Thirukkannapuram Sowri Raja Perumal of Maha Vishnu in the form of Krishna Temple Rd, Tirukkanapuram Road, Thirukkannapuram-609704

No.23 in the 108 Divya Desams. One among the Pancha Krishnaranya Divya Desams.

Temple Etiquette

  • Footwear not allowed inside

    Footwear not allowed inside
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    Footwear to be left outside the temple. In summer be careful of the hot paving stones.

  • Prasad and donation

    Prasad and donation
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    Use your right hand to accept prasad and give donations. The left hand is considered unclean in India.

  • Dress conservatively

    Dress conservatively
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    Avoid shorts, skirts, tanktops and do not expose legs.

  • Avoid cellphones

    Avoid cellphones
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    Use of cell phones is restricted normally. Photography is restricted in some temples.

  • Circumambulation or pradakshina

    Circumambulation or pradakshina
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    Devotees are to walk around the sanctum sanctorum in a clockwise direction


About Thirukkannapuram Sowri Raja Perumal

In this temple, Lord Vishnu is seen in a standing posture and one among Pancharanya Krishna Kshetram


The temple is related to the story of Shakunthala.

Maharishi Kanva brought up Shakunthala, the daughter of the sage Vishvamithra and the celestial Menaka. King Dushyanth fell in love with Shakunthala .He however forgot his love due to an evil spell. Shakunthala and Dushyanthwere reunited when a fish ate up her wedding ring. When the fish was later caught and served to the king, he saw the ring and went in search of Shakunthala and their son Bharath. As the fishermen were behind the reunion of Shakunthala and Dhushyanth they are called as "Bharathavar". In remembrance, Neelamega Perumal or Vishnu married the princes Padamavathi of the fishermen community.

Once a year, a special pooja is conducted by all the fisherman of this area.

Another story states that once Vibishana, the brother of Ravana wanted to see Vishnu walking with all his poise and grace. He couldn’t see him at SriRangam as the idol there was in a sleeping posture. He begged Vishnu to appear before him and walk. Accepting this, Vishnu ordered Vibishana to go to Thirukannapuram  on a new moon day to  have his darshan. Vishnu in the form of Neelamega Perumal showed Vibishana his graceful walk. The Lord is named Sowrirajan based on this story.

Another legend has it that once upon a time, lots of flowers were sent to the temple for pooja from the palace. It was however never used and was instead sold. The king came to know of this and tried to discover the truth with a surprise visit. Anticipating the visit, the temple priest,Archagar Ranga Bhattar arranged for a garland quickly and put it upon the idol. When the King came to visit the temple, he found a strand of hair on the garland and started enquiring about that. Ranga Bhattar was shocked and prayed hard for a way out. Bhattar lied to the King that it was God's hair and Lord Neela Mega Perumal had a plait (Kudumi). The King was not satisfied and suspecting something, he inspected the idol again. He was surprised to see Lord Neelamega Perumal with a long plait. The king was convinced finally.  
 

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