Nava Tirupathi

Navathirupathi Temples is a set of nine Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu located in Tiruchendur-Tirunelveli route, Tamil Nadu, India in the banks of Thamiraparani river. All these 9 temples are classified as "Divya Desams", the 108 temples of Vishnu revered by the 12 poet saints, or Alwars.[1]

The temples

The temples are revered in Nalayira Divya Prabandham, the 7th–9th century Vaishnava canon, by Nammazhwar. The temple is classified as a Divyadesam, one of the 108 Vishnu temples that are mentioned in the book. The temple is also classified as a Navatirupathi, the nine temples revered by Nammazhwar located in the banks of Tamiraparani river. The following is the list of the 9 temples.[2] [3]

Name of the temple Deity Planet Specialised day Location Photo Time
Srivaikuntanathan Permual Temple Hindu Sun-God Sun Sunday
Srivaikuntam 7 am - 12 pm, 5 - 8 pm
Vijayaasana Perumal Temple Chandran Moon Monday
Natham 8 am - 12 pm, 1 - 6 pm
Vaithamanidhi Perumal Temple Angaragan Mars Tuesday
Thirukolur 7:30 am - 12 pm, 1 - 8 pm
ThiruPulingudi Perumal Temple Budha Mercury Wednesday
Thirupulingudi 8 am - 12 pm, 1 - 6 pm
AlwarThirunagari Temple Guru Jupiter Thursday
Alwar Thirunagari 6 am - 12 pm, 5 - 8:45 pm
Makara Nedunkuzhai Kannan Temple Sukran Venus Friday
Thenthiruperai 7 am - 12 pm, 5 - 8:30 pm
Srinivasa Perumal Temple, Tirukulandhai Shani Saturn Saturday
Thirukulandhai 7:30 am - 12:30 pm, 4:30 - 7:30 pm
Irattai Thiruppathy, Aravindalochanar temple Rahu
Tholavillimangalam 8 am - 1 pm, 2 - 6 pm
Irattai Thiruppathy, Devapiran temple Ketu
Tholavillimangalam 8 am - 1 pm, 2 - 6 pm


The Garuda Sevai utsavam(the Day 5 festival) in the month of Vaikasi(May-Jun) witnesses 9 Garudasevai plus two palaquins one with Namalvar of Alwarthirunagari and the other with Madurakavi Alwar from Thirukalur. A spectacular event in which festival image idols from the nava tirupathis shrines in the area are brought on Garuda vahana to Alwarthirunagari for Mangalasasanum and to give blessing to Nammalvar in the morning.

An idol of Nammalvar is also brought here on an Anna Vahanam(palaquin) and his paasurams(verses) dedicated to each of these 9 temples are recited. In the night 9 Garduda servai by Navathirupathi Perumals and the two alwars also on procession in circumbulations. Totally 11 temple chapparams move around the outer piraharams. The utsavar of Nammalvar is taken in a palanquin to each of the 9 temples, through the paddy fields in the area.  The paasurams(poems) dedicated to each of the 9 Divyadesams are chanted in the respective shrines. This is the most important of the festivals in this area, and it draws thousands of visitors.


  1. 108 Vaishnavite Divya Desams: Divya desams in Pandya Nadu. M. S. Ramesh, Tirumalai-Tirupati Devasthanam.
  2. M., Rajagopalan (1993). 15 Vaishnava Temples of Tamil Nadu. Chennai, India: Govindaswamy Printers. pp. 155–159.
  3. "Navatirupathi". The Hindu. 25 October 2002. Retrieved 25 October 2015.

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