Presiding deity : Sri Rangarajar in a standing posture
Mother Goddess : Sridevi, Boodevi
Holy spring : Vaigai
Nivedhana : Pure rice
Antiquity: 600 years
Ritual procedure: According to Pancharathra Agama
Vimanam : Ekadhalam
Scriptural name : Thuvariampathy
Special name : Dwaraka of South
In days of yore, rain failed in the northern regions of India forcing people to migrate to the south. The famine was so acute that people had no hopes of survival then. A group came to the place, presently known as Thuvariman. They took up agriculture for their livelihood. They prayed to God that a famine of the intensity they experienced in the north should never revisit them and their lives should be ever peaceful and happy. Perumal-Lord Vishnu appeared in the dream of one of the devotees and assured that not only during their life time but their next generations too would not have to see famines and they would ever be happier.
People, recording their gratitude to the Perumal, constructed a small temple and were worshipping him.
Reputation of the place:
The temple is in accordance with the Pancharathra Agama, having Lord Shiva in the Centre, Aiyanar in South and the presiding Perumal Rangarajar in the Southwest. As the Srirangam Temple is in between two rivers (Cauvery and Coleroon), Thuvariman temple also is in between Vaigai and a river called Kiruthumal as if they adore the neck of the Lord as a garland seeking his blessings. The place was earlier called as Thuvariamman and in course of time came to be known as Thuvariman.
Thuvariman has the significance of being celebrated with the hyms (Managalasasanam) of the Jeers (Teachers of Vaishnave philosophy). Kings used to visit this temple and pray to Lord Rangaraja before going to the battle field seeking his blessings for victory. The sanctum Sanctorum of the temple is small showing that the kings prayed to God in all humility with their heads bent. The Karnataka government gave some lands for meeting the daily pujas of the temple according to the inscription found in the temple stones. Chakarathazhwar is in the right back of the Lord while Lord Hayagriva, the authority for high education, Garuda and Sri Krishna are in separate shrines.
For relief from the hurdles in the way of marriage settlement, for children, for a peaceful and happy family life, for good education, for getting a job suiting to one’s qualifications, for removal of problems in the family, for cure from illness, for trade developments, devotees come to Thuvariman Rangarajar seeking his blessings.
Devotees offer silk cloths to the Lord and perform Thirumanjanam and offer jewels. For achieving high ranks in education, devotees perform special pujas to Lord Hayagriva, the Horse-faced Lord Vishnu.
Tamil New Year day, Vaikunda Ekadasi, Janmashtami-the birth day of Lord Krishna, Navarathri, Saturdays in the Tamil month of Purattasi (September-October), Karthikai-the festival of lamps, all the 30 days in the month of Margazhi-December-January are festive days.
The temple is open from 5.00 a.m. to 8.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.
Thuvariman village is situated on the Solavandan-Kuruvithurai route 8 Kms from Madurai. Buses from the Madurai central bus stand bound to Kuruvithurai, Mannadimangalam pass through Thuvariman. The temple is close to the bus stop. Nearest railway station is Madurai and the airport also Madurai.