The Goddess of Uraiyur…

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Sri Kamalavalli Nachiyar of Thiru Uraiyur

Once upon a time, there was a discussion among the great rishis as to who was the greatest- Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva? In the course of that discussion, they could not come to a conclusion. Finally, all the rishis thought it would be helpful for them to find the answer from the great muni, Brighu. Brighu muni accepted their dilemma and told them he would give an answer that would remove all of their doubts.

First, he went to Kailasam where Lord Shiva and Godess Parvathi reside. At the entrance, Brighu muni was stopped by the door-keepers who claimed that Lord Shiva was alone with his consort, and that the sage’s entry would be a distrubance. Upon hearing such a response, the sage decided that Lord Shiva would not be the one to help solve the dilemma. Disappointed by this, he then left to Sathyalokam, the abode of Lord Brahma and Goddess Saraswathi…

There also he could not meet Brahma devan and he began to think what he thought when he went to Kailasam. Finally, he went to Sri Vaikuntam where Sriman Narayanan and Godess Sri Laksmi reside. As Brighu muni enetered Vaikuntam, he was greeted in a good manner and this first action made him to think that Sriman Narayanan is the right person to whom all persons and rishis can seek help and can have a direct approach towards him. Sriman Narayanan offered him with the seat and did the Paadha Pooja for him. But this action of Sri Vishnu made Sri Lakshmi to think bad and asked Him not to catch hold of his feet. But, this action of Sri Lakshmi made Brighu muni to get angry and cursed Her that she would born in the world as an ordinary human. But Sri Lakshmi felt very sad for the Curse she got from Brighu muni but Sriman Narayanan said that all the actions are happening according to their fates only and added that he will follow Her soon towards the earth.

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Serthi of Sri Namperumal adn Sri Kamalavalli Nachiyar

At the same time in the earth, a king by named Dharma Varman lived in Kumbakonam, Chozha Naadu. Once he went out for hunting and found that the rishis were being distressed by some demons and seeked the help from the king. Dharma Varman said that he will help them from the demons by killing them and he stayed in the forest for sometime. The King was happy for all the reason but only one thing made him worry and disappoint and that is he had no children. He seeked the help of the rishis to hep him out to get a child. So, to help the king, all the rishis did a Yagam to get a child for the king. At that time, an Asareeri stated that if he want to get a child he should pray towards Sri Lakshmi and as a result, Sri Lakshmi itself will be born as a child to him. Hearing this, he started to pray towards Sri Lakshmi and finally, a female child was born to him and was kept a name as “Vara Lakshmi”.

As the days went on, Dharma Varman started to seek a perfect groom for his daughter and announced a Swayamvaram for that. Lots of kings came for this and at the same time, Sriman Narayanan also came there as one among the grooms. In that hall, when Sri Lakshmi came, she had a look at all the members in the hall and at the same time, she also noticed Sriman Narayanan and went straight towards Him without delay and garlanded him. All those who saw this wedding of Sri Vishnu and Sri Lakshmi, in addition to the king, raised a temple for Sri Ranganathar in Kalyana Thirukkolam.

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Sri Azhagiyamanavala Perumal with Sri Kamalavalli Nachiyaar

In this sthalam, Periya Pirattiyar is giving her seva in two different ways. One is Irundha seva and the other one is Kidantha seva. Combining these both sevas, she is giving the seva “Urayum” (from sitting seva to sleeping seva) seva, this temple is called “Thiru Uraiyur”. Also, this is the only temple where Thayaar faces north, in the direction of Lord Ranganatha reclining in Sri Rangam.

The utsavam done here starts on Aayilya nakshathram in the month of Panguni and lasts for 10 days. On the first day of the Panguni Uthiram celebrations, Sri Ranganathar, in a palanquin, crosses the Kaveri river and arrives in Uraiyur. He marries Kamalavalli Naachiyar and They give darshan together to the devotees. Only a moolavar of Perumal is found in this sthalam; there is no utsava murthy here (see picture above). Since, Sri Ranganathar married Kamalavalli Naachiyaar, the utsavar of Srirangam, Sri Namperumal is said to be the utsavar for this sthalam, in addition to Sri Rangam…

Excerpted and adapted from: http://thiruvarangam.com/blogs/?p=8=1

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