Sanctum 1- Koorathaazhwaar Sannidhi, Day 1

Updated: Nov 21


I’m very excited to enter Ranga Gopuram and visit each sanctum. Hope you also have that same enthusiasm and joy to enter the gopuram and visit each sanctum.

Hope you can see the entrance down there. Let’s get into the Gopuram via this entrance. To have a virtual experience of staying there, just close your eyes and imagine yourself staying there now, this minute. Keep imagining all that we see using these pics as though they are in front of you now. I just want to you all send your mind, heart, and soul there.

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Please leave your footwear in the stand which is located to the left side of the Gopuram.

Gear up! We will enter the gopuram in another couple of minutes, after leaving your footwear in the stand which is located to the left side of the gopuram. You will find a line which takes you into the temple. So, just enter that line and continue straight and take left, towards the entrance of the gopuram. Enter the gopuram….

Just feel the place…

There we go …. Now, we are inside the gopuram…

Just observe what’s in there …. We are currently standing inside the temple…This is how it is-

Inside Ranga gopuram.

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Can you see the gopuram entrance right there inside the gopuram? That’s where we are standing right now. You will find a vast space in front of you. The left and right side of yours is filled with small shops. Towards your immediate right, you will find a sanctum.

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Sri Koorathaazhwaan Sanctum

It’s Koorathaazhwaan sanctum. The speciality of this sanctum is that we have three deities residing in one sanctum- Koorathaazhwaan, Paraasara Bhattar & Nanjeeyar. You will find all of them together only in this temple, nowhere else can you find them together.

Since three of them are in the same sanctum, we will take each day to experience each deity.

So, first we shall go inside the sanctum.

We are inside the sanctum and we can see a blank space with grey tiles and pillars on both sides of the sanctum.

We will proceed straight and we will have to keep just 3-5 steps in there forward. We can find 2 more steps while heading towards the main sanctum (Garbhagriha).

Wow, we have made it to the main sanctum. As of now, I’m inserting only Koorathaazhwaan’s procession deity Photo (Utsavar) of Srirangam. But, in the original sanctum, all three deities will be together.

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Swami Koorathaazhwaan, utsavar, Srirangam

Yes, here is Swami Koorathaazhwaan of Srirangam. He was born in a place called Kooram, 1009 A.D; Sowmya year, Thai month, Hastham Star…during the month of Thai, in a small village called Kooram, which is located 5-10 km away from Kanchipuram. Swami Koorathaazhwaan belonged to the ‘Haritha’ clan, which consists of popular landlords. Swami Koorathaazhwaan was given the name Srivatsachinna Mishraa by his parents, as Swaami was born as the incarnation of Srivatsam (mole on Lord Vishnu’s right side of his chest and is also the place where Sri MahaaLakshmi). Swaami Koorathaazhwaan was also known as Kooresaa.

Swami Koorathaazhwaan was married to Andal (not to be confused with the Andal who was born as an incarnation on Bhoodevi, as, as, as a daughter of Periyaalwaar & sung 30 hymns called Thiruppavai.) who was pious and devoted to Lord Vishnu right from her childhood.

Couple of incidents from Koorathaazhwaan’s life…

Swami Koorathaalwaar used to do a lot of charity. Once Lord Sri Varadaraaja Perumaal and his consort Perundevi Thaayaar heard a heavy sound of a door being closed, let’s see what happened next…

PERUNDEVI THAAYAAR immediately inquires lord regarding the incident.

SRI VARADARAJA PERUMAAL calls out for Thirukacchi Nambigal (temple administrator during Koorathaazhwaan’s time). Lord had inquired about the incident and had found out that, it was Koorathaazhwaan who had closed his brass doors, after completing his daily routine of feeding the poor.

Lord Varadaraaja then asked Thirukacchi to leave and continue with his other works.

Lord Varadaraaja enters Koorathaazhwaan’s dream and asks him to visit the temple the next day morning.

Koorathaazhwaan comes to the temple next day, meets Thirukacchi nambigal and gets to know about the conversation between Perumaal and Piraatti. </