Presiding Deity: Vijayaraghava Perumal
Goddess Mother : Maragathavalli
Holy tree: Pathiri
Holy Spring : Jatayu theertham
Vimanam (Tower): Vijaya Veerakoti Vimanam
Sung by: Mangalasasanam by Thirumangai Azhwar
District : Kancheepuram
While Ravana was abducting Sita, Jatayu the eagle intercepted him and fought with him to rescue Sita. But Ravana cut the wings of Jatayu and he fell down struggling for life. Rama and Lakshmana saw the bird on their way searching for Sita and found him on the verge of death. Jatayu told them of his fight with Ravana to save Sita and requested Rama to conduct the last rituals for him and begged of his darshan with Sridevi and Bhoodevei as he knows that Rama was the incarnation of Lord Vishnu.
Obliging Jatayu Sri Rama conducted the rituals for the Jatayu. Affected by the heat of the funeral fire, Sridevi and Bhoodevi exchanged their places in the right and left sides with the Lord, the story goes that the Sridevi moved to the left from the right and Bhoodevi from the left to the right and grace the world. Therefore in Thiruputkuzhi the Mother’s Sannidhi is on the left of the Perumal and Andal in the right of the Lord.
While performing the rites for Jatayu, Sri Rama created spring water with his arrow and therefore it is called Jatayu Pushkarani.
The name Thiruputkuzhi: Thiru a suffix denoting respect as Sri, Srimathi, Mr. And Mrs. Pul means bird, here bird Jatayu. Kuzhi the place where Jatayu was cremated. Hence the name Thiruputkuzhi.
In the Shrine, the presiding deity appears keeping Jatayu on his thigh. Whenever the Lord comes in procession, equal importance is given to Jatayu also. As a mark of respect to Jatayu, the flag post and Balipeeta are outside the temple.
Mother Maragathavalli Thayar is so merciful that even a fried pulse could germinate, believe the devotees. Those seeking children boon visit the temple, collect the fried pulse from the temple kitchen, soak in water for sometime, tie it in their sari end and sleep at night. It had germinated during the sleep hours; the indication is that the devotee has the luck of having a child.
Ramanuja’s Guru Yadavaprakasa lived in this place. There is stone horse here with limbs moving, a wonder in the sculpture art. This will move as a real horse. The sculptor who made this horse determined not to make one such for others and died. In recognition of his artistic skill, on the 8th day of the festival, the deity visits the street where he lived.
As Sri Rama himself performed the last rites for Jatayu, the effect of performing Tarpan for the ancestors on the new moon day (Amavasya) here would be doubly effective, believe the devotees
Boat festival (Teppa Utsavam) on Thai new moon day (January-February), Brahmmotsavam in Masi (February-March), Pavithra Utsav in Avani (August-September), Navarathri and Thirukarthikai are the festivals celebrated in the temple.
Thiruputkuzhi is 80 kms on Chennai Vellore route, 13 kms on the Kancheepuram Vellore route. Phone 044-2724 6501 Nearest Railway Station, Kancheepuram and airport Chennai.