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Gopalakrishna Perumal Temple

Significance

Significance


Thirukkavalampadi or Gopalakrishna Perumal Temple is located in Thirunangur, a village in the outskirts ofTiruchirappalli in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu, is dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu.

Constructed in the 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 one of the 108 Divyadesam dedicated to Vishnu, who is worshipped as Taamariyaal Kelvan and his consort Lakshmi as Shegamalavalli.

Gopala Krishnan came down along with his consorts Sathyabama and Rukmini here to Thirukavalambadi. Kavalam means a Dense Garden with full of flowers. Hence the name Thirukavalambadi.

Kavalam indicates elephant and padi indicates place - it is believed that Krishna saved an elephant at this place leading to the name of the temple. The event is described in the verses of Tirumangai Azhwar in Nalayira Divya Prabandham

About

About


Sri Gopala Krishna Perumal Temple is one among the 108 Divya Desams. It is located in Thirunangur, a small village, 10 km away from Seerkazhi enroute to Thiruvenkadu. Here Lord Gopala Krishnan gives darshan along with his wives Rukmani and Satyabhama.

Lord Krishna went in search of the Parijatha flowers to please the desire of Satyabhama. After a long search he meditated on Shiva, who revealed to him and that the lake filled with Parijatha flowers appeared at this kshetram. With the presence of Rukmini and Satyabhama with the Lord at this shrine this is considered to be equivalent to Dwaraka.

Vishwaksenar the chief of the Nithyasuri was the son of Kundalai and Lord Varuna (Rain god). Kundalai was sent to disturb the penance of Saint Dhuruvasa by Lord Indra and gained his curse.

So, she was born as a hunter?s daughter and married Pathiran a hunter. One day Lord Varuna loved her and as a result she bore Vishwaksenar as her child.

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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