Sunday, July 3, 2016

Srinivasa Perumal Temple (Mayakoothar Perumal Temple), Tirukulandhai, Thoothukudi

Srinivasa Perumal Temple (Mayakoothar Perumal Temple), Tirukulandhai, Thoothukudi
Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple or Sri Mayakoothar Perumal Temple is one of the Nava Tirupathi, nine Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu located in Perungulam, Thiruchendur-Tirunelveli route, Tamil NaduIndia in the banks of Thamiraparani river. All these 9 temples are classified as "Divya Desams", the 108 temples of Vishnu revered by the 12 poet saints, or Alwars.




This is one of the 108 sacred places of Lord Vishnu and the 6th Navathiruppathi dedicated to Sani Bhagavan or Saturn. This sthalam is situated 7 miles North East of Sri Vaikundam and 6 miles North of Thiruppulingudi. Bus facilities are available, but no lodging facilities. Garuda seen alongside Utsavar is a unique feature at this Divya Desam




This temple is also called as ‘Sri Mayakoothan Perumal Temple’, ‘Perungulam Temple’, ‘Balika Vanam’, and ‘Sani Kshetram’. Devotees worship in these temples to relieve from the adverse effects of the planets in their life.




There are nine sacred shrines in this Pandya region equal to those in the Chola region attributed to nine planets. As Lord Vishnu himself is acting as the nine planets in these places, there are no separate shrines for the Navagrahas the nine planets. Those facing any adverse aspect of a planet are advised to visit the Nava – nine Tirupathis for relief.




It would be difficult to catch buses for each such place causing more days to complete this pilgrimage. A cab can be hired to visit the places for completing the tour in a day. Those in Chennai can avail the services of Tamilnadu Tourism Development Corporation which is arranging the trip twice a month on the first and third Friday of the month. They can return by Wednesday morning. The Nava Tirupathis are related with the nine planets as Perumal himself is the planet of the particular place.




The List of Nava Tirupathi Temples and its related Grahas (Planets) are:
·        Sri Vaikuntanathan Perumal Temple – Surya (Sun)
·        Thiru Varagunamangai Perumal Temple – Chandra (Moon)
·        Thirupulinkudi Perumal Temple — Budha (Mercury)
·        Irattai Tirupathi Perumal Temple – Rahu (North node)
·        Irattai Tirupathi Perumal Temple – Ketu (South node)
·        Thirukuzhandhai (Perungulam) Perumal Temple – Sani (Saturn)
·        Thenthiruperai Perumal Temple – Shukra – (Venus)
·        Thirukkolur Perumal Temple – Mangala (Mars)
·        Alwarthirunagari Perumal Temple – Guru (Jupiter)
Legends
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The Temple
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Temple Opening Time
The temple is open from 7.30 am to 12.00 noon and from 5.00 pm to.7.30 pm.
Pooja Timings
·        Nadai Thirappu Pooja – 7.00 A.M
·        Uchi Kalam Pooja – 12 Noon
·        Saya Ratchai Pooja – 6.30 P.M
·        Nadai Satruthal Pooja – 7.00 P.M
Festivals
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Literary Mention
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Prayers
All devotees come to pray in this temple and in the Nava Tirupathis seeking relief from the adverse aspects of the nine planets faced by them. Devotees perform Thirumanjanam for the Lord and don him with new clothes.
Contact
Sri Mayakoothar Perumal Temple,
Perungulam – 628 752,
Tirukulandhai, Thoothukudi District
Phone: +91 4630 256 476
Mobile: +91 94436 19222 / 99940 98664
Connectivity
Perungulam is about 15kms East of Sri Vaikuntam and near Eral. After finishing Mayakoothan perumal, one can visit Rettai Tirupathi (about 5kms from here and then move West to finish the Nava Tirupathi trip with Pulingudi and Natham Divya Desams).
Perungkulam is 6 km from Thirupulinkudi on the same road. Bus facility is available from Tirunelveli and Thiruchendur. Hiring a cab will be more convenient. The place is 42 km from Tirunelveli. 
The nearest airport is Tuticorin (24.6 Km). Nearest Major Airport to the temple is Madurai Airport which is 156 km away from the temple. Srivaikundam railway station is situated on the Tirunelveli-Thiruchendur line. All passenger trains from Tirunelveli stop at this station. The temple is about 1.5 miles from the railway station.

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