A distant view of the ThiruVaragunaMangai Vijayaasana Perumal Temple
A distant view of the ThiruVaragunaMangai Vijayaasana Perumal Temple

Thiru Varagunamangai Vijayaasana Perumal Temple is also called as Thiru Varagunamangai Perumal temple is located 1km in the east of Srivaikuntam at the place called Natham, Tiruchendur-Tirunelveli route of Tamil Nadu. This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and also one of the 108 Divya Desam Temples. Thiru Varagunamangai Sri Vijayaasana Perumal Temple is also one of the Nava Tirupathi Temples. 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. Thiru Varagunamangai 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 Vimanam (temple tower) of this temple is called Varagunamangai Viamanam.

Specialty

The presiding deity of Thiru Varagunamangai Perumal temple is Lord Vijayaasana Perumal, in a sitting posture like a triumphant king. The idol of Goddess Varagunavalli, the consort of Lord Vijayaasana Perumal is also worshipped in this temple. Thiru Varagunamangai Perumal temple is well known for the message of Dharmam, the right path to go. This place is known as the ‘Chandra Kshetram’, and is believed that the devotees who visit to this temple will attain moksha. It is said that a Brahmin named Vedvith who lived in this place, was a great devotee of Lord Vishnu and had a good respect towards his parents and elders.

The Lord was pleased by his devotion and Vedvith was blessed by the lord and attained salvation in the holy land Varagunamangai. 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.

Pooja Timings

  • Vishwaroopam Pooja – 08.00 A.M
  • Kalasanthi Pooja – 09.30 A.M
  • Uchilikala Pooja – 12.00 A.M
  • Sayarachai Pooja – 04.00 P.M
  • Thiruvisagam Pooja – 06.00 P.M

Festivals

  • Garuda Sevai festival – May or June
  • Vaikundha Ekadashi – December or January
By Road

There are regular buses to Thanjavur, Kanniyakumari, Chennai, Madurai, Salem, Palani, Puducherry, Coimbatore, Kodaikanal and Tirupathi. Buses are also available to destinations in Karnataka and Kerala. The city also has an efficient local bus transportation system both government-operated as well as private.


By Train

Madurai Railway Junction, one of the largest Railway Stations is the nearest one. There are frequent trains to Chennai, Coimbatore, Thanjavur, Karaikal, Chidambaram, Tirupathi, Tuticorin, Tenkasi, Quilon, Rameswaram, Bangalore, Mysore, Kochi, Kanyakumari, Mangalore, Kolkata, and Guwahati.


By Air

The nearest airport is Madurai International Airport. There are regular flights to Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore.

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