Presiding deity : Perumal Uragamella Anayan
Procession deity: Soumyanarayanan
Mother : Thirumamagal
Holy Spring: Mahamaha well
Vimanam : Tower Ashtangam
Place : Thirukoshtiyur
Scriptural name: Thirukoshteempurim
Devotees seek the blessings for children, marriage, starting new business, business development, promotion in jobs, overseas chances,etc.
They offer Lamp Puja for the Santhanakrishnan in the Sanatorum for getting children and marriage alliances. Sugar Pongal is offered as nivedhana during Purattasi month – September-October. The affluent offer liberal donations for the temple maintenance.
Thirukoshtiyur is closely linked with the life of Sri Ramanuja who established the Visishtadvaida philosophy. Sitting in the third tier of the tower Sri Ramanuja preached the 8 lettered Om Namo Narayanaya Mantra to the people.
The other name of the Lord is Chokkanarayanan. There are two holy springs named Mahamaha Kinaru and Amarapushkarani. The temple is praised in the hyms of Periazhwar, Thirumangai Azhwar, Budhathazhwar, Peyazhwar and Thirumazhisaiazhwar. The vimanam is 6 feet tall.
The Lord in Vaishnava temple are generally in standing, sitting and lying pose. It is only in this temple, the lord appears in a dancing pose too. The temple is built in stair type. This is the first Vaishnava temple in the Pandya region.
Thirukoshtiyur is 50 kms from Sivaganga. People visiting the temple can have lodgings in Thirupathur, Sivaganga, Karaikudi, the charges ranging from Rs. 200 to Rs. 600.. Bus facilities are comfortably available from Sivaganga, Thirupathur and Karaikudi. Nearest railway station is Karaikudi and the airports Madurai and Trichy.
10 days Chithirai Thiruvizha during April May.
Masi Magam festival in February-March – 10 days
Adipooram 10 day festival in July-August.
Due to the intense penance undertaken by Kadamba Maharishi, demons and wild animals could not enter this place and thus it was a place of total peace and happiness. As the environment was so conducive for productive discussions, the three Lords, Shiva, Vishnu and Brahmma often met here. Hence the name Koshtiyur meaning Meeting Place. The place came into being during the Varahavadhara period of Lord Vishnu.
It is in this place the three Lords planned the destruction of Hiranyasura in Ahobil Mutt. The place is sung by Parasarapatta. The first 5 songs in Nalayira Divya Prabandham have mention of this temple and this is also revered as the first of the 108 divyadesas.
Thirukoshtiyur is the holy place from where Sri Ramanuja preached the Ashtakshara Maha Mantra Om Namo Narayanana to humanity.