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Uppiliappan Temple

Significance

Significance


Uppiliappan Temple, also known as Thiruvinnagar of Venkatachalapathy Temple is a temple dedicated to Hindu god Vishnu, located near  Thirunageswaram, a village in the outskirts of the Kumbakonam in the South Indian state ofTamil Nadu.

Constructed in Dravidian style of architecture, the temple is glorified in the Divya Prabandha, the early medieval Tamil canon of the Azhwar saints from the 6th - 9th centuries AD. It is among the 108 Divya Desams  dedicated to Vishnu. Vishnu is worshiped as Uppiliappan and his consort Lakshmi as Bhumi Devi.
 
The temple is believed to be of significant antiquity and is believed to be initiated by the  Medieval Cholas of the late 8th century AD, with later contributions at different times from  Thanjavur Nayaks. The temple has two inscriptions dating from the Chola period.

The temple has a five-tiered rajagopuram (gateway tower) and enshrined within a granite wall. The complex contains all the shrines and water bodies associated with it.Uppiliappan is believed to have appeared for sage Markandeya and Hindu gods  Bhoomadevi,  Brahma  and  Shiva. The temple observes six daily rituals and three yearly festivals.

Lord Oppiliappan is being worshipped the Elder Brother of Tirupathi Srinivasan. Every month, Shravanam Day is being celebrated in a grand manner here, which is held at around 11 A.M. on that day is a big event that atracts pilgrims from all over.

Sri Ramanavami is being celebrated for 10 Days on a grand scale here with music and dance performances. On the concluding day, Kanagabhishekam  and Sree Ramar Pattabhishekam are being conducted in a grand manner. Theertham is Ahorathra Pushkarini.


About

About


Thiruvainagar Oppiliappan Temple also being worshipped as Tulasi Vanam and Margandeya Kshetram. It is located 7 KM south of Kumbakonam, the City of Temples. Moolavar is Sree Oppiliappan with Consort Bhoomidevi Nachiyar.

This is the One and Only Divyadesam where the Almighty is being worshipped in his Five Forms as Ponnappan, Maniappan, Mutthappan, Vinnagarappan and Ennappan. The Legend of the Kshetram Thulasi Vanam - Once Tulsi did a penance here and asked the almighty that as he was bearing Goddess Lakshmi Devi in his chest, she also wanted the blessing like that.

Lord was pleased and told that Goddess occupied his chest only after the deep penance and also added that very soon Goddess Lakshmi would be going to born as achild in Bhoologam. and asked Tulsi  also to go prior to Goddess and do penance in Thiruvinnagar Divyadesam - Oppiliappan Koil.

Each and every Thulasi leaf used to perform Pooja (Archani)to Lord Oppiliappan would fetch the total value of an Ashwametha Yagna (yagam).Every step placed to reach this kshetram would fetch lots of eternal values (Punniyam).Devoting cands to Oppiliappan even as small as a cow's shoe, would fetch definite eternity.

Rendering chandhan, Kumkum and flowers would vanquish the sins like the murder of a Brahmin etc.By devoting Dhoopakal, Deepakal, vessells needed for pooja and Thirumanjanam (Bathing of Lord god), brass bell and silk clothing one could get themselves out from all sorts of sins.


 Molavar  - Oppiliappan, Thannopparillappan

Utsavar  - Thiruvinnagaran Sreenivasan

Thayar   - Bhoomidevi Nachiyar

Blessing Pose  - Standing Posture with Abhaya Hastham

Kshetram -  Margandeya Kshetram

Theertham  -  Ahorathra Pushkarini

Other Names - Thulsi Vanam, Margandeya Kshetram

Speciality - The One and nly Divaydesam among the 108 , where Naivedhayms are offerred without Salt


Do & Don't

Do & Don't


Do:

  • Do pray your Ishta Devata before pilgrimage to Temple.
  • Do contact Temple Devasthanam information centre for enquiry, temple information and for Pooja details etc.
  • Do reserve your travel and accommodation at Temple well in advance.
  • Do bath and wear clean clothes before you enter the temple.
  • Do concentrate on God and Goddess inside the temple.
  • Do maintain silence and recite your Istamantram to yourself inside the temple.
  • Do observe ancient custom and traditions while in Temple.
  • Do respect religious sentiments at Temple.
  • Do deposit your offerings in the hundi only.

Don't s:


  • Do not come to Temple for any purpose other than worshipping of God and Goddess.
  • Do not smoke at Temple.
  • Do not consume alcoholic drinks at Temple.
  • Do not eat non-vegetarian food in the Kshetram.
  • Do not approach mediators for quick Darshanam. It may cause inconvenient to others.
  • Do not carry any weapon inside the temple.
  • Do not wear any head guards like helmets, caps, turbans and hats inside the temple premises.
  • Do not perform Sastanga Pranama inside the Sanctum Sanctorum.
  • Do not take much time while performing Sparsa Darshanam to God in Garbhagriha.
  • Do not buy spurious prasadams from street vendors.
  • Do not encourage beggars at Temple.
  • Do not spit or create nuisance in the premises of the temple.

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