Perumal: Varadaraja Perumal, /Manikooda Nayakar
Taayaar: Tirumaamagal Naachiyaar, BhudeviSri Devi Thayar:
Theertham: Chandra Pushkarini
Paasuram : Tirumangai Alwar
Vimaanam : Kanaka Vimanam
Prathyaksham to – Lord Chandra
Travel Base : Chidambaram
Temple Timings: 06:00 am to 11:00 am ; 05:00 pm to 08:00 pm.
About the Varadaraja Perumal:
This is one among the 108 Divya shethrams of Maha Vishnu. This temple lies near Thirunaangur of Tanjore district in Tamil Nadu. It’s about 8 Km away from Seerkazhi and 1/2 miles away from Thirunaangur. It’s inside a Tamarind farm.
Five Divya Desam Temples are located in close proximity in the town of Tirunangur 8 km east of Sirkazhi. They are Tiruvanpurushottamam,
Tiruttetriambalam,Tirumanimaadakkoyil , Arimeya Vinnagaram and Vaikuntha Vinnagaram. Closeby is Tirumanikkoodam.
The Moolavar of this Divyadesam is Sri Varadharaja Perumal. Also known as Manikooda Nayagan. He is giving his seva in Nindra (Standing)
Thirukkolam in facing his thirumugham (face) towards east direction. He is found with Four hands on the Aadhiseshan.
The Thayaar in this sthalam is Thiru Maamagal Naachiyar and Bhoomi Piratti.
Only Tirumangaialwar has sung of these 11 Divya Desams. The Tirunaangur Divya Desam shrines are Kavalampaadi, Tiruvanpurushottamam, ArimeyaVinnagaram, Chemponseikoyil, Manimaadakkoyil(Narayanan), VaikunthaVinnagaram, TirudevanaarTogai, Tiruttetriambalam, Manikkootam,Tiruvellakkulam, and Parthanpalli.
Mangalasasanam : Thirumangaialwar-10Paasurams.
11 Divya Desams in and around Thiru Nangur near Seerkazhi
Deities from each of the ThiruNangur temples go out on a street procession on Garuda Vaahanam and come together at Mani Mada Koil
The Moolavar of this Divyadesam is Sri Varadharaja Perumal. Also known as Manikooda Nayagan. He is giving his seva in Nindra Thirukkolam (a Standing posture) facing towards east direction. He is found with four hands on the Aadhiseshan. Prathyaksham to Chandran.
Chandran had 27 wives but was partial to Rohini so he was cursed to wax and wane. In order to atone for this sin he took bath in this pushkarni and worshipped Varadaraja Perumal.Tirumanaiazhwar adresses this Perumal as one with Mahalakshmi on His Chest so there is no separate sannidhi for Thayar in this temple. Perumal’s tirunakshatram is Thai Poosam.
Lord of this place has chandran as ornamet and Garuda as vehicle and poses as Lord Varadharaja. He gave special dharsan to Lord Chandra and Garuda here Lord Shiva has river Ganges and Lord Chandra, the Lord of this place too has the same Lord chandra and Lord Garuda instead of river Ganges and poses as Lord Varadharaja .
This is an act of illustrating the unity between the Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. As the Lord Shiva solved the curse of chandran, here Lord Vishnu also once saved Chandra from his Curse and hence the Pushkarani is named as Chandra Pushkarani.
The Lord Varadharaja is known for his act of testowing abundand wealth to his devotees and this act brings the name of the Vimaanam as Kanaka – gold Vimaanam.
The rays of Lord Chandra is as soft as light rays emerging out of Pearls, Crystals etc. Which are known as manigal and as Lord Varadharaja gave dharsan to Chandran. This place is called “Thiru Mani Koodam”.