Nava Tirupathi Temples

Nava Tirupathi Temples are 9 of the 108 holy abodes of Lord Vishnu. Performing Pooja in all these 9 temples is believed to ensure the blessings of the gods.

Nava Tirupathi Temples List


The presiding deity Vijayasana Perumal, is in seated posture, with the serpent Adi Sesha protecting him with his hood. The consort is Varagunavalli Thayar, who is on the Lord’s side in the sanctum sanctorum.

As per the Legends, a Brahmin named Vedavith did penance for Lord Vishnu. The Lord appeared before him in seated posture as requested by the devotee and so the Lord here in ‘Vijayasana’


It is said that Indra, the God of Heaven relieved from the sin by worshipping at this temple. There is another interesting legend associated with a Brahmin called Yagnasarma. The sons of Sage Vasishta cursed him to roam as a demon. He was relieved from the curse when the feet of the Lord touched him. The presiding deity, Kaisinavendan, is in the recumbent posture. One can have  Darshan of his Holy feet from the window outside the sanctum sanctorum.

Tirutholaivillimangalam (Irattai Tirupathi)

As per the Legends, a sage built a Yagasala (hermitage) here. While on his way to  Yagasala, he saw a beautiful balance and a bow, which on being picked up, turned into a girl and a youth. They had been relieved of a curse. As balance and bow got salvation, the place known as Thulaivillimangalam.


The presiding deity, Mayakoothan was a ‘Divine Dancer’. As per  lore, a demon called Achmasara causing troubles to  Devas. Devas prayed Lord Vishnu for the help. Lord Vishnu fought with the demon at this place, which was called by Palikavanam. Taking hold of the demon’s foot he smashed it to the ground, even as he performed a dance. So, the place got the name Mayakoothan.

There is another interesting story. Kamalavathi, the daughter of a Brahmin, Vedarajan, has a strong wish to marry Lord Vishnu. She performed a strict penance here and Lord appeared before her and married her in this place. In Tamil, Palika means maiden who did penance here.

Thirupperai (Then Thirupperai)

The presiding deity here is Makara Nedunkuzhai Kadhan or Mukhil Vannan. Lord here can be seen in seating posture, facing east. As per the legends, Goddess Lakshmi asked Sage Durvasa to make Bhudevi look like her. Bhudevi did penance here with the Mantra taught to her by Sage Durvasae. Therefore, the place got the name Sriperai (Thirupperai), meaning the physical form of Goddess Lakshmi. During her penance, Bhudevi went for a bath in the river Tamaraparani, where she found two fish-shaped earrings, which she presented to the Lord Vishnu. He thus came to be known as Makara Nedunkuzhai Kadhan.

Varuna, the God of Rain, is said to have been relieved from the sin of insulting Guru here. The king Vidarbha is said to have conducted Pujas here to pray for rain when drought hit the kingdom.


As per the Legends, Kubera, the God of wealth, was cursed by Goddess Parvati because he was impolite and became bankrupt. Therefore, Parvati, in turn, lost all her Nava Nidhi’s (nine forms of wealth) that were the Mahapadma (Sacred Lotus), Padma (Lotus), Shanku (Conch), Makara (Crocodile), Kachyapa (tortoise), Mukund (Quicksilver), Kund(jasmine), Neelam (sapphire), and Kharva(dwarf). These Nava Nidhis’ did penance here for the Lord Vishnu to marry them. He responded and appeared as ‘Vaithamanidhi’ (one who kept the wealth safe), the protector of the Nidhis. Kubera relieved from the curse here.

The war between Dharma(righteousness) and Adharma (wickedness) took place at this spot. Dharma stayed here, praying to the Lord Vishnu. One day, Adharma attacked him and was sent fleeing by Dharma. Therefore. this area got the title Adharmapisunam.


As per the Legends, A thief called Kalathushakan vowed that he would give half his ill-gotten wealth to Sri Vaikuntanathar. He was caught while robbing the place. He prayed to God for help. The Lord assumed the grab of the thief and taught philosophical truths to the King. The king, thinking that Kalathushakan was no thief but a Yogi, became his friend. As per the King’s prayers, The lord assumed the name Kallabiran.

As per the Legends, a demon named Somakan stole the creative knowledge of Brahma. Brahma did penance here for the Lord Vishnu to recover the knowledge from the demon. Lord Vishnu fought with the demon and retrieved the creative expertise demon and restored it to Brahma.

Nava Tirupathi Temple Timings

TempleGrahaMorning HoursEvening Hours
Sri VaikuntamSurya7:00 am – 12:00 pm5:00 pm -8:00 pm
NathamChandra8:00 am -1:00 pm1:30 pm – 6:00 pm
ThiruppulingudiBudhan8:00 am -1:00 pm1:30 pm – 6:00 pm
ThirutholaivillimangalamKetu8:30 am – 1:00 pm2:00 pm- 6:00 pm
Irattai TirupathiRahu8:00 am -1:00 pm2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
PenungulamShani7:30 am- 12:00 pm5:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Then ThiruperaiSukran7:00a m – 12:00 pm5:00 pm -8:30 pm
ThirukolurChevvai7:30 am – 12:00 pm1:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Azhwar ThirunagariVyzhan7:00 am – 12:00 pm5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

How to reach Nava Tirupathi Temples?

By Air

  1. The nearest airport is at Madurai, which is 151 km away.

By Train

  1. Tirunelveli is well connected with all parts of TamilNadu and other neighbouring states.

By Road

  1. Tirunelveli is connected with all parts of TamilNadu.

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Reference Link: Temples List


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