Adinatha Perumal Temple (Thirukurukur), Alwar Thirunagari, Thoothukudi – Festivals
The Garuda Sevai utsavam (festival) in the month of Vaikasi (May – Jun) witnesses 9 Garudasevai, a spectacular event in which festival image idols from the Nava Tirupathis shrines in the area are brought on Garuda vahana (sacred vehicle). An idol of Nammalvar is also brought here on an Anna Vahanam (palanquin) on his birthday, that is, the day with Visakam star and his paasurams (verses) dedicated to each of these 9 temples are recited.
The Utsavar (festival deity) of Nammalvar is taken in a palanquin to each of the 9 temples, through the paddy fields in the area. The paasurams (poems) dedicated to each of the 9 Divya Desams are chanted in the respective shrines. It is been being held annually from 1807. This is the most important of the festivals in this area, and it draws thousands of visitors.
Issueless couples pray here for children and students and their parents pray for their academic excellence. Each planet in the following Nava Tirupati temples is worshipped accordingly. Lord in this temple is worshipped as Jupiter in Alwar Thirunagari.
This is one of the three Divya Desams in Tamilnadu where Araiyar Sevai, the visual song and dance enactment of the ‘Paasurams is still being performed.