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Tripurantaka Shiva – About Manifestation of Shiva as Tripurantaka

Tripurantaka is one among the numerous names of Lord Shiva. The story of this manifestation of Shiva is associated with him destroying three aerial cities of the asuras with a single arrow.

Tripuri were the flying cities of demons made of Gold, Silver and Iron. Demons Tarakaksha, Maya and Vidyunmali ruled over the three cities.

The three demons had propitiated Brahma and as boon asked for immortality which was denied and later they asked for three fortified aerial cities which could fly around and could only destroyed with one shot of an arrow.

The demons then with the help of Maya, master architect, built three cities in sky, air and earth. With safety of the boon, the demons defeated the devas and invaded cities in the universe. They started propagating Adharma.

Indra tried to bring down the city with a single arrow but failed. Finally, Devas, saints and human approached Shiva.

Shiva agreed to put an end to the rule of the flying cities. Vishwakarma built the chariot for the missi…

Sri Bhoomipalar Temple at Thirupuliangudi in Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu – Fourth Nava Tirupati Temple Associated with Budhan or Mercury

Thirupuliangudi Permual Temple, also known as Sri Bhoomipalar Temple, is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is located at Thirupuliangudi in Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu. It is one of the Nava Tirupati Temples and one among 108 Divya Desams. This is the fourth Nava Tirupathi Temple and is associated with Mercury (Navagraha Budha). Sri Bhoomipalar Temple is around 2 km from Srivaikuntam.

There is no separate Navgraha Budha Murti in the temple. The main deity represents the Navgraha.
Unique Vishnu Murti in the Temple

The main murti of Vishnu worshiped in the temple faces east and is in Bhujanga Sayanam or in reclining position. Moolavar is known as Bhoomipalar. Urchavar is known as Kasini Venthar.

One can have darshan of the feet of the murti through a small opening when doing pradakshina, or circling, of the sanctum sanctorum.

A lotus from the navel of reclining Bhagavan Vishnu goes up and joins a lotus flower sculpted on the wall. Lord Brahma sits atop the Lotus flower.

Consorts of Vishnu wors…

The foundation of spirituality is not blind faith – Sri Mata Amritanandamayi

God is not confined to a temple or to a certain place. The divine is omnipresent, omnipotent and can assume any form. Try to behold your Beloved Deity in everything.

God is not a limited individual who sits alone up in the clouds on a golden throne. God is pure consciousness that dwells within everything. Understanding this truth, learn to accept and love everyone equally.

The foundation of spirituality is not blind faith. It is sincere inquiry; it is an intense exploration within one’s own Self. Faith in a higher power helps us to control our mind and thoughts.
What we need is faith in a supreme power that controls the entire universe, that is beyond the mind and senses and that makes even the intellect function. We should inquire into the source of that Power, which exists within ourselves. Faith in that Cosmic Power, together with meditation to know that Supreme Power, will help us attain knowledge of the Self, unit, peace and tranquility.
– Sri Mata Amritanandamayi