Abodes of lord Vishnu

32. Arulmigu Pundareegavalli Thayar sameda Narayanan Temple - Thiru Manimaada Koil

Moolavar   Narayanan
Utsavar   Alatharkariyan
Thayar   Pundareegavalli Thayar
Theertham   Indra Pushkarni, Rudra Pushkarni
Pose & Direction   Standing pose facing East
Vimanam   Pranava Vimanam
Sthala Vruksham  
Paadiyavar   Thirumangai Alwar
Travel Base   Sirkazhi
Nearest Railway Station   Sirkazhi



This temple is in the village of Thiru Nangur and called as Thirumanimadam or Narayanan Perumal Temple. It's about 5 miles (8 kms) away from Sirkazhi. It is one among the eleven divyadesams of Thirunangur Tirupathis. The place is 8 km far from Sirkali. Buses are available only at specific hours. The visitor may reach Sirkazhi – Annankoil. The temple is 2 km from here. 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.



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. Nara Narayanar is the form of Lord who is a student as well as a teacher simultaneously, teaching Gnana to himself. Lord Naarayanan of Manimaada Kovil stands as Nara Narayana of Bhadhrinath who taught Gnana to himself. Nanda Vilakku means the lamp which gives light non-stop and usually it is kept in a beautiful Maadam, a structure used for placing lamps. This place is known as Mani Maada Kovil with the temple as the Maadam and Perumal as the Nanda Vilakku spreading the light of Pranava Gnanam to the world. Indra worshipped Lord Vishnu here and got the Dharsan of Lord Narayana. It is also believed that Lord Badri Narayanar came down to bless Sage Matangar. Prathyaksham is given for Lord Indra and Ekadasa Rudhrars.



The temple has a five-tiered Rajagopuram (gateway tower) and all the shrines of the temple are enshrined in a granite wall. The central shrine is built on an elevated structure and is reached by a flight of steps. Inscriptions from 10th century Chola and Nayakkar periods are seen in the temple. There is a hall adjacent to the right of the Rajagopuram, where the festival image of the fourteen temples in Thirunangur and its surrounds are housed during the Thirumangai Azhwar Utsavam. The shrine of the consort of Narayana Perumal is located in the second precinct around the sanctum. The image of the presiding deity is sported in the sanctum in standing posture facing east. The temple tank is located opposite to the gopuram. The Moolavar is Sri Badri Narayanan also called Nanda Vilakku Nara Narayanan, in a seated posture facing east and the Thayar Sri Pundareeka Valli Thaayar. The Utsavar is Narayanan, also Known as Alatharku Ariyan. There are shrines for Thirumangai Azhwar and Thirukoshtiyur Nambi. Theertham of this temple are Indra Pushkarini and Rudhira Pushkarani, as Indra and the Rudhira got the Lord’s Dharshan. Vimanam is Pranava Vimanam. As the Lord here vibrates all his powers as Pranava, non-stop like a Nanda Vilakku, the Vimaanam here is Pranava Vimaanam.

Arulmigu Pundareegavalli Thayar sameda Narayanan Temple
Nangur, Nagapattinam - 609106
Phone: 04364-256424, 275689, 94439 85843
Temple Timings : 8.00 am to 10.00 am, 5.00 pm to 7.00 pm