Uttamarkovil Sri Purushothaman Temple

Vainavam - 108 Thivya Thesam (Goodly Land)

 

Overview

Uttamarkovil Sri Purushothaman Temple are situated near kollidam river. Uthamar Kovil (also called Bhikshandar or Thirukkarambanoor Uthamarkoil Kovil) in, a village on the outskirts of Tiruchirappalli in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu, is dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu, Shiva and Brahma. Built in the style of Dravidian architecture, the temple is glorified in the Divya Prabandha, the beginning of the Canon medieval Tamil Azhwar saints from the 6th nineteenth centuries of our era. It is one of the 108 Divyadesam dedicated to Vishnu, who is venerated as Purshottamar and his wife Lakshmi as Poornavalli.

 
Purushottamar is suspected of having appeared to Hindu gods Shiva, Brahma and to relieve Shiva out of his sins committed while cutting one of the heads of Brahma. The temple is one of the few historic temples in India or the images of Hindu Trinity, Vishnu, Shiva and Brahma are housed in the same premises. It is one of the two temples of Trinidad Chola Nadu or can be seen in the same premises, the other being Hara Saabha Thirukkandiyur Vimocchana Perumal Temple at.
 
The temple is suspected to have been built by the Cholas medieval of the end of the eighth century, with later contributions from Vijayanagar Nayaks Kings and of Madurai. A granite wall, surrounded the temple, enclosing all its sanctuaries, while the temple tank is located on the outside of the main door.Six of the rituals daily newspapers and four annual festivals were held at the temple for each of trinities. The great festival of the temple, the Brahmotsavam, is celebrated during the month of Kartigai Tamil (November-December) when the festival IMAGES OF TWO Bikshadanar Purushotamar and are transported in the streets surrounding the temple. The temple is maintained and managed by the Hindu Religious and Endowment Board of the government of Tamil Nadu.
 
History and Legend
 
Vishnu appeared as a Kadambha tree at this location, giving the name "Kathambanur", which later became "Karambanur".  The name Thirumangai Karambanur is mentioned by Prabandam Nalayira Azhwar in Divya, in which he speaks about the presiding deity as 'Karambanur Uthaman".  The temple is commonly called "Kovil Uthamar" after the name of the presiding deity. The temple is also called Kovil Bhikshandar as the hindu god Shiva is present in the form of Bhishadanar (a beggar) and believes they have reached the healing by the deep reverence Vishnu at this location.
 
According to the Hindu legend, once Vishnu wanted to test the devotion of Brahma. He has raised as a shaft Kadhamba in the place and Brahma, knowing this, has begun its worship Thirumanjanam practice with (ablution).  The water in the tank filled a ablutions in the vicinity, who came to be known as "Theertham Kathamba".  Vishnu has met with the devotion of Brahma and given a windfall for a shrine dedicated to Brahma in this place. Shiva wanted to get rid the sin taking the cutting head of Brahma and went on a trip to sacred. In coming to this place, Vishnu has asked his wife Lakshmi to give alms of Shiva. Shiva's Holy Grail has been filled by the alms and Lakshmi came to be known as Thayar Poornavalli (the one who has filled the grail).
 
According to another legend, Brahma and Shiva two had originally five heads. Parvathi, the wife of Shiva once had confused and carried out (the ablutions d patha pooja feet, considered as an act of respect) to Brahma instead of Shiva. Shiva got mad and cut one of the heads of Brahma. The cutting head is stuck in his hand of Shiva on the account of a curse of Brahma. To get rid of sin, Shiva worshipped Vishnu Bhikshadana at this location that, when a part of his sin has been relieved. He obtained his curse fully relieved after the visit of Vishnu Thirukandiyur and taking one to saint soak in the temple, Kamala Pushkarani tank of Hara Saabha Vimocchana Perumal Temple. After the incident, the tank came to be known as Kapala market outside Theertham (Kapala market outside indicates the skull).  Shiva is happy and that he built the temple Vimochana Hara Sabha and has also built a temple for him close to her.
 
Moolavar : Purushothaman
Amman / Thayar : Thayar Poornavalli Ambal-Soundarya Parvathi
Thala Virutcham : Plantain tree (Kathali variety)
Theertham : Kadhamba Theertham
Agamam / Pooja : Vaikanasam
Old year : 6th–9th Centuries AD.
Historical Name : Kadhambavanam
City : Uthamar Koil
District : Thiruchirapalli
State : Tamil Nadu
 
 

Location

Country
India
State
Tamil Nadu
City
Tiruchirappalli
Location
Melur
Address
Uttamarkovil temple, Trichy - Namakkal - Tiruchengode Road, No 1 Tollgate, Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu 621216
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Near Cities
Nearest Bus Terminal
Uttamarkovil temple,
Nearest Railway Station
Uttamarkovil (UKV)
Nearest Airport
Tiruchirapally Civil Airport Airport
IN
latitude : 10.765399930 longitude :78.709701540
Corporation : Tiruchirappally
GPS Code : VOTR
Open Year
6th–9th Centuries AD.
Visiting Hours
Morning: 6.30 AM to 12.00 PM Evening: 4.30 PM to 8.00 PM

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