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karthikeyan M

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Importance of Govinda Perumal
« on: May 26, 2009, 10:05:07 PM »
Of what importance is Govinda Perumal in Chidambaram Temple. How did the Govinda idol appear in the temple opposite to Natarajar.



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Re: Importance of Govinda Perumal
« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2009, 10:53:52 AM »
Dear karthikeyan. M,

When King Anabhaya Chozha wanted to renovate and expand
the temple in Chidambaram, he found both Vishnu, in lying
posture and Nataraja as dancing Siva had been in the same
sanctum sanctorum and he wanted to place them in two
different places so that the devotees could worship them
as per their liking.  He took up great penance and fasted
for 40 days.  After that, he went and lifted Govinda Raja,
such a large stone image, single handedly and placed it
a little away from Nataraja.  He renovated both the shrines
and started independent poojas through priests.

While Nataraja is in the Dancing Hall called Tiruchitrambalam,
Govindaraja is in, what is called Tiru Chitra Kootam.  While
Saivite poets have sung the glory of Thillai Tiruchitrambalam,
Azhwaras have sung the glory of Tiru Chitra Kootam.  Tiru
Chitra Kootam, is one of 108 holy shrines of Vishnu.  But
today Sri Vaishanavites do not go to Tiru Chitra Kootam, since
Siva is there nearby.  But Advaitis and Saivites go there.

Arunachala Siva.     


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Re: Importance of Govinda Perumal
« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2009, 04:14:52 PM »
Dear Subramaniyanji

Today in Podhigai I heard the story by Vellukudi Krishnana said that There is one Govinda perumal in Thruchannur  (Kezh thrupathi). This idol came from
Chidambaram. If you want to hear this story u can here to day evening at 6 p.m. or 6.30 pm in the evening in the same podhigai channel.