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Madhya Jagannatham Thirumazhisai

Madhya Jagannatham Thirumazhisai

Thirumazhisai Perur is considered the best in Thondai mandalam. It is called mazhisai due to its glory. Thirumagal has been portrayed here as Thirumangaivalli. Thirumazhisai Aashwar who was born here is considered the best and the most eminent among the Ashwars. The sthala was very popular during the Pallava period. Vaishnavam and shaivam both flourished here. Jagannatha Perumal is the presiding deity in this sthala.

Thirumazhisai Ashwar history

Thirumazhisai ashwar is the 4th of the 12 ashwars. He is also called Thirumazhisaipiran. He has sung Naanmugan thiruvanthathi and Thiruchandavrutham in the Naalayira Dvyaprabhandam. Naanmugan thiruvanthathi contains 96 pasuras while Thiruchandavrudham contains 120 pasuras. He has visited Thiruvarangam, Thiruvallikeni, Anbil, Ooragam, Evvul and Kannan Kabhisthala and has made Mangalasasana on them. He has a spacious sannidhi in the Jagannatha Perumal temple. He prayed to Perumal to come along with him for the sake of his student Kanikannar and then return to Kanchi. Perumal granted his wish and returned to Kanchi, it is believed. The temple is also called "Sonnavannam seytha Perumal koil" because of this incident. Thirumisai ashwar rejuvenated an old woman to become a young girl when he was in Kanchi. The king, who learned about this incident ordered Ashwar to give him also youthfulness and to sing his praise. When Ashwar refused telling that he would not sing in praise of a "naran"(human being), the enraged king ordered the Ashwar to leave the town. Thirumal also left with him and the entire town was plunged in darkness. When the king, realizing his mistake prayed to Ashwar, he beseeched Perumal to come back and recline on Adisesha and Perumal granted his prayer.

Madhya Jagannatham Thirumazhisai

Temple history

Though the sthala is known as Thirumazhisai for many years, it is referred to as Makeesaram in puranas. Makeesaram means the place containing the essence of the glory of all the sthalas on earth. Athri, Brigu, Vasishtar, Bargava are all Brahmarishis. They asked Brahma to show them the sthala that was best for doing penance. Brahma ordered Chathurmuga, the divine sculptor to bring the balance. He put Thirumazhisai sthala on one plate and the rest of the world on the other. The plate with Thirumazhisai weighed more! Brahma showed the greatness of this sthala to the sages through this act. The sages were blessed with all rare greatness by God when they meditated here.

Architecture of the temple

The entrance of the temple is so beautiful with a majestic Rajagopura. The gopura has five levels and seven kalasas. The artistic work on the gopura is a master piece of the art work of the period. The temple tank, Brigu theertham is located in front of the entrance. It is believed to give redemption from sins. An artistic temple car, abounding in wooden carvings is stationed in between the tank and the tower. Also, vahana mandap and a 16-pillar mandap are situated there. One is sure to be enchanted with the front part of the temple with lot of coconut trees.

The temple has two praharas, with the first prahara in between the temple and its surrounding walls. The outer prahara is built around the moolavar, Sri Jagannatha Perumal. On entering through the front entrance, we can see Dwajasthambha and altar. Lord Vinayaka is portrayed at the center. Special pujas are held to Him on the day of Vinayaka chathurthi. A serpent figure, the combination of Rahu and Kethu is seen at the center of His stomach. This has the specific power for annulling nagadosha.

Madhya Jagannatham Thirumazhisai

Temple inscriptions

It is learnt that the temple was maintained by Kulothunga Chola III. From the inscription dated AD. 1178-1218, we learn that Thirumazhisai was called Chaturvedi mangalam. During the 13th century, it had been called Thirumazhisai agaram. The Thirukachi Nambis, who lived in the 10th century, had sung in praise of this sthala.

Jagannatha Perumal

This part of the land is called Madhya Jagannatham. The Jagannatham in north India is known as Uthra Jagannatham. At the sanctum of the main temple, Sri Jagannatha Perumal has been portrayed with Rukmini and Sathyabhama, facing the east. Markandeya maharishi has also been portrayed in praying posture inside the sanctum itself. Facing the sanctum is the mahamandap. Sri Jagannatha, Thirumangaivallithaayar, Thirumazhisai Ashwar are the main deities of this temple.

Thirumangaivalli thaayaar

Thirumangaivalli thaayaay, portrayed as a separate Goddess is believed to be very powerful. She blesses Her devotees with prosperity and all types of wealth. Vahana mandap, Paramapadha vaasal and Sri Azhagiya Singar sannidhi are situated at the outer prahara of the main temple. At the northern part of the prahara is located the sannidhi of Sri Lakshminarasimha.

Sri Vaishnavi

Sri Vaishnavi has been portrayed in a standing posture with the Conch and Chakra of Thirumal in Her hands. Special Thirumanjanam and prayers are held during the time of Rahukalaa on Tuesdays and Fridays. Girls waiting for marriage and their parents offer flower garlands to Her.

At the Azhagiya singar sannidhi, Sri Lakshminarasimha is portrayed with Lakshmi Devi on His lap. To its left are situated the sannidhis of Andal and Sri Manavala Mamunigal and a marriage hall.

Pujas & Festivals

Bramotsav is conducted to Sri Jagannatha Perumal in the Tamil month of Aani and Manavaala Maamunigal utsav is held in the month of Iyppasi. On the day of Maham star in the month of Thai, Sri Thirumazhisai Ashwar’s Thiru avtar mahotsav is celebrated. The 3-day float festival in the month of Maasi is very famous.

Location of the temple

The temple is situated on the Chennai ,Bangalore highway, at 3 km distance to the west of Puvirunthavalli.