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Sri Adikesava Perumal temple

Moolavar : Adikesava Perumal
Urchavar : NA
Amman / Thayar : Maragathavalli Thayar
Thala Virutcham : NA
Theertham : Sea water, Vattaru, Rama theertha
Agamam / Pooja : NA
Old year : 2000-3000 years old
Historical Name : NA
City : Tiruvattaru
District : Kanyakumari
State : Tamil Nadu


   Vaishanavite saint Nammalvar had sung the glory of Perumal of this temple in his Mangalasasanam.


   Onam, Aipasi Brahmmotsavam in October-November, Purattasi Saturdays in September-October, Vaikunda Ekadasi in December-January are the festivals celebrated in the temple.

Temple's Speciality:

   The idol of Perumal is made of a mixture of materials called Kadu Sarkarai Yogam with 16,008 Salagrama stones (stones with Narayana forms). The devotee has to worship Perumal through three entrances. The procession deity in a standing form graces with Mothers Sridevi and Bhoodevi. There is no Lotus or Brahmma on the naval of Perumal. It is believed that the devotee worshipping Perumal here would have no further births. Garuda, Sun, deities of the five weapons (Panchayudha), demons Madhu and Kaidaba are in the sanctum sanctorum. Maharshi Hadhaleya is near the head of the Lord. Setting rays of Sun fall on the Lord in Panguni-March-April from 3 to 9 and from 3-9 in the month of Purattasi-September-October.

Opening Time:

   The temple is open during normal hours.


   Sri Adikesava Perumal temple, Tiruvattaru, Kanyakumari district ? 629 177.


   91- 94425 77047

General Information:

   Those on a pilgrimage to 108 Divya Desas are advised to worship Lord Adikesava Perumal before proceeding to Tiruvananthapuram to worship Lord Anandapadmnabaswami.


   Lord grants all that the devotees ask for.

Thanks giving:

   Devotees offer Tirumanjanam to Lord and Mother.

Greatness Of Temple:

   Lord Adikesava Perumal graces in a reclining form, longer than Lords of this form in the 108 Perumal shrines. He is facing west, his eyes set on Tiruvananthapuram Lord Anandapadmanabaswami. It is a rare form that Perumal facing west with His left hand hanging and the right assuring the devotee ? Abhayahastha. His head and feet are south-north directions respectively. Mother Maragathavalli Nachiar graces with Lord.

Temple History:

   Due to an error in the conduct of a yajna by Lord Brahmma, two demons appeared from the fire ? Kesan and Kesi. They caused all troubles to Sages and Devas. They came to Lord Vishnu for protection. Lord killed Kesan and used Kesi as a pillow for his bed. The demon?s wife, to avenge the Lord, called Rivers Ganga and Tambiraparani to help her. They came in spate to wash off the Lord. Mother Earth simply raised the ground level where Perumal was reclining. Both Rivers went round the Lord, prayed to Him and continued to flow round as two garlands. This event is mentioned in Nammalvar?s Mangalasasanam hymn.

Special Features:


*Sources from Dinamalar.com

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