Abodes of lord Vishnu

27. Arulmigu Sengamala Nachiyar sameda Gopalakrishna Perumal Temple - Thirukkaavalampadi

Moolavar   Gopalakrishnan
Utsavar   Rajagopalan
Thayar   Madavaral Mangai, Sengamala Nachiyar
Theertham   Thadamalar Poigai, Hemabja Pushkarni
Pose & Direction   Standing pose facing East
Vimanam   Swayambu Vimanam
Sthala Vruksham  
Paadiyavar   Thirumangai Alwar
Travel Base   Sirkazhi
Nearest Railway Station   Sirkazhi



It is located in Thirunangur, a small village, 10 km away from Sirkali, on the way to Thiruvenkadu. No facilities available here. Stay either at Sirkazhi or at vaideeswaran koil and visit this temple. The temple is on the Sirkali-Poompuhar route. The devotee has to get down at Annan Koil stop. The temple is 4 kms from this bus stop. Auto facility is available. There are buses from Mayavaram/ Sirkazhi that goes past Thiru Nangur. Direct special buses are available only on special occasions. If you are going in car it is 20 kms from Mayavaram and 10 kms from Sirkazhi.



The legends of all the eleven temples of Thirunangur are closely associated with each other. As per legend, the Hindu god Shiva started dancing in fury at this place after the death of his consort Uma due to the yagna (sacrifice) of Daksha. Each time his lock of hair touched the ground; there were eleven other forms of Shiva who appeared. The celestial deities were worried that if the dance continues, it would result in decimation of entire creations. They prayed to Vishnu for help, who appeared at this place. On seeing Vishnu, Shiva's anger was reduced and he requested Vishnu to appear in eleven forms like he did. On his request, Vishnu appeared in eleven different forms at Thirunangur. Arimeya Vinnagaram literally translates to the place where Hari (another name of Vishnu) resides. As per another legend, Krishna, the eighth incarnation of Vishnu and his consort Sathya Bhama chose this location for their garden as it was looking like the one in the palace of the king of celestial deities, Indra. 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. Kavalam means a small quantity of food. Here the Lord accepts the pure state of His devotees as food and so this place is called Kavalampadi. So there is no Madapalli (place to cook food for the lord) here. Krishna went in search of the Parijatha flowers to please the desire of Satyabama. After a long search he meditated on Siva, who revealed to him that the lake filled with Parijatha flowers is at this Kshetram. This shrine is considered equivalent to Dwaraka since the Lord is present with Rukmini and Sathyabama.Prathyaksham is given for Vishwaksenar, the army chief of Nithyasuri and the son of Kundalai, Lord Varuna (Rain god) and Rudhran.Once Sage Dhurvasar was doing the penance, God Indra wanted to disturb the penance. So he sent Kundali to disturb the penance of the sage Dhurvasar. Hence she gained the curse of the Sage Dhurvasar. Because of this, she had to be born as a hunter's daughter. One day, Lord Varuna loved her and as a result, they got married. Vishwaksenar was the son born to them. Vishwaksenar did a hard penance; hence he was made as the chief of Nithyasuris - the good spirits who live in Paramapadha, which is near to Lord Narayana. Then Vishwaksenar requested Lord Narayana to give the darshan as Lord Krishna and the Lord fulfilled his wish here. As once Rudran killed Lord Brahma, he was caught by the Brahma Hathi Dhosham. To overcome this dosham, he prayed to Lord Vishnu at Kadamba kshetram, Kandiyur and this is a place to get rid of the Dhosham.



The temple has a small shrine with Vimanam. The shrine houses the granite image of Gopalakrishna and the his consorts Rukmini and Sathya Bhama on either sides. Gopalakrishna is sported in standing posture with his consorts Rukmini and Sathyabama and holding a cow with a rope in his left hand. The name of the consort in a separate shrine is Madavaragal Mangai and Sengamala Nachiar. The Utsavar is called Rajagopalan. It is First and one among the Thirunangur Thirupathi's.

Arulmigu Sengamala Nachiyar sameda Gopalakrishna Perumal Temple
Nangur, Nagapattinam - 609106
Phone: 97878 53732
Temple Timings : 8.00 am to 10 am, 5.00 pm to 7.00 pm