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Sri Vaikuntanatha Swamy temple

Moolavar : Vaikuntanathan
Urchavar : Sri Kallappiraan
Amman / Thayar : Vaikuntanayaki, Chornathanayaki (Bhudevi)
Thala Virutcham : NA
Theertham : River Thamiraparani, Bhrigu thirtha
Agamam / Pooja : NA
Old year : 1000-2000 years old
Historical Name : NA
City : Srivaikuntam
District : Thoothukudi
State : Tamil Nadu


   NammalvarTiruvaaymoliPulingudi kitantu varagunamangaiyirunthu vaikunthathul ninruTelinthu encintai ahankaliyate ennaiyaalvaai enakkaruliNalirntha seerulagum moonrutan viyappa naankal koothaati ninraarppaPalinku niir mukilin pavalampol kanivaay sivappa nii kaana vaaraye.Tiruvaaymoli ? 9:2:4Mangalasaasanam : Nammalvar, Manavaala Maamunikal


   Vaikunta Ekadasi

Temple's Speciality:

   This is one of the 108 divya desams of Lord Vishnu and the first of the Navatiruppathis. Srivaikuntam is the holy place of the planet Soorya (Sun). The Prime Deity Lord Vaikuntanathan faces east in standing posture, with

Opening Time:

   The temple is open from 7.30 am to 12 noon and in the evening from 5.00 to 8.00p.m.


   Arulmigu Vaikuntanaathar Tirukkoil, Sri Vaikuntam ? 628 601, Thoothukudi District.


   91 4630 256 476

General Information:

   It is advisable to engage a car to go to the Navatiruppathis for offering worship, since it is time-consuming, if bus-services are opted. The Tamilnadu Tourism Development Corporation offers a tourist-program twice a month from Chennai, on the first and the third Fridays. We can return on Wednesday early morning. The transport and lodging charges for three days is Rs.1100/- per person.


   Prayers can be offered to overcome the impediments in wedlock, to beget issues and for good education.

Thanks giving:

   The devotees perform tirumanjanam (sacred bath) to the Lord and offer new clothes.

Greatness Of Temple:

    Navatiruppathi ? Nine Holy Temples The nine vaishnava shrines, hailed as ?Navatiruppathi? are related to the ?Navagrahaas? or the nine planets or celestial bodies, and the deities in these temples are worshipped as the ?navagrahaas? themselves. They are: 1. Sooriyan (Sun) Srivaikuntam 2. Chandran (Moon) Varagunamangai 3. Angaarakan (Mars) Tirukkolur 4. Budhan (Mercury) Thiruppulinkuti 5. Guru (Jupiter) Alwar Tirunagari 6. Chukran (Venus) Thentirupperai 7. Shani (Saturn) Perungulam 8. Raghu Irattaithirupathi ( Thirutholaivillimangalam ) 9. Kethu Irattaithirupathi ( Thirutholaivillimangalam These Navatiruppathis in the Pandya region are recognized on par with the Navagrahaa temples in the Chola country (Surya ? Thirumangalakkudi, Chandra ? Thingaloor, Angaarakan - Putthirukku Velur, Budha ? Thiruvenkaadu, Guru ? Aalangudi, Sukra ? Kanjanoor, Shani ? Thirunallaar, Raahu? Thirunageswaram, Ketu ? Keezhperumpallam). In these Vishnu temples, the Prime Deities themselves are worshipped as the Navagrahaas and so there are no separate shrines for the Navagrahaas, as found in other temples. To offer worship to these deities alleviate the malignant influences of the Navagrahaas that come about during one?s lifetime. Generally, in the temples Lord Vishnu is seen reclining on Adisesha. But, in this temple Lord Vishnu is in the standing posture under the umbrella, Adisesha. This is the special significance of this place.

Temple History:

   Two legends are associated with this temple. Once an asura by the name Somakan appropriated Lord Brahma?s Creation-secret and Lord Vishnu retrieved it from the demon. Since the Lord came direct from His abode Vaikuntam and agreed to remain here, this place came to be known as Srivaikuntam. Later, Kaaladhushakan, a robber, conducted his robbery after worshipping Vaikuntanathan, and surrendered to Him, half of what he had plundered. He was a Robinhood of those days, looted the rich and helped the poor. Once his men, while engaged in ransacking the palace were caught by the King?s soldiers. They had to identify their leader; when Kaladhushakan came to know about it, he prayed to the Lord of Srivaikuntam, to save him. The Lord appeared before the King as Kaaladhushakan, revealed Himself to the King and counseled him to protect dharma. Having had this Beatific Vision, the King requested the Lord to remain in this place as ?Kallappiraan?.

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*Sources from Dinamalar.com

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