Sathyamurthi Perumal Temple is an ancient rock-cut temple constructed in the Dravidian style of architecture located inside Thirumayam Fort in Tirumayam, Pudukkottai, Tamil Nadu State. The main god is Sri Vishnu worshipped as Sathyamurthi Perumal and his consort Sri Lakshmi as Ujeevana Thayar. This is one of the 108 Divyadesa dedicated to Sri Vishnu and it is glorified in the Divya Prabandha, the early Middle Ages Tamil canon of the Azhwar saints of the 6th-9th centuries AD.
The main Sannidhi shows Vaikunta katchi carved on the wall. Thirumeyyar Perumal is on Adisesha like Pallikonda Perumal, much taller than Sriranga Perumal and biggest in India. The Lord is surrounded by Chitragupta, Dharmaraja and Lord Brahma with its navel, Devas, Rishis and Asuras. Bhooma Devi is at the feet of the Lord. Lord Shiva temple is also present adjacent to Thirumayam Sathyamurthi Perumal Temple. Hence devotees cannot circumambulate a single temple but only jointly. Thailakappu is performed once in 12 years.
There are separate Sannidhi to Sathyamurthi Perumal and Goddess Ujeevana Thayar. The other deities in the temple are Chakrathaazhwar, Sri Lakshmi Narasimha, Goddess Andal, Sri Krishna, Garuda, Viswaksena, Sri Rama and Anjaneya. Banyan tree is the Sthala Vruksha and Sathya Pushkarani is the Sthala Theertham. Thirumangai Azhwar has sung about this temple.
Thirumayam Sri Sathyamurthi Perumal Temple Timings:
Morning: 6.00 am to 12.00 noon
Evening: 5.00 pm to 8.00 pm.
Sathyamurthi Perumal Temple History:
While the Lord was in his Yoga Nidhra on Adishesha, pretending to be asleep, two demons Madhu and Kaidaba came there to kidnap Goddess Mahalakshmi and Bhoodevi. Fearing them, Mahalakshmi hid inside the chest of the Lord and Bhoodevi at his feet. Not wanting to disturb Sri Vishnu’s sleep, Adisesha spits the poison out of his tongue and drove the demons. Adishesha was afraid to act without the Lord’s permission. Lord said he was only doing good and appreciated him. To prove this event, Adisesha appears in a curled-up posture, says the Sthala Purana.
Sathiyamoorthy Perumal Temple Address:
Tamil Nadu – 622506.