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Thiru Ooragam Divya Desam - Ulagalanda (Trivikrama) Perumal Temple


Sri VishnuMeditation: I meditate on Sri Ulagalanda Perumal (or Sri Trivikrama Perumal) and Sri Amudavalli Nachiyar Thayar in Thiru Ooragam Divya Desam.

Greatness: Thiru Ooragam is a Divya Desam. It is the 50th Divya Desam and is located in Thondai Nadu. It is situated within the Ulagalanda Perumal Temple of Kanchipuram. There are four Divya Desams within the Ulagalanda Perumal temple of Kanchipuram. They are Thiru Ooragam, Thiruneeragam, Thirukaragam and Thirukarvanam. Ooragam means snake. Since king Mahabali was not able to see the huge form if Trivikrama, the Lord assumed the diminutive form of Adisesha. Hence the name Ooragam.
- Perumal is in Standing posture facing West.
- Pratyaksham: Adiseshan
- Mangalasasanam: Thirumazhisai Alvar, Thirumangai Alvar (6 Pasurams)
- Vimanam: Sara Srikara Vimanam
- Pushkarini: Naga Teertham (Sesha Teertham)

Puranic Events:

1. Lord Vamana & king Mahabali: Lord Vishnu assumed the Vamana Avatara and subsequently the Trivikrama form during the yagna of king Mahabali.
- Brief story: During the Vamana Avatara of Lord Vishnu, the Lord came to the yagna of king Mahabali in the form of a Brahmin dwarf. Asking for a boon of three steps of land from the king, the Lord with two steps covered the Heaven and the Earth. On the request of king Bali, the Lord placed the third step on the head of the king. Subsequently, the Lord gave a boon to king Mahabali, sent him to Patalaloka and restored the heaven to Indra. Since king Mahabali was not able to see his huge form, the Lord assumed the diminutive form of Adisesha. Hence the Divya Desam is known as Thiru Ooragam, Ooragam meaning snake. The two shrines, Peragam (huge form of Ulagalanda Perumal) and Ooragam (diminutive form of Adisesha) are considered together as part of the same Divya Desam.
- Note:: The Image of Sri Ulagalanda Perumal or Trivikrama Perumal is in Standing posture facing West. The Image is almost 35 feet in height. The Lord is pointing two fingers of his right hand upwards and one finger of his left hand downwards. His right foot is lifted and his left foot is placed on the head of king Mahabali. With the two upwards finger as well as his lifted right foot, the Lord is perhaps suggesting the two steps taken over the Heaven and the Earth. With the downward finger he is pointing to the surrender of king Mahabali whose head is placed under his left foot.

Deities:
- Ulagalanda Perumal or Trivikrama Perumal (Peragam shrine): The Image of Ulagalanda Perumal or Trivikrama Perumal is in Standing posture facing West. The Image is almost 35 feet in height. The Lord is pointing two fingers of his right hand upwards and one finger of his left hand downwards. His right foot is lifted and his left foot is placed on the head of king Mahabali. With the two upwards finger as well as his lifted right foot, the Lord is perhaps suggesting the two steps taken over the Heaven and the Earth. With the downward finger he is pointing to the surrender of king Mahabali whose head is placed under his left foot.
- Adisesha (Ooragam shrine): The Image of Sri Adisesha. The Lord assumed the diminutive form of Adisesha so that king Mahabali could see him.
- Amudavalli Nachiyar: The Image of Sri Amudavalli Nachiyar.

Sacred Geography:
- Sesha Teertham: Pushkarini of the temple.

Location: Thiru Ooragam is located in Kanchipuram in the Kanchipuram district of Tamil Nadu. This is in Thondai Nadu. The temple can be visited from Kanchipuram (within Kanchipuram city). The Divya Desam is located within the Ulagalanda Perumal Temple of Kanchipuram.


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