Perungulam Sri Mayakoothar Perumal Temple is also known as ‘Thirukkulanthai’ is located enroute of Tiruchendur-Tirunelveli in Tamilnadu,dedicated to Lord Vishnu and also one of the 108 Divya Desam Temples. Sri Mayakoothar Perumal Temple is also called as ‘Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple’, ‘Perungulam Temple’, ‘Balika Vanam’ and ‘Sani Kshetram’. Perungulam Sri Mayakoothar Perumal Temple is one of the ‘Nava Tirupati temples’. The List of Nava Tirupathi Temples and its related Grahas (Planets) are:
- Srivaikuntam Sri Vaikuntanathan Perumal Temple – Surya (Sun)
- ThiruVaragunaMangai Vijayaasana Perumal Temple – Chandra (Moon)
- ThiruPuliyangudi Bhoomipalagar Perumal Temple – Budha (Mercury)
- Rettai Tirupathi – North Temple (Sri Aravindalochanar Temple, Tholaivilimangalam) – Rahu
- Rettai Tirupathi – South Temple (Sri Devapiran Temple, Tholaivilimangalam) – Ketu
- Perungulam Swamy Mayakoothar Temple, Thirukkulanthai – Shani (Saturn)
- ThenThirupperai Thiru Makara Nedunkulai Kaather Perumal Temple – Shukra (Venus)
- Thirukolur Sri Vaithamanidhi Perumal Temple – Mangala (Mars)
- Alwarthirunagari Perumal Temple, Thirukkurugoor – Guru (Jupiter)
Nava Tirupathi Temples is a set of nine temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu, located on the either sides of Thamiraparani River in Tiruchendur to Tirunelveli route in the state of Tamilnadu, India. The ‘Nava Tirupathi’ is considered as ‘Navagraha’ (the nine planets) Temples. Devotees worship in these temples to relieve from the adverse effects of the planets in their life. The Nava Tirupathi temples are headed by ‘Lord Perumal’ (‘Lord Vishnu’) hence there are no separate Navagraha shrine present in these temples. The Nava Tirupathi temples are classified as “Divya Desams”, the 108 temples of Lord Vishnu which are admired by the ’12 Azhwars’.
The primary deity of this temple is Lord Mayakoothar Perumal (Lord Vishnu) facing east direction and also named as Lord Srinivasa Perumal. ‘Goddess Kulanthai Valli Thaayar’ and ‘Goddess Alarmel Mangai Thaayar’ are found on the both sides of Lord Srinivasa Perumal. In this temple Lord Garuda is considered as an Utsav (festival) deity, because it is said that Lord Vishnu went on His Garuda Vaahan to kill an Asura(demon). And it is said that,here Lord Vishnu celebrated His victory dance by standing on Asura’s body, and so the temple is also called as Sri Mayakoothar Perumal Temple. Hence Lord Mayakoothar Perumal is considered as the festival deity of this temple.
Sri Mayakoothar Perumal Temple contains a big lake and hence this temple is popularly called as ‘Perungulam’. The festival of ‘Vaikasi Utsav’, also named by ‘9 Garuda Sevai Utsavam’ celebrated in a grand manner every year in the Tamil month of Vaikasi (May). The festival idols of deities from all the Nava Tirupathi temples are brought on Garuda Vahana. Utsavar (An idol) of Nammazhvar is also brought in a palanquin to each of the 9 temples while the Paasurams (the Hymns dedicated to each of the 9 temples) are chanted respectively.
- Nadai Thirappu Pooja – 7.00 A.M
- Uchik Kalam Pooja – 12 NOON
- Saya Ratchai Pooja – 6.30 P.M
- Nadai Sarthal Pooja – 7.00 P.M
Garuda Sevai utsavam – May or June
Srivaikuntam is also well connected by road with Tirunelveli, Tiruchendur and Tuticorin and all other major cities.
Srivaikuntam railway station is situated on the Tirunelveli-Tiruchendur line. All passenger trains from Tirunelveli stop at this station. The temple is about 1.5 miles from the railway station.
The nearest airport is Tuticorin (24.6 Km). There are flights like Air, IndiGo, Spice Jet, Jet Airways, and JetKonnect to reach to and from Srivaikundam.
- Sri Vaikuntanatha (Kallapiran) Temple
- Thiru Varagunamangai Temple
- Thiruppulingudi Kaaisinavendhan Temple
- Irattai Tirupathi Perumal Temple
- Thenthirupperai Makara Nedunkuzhai Kannan) Temple
- Alwarthirunagari Adhinaatha Perumal Temple
- Thirukolur Vaithamanidhi Perumal Temple