Desires fulfilling Sri DASAAVATHARA PERUMAL

“Namastha Devi Kalyani
Mahaa Paathaka Nasini
Thambraparneem Thuvayees nasrye
Pahi mam pala Saagaraath”

This is a Sanskrit verse in praise of the perinneal river Thambraparni mentioned in the book “Thambaraparani Mahaathmiyam”.

It is also stated that this river otherwise known as ‘Dakshina ganga’ is holier than the ganges itself. According to Vishnu Puraanam river ganges in the form of the lady appealed to lord Vishnu to suggest her how she could get rid of the sins accumulated in her waters because of many a sinner taking bath in her waters to wash off their sins.

Lord Vishnu then told her that river Thambraparani originating from Bhana Theertham was highly divine because of the penance and homams performed on her banks by a large number of sages and saints, for years together.
He advised ganges to get herself purified by bathing in the waters of Thambraparani. The ganges thanked Vishnu, followed his advice, and regained her sanctity.

Mention about holy Thambraparani is made also in the Kishkinda kandam of the great epic srimath Ramayanam.
A large number of Siva and Perumal temples had been built by sincere devotees on the banks of thambraparani river. Even today these temples are places of solace for pious people who, by worshipping the deities are immensely rewarded.

The 60th chapter of Thambraparani Mahaathmiyam vividly describes the importance of one such holy place named Vishnu Vanam on the Earterm banks of this river. Tulsi and Darpa very much liked by Lord Vishnu grow here in abundance.

A small village in this area known as Mani Mahodaya Agrahaaram is now called shortly as ‘Aharam’. It has become famous as “Dasa Avathara Kshethram”. The Thambraparani river itself came to known as “Dasaavathara theertham and the presiding Deity of the perumal temple here has come tobe known as Dassavathara Moorthy”

Thambraparani Mahaathiyam narrates in its 60th chapter about “Chandra Malini Ashram” which was the original name of the present “Aharam”. It is said that this place was named as ‘Chandra Malini Ashram’ after ‘Chandra malini’ the daughter of a Kashmir king by name ‘kumkumangan’.

A brahamin youth, named ‘Mithra Sahaa’ was a learned, pious gentleman, who lived in ‘Vishnu Vanam’ according to Vedic style, nourishing and doing service to his parents. To constantly repeat the Manthra
“Om Namo Bhagavathe Vasudevaya with great faith chandra malini chanted this Manthra for 3 years. Then in the Tamil month of Massi, on the 12th dat after Amavasya Lord Vishnu gave her darshan accompanied by lords Brahma, Siva, other Devas and her husband mithra sahaa.

Lord Siva told her that anyone who took bath in the river Thambraparani and worshipped Dasaavathara Moorthy at the temple on the banks of the river would be purified of all sins and would be blessed with prosperity. All the gods also took bath in the river and Chandra malini joined with her husband and both went to Paradise(Swarga). This episode about Chandra malini reveals how holy the Vishnu Vanam the river Thambraparani and the Diety Dasaavathara Moorthy are granting every request of the ardent devotee.

The temple is built Aharam, a small village about 2 km from Vallanadu on the TIRUNELVELI-TUTICORIN High road, Tuticorin District. The temple got damaged in 1923 due to floods in the river. Even the sanctorum and the oonjal mandapam were fully destroyed.

A group of nomads well versed in dancing and acting visited this Vishnu Vanam (now Aharam) and entertained the people there. Mithra Sahaa, was very much impressed by their dramas and regularly visited their shows. Though a Brahmin he learnt dance and acting from member of this troup and he too began to conduct dramas exhibhiting the interesting activities of Lord Vishnu, during his ten in carnations-Machcha, Loruma, Varaha, Narasimha, Parasurama, Sri Rama, Sri Krishna and Kalki. People appreciated his plays and rewarded him plentifully. Mithra Sahaa travelled throughout India, enacting his ‘Dasaavathara’ plays and earned a lot of fame and wealth. He finally visited Kashmir which was then ruled by king Kumkumangan. The king also very much appreciated his dramas and honoured him with gifts. The kings daughter Chandramalini became a fan of Mithra Sahaa and gradually fell in love with him. The king had to marry her to Mithra Sahaa.

