About the temple
This is the final of the nava thirupathis and comes under the Pandiya naatu divyadesams of Sri Vaishnavas. The presiding deity is Sri Aadinathar in standing posture and he is swayambu moorthy. The thayars in the temple are Aadinatha valli and Kurugoorvalli thayar.
The temple represents the Guru sthalam in the nava graha kshetrams. The temple is also famous for the Ariyar sevai which involves the recital of divya prabandam with expression, music and rhythm. Apart from this temple town, Ariyar sevai is done only in Srirangam and Srivilliputtur. There is a tamarind tree inside the temple where Nammazhwar stayed for 16 years and there is a seperate sannadhi for Nammazhwar. It is believed that Lakshmana here is in the form of the tamarind tree. Another interesting feature of the temple is that Sri Ramanujar gives darshan here wearing white dhoti instead of saffron as wore by saints.
Naatha munigal is said to have recited "Kannin suruthambinal" verse 12000 times here for Nammazhwar to appear and share the verses for the naal ayiram divyaprabandam (4000 verses sung in praise of the Lords in 108 divyadesams by alwars)
During the Vaikasi utsavam, all the lords from the nava thirupathi come together here and Nammazhwar comes in Hamsa vahanam.
How to reach
Alwar thirunagari station on the Tirunelveli - Tiruchendur railway route is the nearest station while Tirunelveli is the nearest railhead. Bus facilities and accomodation facilities are also available here.
Pon ninra perumal
Pushkarni and Vimanam
The temple tank is called Brahma theertham and the vimanam is known as Govinda vimanam.
The temple is open in the mornings from 7 am to 12 noon and in the evenings from 5 pm to 8 pm.
Temples in proximity