Oppiliappan Koil is one of the 108 Vaishnavite divyadesams
Devotees belonging to Oppiliappan Koil, one of the 108 Vaishnavite shrines, also known as Thiruvinnagaram , near Kumbakonam, have donated two gold ‘kireetams’ (crowns) and a ‘thilakam’ to Sri Oppiliappan Utsava Perumal and Sri Bhoomidevi Utsava Thayar of Venkatachalapathiswamy Temple at Oppiliappan Koil recently.
The ‘kireetams,’ one studded with green stones for Sri Oppiliappan Perumal and another with pink stones for Sri Bhoomidevi Thayar, were presented on September 15.
The deities were adorned with the ornaments on September 15, during ‘pavitrotsavam.’ Sri Bhoomidevi Thayar was also adorned with a ‘thilakam,’ with an emerald surrounded by eleven diamonds, on the same day.
“It was a rare and beautiful sight to see Perumal and Thayar with these ornaments,” said the devotees who donated them.
Legend has it that Lord Oppilliappan married Bhoomidevi, who was brought up by sage Markanteya, here. The Lord came in the form of an old man and asked Markanteya to give his daughter Bhoomidevi in marriage to him. Markanteya said that his daughter was too young to cook food and that she did not even know how to use salt in cooking. To this the Lord said that he would forego salt in his food.
Hence salt is not added in the prasadam prepared in the temple.