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Thirupavalavannam Divya Desam - Pavalavanna Perumal

Sri VishnuMeditation: I meditate on Sri Pavalavannan Perumal at Thirupavalavannam who is coral red in colour, and appeared before sage Bhrigu when the sage performed penance at Kanchipuram.

Thirupavalavannam Divya Kshetra: Thirupavalavannam is a Divya Desam whose glory was sung by Thirumangai Alvar. Thirupavalavannam is situated near the Kamakshi Amman temple of Kanchipuram. The Lord here is known as Pavalavannan since he assumed a form which was coral red in color. According to legend, the Lord appeared before sage Bhrigu when the sage performed penance at Kanchipuram to atone his sin of kicking the chest of the Lord (when he was testing the Trinity).

Penance of sage Bhrigu: Once in Naimisharanya, sage Narada suggested the sages to offer their fruits of sacrifice to the greatest among the Trinity (Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva). Sage Bhrigu was deputed to determine this. Sage Bhrigu first visited the Satya Loka, but saw that Lord Brahma was busy with Devi Saraswati and did not take notice of him. He cursed Brahma that he would not be worshipped in any temple on Earth. Then he proceeded to Kailasha and found that Shiva also was busy with Devi Parvati and failed to take notice of him. He cursed Shiva that he would only be worshipped in the form of a Linga. Finally he went to Vaikuntha and saw that Lord Vishnu was in Yoga Nidra. In anger sage Bhrigu kicked the chest of the Lord. The Lord woke up and instead of getting angry humbly received the sage and massaged his foot. Sage Bhrigu declared that Vishnu was the greatest among the Trinity. However due to the sin of kicking the Lord he went to Kanchipuram and undertook a penance. Lord Vishnu appeared before him as Pavalavannan.

Image: The image of Lord Vishnu here is in sitting posture on Adisesha and facing west.

• Thirupavalavannam is located in Kanchipuram in the Kanchipuram district of Tamil Nadu.

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