Sri Thiruvikrama Swamy Temple is situated in the district of South Arcot, 2 miles from Tamil Nadu, Thirukuviloor. From the Pondicherry-Bangalore route and from the Chittoor-Trichy Cuddalore route you can also reach the temple. Bus services are available as well.
Sri Thiruvikrama Swamy Temple is on the Thenpennai river’s coast. The castes of Saivam and Vaishnavam are classified as one. Therefore, without any prejudice, this village was founded. The temple Alwar has always looked after this reality. One of the five KrishnaranyaKshetrams, temples dedicated to Lord Krishna, in the village. The other four were Thirukannankudi, Thirukkannapuram, Kabisthalam, and Thirrukkannanmangai.
Lord Vishnu’s Grace is spread all over the world, from the Himalayas to Kanyakumari. There are several temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu, also known as Sthalams.
Of these Sthalams, Alwars said to be Vishnu’s twelve supreme devotees, sang his praises and named 108. Such 108 Vishnu Sthalams are referred to as “Divyadesams,” meaning Divya premium and Desam meaning temple, giving rise to the term “Vishnu premium temples.”
The idols of Lord Vishnu in these Divyadesams can be found in 3 positions:
KidanthaThirukkolam – 27 Divyadesams
VeetrirundhaThirukkolam – 21 Divyadesams
NindraThirukkolam – 60 Divyadesams
PoigaiAlwar was born on a Tuesday in Thiruvekka. BhoodhatAlwar was born on a Wednesday in Avittam, and on Thursday in Sathayam, Pei Alwar was born. One day, all the Alwars in Thirukuvillorr decided to worship the Lord. They started to reach Thirukkovilloor from their respective places. It began to rain heavily. PoigaiAlwar took shelter in the house of a Brahmin where he was given a small room that was only big enough for one man to lie down. BhoodhatAlwar also came to the same place sometime later to take shelter. He could not be rejected by the Brahmin. PoigaiAlwar said the two of them could sit comfortably night long and agreed with Bhoodatalwar. So, both of them sat down and began singing the Lord’s praises. Sometime later, Pei Alwar also came to the same house for shelter. Also, he could not be rejected by the Brahmin. PoigaiAlwar and BhoodatAlwar agreed to allow Pei Alwar to join them, although they would have to stand all night long now with 3 people in the room. Then the three of them proceeded all night long to sing the lord’s praises. Pleased by their obedience, they were blessed by the Lord and in his true form appeared before them.