Adikesava Perumal Temple, Kanyakumari Overview

The Adikesavaperumal Temple is situated in Thiruvattar, Kanyakumari District, Tamil Nadu. One of the 108 divya desams devoted to Vishnu, this temple is also referred to as the Srirangam of Chera Kingdom. Surrounded by rivers Kothai, Pahrali and Thamirabarani on three sides, Vishnu rests in this temple in a reclining position on this sacred land.

It is believed that Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, founder of the Gaudiya Vaishnava movement, rediscovered the historic Brahma Samhita here. This temple is also known for being one of the 13 ancient divya desams of Malai Nadu. Vaikunta Ekadasi is the main festival celebrated here.

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It is believed that Lord Adikesava once was forced to take demon Kesi hostage. To everyone's dismay, the demon's consort prayed to Rivers Ganga and Thamirabarani to destroy the land and consume Adikesava while he rested. Instead, the land rose and the two rivers continued to flow towards the land, forming a garland around resting Adikesava Perumal instead. This is why the presiding deity in the temple is a reclining Vishnu in his avatar as Lord Adikesava. The rivers continue to be the garlands that await his awakening.

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