Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Nava Tirupathi

These are nine Vishnu temples on either side of Tamaraibarani river off the Tirunelveli-Tiruchendur state highway. Nammazhvar is the only Azhvaar to have sung at the Nava Tirupathi temples.

One can start the Nava Tirupathi trip from SriVaikuntam and end with Azhvaar Tirunagari. From SriVaikuntam, one can take an auto/taxi to go around the other eight temples. This will cost around Rs 350-400 and will take about five hours.

SriVaikuntam is about 30 kms from Tirunelveli on the Tiruchendur road. The story goes that the Lord, disguised as a thief, presented himself before the King to save the (real) thief.

Hence, the Lord here is also known as KallarPiran (Kalla meaning thief). In Vishnu temples, Adisesh, the Serpent God unfurls his hood over Vishnu in a reclining posture. A unique feature of the Lord here is that Adisesh has his hood above the Lord in standing posture, one of its kind in the 108 Divya Desams.

Another feature of the temple is that the sun’s rays falls directly on Lord Vaikuntanathan on two days (April-May and October-November period) every year.

It is believed that this temple was used as a fort in the fight between the legendary freedom fighter Veerapandiya Kattabomman and the British in the 1800s. Buses ply every 10 minutes on this route from Tirunelveli’s new bus stand.

Contact Ramesh Bhattar@ 99940 12629, Srinivasa Bhattar@ 96595 83891 or A K Vaikunta Natha Bhattar @ 98656 28681

Thiruvaraguna Mangai (

Thiruvaraguna Mangai temple is about two kms east of Sri Vaikuntam and is known to many as the Vishnu temple at Natham.

True to his name, Lord Vijayaasanar is seen to be sitting majestically like a victorious king on the throne. It is believed that a visit to this temple will help one attain moksha. This place is said to be a Chandran Kshetram.
Contact Narasimha Bhattar/ Rajagopalan Bhattar @ 04630 256476/ 94864 92279

Thirupulingudi (

One km east of Natham is the Lord KaasinaVenthar temple at Thirupulingkudi. The east-facing Lord is seen in a reclining posture with a lotus stalk from his navel terminating in a flower on Brahma’s image on the wall of the sanctum.The story goes that Vishnu, along with Goddess Sridevi, came down to visit this place. Angered at being ignored for the trip,Goddess Bhoodevi hid herself in the netherworld. After Vishnu pacified her, it is believed that the two goddesses came back together and gave darshan here with the Lord. An interesting feature of the temple is that Vishnu’s feet can be viewed through a small window in the passage.

Contact Gopalakrishnan Bhattar at 04630 256116/93666 18185

Erettai Tirupathi (

Irettai Tirupathi or twin temples that lie within a 100 yards of each other in the middle of a jungle. The first of the two temples has Lord Devapiran in a standing posture facing east.

Sage Suprabhar who performed a yagna at this place relieved a man and a woman from Kubera’s curse, which had turned them into a measuring scale (tulai) and a bow (villi). Hence this place is called Tulai Villi Mangalam.

At the second temple, one finds Lord Aravindalochanar in a seated posture facing east. Legend has it that Lord Vishnu was impressed with Sage Suprabhar’s daily lotus pooja and gave darshan to the sage on the northern banks of Tamaraibarani. Hence, it is believed that one who does special ‘Lotus Flower’ pooja at this temple will be relieved of all sins.
Contact: Seshamani Bhattar@04630 256372/ Balaji Bhattar @ 90472 17914

Maayakoothan temple

The Maayakoothan temple at Thirukulanthai is about 10 kms east of SriVaikuntam. Legend has it that Vishnu went on his Garuda Vaahan to rescue Goddess Lakshmi from an Asura. Hence, one finds Garuda as the Utsav deity here.

In the battle that ensued, Vishnu is said to have performed his victory dance standing on Asura’s body and hence the name ‘MaayaKoothan’.
Contact Venkatesha Bhattar @ 94436 19222 or Muthukrishnan Bhattar@ 99940 98664

ThenThiruperai (

On the South bank of Tamaraibarani, one finds the big Nigaril Mugilvannan temple at ThenThiruperai, where the Lord is seen in a seated posture facing east. Legend has it that Goddess Bhoodevi found two fish-shaped ear rings while performing a penance to relieve herself of Sage Durvasa’s curse and offered it to the Lord.

