Senganmal Ranganathar, Tiruthetri Ambalam.

Senganmal Ranganathar, Tiruthetri Ambalam

Shri rakta pankajavalli nayika sameda Shri lakshmiranga parabrahmane namah

Location : Tirunangoor is 6 km from Sirkali on the Nagapattinam route

Near By Railway Station : Mayiladuthurai

Near By Airport : Tiruchi, Chennai

Accomodation : Mayiladuthurai:

Moolavar : Senganmal Ranganathar

Urchavar : Senganmal, Pallikonda Ranganathar (Perumal in reclining form)
facing his thirumugham towards east direction

Thayar : Sengamalavalli

Theertham : Surya Pushkarini

Agamam / Pooja Vimanam : Vedha Vmanam

Old year : 500-1000 years old

Historical Name : Tiruthetri Ambalam

District : Nagapattinam. State : Tamil Nadu


The temple is praised in the Mangalasasanam hymn of Saint Tirumangai Azhwar – 10 Paasurams. saying that those chanting the glory of Sengalmal would be kings on earth and be one among those blessed souls in heaven.

Senganmal Ranganathar Temple Festivals

Vaikunda Ekadasi in December-January (Margazhi), Garuda sEvai in Jan-Feb the day after the new moon day in the Thamizh month of tai (தை) along with other 10 tiunAngUr divya desams are the two significant festivals celebrated is grandly celebrated in the temple.

Speciality of Senganmal Ranganathar

The temple ranks among the celebrated 108 Divya Desas of Sri Vishnu. Of these temples, this is the only temple called Ranganathar temple apart from srirangam


The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and from 5.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.



It is strongly believed that devotees are elevated by the grace of Perumal to royal levels and prayers for such positions are immediately responded by the Lord.

Greatness of Senganmal Ranganathar

This is the only Lord Vishnu temple among the 108 Divya Desas known as Ambalam. People in Tirunangoor know this temple as Pallikonda Perumal temple only. Of the 11 Perumal who came to this place, Perumal in the Temple is but very Sri Ranganatha of Srirangam. Worshipping Perumal here is equal to worshipping Srirangam Perumal.

In the east faced Temple Lord Perumal is in a reclining form on the Adisesha bed with four hands. His head and right hand are on a wooden stand. The left hand is on the hip. Mother Sridevi is on the head side and Mother Bhoodevi is at the feet side.

History of Senganmal Ranganathar

Demon Hiranyakshan took the earth and hid in the Padala Loka

kalaiyila#ngu magalalgul kamalap pAvai
kadirmutta veNNagaiyAL karu#nga NAycci,
mulaiyila#ngu moLimaNippUN vaDamum tEyppa
mUvAda varaineDundOL mUrttikaNDIr,
malaiyila#ngu niraiccandi mADa vIdi ADavarai
maDamozhiyAr mugattu iraNDu
silaivila#ngi mana~njiRaikoN Tirukkum nA#ngUrt
tirutteTri yambalatten se#ngaN mAlE
NDP 1282 Periya tirumozhi 4.4.5


The lord (senkaNmAl) who is ever young sporting mountain-like shoulders is found with two dames here. one who wears a girdle around her slim waist (seated on the lotus) and a cowgirl who has dark eyes and pearly white teeth (nappinnai) and wears breast ornaments bearing precious shiny stones. You can see the lord in the village of tirutteTri ambalam (in tirunAngUr) which has huge mountain-like mansions in rows on the streets wherein sweet-tongued girls captivate young men with their sharp, curved eyebrows resembling bows.

Sthala Puranam:

The Lord of this kshetram is known under the name “Palli Konda perumal”. He poses as Lord Ranganatha with four hands. In a way of explaining the Unison of Lord Shiva and Vishnu, Lord Vishnu has adopted many qualities of Lord Shiva such as dancing (Kuravai Koothu at Thiru Arimeya Vinnagaram), Accepting Lord Chandra as a head ornament in Thirushankadu etc, he transforms this place as his stage for dancing as Lord Shiva took Chidambaram as his dance stage, and stys still as Ranganatha representing stableness Shivalogam.

When Lord Narayana took the Dasawatarams, the dance which was danced by the Lord after killing Hiranya as Narashima lots of kings as Lord Parasurama is called as “Shankara Thandavam”.

Lord Krishna dance with the Rishi’s who were born as Gopikas in Gokulam is “Aanandha Thandavam” Lord’s special dance “Koda Koothu” in Thiru Arimeya vinnagram is a splendity. The actions of Lord Varadharaja, while testing the devotees and giving warmth to his devotees while giving boons and showing Vishnupadham using his hands are known as “Anavaradha thandavam” the dance of Lord Krishna on the top of the Banyan leaf as an infant kicking and curling, sucking his toes, in the period of Pralaya is known as “Pralaya Thandavam”.

As Lord Shiva showed his dances to Sivakami Parashakthi, viyakrapadhar, Padanjali, Paanini and Nandhi deva, Lord Vishnu too has showed glimpses of his dances to piratti Naachiyar (wife of Lord vishnu), Aadhi Shesha Anathalwan and the herds of cows too got dharsan of his Yoga naya dance while he was Lord Krishna at Gokulam.

Here the perumal is in sleeping posture. Here we may take that either he lying down before dancing or taking rest after dancing.

Though the Lord is in sleeping posture his eyes would be wide all the times. The perumal at this place is known as Shenkann Maal for he has reddish eyes. The eye’s would have become red after performing a very tough dance or would have become red as he never closes his eyes even while sleeping.

In order to inform people that the ideal person explained in the Vedas is none other than himself, the vimaanam is named as Vedha Vimaanam.

Though the Lord is in sleeping posture, he is guarding his devotees using Yoga Maya and is seeing the happenings of the world through his sun like eyes.

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