The Perumal shows his 4 sevas in this temple (ie) – Nindra, Iruntha, Kidantha and Nadantha Thirukkolmas.
It is said that once Thirumangai Alwar came here to get the Dharshan of the Perumal. At that time, the mountain was fully surrounded by water and he waited for six months to worship the Perumal. After all the water drained, he went up the mountain and worshipped the Perumal. The place where Thirumangai Alwar stayed is called as “Thiru Mangai Alwarpuram”.
Moolavar and Thaayar:
The Perumal gives his seva in four different positions.
Neervannar – Nindra Thirukkolam.
Lord Narasimhar – Irundha Thirukkolam.
Lord Ranganathar – Kidantha Thirukkolam.
Lord Thiruvikrama – Nadantha Thirukkolam.
The Neervannar is found in Nindra (standing) thirukkolam facing his Thirumugham towards East direction. He is also named as Neelamugil Vannan. Prathyaksham (seva) for Thondaimaan, Brighu Munivar and Maarkandeyar.
Lord Ranganathar is found in Kidantha (lying) position facing his thirumugham towards South direction and the Sayana kolam is referred to as “Manicka Sayanam”. He is lying on the Aadhiseshan under Ranga Vimaanam.[book id=’135′ /]
The Thayaar of this sthalam is Animaa Malar Mangai and has her own separate Sannadhi.
Vaalmiki maharishi visited this temple & worshiped the Lords. Lord Ranganathar as Raama & Ranganayagi as Seetha Devi, Aadiseshan as Lakshmanan, Changu Chakram as Baratha Sahatugnan, Vishvaksenar as Sugreevan, Garudan as Hanuman gave him darshan.
When Thirumangaialwar visited this temple, the hil was surrounded by water & he had to wait for six months to get the darshan of the Lord & hence the name Thiruneermalai (neer – water). Th eplace where Thirumangaialwar stayed during his wait is still known as Thirumangai Alwarpuram.
Temple at the foothill
The moolavar is Neervannan, Neelamugilvannan seen in standing posture facing east.
Thaayaar – Animaamalar Mangai.
Temple at the top of the hill
Moolavar (Irundhaan) – Saantha Narasimhan seen in seated posture facing east.
Moolavar (Kidandhaan) – Ranganathan seen in reclining maanicka sayana posture facing south.
Thaayaar – Ranganayagi faing east.
Moolavar (Nadandhaan) – Tiruvikraman seen in standing posture facing east.
Theertham – Manikarniga Thdaakam – Sheera Pushkarini, Kaarunya Pushkarini, Siddha Pushkarini, Swarna Pushkarini.