Devapiran Perumal Temple in Tholavillimangalam, a village in Thoothukudi district in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu, is dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu. It is located 22 km from Tirunelveli. The temple is glorified in the Divya Prabandha, the early medieval Tamil canon of the Azhwar saints from the 6th-9th centuries AD. It is one of the 108 Divyadesam dedicated to Vishnu, who is worshipped as Devapiran and his consort Lakshmi as Karunthadankanni.The temple is also classified as a Navatirupathi, the nine temples revered by Nammazhwar located in the banks of Tamiraparani river. Along with the Aravindalochanar temple located 100 yards away, the temple is referred as Irattai Tirupathy (meaning twin Tirupathis).
According to the legends, Somuka, a demon, stole the four Vedas (sacred texts) from Brahma. Brahma was helpless and he did severe penance in the banks of Tamiraparani River seeking favour from Vishnu in the from of Devapiran. Pleased by the penance, Vishnu appeared to Brahma and promised him that he will retrieve the Vedas. Vishnu killed Somuka and restored the Vedas to Brahma. Vishnu also wished to set his abode as Srivakuntam and resided there ...View more
s VaikuntanathaThis temple is part of famous Nava Tirupathi Yatra.
Devapiran Perumal Temple is constructed in Dravidian style of architecture. The temple occupies an area of 5 acres and is surrounded by a granite wall 580 ft (180 m) long and 396 ft (121 m) broad. Unlike other South Indian temples, the temple does not have a rajagopuram, the temple's gateway tower. A granite wall surrounds the temple, enclosing all its shrines and two of its three bodies of water. The sanctum houses the image of Devapiran in stan...View more
ing posture. The image is made of Saligrama stone. The temple has five precincts. The Mahamandapa and the Swarga Madapa are believed to be later additions. The Dwajastamba mandap has pillars with refined architectural features.Picture Courtesy : commons.wikimedia.org
Tirutholaivillimangalam is about 39 kms from Tirunelveli. Of the sacred places dedicated to the planets, this is the one most difficult to reach. One has to go to Mangalakurichi which is about 2 kms. from Perungulam, walk on the canal bank for about 3 kms., cross the canal and reach the place or walk about 3 kms. from Alwar Thirunagari and crossing river Thamiraparani, one can reach this village. Adequate bus-services are avilable from Tirunelveli/ Tiruchendur.
Male devotees have been advised to wear dhoti, shirt, pyjama or pant and shirt while women and girls should wear saris or churidhar or 'pavadai' with half-sari. Devotees wearing lungi, bermudas, jeans and tight-leggings would not be allowed. Navathirupathi Temples is a set of nine Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu located in Tiruchendur-Tirunelveli route, Tamil Nadu, India in the banks of Thamiraparani river.
Tamil Nadu is home to many natural resources, classical arts, classical music, classical literature, Hindu temples of Dravidian architecture, hill stations, beach resorts, multi-religious pilgrimage sites, and eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites.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 temple rituals are performed four times a day: Kalasanthi at 8:30 AM, Uchikalam at 11:30 PM, Sayarakshai at 6:00 PM, and Aravanai Pooja between 8:00 PM.
Devotees perform Tirumanjanam and offer Vastras to Lord and Mother. People pray for successful marriage alliances and progress in education.