Vaishnava Nava Graha Temples in Tanjore District

Some of the Vaishnava temples are also associated with nava graha parihara sthalam. Following is the list of temples located around Kumbakonam and Tanjavur that are associated with these grahas-- Click to enlarge map

Sun (suryan) : Sri Sarangapani temple (Thirukudanthai-Kumbakonam)
Moon (chandran): Sri Naadan Kovil (Thirunandipura vinnagaram)
Mars (sevvai): Nachiyaar Kovil (Thirunaraiyur)
Mercury (budan): Valvil Ramar Kovil (Thirupullamboothangudi)
Jupiter(guru): Andallakummaiyyan (Thiruaadhanoor)
Venus (shukran): Valvil Ramar kovil (Thiruvelliyankudi)
Saturn (sani) : Oppiliappan Kovil (Thiruvinnagaram)
Dragon's tail (rahu): Gajendra Varadan kovil (Thirukavithalam)
Dragon's head (kethu): Jagat Rakshakan kovil (Thirukudaloor)

Mandi : Saranathan Kovil (Thirucherai)

Source: Sthala puranam book of Thiruvelliyankudi
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Vaishnava Nava graha sthalam around Tirunelveli

Nava graha kshetram near Mayavaram and Kumbakonam
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Sri Kaalamegha perumal, Thirumogur

About the temple

Kalamegha perumal kovil is among one of the pandiya naatu divyadesams of Sri Vaishnavas. There are four prakarams to the temple. The moolavar is Kalaamegha perumal in nindra thirukolam and in same posture like Varadharaja perumal of kanchipuram with gadhe in left hand and right hand as if blessing the devotees. The utsavar is Thirumogur aapthan. The utsavar here is found with pancha aayudams. There are sculptures of Lord Kondanda Ramar, Sita, Lakshma, Kamadevan and Rathidevi in the Garuda mandapam of the temple.

The specialty of the temple is the presence of Chakratalwar with 16 hands and each hand holding a different weapon. There is Lord Narasimha behind chakratalwar with shanku chakra. There are 154 alphabets carved in the 6 circles and there are pictures of 48 gods. Chakratalwar is found in Prathyaaletha posture that implies that the readiness to help devotees at all times.
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The place got its name as moghur due to the Mohini avatharam taken by Lord Vishnu to ensure that the devas got the amrutham that came out of the churning of the ocean rather than the asuras so that the devas get back the lost power. It is believed that a drop of amrutham fell into the temple tank and hence it is also known as periya thirupaarkadal and siriya thirupaarkadal.

There is one more perumal sannadhi with the lord giving darshan in Prathana Sayana thirukolam on adisheshan with Sridevi and Bhoomidevi thayaar praying at the Lord’s feet. An interesting feature is that adishesan has thanga kavacham and this form of the Lord was prior to the Lord taking Mohini avatharam.

How to reach

The temple is situated in Madurai district and is about 8 kms from Madurai. Buses plying on the Madurai-Melur route stop at Othakadai and from there one needs to take an auto or mini bus to reach the temple.

Nearest railhead and airport: Madurai


Kalamegha perumal
Mohanavalli thayar (Meghavalli, Moghurvalli)

Pushkarni and Vimanam

The pushkarni is called Ksheerapthi pushkarni while the vimanam is Ketaki vimanam.

Temple Timings and Contact details

The temple is open in the mornings from 7 am to 12 noon and in the evenings from 4 pm to 8 pm.

The contact person name is Sri Ramakrishna bhattachar and the phone number is 9842524325

Temples in proximity

Kal Azhagar, Thirukoodal azhagar, Madurai Meenakshi amman temple

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Sthala Sayana perumal, Thirukadalmallai

About the temple
 Sthala Sayana perumal temple is among the 108 divya desams of SriVaishnavas and is a part of the tondai naadu divyadesams. The presiding diety here is in sleeping posture like Lord Vishnu’s form in Thirupaarkadal. The utsavar perumal is known as ulaguyya ninraan. Pundarika rishi can be seen sitting at the lord’s feet in the temple. This place is the birth place of Boothathalwar.

How to reach

The temple is about 50 kms from Chennai. Frequent bus service is available from Chennai to Mahabalipuram on the East Coast Road (ECR) as well as Old Mahabalipuram Road (OMR). The temple is around 15 kms from Thiruvidanthai temple and so both the temples can be covered at the same time. Also there are some places of sightseeing close to the temple. The below picture is the view of the temple gopuram from the hill besides it.

Nearest railhead and airport: Chennai


Sthala sayana perumal
Nilamangai thayar
Lakshmi Narasimhar

Pushkarni and Vimanam
 There are two pushkarnis- Pundareeka pushkarni and Garuda river

The vimanam is known as thaganakruthi vimanam or aanatha vimanam.

Temple Timings and Contact details

 The temple is open in the mornings from 6.30 am to 12 noon and in the evenings from 3 pm to 8.30 pm.

