Known as the ‘South Badri’, Azhagiya Nambi temple at
Thirukkurungkudi is about 15 kms from Nanguneri. While the Lord lectures Ramanuja at (North) Badri, it is said that, here
at Thirukkurungkudi, the Lord took the role of a disciple and obtained Vaishnava Initiation from Ramanuja and hence the Lord
here is also called Vaishnava Nambi.
Chola, Pandya and Naayak Kings
are said to have played a significant role in the construction of this temple. Culverts show that this temple is at least
700 years old.
Under half a km from the main temple is the Thirupaarkadal Nambi
temple and about 8 kms from here on the Western Ghats is the Thirumalai Nambi temple, where it is believed that Lord Hanuman
took the leap to Lanka from here. Also, it is said that Lord Rama made his plans for the construction of the bridge to Lanka
from here and then went over to Thirupallani. The Lord here has 39 different names including Kurungkudi Nambi, Vaishnava Nambi,
Tirupparkadal Nambi and Malai Mel Nambi. Lord Nambi himself is believed to have been born as Nammazhvaar at Azhvaar Thirunagari.
famed Araiyar Sevai originated from Thirukkurungkudi. Legend has it that the Lord used to listen to Araiyar’s Abhinayam
hiding behind a wall in Bashyam Street(South Mada St). In recognition of this significant event, even today, one can see the
name of this street in Tirunelveli’s Gazette. It is believed that ‘Vaikuntam’(the ultimate destination for
Vaishnavites) is in ‘calling distance’ from this place. Thirumangai Azhvaar composed the last of his Paasurams
here at this temple and is believed to have attained moksham from here.
Thirukkurungkudi is said to be the home to
the Vaishnava tradition of ‘Kaisika Ekadesi’. On this day, the employees of the temple perform a Kaisika Natakam(drama)-worship
of the Lord through dance, music and drama. This special event at the Thirukkurungudi temple dates back several hundred years.
This year the Kaisika Natakam will take place at 10pm on 1st December.
Timings: 8am-12noon and
Contact: Murali Bhattar@ 94432 05739
How to reach Thirukkurungkudi: Frequent buses from Valliyoor.
One can also take a bus from Nanguneri.