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Story of the Previous Birth of Sage Narada

During one Kalpa (a day of Brahma), there lived a handsome Gandharva with a melodious voice. Once he was in an inebriated state and entered the assembly of Devas who were performing rituals. Instead of singing glories of God he sang amorous songs detailing the beauty of celestial women and lovemaking.

The angry Devas cursed him to be born on earth. This was at the fag end of a Kalpa and it was Kali Yuga on earth.

On earth, he was born in the house of a servant. When the boy was five years old, a group of saints came to his town. He got the opportunity to be with them. This close association with the sages at the young age developed in him devotion for God.

From that day, he roamed around singing the glories of God. Later he sat in meditation and did intense penance. Pleased with his devotion, Lord Vishnu blessed him that in the next cycle of creation, or kalpa, he will be born as the son of Brahma.
Thus in the present Kalpa, Sage Narada was born as the son of Brahma. He roams around …

Devapiran Temple at Tolaivilimangalam in Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu – Eighth Nava Tirupati Temple Associated with Navgraha Raghu

Devapiran Temple, also known as Thirutholaivillimangalam Sri Srinivasan Temple or Erattai Tirupati, is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It is one of the Nava Tirupati Temples and one among 108 Divya Desams. This is the eighth Nava Tirupathi Temple and is associated with Navagraha Raghu or Rahu. The shrine is located 10 km east of Sri Vaikuntam.

The place is mentioned by Nammalvar and is known as Erattai Tirupati because there are two temples located here.

Lord Vishnu is worshipped here as Srinivasan. The murti faces east and is in standing posture. Urchavar is known as Devapiran.

Consorts of Vishnu worshipped here are Alarmelmanga Thayaar and Padmavati Thayaar.

Story of Devapiran Temple  Legend has it that Lord Vishnu gave darshan to Indra, Varuna and Vayu here at Thirutholaivillimangalam.

The shrine is located on the banks of Thamiraparani River.

The sacred water body in the temple is known as Varuna Theertham.

The shrine is believed to be more than 2000 years old.

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Words to Think Over – Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

As water when congealed becomes ice, so the visible form of the almighty is the condensed manifestation of the all pervading formless Brahman. It may be called in fact, Sat-chit-ananda solidified. As ice is part and parcel of water, remains in water and afterwards melts in it; so the Personal god is part and parcel of the Impersonal. He rises from the impersonal, remains there, and ultimately merges into it and disappears.

God is formless and God is with form too, and He is that which transcends both form and formlessness. He alone can say what else He is.

How can the finite grasp the Infinite? Like a figure of salt trying to fathom the depths of the ocean. In doing so the salt doll is dissolved into the sea and lost. Similarly the jiva, in trying to measure God, loses his individual egoism and becomes one with him.
– Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa