On January 1, 2014, Hanumath Jayanthi will be celebrated at Sri Kalyana Varadharaja Perumal Temple, 31, Agraharam Street, Paruthiyur, Kodavasal Taluk, Thiruvarur District. Hanuman was born during Margashirsha Amavasya when Moolam Nakshatram was prevailing. This year Margazhi Moolam and Amavasa also coincide on January 1, 2014. The following is the schedule for the day’s celebrations at this temple:
- 8.00 am: Thirumanjanam, Alankaram, Archanai, Aradhanam & Mandakapadi Puja
- 12 noon: Mahamangala Aarti
- 3.30 pm: ‘Sri Rama Dhootam’ Namasankirthan Program by Konerirajapuram Sri Radhakrishna Bhajana Mandali
- 5.30 pm: Deeparadhanai Mangalam
Sri Kalyana Varadharaja Perumal Temple is an ancient temple that exists in Paruthiyur. When one enters the small village of Avanam Paruthiyur, on the banks of Kudamurutti river, a tributary of the Kaveri, one can see the Kalyana Varadharaja Perumal Temple. Kumbakonam is the nearest town from Paruthiyur about 25 km away. Buses from Kumbakonam to Nachiyar Koil, Nagapattinam, Plavadi, Kodavasal, Nannilam, Madhirimangalam, Thirumarugai, etc. pass through Paruthiyur.
The main moorthy Sri Adhi Varadharaja Perumal in the Paruthiyur Temple is bestowing his grace with ‘Prayoga-Chakra”. This chakra is believed to have been sent to protect King Ambarisha, a Vishnu devotee, from the curse of Durvasa, the famous sage. Duruvasa, in rage, created a demon to kill Ambarisha, out of a strand of his hair. King Ambarisha prayed to his favorite God Vishnu. Lord Narayana’s Sudarshana intervened and destroyed the demon and protected King Ambarisha. Sudarshana Chakra or the divine disc of Maha Vishnu is one of the Lord’s prominent weapons in annhilating evil forces. Usually Vishnu’s Sudarshana Chakra in most temples is held on the side but in the Paruthiyur temple it is in a rare Prayoga state – as if it is in use. It is believed that it is this Chakra that was used by the Lord against Durvasa. Hence there are also no houses built on the south side of the street across the Temple. The benefits of Prayers and Homas to Sudarshana are innumerable. It is stated in the Ahirbudhnya Samhita that when the devotees are suffering from the afflictions caused by incurable diseases, sorcery, or enemies, Lord Sudarshana dispels his fierce form and comes to their protection.