Thirupuliyangudi Bhoomipalagar Perumal Temple (or) Sri Kaaichina Vendha Perumal Temple is situated in ‘Thirupuliyangudi’, which is located enroute of Tiruchendur-Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, on the banks of Thamiraparani River and also one of the 108 Divya Desam Temples which are dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Thirupuliyangudi Sri Kaaichina Vendha Perumal Temple is one of the Nava Tirupathi Temples and also named as ‘Thirupulingudi Perumal Temple’. 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:
- 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)
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 main deity of this Thirupuliyangudi temple is ‘Lord Bhoomipalaka Perumal’ also called as ‘Lord Kaaichinavendan Perumal’, an imposing image of Lord Vishnu in a reclining posture and the idol of ‘Goddess Malarmagal Nachiar’, the consort of Lord Kaaichinavendan Perumal can also be found here. The idols of Goddess Sridevi and Goddess Bhoodevi can be found on either side of Lord Vishnu. Lord Brahma emerges from the Lord Vishnu’s navel and also He seated on a lotus. The peculiar feature of this temple is that the holy feet of Lord Kasinivendan Perumal can be seen from the window of the passageway.
The legend says that Lord Vishnu and His consort Goddess Sridevi came to the place Thamirabarani to spend some time in peace. Goddess Bhoodevi (Goddess Earth), the other consort of Lord Vishnu got angry by this and hid herself in the Nether World and caused earth to fill with darkness. By the prayers made by the Devas to save the earth, Lord Vishnu went to Nether World and consoled Goddess Bhoodevi and protected the earth from darkness. Hence the Lord here is came to be known as Lord Bhoomi Paalar (‘Bhoomi’ means ‘Earth’ in Tamil Language).
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.
- Vishwaroopam Pooja – 09.00 A.M
- Kalasanthi Pooja – 10.30 A.M
- Uchikala Pooja – 01.00 A.M
- Sayarachai Pooja – 04.00 P.M
- Thiruvisagam Pooja – 06.00 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.
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- Vaithamanidhi Perumal Temple
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