The contact person details are: Sri Chakravarthi bhatachar- 9444235284
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Swaminarayan temple, New Delhi

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Aadhi Varaha Perumal Kovil, Thiruvidanthai

About the temple

The presiding diety of the temple is Laxmi Varaha perumal and the utsavar is known as Nitya Kalyana perumal. This is one of the 108 divyadesams of Sri Vaishnavas in Tondai naadu. The lord is found in a very unique posture of one leg on the ground, one above Adisheshan and his spouse and Agilavalli thayaar on the left thigh. The Lord is said to have married all the 360 daughters of Sage Kaalava each day throughout the year and so the name ‘Nithya (daily) Kalyana( marriage) perumal’. On the final day, the lord merged all of them into one called Agilavalli thayaar. Sthala Sayana perumal temple, another divyadesam at Thirukadalmallai is close by and both the temples can be covered at the same time.

How to reach

The temple is easily accessible from Chennai and is near Kovalam. It is about 40 kms from Chennai on the East Coast Road that connects Chennai to Mahabalipuram. Lots of buses ply from various parts of the city to Mahabalipuram/Mamallapuram. Another option would be to catch a bus to kovalam and then travel from there by an auto. The temple is at a walkable distance from the bus stop on ECR road.

Nearest Railhead and airport: Chennai

 Aadhi Varaha Perumal
Komalavalli thayaar
Sri Ranganathar
Ranganayaki thaayar

Specialty of the temple
 It is believed that if unmarried boys and girls come to the temple and offer prayers to the lord, they would find their life partners soon. The devotee has to offer garland to the lord and do pradakshina wearing the same garland. Then the garland has to be kept in the puja room. Doing so, would grant the wish of the devotee to find a suitable spouse at the earliest.

Pushkarni and Vimanam
 The temple ponds are known as Kalyana theertham and Varaha theertham.

The Vimanam is known as Kalyana Vimanam.

Temple timings and contact details
 The temple is open from 6 am in the morning to 12 noon and again from 3 pm to 8 pm in the afternoons. Weekends see the maximum rush to the temple and so the travel has to be planned accordingly.

The contact person name is Sriram Bhattar (27472522-STD code is 04114)
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Kote Varadarajar swamy Temple, Sathyagalam

About the temple

 The presiding lord of Sathyagalam temple is Sri Varadharajar perumal and his consort Peruyndevi thayar. When Srirangam was being attacked by Muslims, Swami Desikan moved along the Kaveri river and settled down at Sathyagalam for almost 12 years. Swami Desikan has written several books during his stay here.

How to reach

Sathyagalam is about 125 kms from Bangalore on Kollegal route. After reaching maddur on the Bangalore Mysore highway, take a left turn towards Kollegal when travelling from Bangalore. Buses towards Kollegal pass through Satyagalam. The temple is close to Sathyagalam Hand Post. A trip to Sathyagalam, Madhyarangam Ranganathar temple and the famous Shivanasamudram falls can be completed in a day.

Nearest Railway station: Maddur on Bangalore-Mysore route
Nearest Airport: Bangalore


 Sri Varadharaja Perumal Sannadhi
Peruyndevi thayar sannadi (Varadha Vallabha Thayar)
Sri Vedanta Desikar Sannadhi
Anjaneya Sannadhi

Specialty of the temple
 Swami Desikar in this temple is found in Ninra Thirukolam (standing posture) as compared to other temples where he is in sitting posture. It is said that he was standing and curiously looking at Srirangam to check if everything is set right for him to return.

Swami Desikar is standing on Kooramsanam that was formed naturally by granite for Swami’s daily anusthtanam.

Temple Timings and Contact details

The temple is open from 6 am to 10 am in the mornings and from 5 pm to 7 pm in the evenings.

The priest to be contacted is Sri Madhavan Bhattar at 09880561934.

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Madhyarangam Ranganathar temple
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Thiru Koodal Azhagar Perumal Koil, Madurai

Ashtanga vimanam

About the temple and the Specialty of the temple

The temple is situated in the heart of Madurai city and is famous for several reasons. Firstly being the singing of Thirupallandu, which are the first 12 verses of the 4000 divyaprabadam, Periyalwar in praise of the splendor of Azhagar.

The Lord is found in three postures in three levels in the temple

1) In the lower portion of the temple, the lord appears as “Viyooga soundararajan” in sitting posture called veetriruntha thirukolam under Aadhiseshan
2) In the second portion the lord is in sleeping posture and known as Andhara Vaanathu Empiraan
3) In the final portion the lord appears as Sooriya Narayanan in nindra tirukolam or standing posture.

The temple rajagopuram is a key attraction with magnificent architectural works.

The prakarams have pictures of the presiding gods of all 108 divyadesams of Sri Vaishnavas.

How to reach

The temple is situated in Madurai district of Tamilnadu. It is close to the main bus stop and also the famous Meenakshi temple. Madurai is well connected by trains, buses and flights with major cities.

Nearest station and airport: Madurai


 Thiru Koodal Azghagar
Maduravalli thayar (also known as varagunavalli, maragadha valli and vagulavalli)

Thayar Sannadhi
Navagrahas (only temple among 108 divyadesams with this sannadhi)
Lakshmi Narasimhar

Pushkarni and Vimanam

The pushkarnis for the temple are Hema Pushkarni, Vaigai River, Chakkara Theertham and Kirutha Maala River

The temple vimanam is known as Ashtanga vimaanam.

Temple Timings and Contact Details

 The temple is open from 6 am to 12 noon in the morning and from 4 pm to 9 pm in the evenings.

The priest to be contacted is Sri. S. Narayana Bhattar (9344113169)

Temples in proximity

Kal Azhagar temple, Sri Kalamegha perumal -Thirumogur, Madurai Meenakshi amman temple

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