Another story is that Varuna (the rain god) performed a penance here to be relieved of his curse. As a mark of this episode, it is believed that Varuna, visits this temple, every year, on the full moon day in the month of Panguni (March-April) and worships Vishnu.

Contact Anantha Padmanabha Bhattar @ 04639 273902 /99760 10911/93605 53489/

Thiru Kolur (

Three-km south west of Then Thiruperai is the Vaitha Maa Nidhi temple at Thiru Kolur, where the Lord is in a reclining posture facing east. This is the birth place of MaduraKaviAzhvaar, the ardent devotee of Nammazhvaar. Legend has it that Kubera attained salvation from Goddess Parvati’s curse at this place and it was here that his Nava Nidhis were restored. It is said that a visit to this temple will help one recover lost wealth.

Contact Srinivasa Bhattar at 04639 273806 or 99429 31701

Azhvaar Tirunagari (

The last halt at the Nava Tirupathi temples is the AadiNaathan temple. Lord Nambi of Thirukkurungkudi is believed to have been born here as Nammazhvaar. When born, Nammazhvaar is said to have not opened his eyes or cried.

He resided under a tamarind tree within the temple for 16 years till he met Madurakavi (who was to later become his disciple) who posed some interesting questions about life. So impressed was MaduraKavi (Azhvaar) with Nammazhvaar’s answers, that he said, “I do not need God, Nammazhvaar is enough”.

An important festival at this temple is the Vaikasi Utsav, when the deities from all the Nava Tirupathi temples congregate here to listen to the Paasurams with Nammazhvaar seated on the Hamsa Vaahan.

This is one of the three Divya Desams in TN where Araiyar Sevai, the visual song and dance enactment of the Paasurams is still being performed. Most of the inscriptions here date back to 1000 years.

Contact Appu Sadagopachari 04639 273984/ Thiruvengadam Bhattar @ 04639 272079

At the end of Nava Tirupathi temples, one can come back to Tirunelveli.

From Tirunelveli, one can then visit Vaanamaamalai and Thirukurungkudi and end the Divya Desam trip with Srivilliputhur.

Vaanamaamalai (

Situated about 30 km south of Tirunelveli, off the Nagercoil NH7, is the Lord Vaanamaalai Thothadri Nathar temple.

A speciality of this Divya Desam is that an oil pooja is performed daily for the main deity and this oil is deposited in the 25 feet open well within the temple. The oil is said to have medicinal values and is believed to cure both internal and external illness, including ulcer and skin diseases.

Contact Nambi Srinivasa Bhattar 04365 250119

Thirukurungudi (

Known as the South Badri, Azhagiya Nambi temple at Thirukkurungkudi is about 15 km from Nanguneri. While the Lord lectures Ramanuja at (North) Badri, the Lord here took the role of a disciple and obtained Vaishnava initiation from Ramanuja.

Chola, Pandya and Naayak Kings are said to have played a significant role in the construction of this temple. Culverts show that this temple is at least 700-years-old. Eight kms from here is the Thirumalai Nambi temple, from where Lord Hanuman is said to have taken the leap to Lanka.

The Araiyar Sevai originated from Thirukkurungkudi. Legend has it that the Lord used to listen to Araiyar’s Abhinaya hiding behind a wall.Thirukkurungkudi is said to be the home to the Vaishnava tradition of Kaisika Ekadesi.
Contact: Murali Bhattar@ 94432 05739

Located 90 kms from Tirunelveli, Srivilliputhur is the birthplace of two Azhvaars and a father-daughter at that, Peri-Azhvaar and Andal. The temple dates back to 1st century AD.

Srivilliputhur (

The 196-ft high temple tower is second only to Srirangam’s Rajagopuram.A tradition followed to this day at this temple is that Lord Vadapatrasayi adorns every morning the garland worn the previous evening by Andal.

