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Thiru Narayoor - Sri Thirunarayoor Nambi Perumal Temple,
Temple & Location:
This temple lies in the Tanjore district of Tamil
Nadu. It's about 6 miles from Kumbakonam. The temple is
populalry called as "Naachiyar Koil". Bus facilities
Once upon a time there lived a saint named
Medhavi here in Naachiyar Koil. He wanted Mahalakshmi to be
his daughter so he pleaded Mahavishnu and on an auspicious day
under the tree called "Vanjula Maram", he found a
very beautiful girl child. He named her "Vanjulavalli"
after the tree from where he found her.
He led a peaceful life then by teaching Gyana to
his students. Gradually Vanjulavalli grew up and reached the
One day Lord Narayanan split him into five of his
His students bore the guests a warm welcome and
Vagulavalli prepared a delicious meal for them. AFter
finishing their meal, all the five went to wash their hands.
When Vagulavalli helped them by pouring water, suddenly
Vasudevan caught her by hand and immedietely she shouted for
Hearing her cries, her father came running for
rescue. But before he could catch and curse Vasudevan, all the
five guests disappeared to bring forth the original one (ie)
Mahavishnu saint Medhavi was spellbound, when Mahavishnu asked
his daughters hand for marriage.
Happily, saint Medhavi accepted for marriage. But
before that he asked 3 Boons from Mahavishnu
Hence from that day, this place is called as
Naachiyar kovil, (ie) temple of Mahavishnu's wife.
As Madurai stands in the name of lordess
Meenakshi, the wife of Lord Shiva, Naachiyar Kovil stands in
the name of Lord Vishnu's wife.
Here Lord Vishnu stands in a begging posture
seeking Varulambika's hand from saint Medhavi in the Moolavar
Sannadhi. In accordance to the saint's wish, Thaayar stands a
step ahead to perumal.
Prathyumnan, Anirudhan and
purushothaman too bless us in the Moolavar sannathi by
standing a step back to the Narayur Nambi.
Here Stone idol of the bird
Garuda, Stands as the
Vahanam or Vehicle to Narayur Nambi whereas Annam or the Swan
is the Vahanam of the Godess Vagulambika.
Garuda has a seperate sannathi in this temple
extending about 10 1/2 sq.ft's. He has beautiful big wings,
broad chest and long hair. In tamil month Margazhi and Panguni
the festival "Kal Garuda Sevai" (ie) the festival
where the idol of Narayur Nambi placed on the stone idol of
Garuda and taken out into vibrant procession is taken place
There is a unique speciality regarding the stone
idol of Garuda. when taken out for a procession, until a step
out fo his sannathi he can be easily carried by 4 persons.
Then inside the temple his weight would increase as to be
carried by 8 persons, then further outside the praharam he
would weigh heavy so that 16 persons are required to carry
him. Totally outside the temple not even 32 persons are enough
to carry him, he would get heavier and heavier ahead. He would
sweat a lot too so that his cloths get drenched in the sweat.
But after the procession is over, while returning
to his sannadhi he would start losing his weight (step by
step) or (stage by stage). This is a remorkable wounder that
takes place only at this place.
This Garuda is treated in equivalence to Lord
Vinayaka and so a dish Mothakam named as "Amudha Kalasam"
is offered to him.
Also, the slow progress of Lord Narayur Nambi
with Garuda reveals his commitments with saint Medhavi
As all know, the swan or Anna Patchi is a
delicate bird which moves in a slow and delicate manner. But,
Garuda is a huge bird which can fly swiftly.
But when both the god and godess are taken out in
a procession, the lord god should lead the procession as he is
carried by the bird. But his promise that his wife would have
the first place in every thing would be broken.
Hence, Garuda becomes heavier and it becomes
tough for the devotees to carry him faster than the light
weight Annapatchi. So, in this way perumal fulfilles his
This place is greatly associated in Thirumangai
Alwar's life. He fell in love with a damcel named Kumudhavalli.
She was a devotee of Lord Narayana. So, she ordered Alwar to
become a devotee of Lord Narayana by rendering food for 1008
vaishnavities daily and transform himself as a devoted slave
of Lord Narayana by performing the ritval "Panchasamskaranam",
taking the 12 divine names of the Lord god to the depth of the
soul and imprinting the images of Chakaram and Sangu (shell)
in both the arms.
As Thirumangaialwar could not find a suitable
master to perform the above rituals. He came to Naachiyar
kovil and mentally accepting Narayur Nambi as his teacher, he
performed all the rites and finally led a happy married life
So as a reward for the great help rendered by
Narayur Nambi. Thirumangaialwar sang totally 118 Paasurams in
his ravour of that 40 Paasuram's is of Siriya Thirumadal where
alwar consideres himself as a girl in love of Lord Narayanan
and the remaining 78 in the Periya Thirumadal group.
The Narayur Nambi Sannadhi was once called as
"Mani Mada kovil". The Chola King Koshenkannan
rendered the money for Temple works. There after Sadavarma
sundara pandiyan took over the work and donated lands to the
temple. Then Ragunatha naicken of Thanjore constructed a
Mandapam for Naachiyar.
There is huge tank of 648 feet length and 225
feet breadth infront of the temple, It has a number of steps
in the 3 sides. This tank is like a big pond and so it is
called as "Mani Muthaaru".
There is a beautiful tale behind the name of this
pond. Once king of the birds Gauda, took a diamond head
ornament to Narayur Nambi from Thiruparkadal. A diamond (Mani)
accidentally fell from the ornaments into this pond. As the
precious stone fell into the pond degrading it's status
equivalent to ordinary pearl (Muthu) this tank is known as
Mani + Muthi + Aaru (tank or pond).
This temple extends its border for about 690x288
feets. As Narayur Nambi is also known as Srinivasan, the
Vimaanam of this temple is known as "Srinivasa Vimaanam".
This place is also called as "Suguntha giri".
The excellent collection of copper idols of
Various gods. Alwars and other important kings.
The Moolavar of this sthalam is Thirunarayur
Nambi. Also called as Srinivasan and Vasudevan. The Moolavar
is giving his seva in standing posture being ready to marry
the Thaayar, facing east (Kalyana thirukkolam). Prathyaksham
for Medavi Munivar and Brahma devan.
The Thayaar found in this sthalam is Vanjulavalli
Naachiyar. She is found next to the Moolavar in Garbhagriham (
Moolavar Sannadhi ).