Thiru Varagunamangai Perumal Temple, (Vijayaasana Perumal Temple), Natham, Thoothukudi – The Temple
The presiding deity of the temple is Sri Vijayaasana perumal in a sitting posture with Adiseshan over his head like an umbrella like in Srivaikundam temple. Thayar is known as Varagunamangai /Varagunavalli Thayar and there is no separate Sannadhi for Thayar in this temple. It is interesting to note that in many of the Nava Thirupathi temples, the Thayar is known by the name of the place itself.
The temple is the second among the Nava Thirupathi divyadesams of Sri Vaishnavas and comes under Pandiya Naatu divyadesams among the 108 temples. The place is also called as Natham and Mokshapuri. It is believed that one's soul attains moksham if death occurs at this place. This temple occupies the Chandra sthalam in the nava grahas. Out of the 108 Divya Desam, this temple is 74th.
While at Srivaikundam, west of this temple, Adishesha has his hood atop a standing Kallapiran, here at Varagunamangai, the serpent king is seen unfurling his hood atop Vijayaasana, seen in a grand sitting posture, with one leg folded and the other feet on the ground.
Moolavar and Thaayar:
The Moolavar of this temple is Sri Vijayaasana Perumal. Moolavar is in Veetrirundha kolam, facing east direction.
Lord gave Prathyaksham for Agni Bhagavan, Romasa Maharishi and Sathyavan.
Thaayar: The Thaayar of this temple is Sri Varagunavalli Thaayar. She is also called as “Varaguna Mangai Thaayar”.
· Vijayaasana perumal
· Yoga Narasimhar
· Alwars and Acharyas
· Nammalvar – 1 Pasuram
· Manavala Maamunigal has also done the Mangalasasanam here.
· Agni Theertham
· Deva pushkarani
· Vijayakodi Vimaanam