Thirunangur — Eleven Divya Deshams
Among the forty Divya Deshams located in Chola Nadu, six are located in Thirunangur while five are within a radius of five kms of Thirunangur. Every year on Thai Amavasya day (January) all the eleven idols of these Perumal's are brought to Thirunangur to the temple of Sri Narayana Perumal known as Sri Manimada Koil so that the devotees can perform Garuda Seva. Witnessing this Garuda Seva is equivalent to obtaining the darshan of these eleven perusuals separately.The legend is, Sri Sathi Devi (Sri Parvathi) committed suicide when her husband Lord Sri Shiva was insulted by her father Sri Dakshaprajapathi during Dakshayajna. Lord Sri Shiva -Sri Rudhra, became angry and after killing Daksha began to dance at this place -Rudrathandavam. During the dance whenever the Jadamudi of Sri Rudra touched the earth, at that point rose another Rudra until there were eleven Rudras dancing. The Devas panicked and requested Lord Sri Vishnu to pacify Rudra. Upon seeing Sri Vishnu, Sri Rudra was pacified and he stopped dancing. However Sri Rudra requested Sri Narayana to give darshan as each of the eleven perumais and thus, ten more perumals appeared. The idols of eleven perumals were then installed, each in a separate temple and thus, eleven more Divya Deshams came into existence. There is a Sri Shiva temple in the middle and it is believed that the eleven Sri Vishnu's are worshipping this Lord Sri Shiva.
The 11 Perumals who came to this place are as below:
TEMPLE NAME NAME OF THE PERUMAL PLACE OF ORIGIN
Mani Mada Koil Sri Narayana Bhadrinath Arimeya
Vinnagaram Sri Kodamadukoothar Govardhanagiri
Vinnagaram Sri Narayana Paramapadam Ven
Purushothaman Sri Rama Ayodhya
Semponshai Koil Sri Azhagiya Manavalan Woraiyur
Thiruvellai Kulam Sri Venkatesha Tirupati
ThiruthetriAmbalam Sri Pallikonda Perumal Sri Rangam.
Thiru DevanarTholai Sri Deivanayagan Thiruvidanthai Thiru Kavalam Padi Sri Gopala Krishnan Dwaraka
Thiru Manikoodam Sri Varadharaja Perumal Kancheepuram
Thiru Parthampalli Sri Parthasarathi Kurukshetram.