Envis Centre, Ministry of Environment & Forest, Govt. of India

Printed Date: Sunday, September 22, 2019

Tiruppulingudi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tiruppulingudi is a small village located near Tirunelveli in Tamilnadu. The village has a prominent temple of Vishnu called Kaaisina vendan Temple.  It is considered as the 93rd Divya Desam located in the Pandya region. There are nine Vishnu temples on the banks of the River Tamrabharani, which are popularly called as Nava Tirupatis. This is the fourth Nava Tirupathi Temple and is associated with Mercury (Navagraha Budha). 

 

 

 

There is no separate Navgraha Budha Murti in the temple. The main deity represents the Navgraha. It is believed that those having problems in life due to the bad positioning of Budha or Mercury in their horoscope will get relief after offering prayers here.

 

 

 

The east facing temple is without any tower. The layout is simple and the size of the temple is small. The east facing sanctum enshrines Vishnu in the reclining posture with Brahma emerging out from his navel. He is called Bhoomipalaka. His consorts Malar Magal and Nila Magal are found along with him.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the sanctum, the utsav (festival) idols of Kaasina Vendan along with his consorts Pulingudi Valli and Bhoomi Devi are also found. In the Ardha mandap, the sub shrine of Alwars is located.

 

 

 

 

Legend

 

 

 

 

Once Lord Vishnu and his consort Goddess Lakshmi spent their time leisurely on the banks of the River Tamrabharani. This annoyed Goddess Bhoomi Devi, another consort of Vishnu. She departed from the earth and went to nether world. The earth suffered with drought and the Devas pleaded Vishnu to make peace with her. Vishnu searched her and found her out. He pacified her and brought her back in this site. Hence, he is called as Bhumipalaka, which means the saviour of the earth.

 

 

 

Lord Indra had killed two deer once without knowing that a sage and his wife were in the form of those deer. He incurred Brahmahatya dosha. He came down to this site to get rid of his sin. He took bath in the temple tank and prayed to the presiding deity of the temple. Thus, he got rid of the curse. This tank is now called as Indra teertha.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sri Nammazhwar had sung 12 songs on this Deity, and the Garuda sevai utsavam is celebrated in the month of Vaikasi(May-Jun) in a grand manner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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