A view infront the Sri Aravindalochanar Temple, Tholaivilimangalam
A view infront the Sri Aravindalochanar Temple, Tholaivilimangalam

The two temples near Thenthiruperai are known as Irattai (twin) Tirupathis. Sri Devapiran Temple and Sri Aravindalochanar Temple are worshipped as the ‘Irattai Tirupati Temples’. These two temples which are located at ‘Tholaivilimangalam’, enroute of Tiruchendur – Tirunelveli in Tamilnadu,dedicated to Lord Vishnu and also one of the 108 Divya Desam Temples. Tholaivilimangalam referred to as Irattai Tirupati, counts as two in the scheme of Nava Tirupatis, but as one of the 108 Divya Desams. Tholaivilimangalam temples are situated at a distance of 100 unit measures from each other lies in the middle of a jungle.

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. List of Nava Tirupathi Temples and its related Grahas (Planets) are:

  1. Srivaikuntam Sri Vaikuntanathan Perumal Temple – Surya (Sun)
  2. ThiruVaragunaMangai Vijayaasana Perumal Temple – Chandra (Moon)
  3. ThiruPuliyangudi Bhoomipalagar Perumal Temple – Budha (Mercury)
  4. Rettai Tirupathi – North Temple (Sri Aravindalochanar Temple, Tholaivilimangalam) – Rahu
  5. Rettai Tirupathi – South Temple (Sri Devapiran Temple, Tholaivilimangalam) – Ketu
  6. Perungulam Swamy Mayakoothar Temple, Thirukkulanthai – Shani (Saturn)
  7. ThenThirupperai Thiru Makara Nedunkulai Kaather Perumal Temple – Shukra (Venus)
  8. Thirukolur Sri Vaithamanidhi Perumal Temple – Mangala (Mars)
  9. Alwarthirunagari Perumal Temple, Thirukkurugoor – Guru (Jupiter)

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 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.

Specialty

There are two temples in Tholaivilimangalam, one temple in the north direction and the other temple in the south direction. In the first temple of the two Erattai Tirupathi Temples, Lord Devapiran is considered as a main deity in a standing posture facing towards the east direction. The second temple with 2 prakarams named as Sri Aravindalochanar Temple enshrines Lord Aravindalochanar in a seated posture facing east and his consort is Goddess Karuntadankanni Naachiyaar. This place is called as Tholaivilimangalam, because of the reason that a man and a woman who had been cursed by Kuberan to assume the forms of a measuring scale (Tulai) and a bow (Villi), were relieved of their curse by a sage Atreya Suprabha here, hence the name comes as Tulaivillimangalam(Tholaivilimangalam).

It is believed that the devotees worshipping this god with Lotus flower will be relieved from all the sins, because it is said that once Lord Vishnu was impressed by the lotus pooja made by the sage Subrabhar every day and gave dharshan to the sage on the banks of River Tamirabarani. Another legend is that Indra, Vayu and Varuna worshipped Vishnu here. Tholaivilimangalam temple has a different set of legends related to the Ashwini twins worshipping Vishnu here with red lotus flowers. Sage Nammalwar had sung 11 Pasurams (verses) on the glory of this place.

Dharshan Timings

The temple remains open from 6.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and 1.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.

Festivals

Garuda Sevai utsavam – May or June

By Road

Srivaikuntam is also well connected by road with Tirunelveli, Tiruchendur and Tuticorin and all other major cities.


By Train

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.


By Air

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
  • Perungulam Sri Mayakoothar Temple

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