Andal’s Thiruppavai is one of the most beautifully composed songs among the 4000 Paasurams. It is believed that singing these 30 verses will bring peace and prosperity as well as god’s grace. A big attraction at the temple is the Araiyar Sevai during Margazhi.

Contact Bala Mukunda Araiyar @ 94438 67345/ Srinivasan Mapillai Bhattar @ 94425 47533

At each of these nava tirupathi temples, one can find a display board with temple timings and route map to reach the other Divya Desams in this region.

While at Tirunelveli, do not miss:
Iruttu Kadai Halwa (Dark Shop Halwa) opposite Nellaiappar temple is one of the best halwa you can taste in Tamil Nadu.

The famous Courtallam (Spa of the South) waterfalls, with medicinal powers, is just over an hour’s drive from Tirunelveli.

Sea Shore Lord Subramanya Temple at Tiruchendur

Tirunelveli is famous for late night road side eateries offering hot idlies and dosas.

Hotels to stay in Tirunelveli

Janakiram-0462 2331522

Bharani-0462 2333234

Aryaas-0462 2501651

Car Contact for Nava Tirupathi trip
Ganesh Cabs - 94436 71632

For auto to Nava Tirupathi temples contact:  9442370844 / 94435 27620


Anonymous said... is very informative. The article is very professionally written. I enjoy reading every day.

Prabhu.S said...

thank you.

good to hear.


padma said...

Can you please cover the Vanamamalai temple in detail in your blog. Thanks

Prabhu.S said...


I will do that within the next week.


Padma said...

Thank you very much. Your service to vaishnava sampradayam is much appreciated. I remember reading about smiles - an organisation that collects items for the temples. Is it still active, can you cover more on that too.

Padma said...

Thank you very much. Can you please let us know if smiles is still active and if so details of it.

Prabhu.S said...

Yes, SMILE (Selfless Movement Improving Life Everywhere) is still active.

You can contact Mr.Lakshman on 044 24334895.

SMILE office is on TTK 1st Cross Street Alwarpet Madras.



Dear Mr Prabhu

I want to inroduce my self as Nammalvar from mangalore palnning to visit 3 divyadeshams (annathapadmanabha swamy perumul, kuralappa permul and adikesavan perumal). I want to make Trivendrum as base.can u pls guide me to visit the above mentioned divyadehams and the ideal place to stay in trivendrum. pls let me know any other divyadesams can be covered apart from above 3. I will be staying in trivendrum for 2 full days. U may pls send the details to
Eagerly awaiting for your reply.

Jai srimannarayana

Subhashree Ravichandran said...

We visited all the divya desams in Thirunelveli area and your blog was very helpful for our planning.Thank you very much.We also utilized the services of Ganesh Travels as you had suggested. We were able to visit Nava Thirupathi within half a day and we visited Thiru Kurungudi and Vanamaamalai in the evening. And were also able to visit Srivilliputhur and have darshan in the month of Margazhi, thanks to your guidance.

PRabhu S said...


Good to hear this.

And thanks for the kind words.


TheMeegan26 said...

Hi Subhashree.. we are planning to visit Nava Thirupathi after our Darshan in Tiruchendur. Please let us the taxi fare you paid.

PRabhu S said...

I did not use a taxi...

A car trip around Nava Tirupathi could cost Rs. 800
(if you are taking a cab from Azhvaar Tirunagari or Sri Vaikuntam)

An Auto around Nava Tirupathi will cost around 500.

If you are taking a cab from Tiruchendur to Nava Tirupathi, it could
cost around Rs. 1500.


TheMeegan26 said...

Thanks for the information Prabhu. Please provide us contact number of any Cab services.
I am planning to book a room in Hotel Tamilnadu Tiruchendur. Is it good place to stay?
We are travelling from Bangalore and I need your help to plan this trip. We will be reaching Tirunelveli. From Tirunelveli one more train to Tiruchendur.
and will Saturday 8 0 clock. We will be returning next day by sunday 4 o clock in the evening.
Can we plan to visit Navatirupathi on sunday and reach tirunelveli by 4 o clock as our return bus is from Tirunelveli?

PRabhu S said...

