'Thirumana Thiruthalangal', is a book written by Ms.Meera Nagarajan, the Managing Director and CEO of the company. The published chapters from the book narrate the importance on worshipping at various temples that are known to bless for an early marriage to a bride or groom.

Sri Poori Pandurangan - Thennangur

Sri Poori Pandurangan - Thennangur

Poori Pandurangan temple, situated in the small hamlet of Thennangur, near Vandavasi has been built incorporating the cultures of three states. Thennangur is at 6 km distance from Vandavasi.

The majestic rajagopuram at the entrance is fashioned in the south Indian style, sporting a Vishnu naamam. On entering, we are impressed with the beautiful garden with floral plants and the clean surrounding. The presiding deity Panduranga, along with His consort Ragumayi Devi blesses His devotees with different adornments daily. The idols in the sanctum are replicas of the idols in Pandaripuram in Maharashtra.

The vimanam (turret) has been built on the lines of the Jagannathar temple in Poori, Orissa. There's no other temple in south India with a turret like this one. The structure of the temple reminds us of the temples in north India because of its style of northern architecture.

Sri Poori Pandurangan - Thennangur

Pandurangan, Ragumayi

The 10.5-feet deity Pandurangan along with His consort Ragumayi in 8.5-feet statue in the sanctum blesses His devotees with all His benevolence and majesty. Apart from this main deity, Varadaraja Perumal along with His consorts Sridevi and Bhoodevi and Aacharya Perumal has been made as panchalog vigrahas. Lord Panduranga is adorned as Thirupati Venkatesa Perumal on Saturdays. On Thursdays, there's Nijapadha darshan, on Fridays, there is silver cover decoration and on Sundays, there's Rajagopalan decoration.The deity is decorated in Rajasthani style with a turban on the head. On Mondays, He is portrayed in his original form.

Architecture:

Though the Rajagopuram has been built according to Chola style, whenever we think of this Thennangur Pandurangan temple, we recall only the majestic tower on the sanctum, similar to the one in the Jagannathar temple in Poori, OrissaThe tower has been made in ivory color with a saffron color flag at its top. The height of the tower is 120 ft., while the kalasam at the top alone measures 10.5 ft. in height. This temple is called Dakshina halasyam. The rule of the temple is that men should remove their shirts before entering the temple.

The paintings at the artha mandap are stunning. Scenes of Krishna leela have been made in fiber glass. They include the scenes of Vasudeva carrying the baby Krishna in a basket in the pouring rain, the snake serving as an umbrella to the child, Krishna's Kalinga nardhanam and the child Krishna opening his mouth wide to Yasodha. On the vidhanam, the Dasavathar scenes of Mahavishnu have been beautifully made in fiber glass. At the Maha mandap, scenes of Lord Krishna and the lives of Swami Gyananda Giri and Haridas Giri have been painted beautifully. The spacious Dhyana mandap is situated next to this.

The glory of the sthala:

Adi Shankara established four peetas. Sri Gyananda Giri Swami was one among the heads of the mutt in Pithrikashrama in north India. He established an ashram at the northern part of the river Thenpennai. The ashram was called Thapovanam. Haridas Giri, who popularized the Namasangeerthana of Lord Krisna was one of the students of that ashram. When he was on a pilgrimage in Pandaripura villages, his Guru appeared in his dream and asked him to carry the Pandurangan, Ragumayi idols with him and spread their fame. The Thennangur temple was created as part of this undertaking. Haridas Giri Swami attained Jalasamadhi in Alak Nanda River near Rudra Prayag. A tulsi madam has been built in the mutt in his memory. It is called Tulsi Brindavan. Daily worship is being done to his golden slippers. Thennangur has another special glory , it is believed that the birth place of Madurai Meenakshi Amman is Thennangur.

Pujas, festivals:

Apart from the daily pujas, the deity is being adorned with various fruits once in a year as Guruvayurappan alankar. Gokulashtami is celebrated here on a grand scale and the deity is adorned with sandal kaappu on this day. The day is being observed as Guru sidhi day as Haridas Swami attained Samadhi on this day. The devotees sing Namasangeerthana bhajans. Once in twelve years, Maha Samburokshana urchav is held in the month of February.
The temple, a mixture of three styles, respective to their cultures is being looked upon by the devotees as a temple of high glory and power. Let us all go to Thennangur and be blessed by Lord Panduranga.