Monday, November 11, 2019

Ulagalanda Perumal Koil - Tirukoilur, near Tiruvannamalai

Ulagalanda Perumal Koil  (Lord  who measured the universe) is a temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu which is situated 35 Kms from Tiruvannamalai; is one among the 108 divyadesams of Vishnu.

The temple is very ancient and the idol of the Moolavar known as Trivikrama is huge and made of Tharu wood.( deodhar). The idol is brightly painted decked up well with right leg  lifted up as if measuring the sky.

Inside sanctum we also find idols of King Mahabali  sitting near the Holy feet and there are other idols of Brahma, Mahalakshmi and Vamana. There is also a huge idol of Garuda , Lord Vishnu's mount outside the sanctum facing the main deity. A 40 feet Garuda pillar facing the temple  is also a speciality of this temple. Thayar, Lord's consort  has a separate shrine.

There are shrines around the temple for Lord Narasimha , Andal and Lakshmi Hayagrivar.
There is Lord Venugopala swamy shrine in the first prakaram and the idol here is made of saligrama. Many offer prayers here  before proceeding to worship the main deity.This is one of the Pancha Krishna temples and Utsavar here is Gopalaswamy, a beautiful idol with a whip in hand and cows around.
There is also a swayambhu Durga near to Lord's shrine and she is worshipped here during Rahukalam.

Details and legend related to temple can be found here 

































2 comments:

Unknown said...

Paranams. Yes such a beautiful and huge temple at Thirukovilur. The difference in the posture of the Lord Ulagalanda perumal in this temple vs.the one at Kanchi being the Lord at Kanchi has HIS Left leg raised to measure the universe while the Thirukovilur Lord has his right leg raised. If I'm right this temple's Gopuram is 3rd tallest after Srivilliputtur and Srirangam in T.N.

KParthasarathi said...

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