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Tirunarayoor/Naachiyar Kovil-Sri Tirunarayur Nambi Temple

Tirunarayoor/Naachiyar Kovil

Sri Tirunarayur Nambi Perumal Temple, Nachiyar Kovil,Kumbakonam, TamilNadu

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Description

Sri Thirunarayur Nambi Temple in Thirunarayur, a village in the outskirts of Kumbakonam in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu, is dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu and his wife Lakshmi. It is one of the 108 Divyadesam dedicated to Vishnu, who is worshipped as Srinivasa Perumal and his consort Lakshmi as Nachiyar.

History

The temple was built by King Kochengat Cholan of the late 3rd century AD. He is believed to have built 70 temples dedicated to Shiva and Thirunaraiyur is the only Vishnu temple constructed by him.

Importance/Significance

Vishnu is believed to have appeared to the sage Medhavi and married his daughter at this temple, witnessed by Brahma and other gods. Kal Garuda, an image of Vishnu's mount - Garuda, is the most prominent feature of the temple. Vishnu was of the view that during Kali Yuga men would have to listen to women. Hence he decided that he would first set an example and listen to goddess here. During all festive occasions, the first rights are reserved for men, who moves ahead, while men follows her.