Temple Location :
About the Temple:
This sthalam is situated in Tirunelveli district in Tamil Nadu. We have travel through
Tirunelveli, Naanguneri (Cheeri varamangai) and panakudi when travellin through bus. There is
no lodging facility.
This kurungudi sthalam is also called as "Vaamana kshetram", who is one of the avatharam of
Sriman Narayanan, born in Puratasi month - Sukla patsham in Sravana Thuvadasi for Kaasyabha
Maharishi and Athithi. The dhavadasi in which he was born is Vijaya dhavadasi.
He was teached the Savithri mantram by Suryan and Vyazha Guru Bragaspathi taught him the
Brahma Soothiram. Since , Vaamanar was born to the Maharishi, his clothes and all the
activities was same as how a rishi should be. He got the Dharbai from his father - Kaashyaba
Maharishi Bhoomi (or) earth gave krishna Aasanam, Chandran gave him the Thandi, (Which is
used as a support for the hand), Athithi gave Koupeenam (Clothes)Brahma devan gave the
Kamandalam, some vessels given by Guberan and Bharadhwaja Maharishi was his Guru and teached
him all the vedas. Parasakthi gave him food with her thirukkaram (hand) when he begged
Inspite of taking the thirivikraman - ulagalandha perumal Kolam, Vaamanar is giving his seva
as a short muni in this sthalam. Because of this, this sthalam is called as "Kurungudi".
When Siva peruman got his brahmagathi dosham by plucking the head of Brahma devan, came to
this sthalam and as advised by the Nindra Nambi, to get out of the dosham, he begged from
Kurungudi Valli Thaayar for Amudham (food) to get out of the dosham as pabha Vimocchanam.
And after this, he learnt the Sudharsana Japam from Vaamanar and got completly out of the
By this sthala perumal's Kurungudi Nambis seva only, Nammalvar born to his mother, Udaya
Nangai. Thirumangai alwar got his Mukthi (attained paramapadham) in this sthalam and as a
memory of this, a small temple is constructed with the name "Thirumangai Alwar Thiru varasu"
in the banks of the river, which is towards the east direction of the temple.
"Nambu" means believe and "Nambi" means believed by all. As the name of the perumal, Nindra
Nambi, he is believed and devoted by all the bhaktaas. Like Narayanan who gives his seva in
Nindra, Kidantha and Irundha thirukkolam, Siva perumaan also gives his seva as Siva linga
Swaroopan in Nindra Kolam as a dancing person. Thirukkayilai and as Thiruthaandava Kolam as
a dancing person. Like the same way, Siva perumaan when came to meet and get the dharshan of
Nambi perumal, he met him and got the Vimochan of the pabham. As a result of this, a separate
sannadhi for Lord Shivan as "Magendranadhar", who is found inbetween Kidantha Nambi and
Iruntha Nambi perumal sannadhi.
Nearer to Kurungudi, there lived a valla Baanan (musician) who wanted to worship Kurungudi
Nambi on sukla patch Ekadesi. Once, he came along the way to Kurungudi, a Brahma
Raatshashan (a wild demon) was very hungry and happened to see this Baanan. It said him that
since he is too much of hunger, he is going to be ate as his food. But Baanan replied him
that he is going to Kurungudi to get the dharshan, of Kurungudi Nambi and after getting that,
he can eat him. After getting the words from him, the demon asked him to go and will wait until
The Baanan after reaching Kurungudi, stood infront of the Kurungudi temple vaasal (entrance)
Inspite of the Dhavasthambham (Kodi Maram) screened the perumal without seeing it, the Baanan
started to sing on him, forgetting all things around him. After hearing this, the Kodimaram,
which was infront of him made a way to the Baanan, so that he could see the Nambi perumal. He
sang the Paasurams of Nammalwar with some musical way in it.
After getting satisfied on the Baanan's devotion and his devotional songs, Kurungudi Nambi gave
his seva to him and gave him the title as "Nampaaduvaan". Nampaaduvaan can be explained
as that the song was sung about the perumal and Baanan was singing it and from now he should
sing always on him. And to extend this, he was gave the title as "Nampaaduvaan" by the
After getting the dharshan and getting the title from Kurungudi Nambi, the Baanan went
straight to the Raatshashan and asked him that now he can eat him as his food. The demon
asked what did he sing on the perumal? As the Baanan started to expalin it, the demon
hearing it gorgot all of its hunger and let the Baanan free. Inspite of being so wild,
the paasurams of perumal went along the Ears of the demon and filled not only the stomach
of it but also the entrie heart and body of the Raatshashan. And the perumal asked Baanan
to give the Paasuram to the Raatshashan so that he will not suffer from hunger anymore and
he gave him the paasuram. This story is well explained in Varaha Puranam. This story is
played as a small drama during Kausika Ekadesi.
The prasaadham (food) which is done the Naivedhyam (offered) for the perumal is offered for
Lord shiva of this temple. On entering the temple, a big Mattaiyadi Mandapam is found and
we can also see another Mandapam, Nadhi Mandapam. After crossing, the kodi maram is found, with
lots of rare sculptures in it. Next to the mandapam, we find the sannadhi of Manavala
Maamunigal. An hanging bell can be found in Kulasekara Mandapam which is offered by a king of
Thiruvidhangodu to the Nambi perumal. Moolavar Nindra Nambi is also named as "Pari pooranan"
and found along with two pirattiyaars, Maarkandeya Maharishi and Brighu Maharishi in Nindra
Next to him, we can find the Vainava Nambi, the utsavar along with two pirattis, Neela Devi
and Kurungudi valli thaayar.
On the south pragharam of this temple, a separate sannadhi for Lakshmi Narasimhar, Lakshmi
Sametha varaha Moorthy and in west prakaram - all ten Avataars, Dasavathaar, Srinivasa perumal
Andal and Kurungudi Valli Thaayar Sannadhi are found.
Also separate sannadhi for Nindra Nambi Veetrirundha Nambi, Kidantha Nambi.
Close to the Nambi's legs, the head of the Mahabali is found. The Irundha Nambi is also
named as "Vaikundhanadhan". 5 Kms after this sthalam, Malaimel Nambi is found on the top of
the mountain. Kurungudiyavan kudi is the other name for Vaamanar of this sthalam and he is
found on a small Chattiram, 1/2 miles on south direction. 1/2 miles away a small river
named "Thiruppaarkadal" is found, where Thriuppaarkadal Nambi Sannadhi is found.
Moolavar and Thaayar:
The Moolvar of this Divyadesam is Sri Nindra Nambi. Also called as Kurungudi Nambi, Irundha Nambi, Kidantha Nambi, Vaishnava Nambi,
Thiruppaarkadal Nambi and Malaimel Nambi. Moolavar in Nindra Thirukkolam giving his seva and
facing his thirumugam in east direction. Prathyaksham for Lord Shivan.
Thaayar: Kurungudi valli Naachiyaar. Two separate sannadhi for two pirattis.
- Periyalwar - 1 Paasuram
- Thirumazhisai Alwar - 1 Paasuram
- Nammalwar - 13 Paasurams
- Thirumangai Alwar- 25 Paasurams
Total - 40
- Sindu Nadhi.
Panja Kedhaka Vimaanam.