Lord Vishnu along with his consort Sridevi came down to the banks of Tamaraibarani to spend sometime. Angered at being left out, Bhoodevi hid herself in the nether world causing draught and darkness everywhere.
Reasoning out that she is as dear as Sridevi, Lord Vishnu brought her back from the Nether World and gave darshan here at Pulingudi.
The Name- Bhoomi Paalar
As he brought Bhoo devi here, Lord is referred to as ‘Bhoomi Paalar’ at this temple.
Another story goes that a king who ignored the rishi’s presence was cursed to become an asura. Indra, who had Brahmahathi Dosham as a result of killing a rishi, in disguised form as a deer, had bath at the Theertham here and offered prayers to Bhoomi Paalar to get liberated from his curse.
Pleased with this, Indra performed a yagna here at Thiru Pulingudi. The asura, who tried to prevent the yagna was killed by Vishnu and thus was liberated from his curse.
One can see the feet of Lord Bhoomi Paalar from a wall opening while one goes around the temple.
He keeps the ‘measuring can’ as His pillow. His Spouses Malarmagal Naachiyar and Poomagal Naachiyar do not have separate shrines. But, the icons are huge in size; such big-sized icons are not seen in any other temple. The lotus-stem from the navel of the Prime deity reaches the lotus-carving on the wall of the sanctum sanctorum, where seated is Lord Brahma; this is again a unique feature not seen in any other temple. In general, Lord Brahma sits on the lotus flower that stems out from the navel of the Lord. We can see and worship the sacred feet of the Lord through a small window in the outer prakaaram.
NamAzhvaar in his praise refers to the Lord as Kaisini Venthar.
காய்சின பறவை ஊர்ந்து
பொன் மலையின் மீமிசை கார் முகில் போல
மாசினமாளி மாலிமான் என்று அங்கு
அவர் படக் கனன்று, முன் நின்ற
காய் சின வேந்தே, கதிர் முடியானே
கலி வயல் திருபுளிங்குடியாய்
காய் சின ஆழி, சங்கு, வாழ், வில், தண்டு
ஏந்தி எம் இடர் கடிவானே- Thiruvoi Mozhi – 3797
Moolavar: Kaisini Venthar Bhujanga Sayanam
Goddess : Malarmagal Thaayar, Bhoodevi, Sridevi
Azhvaar : NamAzhvaar (12 Paasurams)
Temple Time: 9am-12noon and 1pm-6pm
Contact : Gopalakrishnan Bhattar @ 04630 256116 or 93666 18185
How to reach
Thiru Pulingudi is about 4kms East of Srivaikuntam on the Tuticorin road
One can take an auto or taxi from outside the Srivaikuntam temple to visit the Nava Tirupathi temples.