Sunday, April 12, 2009
Name : Thirukkandam - Kadi Nagar - Sri Neelamega Perumal Temple, Devaprayag
Temple Location :
The First Divyadesam as one travels from Haridwar to Badrinath is Devaprayag. This Kshetram is also called as "Thirukkandam" and also as "Kadi Nagar".
It lies about 45 miles away from Rishikesh to Badrinath and about 1700 feet above the sea level.
The Speciality of this sthalam is only at this sthalam the great rivers Alaknanda and Bagirathi mingle each other.
This Thirukkandam divyadesam is also called with the names as "Kadinagar", "Devaprayag". This sthalam is situated around 1700 feets upwards from the sea level. The Alaknandha and Bagirathi river mingle together in this sthalam and comes down and is called as "Aadi Ganga".
Prayag means the place where two rivers mingle together and since two divine (holy) rivers mingle together, it is said that this sthalam got the named as "Deva Prayag". The place where the two rivers is said to be the place where the Neela megha perumal originates and the two rivers are referred to as two pirattis.
It is said that in this sthalam Brahma devar, King Dasaratha and Sri Rama have done penance austerities here and an Idol of Raghunathji is said to be installed by Sri Aadhi Sankara.
Periyalwar is the only alwar who has done Mangalasasanam on this perumal in 11 paasurams.
The Moolavar of this kshetram is Neelamega Perumal. He is also called with the name "Purushothaman". He is giving his seva in Standing posture facing east Prathyaksham for Bharadwaja Maharishi.
The Thaayar found in this sthalam is Pundareekavalli.
Periyalwar is the only Alwar who has done Mangalasasanam on this sthala perumal in 11 Paasurams.