About the temple
This is the 6th temple in the Nava thirupathi temples and comes under Pandiya naatu divyadesams of Sri Vaishnavas. The presiding deity is Srinivasa perumal or Soranadha perumal in standing posture, utsavar is known as Mayakootan and thayars are known as Alamelu mangai and Kulanthaivalli. The upper two hands of the Lord have prayoga chakra and shanku while the other two are in the posture of varadha hastam and kadi hastham. The temple represents the Shani sthalam among the Nava graha kshetrams. A unique feature of the temple is the presence of Garuda along with the utsavar inside the sannadhi.
Lord Vishnu had answered the prayers of a childless couple who undertook penance here with a daughter called Kamalavathi. When the girl wanted to marry the Lord himself and kept offering prayers there, the Lord appeared before her and pleased by her devotion, gave her a place in his chest.
When the Lord defeated an asura Asmasaran after coming down to earth on Garuda vahana, he is said to have done a victory dance here. Seeing this, the devas requested him to give darshan at this place as Maaya Kootan where kootan is a traditional folk dance.
How to reach
The temple is around 12-15 kms from Srivaikundam near Eral. Nearest railway station is Srivaikuntam and nearest railhead is Tirunelveli junction that is well connected with other cities.
Thiruvenkatamudayan sannadhi outside the temple
Vimanam and pushkarni
The temple tank is called Perungulam and the vimanam is called Anandanilaya vimanam (like in Tirumala).
The temple is open in the mornings from 7.30 am to 12.30 pm and in the evenings from 4.30 pm to 7.30 pm.
Temples in proximity