You may contact 94436 71632 Ganesh Car @ Tirunelveli.
He will take you around to all the temples and will be reasonable on the cost front.

You will be able to easily complete all Nava Tirupathi temples
between 7am and 2pm.

Yes Hotel Tamil Nadu is good.


sangeetha narasimhan said...

Thanks a lot for the info.. Today we visited Nava tirupathi temples. We took the cab services you have mentioned in your post.. We hired the cab from tirunelveli.. We paid 1500/- for visiting Nava tirupathi temples and back to TIRUNELVELI.. You are doing an excellent service to the devotees.. Once again thank you very much..

Prabhu.S said...


Thank You for the kind words.

Good to know that you had good darshan.


Padu & Reva said...

Dear Sir,

I am a regular reader of your blog and have been immensely benefited from information you share. This is truly a great service. I am planning to visit nava tirupathi along with Vaanamaamalai, Thirukurungkudi, Srivilliputhur & Sri Vettai Venkata perumal. We will be leaving from Chennai and would you recommend a halt in Tirunelveli or Tiruchendur. Also can this be covered in 2 days. Kindly suggest a plan.

PRabhu S said...

Thank You for the kind words.

The retiring room at Tirunelveli station is a good, economical and safe place to safe.

You can complete Nava Tirupathi on day one

If you are taking the 5.30pm Kanniyakumari Exp, you can start from Tirunelveli at 7am after bath/breakfast and cover the Nava Tirupathi temple in a relaxed manner by 3pm ( if you are taking . You may have lunch (temple thaligai) at Erettai Tirupathi at 1pmish.

And you can return to Tirunelveli by 4pm.

If you are taking the 8.10pm Nellai Exp, you can start from Tirunelveli at 9am and cover the Nava Tirupathi temples by 5pm or so.

And you can return to Tirunelveli by 630pm.

On day 2 morning, you may start for Thiru Kurungudi at 730am and finish Thirukurungudi and Vanamamalai between 8am and 12noon.

After lunch, you may take a bus at 1.30pm/2pm to Srivilliputhur to reach there by 4pmish. And then you may take the Pothigai Express from SVP back to Madras..

My suggestion is to skip SVP on this trip..

You may instead visit Palayamkottai Perumal temple and Krishnapuram temple on the evening of day two and board Nellai from Tirunelveli. Those are two good temples to visit.


Rajan said...

Namaskaram !! Adien Rajan from Trichy ! We will be visiting Nava Thirupathi on 24.We will be reaching Tirunelveli by 12.25 pm and checkin to Hotel and have food and would like to start by 2.30 pm taking a Taxi as suggested by you. If we start by 2.30pm which sequence will be good to cover all the temples before closing and return to Tirunelveli. Next day we want to visit Vanamamalai and Thirukungudi all the 5 Nambi temples. I need your guidance in this. Thanks in advance.

PRabhu S said...

If possible, try and start a little early.
am assuming you are taking the morning inter city
Since you will get food there, may I request you to take
food in the train so you do not spend additional time after alighting
at Tirunelveli

My suggestion is for you to start at 1.30pm or at least 2pm

3pm -4pm

Natham Varagunamangai
Thiru Pulingudi
Erettai Tirupathi

430pm -830pm

Mayakoothar (please talk to Natham Bhattar reg this temple as he also now
takes care of this temple)
Thiru Kolur
Azhvaar Tirunagari


Rajan said...

Thank you very much for the kind suggestion and guidance reg Nava Thirupathi. I will talk to Natham Bhattar swamy also. Reg. Vnamamalai and Thirukkurungi temples kindly give me suggestion on starting time and what time we should reach Thirukkurungudi after visiting Vanamamalai to have a good darshan.Thanks in advance.

PRabhu S said...

request you to be at nanguneri at 7am/730am. By 9am you will be able to finish that after vishroopam / ghosti/ ennai kaappu.

There is renovation going on there currently.

From there you can reach kurungudi by 930am. After finishing the main temple, you can leave for the hill temple by 1030am/11am and return by noon.

You may also contact ramanujam manian first house at the eastern entrance for breakfast/ lunch.


