Ulagalantha Perumal Temple, Thiruooragam
About Ulagalantha Perumal Temple,
Ulagalandha Perumal Temple is a temple dedicated to Vishnu located in Kancheepuram, Tamil Nadu, India. Constructed in the Dravidian style of architecture, the temple is glorified in the Divya Prabandha, the early medieval Tamil canon of the Azhwar saints from the 6th–9th centuries AD. It is one of the 108 Divyadesam dedicated to Vishnu, who is worshipped as Ulagalantha Perumal and his consort Lakshmi as Amudavalli. Ulagalantha Perumal Temple is built in a Dravidian style of structure and has a three-tiered Rajagopuram with seven Kalasams, one of the prominent symbol of Hindu temples.
The legend says that the authority of Lord Indra, the lord of heaven was taken by the demon King Mahabali. The demon king Mahabali with his severe penance won the praise of the world and he considered himself as the all-powerful in the whole world and heaven. And it is said that Lord Vishnu took Vamana Avatar (the fifth incarnation of Lord Vishnu), to restore the authority of Lord Indra. In Vamana avatar, Lord Vishnu is called as ‘Thrivikraman’.
The presiding deity of this Ulagalantha Perumal Temple is Lord Ulagalantha Perumal also called as Thrivikraman stands at a height of 35 feet with his right leg at a right angle to the body and parallel to the ground, placed on the head of the demon King Mahabali. The two left hand fingers of Lord is seen stretched out, which indicates that he took two steps to measure the world. And one finger of His right hand refers to the question that Lord posted to the demon king, where he could place His third step.
The Goddess of this Ulagalantha Perumal Temple is ‘Amudhavalli Thayaar’ (Goddess Lakshmi) and the festival deity of this temple is Lord Loganathan. The four Divya Desam Temples are located within this same shrine. They are:
Ulagalantha Perumal Temple is glorified in Nalayira Divya Prabandham, the Vaishnava canon, with hymns sung by the saint Thirumazhisai Azhwar. The Vimanam (tower above the sanctum sanctorum) of Ulagalantha Perumal Temple is called Saara SriKara Vimanam, which accommodates the huge idol of Lord Ulagalantha Perumal. The Pushkarani (temple tank) of Ulagalantha Perumal Temple is called Naga Pushkarani and Sesha Pushkarani.
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In a side room of the Garbagriha of Ulagalanda Perumal, we have the shrine called Ooragam, Where we can have dharshan of Adisesha. Alwars have sung in praise of Peragathan and Oorgathan always together. Devotees perform special Abisheks and adorn this Oorgathan with “sandana kappu” covering the idol with sandal coating as a parihara to Rahu dosha.
- Ushathkalam Pooja – 7 a.m.
- Kalasanthi Pooja – 8:00 a.m.
- Uchikalam Pooja – 12:00 p.m.
- Sayarakshai Pooja – 6:00 p.m.
- Irandamkalam Pooja -7:00 p.m.
- Ardha Jamam Pooja – 10:00 p.m.
- Brahmotsavam Festival – January or February
- Vamana Jayanthi Festival – August or September
- Navaratri Festival – October