Abodes of lord Vishnu

31. Arulmigu Alimaamalar Nachiyar sameda Sempon Rangar Temple - Thiru Semponsei Koil

 
Moolavar   Sempon Rangar,Perarulalan
Utsavar   Sri Hema Rangar
Thayar   Alimaamalar Nachiyar
Kshethram  
Theertham   Nithya Pushkarni, Kanaga Theertham
Pose & Direction   Standing pose facing East
Vimanam   Kanaga Valli Vimanam
Sthala Vruksham  
Paadiyavar   Thirumangai Alwar
Travel Base   Sirkazhi
Nearest Railway Station   Sirkazhi
 

 

Location

This temple is in the village of Thiru Nangur and called as Thiru Sempon Sei Koil. Itís about 5 miles (8 kms) away from Sirkazhi. It is one among the eleven divyadesams of Thirunangur Tirupathis. The temple is on the Sirkali-Nagapattinam route. The devotee has to get down at Annan Koil stop. The temple is 3 km southward 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 8 kms from Sirkazhi.

 

History

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. The eleven places where Vishnu appeared are believed to be where the eleven temples in Thirunangur are located. Rama, the seventh avatar of Vishnu came to this place after killing Ravana. He made a golden idol of a cow and gifted to a Brahmin from the ashram of sage Dranethra, from where the place obtained its name. It is believed that Azhagiya Manavalar, the presiding deity at the Azhagiya Manavala Perumal Temple in Trichy came to this place at the request of Shiva. The Brahmin is believed to have built the temple with the gold he obtained and hence it is called Thiruchemponsey (chempon indicated gold in Tamil). Thirumangai Azhwar had seen Srirangam Ranganathar, Thirupathi Venkatesar and Kanchi Varadhar in this Perumal Himself as mentioned by the Azhwar in his various pasurams about this kshetram, so worshipping this Perumal is considered equivalent to worshipping all these three Perumals at this very same place. Once there lived a Brahmin Mukunda, elder son of Kashyapa. He chanted the Ashtakshara Mandiram continuously for 32,000 times here and gained abundant wealth from Perarulalan. As the Lord gives away love and wealth generously to His devotees along with Lord Shiva, He is called as Perarulalan, i.e., a person of generosity. To indicate the never ending generosity of Perarulalan, Lilly flower blooms even during night time (Thaayar has the name of Alli). This sthalam is called with other names like Hema Rangam, Nagapuri, and Nangai Nagaram. Sages Rudra and Dhrudanetra Muni had the gift of enjoying the darshan of Lord in this temple.

 

Architecture

The temple is located in Thirunangur, a small village, 10 km away from Sirkali en route to Thiruvenkadu. The presiding deity is called Perarulalan and is depicted in standing posture facing east. The festival deity, Hemarangar or Chemponarangar, is a panchaloha idol housed in the sanctum. The consort of Hemarangar, Allimaamalar Thayar is also housed in the sanctum. Of the 108 Divya Desas, this is the temple for which Lord himself raised the fund to build this temple. He is Arulalan in his Paramapadha kingdom. As he is also with us forever pouring his grace, He is called Perarulalan-All Merciful. Mother Alli Mamalar Nachiar is gracing the devotees along with Mother Bhoomadevi. Sri Perarulaalan Perumal Temple is glorified in Nalayira Divya Prabandham, the great canon and the hymns were sung by Thirumangai Azhwar.

Arulmigu Alimaamalar Nachiyar sameda Sempon Rangar Temple
Nangur, Nagapattinam - 609106
Phone: 04364-236172
Temple Timings : 7.00 am to 10.00 am, 6.00 pm to 8.00 pm