Thirumal Perumai

Thirumal Perumai (transl. Pride of Vishnu) is a 1968 Indian Tamil-language Hindu mythological film, directed by A. P. Nagarajan.[1][2] The film stars Sivaji Ganesan and Padmini. It was released on 16 February 1968.[3]

Thirumal Perumai
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Directed byA. P. Nagarajan
Screenplay byA. P. Nagarajan
Based onNaalayira Divya Prabandham
by Alvars
StarringSivaji Ganesan
CinematographyW. R. Subba Rao
Edited byM. N. Rajan
T. R. Natarajan
Music byK. V. Mahadevan
Thiruvenkateswara Movies
Release date
  • 16 February 1968 (1968-02-16)
Running time
159 minutes


Thirumal Perumai tells three spell-binding stories about how far you can get with Lord Vishnu's grace, and how he can solve problems.


Goddess Lakshmi had been reincarnated on earth as the daughter of a devotee. She was named Kothai.

As she grew up, she learnt about Krishna and loved him. Once, she wore the Lord's garland. Just as she was admiring herself – her father caught her and slapped her. After much crying, she promised never to wear the Lord's garland again. The devotee did service to Lord Vishnu and put the garland on him. To his surprise, it fell off.

The devotee learnt that Lord Vishnu only liked garlands that had been worn by Kothai. Kothai comes in with the previous garland and then they garland Lord Vishnu.

The story ends with Kothai merging with Lord Vishnu.

The Thief

There is a king, who makes one of his men a king of a city. He then gives his daughter in marriage to the new king. The new king is engrossed in war. His wife makes him change his views and he begins building a temple. Gradually he is reduced to the state of robbing to get money for God's temple. Once he comes across a wedding couple. He takes all their jewels and then looks at the groom's toe ring. He cannot remove it. The groom is actually Lord Vishnu and the bride Goddess Lakshmi. He falls at their feet and then accompanies the lord to his abode.

The Dancer

There is a dancer who goes to see a sage. Then she vows to make him her slave. Finally the sage falls in love with her and then the dancer goes to visit her mother. While she is at the temple the sage arrives. The mother is disgusted seeing that he is not rich. Finally Lord Vishnu takes the temple deity's jewels in a pot to the mother and she welcomes the sage. The sage is accused of stealing, and just before he is going to be killed, Lord Vishnu comes and saves the day.


Cameo Appearance:


The music was composed by K. V. Mahadevan.[5] The song "Thirumal Perumaikku" is a ragamalika that begins with Madhyamavati raga, followed by Dhanyasi, Mohanam, Kaanada, Saranga, Khamas, Paras, Saramathi, Surutti and Begada, ending with Madhyamavathi again.[6][7] "Kakkai Chiraginiley" is based on Subramania Bharati's song of the same name.[8]

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length
1 "Gopiyar Konjum Ramana" T. M. Soundararajan Kannadasan 02:12
2 "Hari Hari Gokula" T. M. Soundararajan, Master Maharajan, P. Susheela Kannadasan 03:23
3 "Kakkai Chiraginiley" Soolamangalam Rajalakshmi Subramania Bharati 02:51
4 "Kannanukkum Kalvanukkum" P. Susheela Kannadasan 02:44
5 "Kanna Kanna Kaviya Vanna" P. Susheela Kannadasan 02:44
6 "Malargaliley Pala" T. M. Soundararajan Kannadasan 02:46
7 "Margazhi Thingal" P. Susheela Andal 02:09
8 "Pachchai Maa Malaipol Meni" T. M. Soundararajan Thondaradippodi Alvar 02:08
9 "Thirumal Perumaikku" T. M. Soundararajan Kannadasan 04:43
10 "Vaaranamayiram" P. Susheela Nachiar Tirumozhi 02:34
11 "Karaiyeru Meen Vilaiyaadum" P. Susheela, Soolamangalam Rajalakshmi Kannadasan 02:49


  1. ^ "திருமால் பெருமை". Kalki (in Tamil). 25 February 1968. p. 64. Archived from the original on 25 July 2022. Retrieved 4 January 2022.
  2. ^ "திருமால் பெருமை". Kalki (in Tamil). 10 May 1968. p. 25. Archived from the original on 25 July 2022. Retrieved 4 January 2022.
  3. ^ "Thirumal Perumai". The Indian Express. 16 February 1968. p. 12. Retrieved 21 June 2021.
  4. ^ a b Aravind, CV (20 June 2017). "Revisiting AP Nagarajan, the man who gave us immortal films like 'Thiruvilayadal' and 'Saraswathi Sabatham'". The News Minute. Archived from the original on 16 January 2018. Retrieved 21 June 2021.
  5. ^ "Thirumal Perumai (1968)". Archived from the original on 19 June 2014. Retrieved 19 June 2014.
  6. ^ Mani, Charulatha (30 August 2013). "The power of three". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 24 June 2021. Retrieved 24 June 2021.
  7. ^ ராமானுஜன், டாக்டர் ஜி. (8 June 2018). "ராக யாத்திரை 08: முத்துக்களோ ராகம்; தித்திப்பதோ பாடல்!". Hindu Tamil Thisai (in Tamil). Archived from the original on 24 June 2021. Retrieved 24 June 2021.
  8. ^ Vamanan (19 January 2018). "Andal, the mystic who inspired stage and cinematic classics". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 24 June 2021. Retrieved 24 June 2021.

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