Thamra parni Maha Pushkaram (12th October to 23rd October 2018)
Thambra parni is a very ancient river of Tamil Nadu .
In Valmiki Ramayana when Sugreeva tells his monkeys , the way to the soulth of Kishkinda he says
Then you will come across the divine river Cauvery with its pure and scared waters and in it you would see Apsara maidens playing.” 41.15
“Then you would see the great and noble sage Agasthya who shines like Sun God sitting on the top of the Malaya mountain.” 41.16
“Then with the permission of that great sage who would be pleased with you, you have to cross the great river Tambraparni full of crocodiles.” 41.17
“With divine sandalwood forests and several covered and wonderful islands , it goes towards the ocean like a wife happily goes to her husband.” 41.18
In the Tamil Kamba Ramayana , in the same situation Sugreeva says
4477. Then if you reach the south Thamizh Nadu in which there is the podigai mountain,
In which the great saint Agasthya is doing penance where the Tamizh Sangam,
Is established and where the great sage lives permanently, Salute that mountain ,
Go forward and then cross the pretty river Tamravarni and then see ,
The great Mahendra mountain with its big valleys where the elephant calves live
And from there you would be able to see the southern ocean.
In mahabharatha it is said "Listen, O son of Kunti, I shall now describe Tamraparni. In that asylum the gods had undergone penances impelled by the desire of obtaining salvation".
The ancient sangam literature refers to the river as “Tan Porunai” river
These references clearly establish the importance of the river in South India. There are several stories about its origin linking it to sage Agasthya. One story says that it was the red lotus garland which Lord Shiva wore during his marriage. It seems he gave it to sage Agasthya and requested him to go to the South of India . This garland was brought to south India by the sage and she turned in to the river “THamra parni(copper coloured leaves) “. On its shores are the Nava Kailsam temples (papa nasam, Cheran Mahadevi, KOdaganallur, KUnnathur , Murappanadu , THiru vaikundam, Then thiruperai, Raajapathy and Poomangalam) as well as Nava THirupathi temples(Sri Vaikuntam, Natham, Thirukolur, Thirupulingudi , Azhvar Thirunagari, Then THiruperai, Thirukulandhai , Tholvillimanagalur(2 temples) )
Like most of the important rivers of India , there is also a Pushkaram(called Kumbh mela in north) in THamra Parni every twelve years and once in 144 years the Maha Pushkaram. Since the normal 12 year pushkarams were not celebrated in a grand manner very few people know about them. .
THis Maha pushkaram is going to be held at Kurukuthurai in Tirunelveli district, where Goddess Gandhimadhi Amman samedha Lord Nellaippar resides along with Lord Muruga and Goddess Anandavalli Amman.
More information of the Maha Pushkram of THambbra parni river of 2018 is available in