Sri Vaikunda Natha Perumal Temple

vaikunda nathar 1Sri Vaikunda Natha Perumal

Sri Vaikunda Natha Perumal temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It is one among the 108 Divya desams. It is located in Thirunangur, a small village 10 km away from Sirkhazhi enroute to Thiruvenkadu. The sanctum here is believed to be on par with celestial vaikuntam. The temple tank is located north of the temple.

 Quick Facts:

Moolavar

Sri Vaikunda Nathan, facing east direction, Irundha (Sitting) Thirukkolam

Uthsavar

Vaikunda Nathan

Thayar

Vaikunda Valli

Theertham

Lakshmi Pushkarani.
Udhanga Pushkarani.
Viraja Theertham.

Vimanam

Anantha Sathya Varthaka Vimaanam

Mangalasasanam

Thirumangai Azhwar, 10 pasuram (1228 -37 MP3, PDF)

Natchathiram

Aadi Magam

Sthala Puranam:

King Swetakethu belonged to Ikshvagu dynasty which Lord Sri Rama chose for His incarnation.  He loved every one and was a living example of honesty and integrity.  He and his wife had a passion to visit Vaikunda to have the darshan of Lord Vishnu.  As a king, he completed all his political duties and set ready for penance with his queen Damayanthi.  They prepared fire around them, stood looking at the Sun and began a severe penance. Days passed.  They shed their mortal coil and reached Vaikundam but could not find their Vaikunda Vasan.  They stood sad.  Maharshi came there.  Swetaketu and Damayanthi fell at his feet and enquired him why they could not get the darshan of Lord.   Narada replied that though they performed severe penance they had failed to perform even small Homas and charities which caused them this failure.  The remedy was that they had to worship Lord Iravadeswarar on the banks of Cauvery on Earth and appeal to Him, to help them to have Vaikunda darshan. Both prayed to Lord Iravadeswarar and begged his help for Perumal darshan.  Lord Iravadeswarar appeared before them and said that He too was waiting for Perumal darshan and suggested that they could join him in penance.  Meantime, Sage Udanga Maharshi also joined them in the penance.  All four performed penance together.  When Lord Vishnu appeared before them with Mothers Sridevi and Bhoodevi, Lord Iravadeswarar prayed that the place where the darshan was granted should be honoured as Vaikunda Vinnagaram and that Vishnu be worshipped here as Vaikunda Nathar.  Thus, Perumal came here as Lord Vaikunda Vasan with the goddess Vaikundhavalli.

Vaikunda Perumal is in salagrama thirumeni. He is seated on Adhisesha with one leg folded up and one leg down. Paramapathanathan of vaikuntham manifested himself here.  so this divya desam considered to be equivalent to vaikuntham. Virajanathi in vaikuntham have come down to earth as viraja theertham one of the theertham here.

Benefits of HIS Darshan

It is believed that married couples who perform special pooja on star magam continuously for 6 months are blessed with children.