Nava Tirupathi

The Nava Tirupati (Tamil: நவ திருப்பதி, lit.'Nine Tirupatis')[1] refers to a group of nine Hindu temples dedicated to Vishnu, located on the Tiruchendur-Tirunelveli route, Tamil Nadu, India, on the banks of the Thamirabarani river.[2] Each of these temples is classified as a Divya Desam, counted as one among the 108 temples of Vishnu, revered by the 12 poet-saints of the Tamil Vaishnava tradition, the Alvars.[3][4]


The temples are revered in Naalayira Divya Prabandham, the 7th–9th century CE Vaishnava canon, attributed by Nammalvar. The following is the list of the 9 temples.[5][6]

Name of the temple Deity Planet Sacred day Photo Location Time
Srivaikuntanathan Permual Temple Surya Sun Sunday Srivaikuntam 7 am - 12 pm, 5 - 8 pm
Vijayaasana Perumal Temple Chandra Moon Monday Natham 8 am - 12 pm, 1 - 6 pm
Vaithamanidhi Perumal Temple Angaragan Mars Tuesday Thirukolur 7:30 am - 12 pm, 1 - 8 pm
ThiruPulingudi Perumal Temple Budha Mercury Wednesday Thirupulingudi 8 am - 12 pm, 1 - 6 pm
AlwarThirunagari Temple Guru Jupiter Thursday Alvar Thirunagari 6 am - 12 pm, 5 - 8:45 pm
Makara Nedunkuzhai Kannan Temple Sukran Venus Friday Thenthiruperai 7 am - 12 pm, 5 - 8:30 pm
Srinivasa Perumal Temple, Tirukulandhai Shani Saturn Saturday Thirukulandhai 7:30 am - 12:30 pm, 4:30 - 7:30 pm
Irattai Thiruppathy, Aravindalochanar temple Ketu Tholavillimangalam 8 am - 1 pm, 2 - 6 pm
Irattai Thiruppathy, Devapiran temple Rahu Tholavillimangalam 8 am - 1 pm, 2 - 6 pm


The Garuda Sevai Utsavam (a festival where a form of Vishnu, seated upon his mount Garuda, is revered) in the month of Vaikasi (May - June) witnesses 9 Garuda Sevai, as well as two palanquins, one with Nammalvar of Alwarthirunagari, and the other with Madurakavi Alvar from Thirukalur. An event in which festival image idols from the Nava Tirupati shrines in the area are brought on Garuda Vahana (Garuda as a mount) to Alvarthirunagari for Mangalasasanam (singing of sacred hymns) and to for paying obeisance to Nammalvar in the morning.

An idol of Nammalvar is also brought here on a palanquin, and his pasurams (verses) dedicated to each of these 9 temples are recited. In the night 9 Garuda Sevai by the Nava Tirupati Perumals and the two Alvars also on procession in circumambulations. A total of 11 temple chapparams (canopied-cars) move around the outer courtyards. The utsavar (idol venerated during procession) of Nammalvar is taken in a palanquin to each of the 9 temples, through the paddy fields in the area. The pasurams dedicated to each of the 9 Divya Desams are chanted in the respective shrines. This is the most important of the festivals in this area, and draws thousands of visitors.


  1. ^ Cush, Denise; Robinson, Catherine; York, Michael (21 August 2012). Encyclopedia of Hinduism. Routledge. p. 704. ISBN 978-1-135-18979-2.
  2. ^ Cush, Denise; Robinson, Catherine; York, Michael (21 August 2012). Encyclopedia of Hinduism. Routledge. p. 704. ISBN 978-1-135-18979-2.
  3. ^ 108 Vaishnavite Divya Desams: Divya desams in Pandya Nadu. M. S. Ramesh, Tirumalai-Tirupati Devasthanam.
  4. ^ Rajarajan, R.K.K. (2011). "Dakṣiṇamūrti on vimānas of Viṣṇu Temples in the Far South". South Asian Studies. 27 (2): 131–144. doi:10.1080/02666030.2011.614413. S2CID 194022781.
  5. ^ M., Rajagopalan (1993). 15 Vaishnava Temples of Tamil Nadu. Chennai, India: Govindaswamy Printers. pp. 155–159.
  6. ^ "Navatirupathi". The Hindu. 25 October 2002. Archived from the original on 30 June 2003. Retrieved 25 October 2015.