Wednesday, 16 November 2022

AN ANCIENT TEMPLE IN A PLACE CALLED BALLIKA VANAM

 





 The Divya kshetram  - TIRUKKULANDAI  (PERUNKULAM)  is one of the Nava Tirupathi temples, located 11 kms from Sri Vaikuntam in Tirunelvelli District of Tamil Nadu.

The presiding deity is Srinivasar also called Mayakoothan in  a standing posture and the Goddess is Kulandaivalli Nachiyar. The sacred water is Perungulam and the sanctum sanctorum is Anandanilaya Vimanam.

The legend has it that Kamalavathi the daughter of Vedasaran meditated on the Lord intending to marry Him. Pleased with her prayers the Lord embraced and married Her. Hence this place is called Ballika vanam. It is also said that the Lord danced at this kshetram after slaying a demon Asmacharan in  a Mayayuddham and hence the deity is called Mayakoothan.

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