Rajan said...

Thank you very much for great help in guiding me for the Nava Thirupathi,Vanamamali and Thirukkurungudi.

We plan to extend the trip for another day or day and half , for covering Nagercoil DDs also.

We want to start from Tirunelveli by morning of 26th and reach Nagercoil by bus. Are there frequent buses from Tirunelveli to Nagercoil and how long is the travel? From Tirunelveli, bus will halt at which bus stand in Nagercoil?

Which is the best conveyance in Nagercoil? From Nagercoil how long is Marthandam and whether frequent buses are there to Marthandam and whether we can get auto from Marthandam bus stand to Thiruvattaru DD?

Shall be highly thankful to have your guidance on these temple visits also.

Thanks in advance.

PRabhu S said...

It is best to take the unreserved compartment of Kanyakumari express 415am to reach Nagercoil at 6am. It will not be crowded much.

From there you can visit Thiruvanparisaram, Thiruvattaru and Suchindram
between 630am and 11am.

Buses ply every 10 minutes from Tirunelveli to Nagercoil.
It takes about 1 hour 45minutes.

You may get down at Thiruvaniparisaram cross road just before entering Nagercoil North.
And visit the temple (2kms to the right) by taking an auto.

Then you can return by the same auto to the main road where you got down
and board an express bus to Nagercoil (6kms).

From there, buses ply every 10minutes to Trivandrum.
It will take 30minutes to reach Marthandam by fast express.

From Marthandam bus stop ( currently a long flyover is being built), there will be any number of autos available. It could cost Rs. 400-500 to go to Tiruvattaru and come back to Marthandam bus stand (even though it is only a total of 20kms)

Fast Track is also available at Marthandam.
You may call them to book a cab when you are leaving Nagercoil.


Rajan said...

Thank you very much for your valuable guidance and planning.
We will visit all these temples as per your planning.

Thank you once again. Regards

Rajan said...

I need 3 more information Sir,

1 Mobile no of Sri.Ramanujam Manian at Thirukkurungudi for Lunch

2.Fast Track no at Marthandam if available with you

3.Which Bus Stand to get down at Nagercoil while coming from Tirunelveli (whether Meenakshipuram bus stand or Vadaserry)

Thanks in advance.Regards

PRabhu S said...

Ramanujam 's photo and number are there in the above story link


04652 288899 fast track from nagercoil to tiruvattaru and back indica non ac Rs 740/-


Rajan said...

Thank you very much for your valuable guidance and information.

Thanks again, Regards

Rajan said...


Thank you very much for your valuable guidance on the visit to nava Thirupathi and Vnamamalai Perumal and Thirukkurungudi Perumal temples.

On the first day as suggested by you we engaged Ganesh Cabs who picked us up at Station and we checked-in to Hotel and immediately left at 1-30pm. We had great darshan at all temples and also we visited Vana Thirupathi which is just 8 KM from Then thirupperai.
Next day morning we went to Nanguneri and had darshan of Lord Vanamamali perumal and also attended Ghosti, did archanai and seen the Oil well which is being cleaned.

From there we went to Thirukkurungudi on Sunday and had darshan of Azhagiya Nambi,Pallikonda Nambi,Veetrirunda Nambi and waited for the jeep. Jeep was suspended for more than one month but fortunately by the grace of Perumal jeep started only from saturday. We had good darshan of Thirumalai Nambi Perumal and retuned back by 1-30pm.Thirupaar kadal Nambi temple was under Balalayam, we went to Sri Ventkatram Bhattar's house and he was kind enough to accompany us to Thirumangai Alwar and Ramanujar's Sannadhi. We also visited Thiruppar Kadal nambi Temple where renovation was going on .

Next day we went to Thirupathisaram and Suchindram Anjaneyar.Next day we visited Thiruvattaru Adikesava Perumal temple and had greaqt darshan. Thiruppani was going on for Konmuzhukku.

Right from starting, we engaged Ganesh Cabs and he was very helpful in taking us to all the places and drop us back at Tirunelveli station for our return.

I am immensely thankful for the valuable guidance provided by you for our planned visit.

Thanks and regards