Sri Ulagalanda Perumal Temple – Thiru Ooragam, Kancheepuram

Presiding Deity:      Ulagalanda Perumal, Trivikrama Perumal
Position Facing :      West measuring the world by steps
Procession deity:     Perahathan
Goddess mother :     Amudavalli Nachiar, Aranavalli, Amruthavalli
Holy spring      Naga Theertham
Sung by:      Mangalasasanam by Thirumazhisai Azhwar, Thirumangai Azhwar
Place:     Kancheepuram
District :     Kancheepuram

Adiseshan and Mahabali had darshan of the lord in this shrine


thiru_ooraham-2710-aDemon king Mahabali, though belonging to the Asura community, was noted for his good-natured deeds and he was very generous and charitable. He became proud of his supreme qualities and the reputation it brought him. A really good man should not give room to pride. The Lord wanted to teach him a lesson. The Lord took the form of a dwarf and approached Mahabali for three steps of land by his steps. The surprised king told the dwarf that three steps by his legs would fetch nothing to him. His Guru Sukra found out that the seeker was not a dwarf indeed but Lord Vishnu and warned the king of the consequences if he yielded to the demand of the dwarf. Bali told the Guru that he would have to lose all the benefits of his earlier charities if he denies the demand of the dwarf. He promised the demand of the visitor.

The dwarf shockingly became tall touching the sky, measured the earth by one step and the upper world by the second leaving no land either in the sky or earth and demanded the third. Bali simply said that he could place the third step on his head. Doing so, the Lord sent him to the world below the earth. Reaching the lower world, Mahabali felt sad that he could not have the luck of seeing the Lord measuring all the worlds in two steps.

thiru_ooraham-2710-bBali began to perform a severe penance on the Lord to see the lord measuring the world. Though the Lord obliged, Bali could not have a complete look of that darshan and repeated his appeal. The Lord gave the darshan as Adisesha again. That place is now called Thiru Ooragam, which is on the left side of the sanctum sanatorium


Thiru Ooragam is one of the 108 Divyadesa Vaishnava shrines. The shrine has in itself three more Divyadesas Thiruneeragam, Thirukaragam and Thirukarvanam. This temple thus has 4 Divyadesas in itself. This unique reputation cannot be seen in any other place. Tradition has it that these Divyadesas were in different places earlier but were brought together and installed in this temple later. Thirumangai Azhwar has sung the Mangalasasanam of all these four Divyadesas in a single poem.

The Lord is too tall here. The Adisesha here is very powerful. He responds to all the prayers of the devotees and bless them with children.

The Puja time is from 7.00 to 12.00 a.m. and 4.00 to 8.00 p.m.

thiru_ooraham-2710-cThis temple lies between Kancheepuram bus stand Sri Kamakshi temple. Contact mobile No. 94435 97107, 98943 88279. Nearest railway station is Kancheepuram and airport Chennai.


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