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Thiru Meiyam – Sathya Moorthy Kshetram

Sathiya Moorthy Kshetram
Located on the Pudukottai-Karaikudi/Tirupattur highway, Thirumeiyam is also called Sathiya Giri and Sathiya Kshetram and is surrounded by a huge fort like structure. This temple dates back to the 7th Century AD. The Lord here is bigger than Lord Ranganatha of Srirangam.
Adiseshan is believed to be protecting this place. The story goes that when the Asuras Madhu, Kaidaba (who are at the extreme right in pic) tried to kidnap the Lord, Adiseshan let open poisonous air to kill the asuras. As a reference to this incident, one can see Adiseshan being depicted in the same form here at this temple- letting out poisonous air- a unique feature at this Divya Desam. Lord’s right hand is on Adhiseshan trying to calm it down. On the wall just above the deity one finds images of Brahmma and several DevasIt is said that Lord Vishnu’s guard (at this fort) incurred the wrath of Sage Durvasa, who cursed him to turn into a snake and was finally relieved of his curse here at ThiruMeiyam.

There are separate sannidhis for Chakkarathazhvaar, Krishna, Lakshmi Narayanan, Raama, Hanuman, Varaaha, Ujeevana Thaayar and the 12 Azhvaars.

On the Chitra Pournami day, Sathiya Moorthy Perumal is taken out on a 40 mile procession to Kadaya Kudi.

Pallava rulers are said to have contributed to the temple.

Quick Facts: 

Ustava Deity : Meiyappan Standing Posture, East Facing
Goddess : Uyyavanda Thaayaar

Mangalasaasanam : Thirumangai Azhvaar
Paasurams : 9(1090,1206,1524,1660,1760,1852,2016,2050 and 2674)
Pushkarani: Kadhamba Pushkarani and Sathya theertham.
Sthala Viruksham (tree) : Palaa Maram (Jackfruit tree)
Vimanam: Sathya giri Vimaanam.

 Temple timing : 8am –12.20pm and 330pm-8pm

Priest : Krishnamurthy Bhattar

Contact : 97894 83017 or 04333 174043

Location : 18kms South of Pudukottai, 25 kms North of Karaikudi

Bus : One can Pudukottai-Karikudi or Pudukottai-Tirupattur bus to reach here

Place to Stay : Best to stay in Pudukottai or Karaikudi

Road Route : Trichy-Pudukottai-Karaikudi and Thanjavur-Pudukottai-Karaikudi roads are excellent to drive
(Pudukottai is about 55kms from Trichy and about 60kms from Thanjavur)

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