantra Upadesa from Lord himself was passing through this place with his men. As they were hungry, they began to cut the sages for food mistaking them as paddy stalks. Lord rushed to their rescue in the guise of a small boy and defeated the king and his men. As his army could not resist the boy, he finally applied the Astakshara Mantra to win over him. The Mantra simply surrendered at Boy?s feet. Realizing that the boy was none other than Lord Himself, the king fell at his feet and begged His pardon. Lord pardoned the king and appeared before him as Neelamega Perumal. The king built this temple with the help of Viswakarma the divine sculptor. Perumal agreed to stay here at the request of the king.

Special Features:

   Miracle Based: The temple is one of the 108 Divya Desas of Perumal. There is a vibration in the sanctum sanctorum felt even now.

*Sources from Dinamalar.com

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