Lord Shiva

In the Hindu mythology, Lord Shiva is the Destroyer and the most important one in the Holy Trinity, the other two being Brahma the Creator and Vishnu the Protector. Lord Shiva has always fascinated his followers by his unique appearance: he has not two but three eyes, has ash smeared all over his body, has snakes coiled up around his head and arms, wears tiger and elephant skin, leads a wild life in the cremation grounds far removed from social pretenses, and is known for his proverbial anger.

Lord Vishnu

He has four arms and is male: The four arms indicate his all-powerful and all-pervasive nature. His physical existence is represented by the two arms in the front, while the two arms at the back represent his presence in the spiritual world. The Upanishad Gopal Uttartapani describes the four arms. Title has been given since some of these facts may be shocking for someone, soothing for devotees and interesting for others. Some of these facts may be known to someone but unknown to other.

Lord Brahma

In Hinduism, Lord Brahma is the first god of the Trinity (Brahma, Vishnu, and Mahesh). He is the creator of the universe. But, he is not worshipped as Lord Vishnu and Shiva. There is only one temple dedicated to him, which is the Pushkar temple of Rajasthan. And many temples are dedicated to Vishnu and Shiva. There is no corner of India where there are no temples of Vishnu and Shiva.

Sri Neervanna Perumal Temple -Thiruneermalai

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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.

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The Thayaar of this sthalam is Animaa Malar Mangai and has her own separate Sannadhi.
Thiruneermalai is situated on the Chennai Tambaram rail route, about 3 1/2 miles from the Pallavaram station.There are three moolavars on top of the hill (irundhaan, kidandhaan, nadandhaan – postures) and one moolvar at the foothill (ninraan).

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.


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