The couple travelled widely and came to Pandya king puruththan gave them good support and the couple settled in Pandya kingdom itself. They were leading a happy wedded life.

One day Chandra malini requested her husband to re-enact his Dassavathara dramas for her alone. She enjoyed the plays so much that she wanted Mithra Sahaa to enact the plays again-again. Fulfilling her request Mithra Sahaa gradually became weak and finally her breathed his last Chandra malini could not bear his loss. She too wanted a commit suicide by drowning herself in the river Thambraparani.

Lord Vishnu came to her in the guise of an old Brahmin and consoled her.

The presiding deity Dasaavathara Moorthy, known also as Sri Anjel perumal facing east is now placed in the Artha Mandapam.

Uthsavar with Sri devi and Bhooma Devi on either side, Sri venu gopal swamy with sri satya bama Sri Dharma Sastha, Sri Garuda azwar are the other deities to be worshipped at this temple.

Kumba Abhishekam on a small scale was performed on 08.05.1952. Thereafter for want of funds no repairs could be made. Daily pooja is performed for one time only.

A committee has recently been formed by a few sincere devotees who are ambitions to renew the temple and perform kumbabishekam too.
As the temple is devoid of funds these works have to be carried out only through the liberal donations of the people.

People from various cities of India. Like Mumbai, Bangalore. Hyderbad, Chennai, Mysore, Coimbatore, Salem, and Tricy visit this temple to perform various parihaarams, Homams and Dhanams. By worshipping Sri machcha Avathara Perumal here, devotees get rid of khedu Dhosha. Again sani Dhosha is relieved of by worshipping Sri korma Avathara perumal, Rahu Dosha is got rid of by the worship of Sri Varagha Avathaa Perumal By prayers to Lakshmi Narasimha perumal chevvai Dhosha is relieved, By prayers to Vamana Avathara Peruaml Vyaza Dhosha is relieved. Similarly Sukra Dhosha is relieved by worshipping Sri parasurama Perumal and surya dhosha is relieved by prayers to Sri Rama, Chandra dhosha is relieved by workshipping Lord Krishna here. By worshipping Sri kalki Avathara Perumal Budha Dhosha is relieved.

Visit to Dasavaratha Perumal temple on Ammavasya days particularly on Adi, Thai and Purattasi (MahalayaAmavasya) months and performance of parihaara Homams and giving Dhaanam will surely relieve one of the various sins (Dhoshams).

While taking bath in the river the chanting of the following sloka will be beneficous.

“Punyayai Punya Bhoothayai
Pudaryai Malaya Booprutha
Sarva Theertha Swaroopayai
Thambraparanyi Namo Namaha”.

It is estimated that the renovation works and expenses for kumbha Abhishekam would cost around Rs.28 lakhs.

The kumbabhisheka committee, therefore request the ordent devotees to contribute liberally to meet the expenses.

The committee has decided to inscribe the names of those who donate Rs.25,000 and above, on the temple stone and honour them.

Your kind donations may please be sent to

VALLANADU, Tuticorin Dt., TAMILNADU - 628 252,
(Ph.04630 - 261142).

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Let us join the great saints Sri Haya Greeva, Sri Adhri, Sri Mandavyar, Sri Gowthamar, Sri Angeerasar, Sri Vashistar, Sri Somar, Sri Dhurvasar, Sri Kabhilar, Sri Agasthiar and Srimathi Mudra devi who all had performed penance on the holy banks of the river Tambraparan and had made this place a very sacred one.

No doubt a dharshan of Lord Sri Dasaavathaara perumal of this temple will purify us and we will be blessed by the Lord with the fulfillment of every one of our aspirations.

The author of Tamirabarani Mahathmiyam was Sri Veda Vyasa.

Translated By Script By
(From Tamil to English) (From Sanskrit to Tamil)

Sri.M.Thothadri, Sri Lakshmanan
(Professor - Retired) (Professor - Retired)
Sankar polytechnic,

NB: Since Lord Perumal Gave darshan directly here and taught Manthra Upadesam, Writing of Sri Ramajayam from the devotees all over India are received here. And it has been decided to establish Shree Rama Jayas Thoobi. Devotees are requested to send their writings of Sri Rama Jayam to the address of the committee.