About the temple
The temple is among the 108 divyadesams of Sri Vaishnavas and comes under Nava thirupathi and Pandiya naatu divyadesams. It is situated on the banks of the Thamirabharani river. The Lord had come down to here to help Lord Brahma recover the book having secrets about creation of the world here and hence the place is called Thiruvaikundam. The temple occupies the Soorya graha place among the Nava thirupathis. The presiding deity is Sri Vaikunta natha perumal in standing posture with Adiseshan above his head - a unique feature as normally the Lord is found only in a sleeping posture over Adiseshan. The utsavar is known as Kallabiran as he had given darshan to a king through a thief according to the sthala puranam. The Lord is also known as Paal Pandyan. The architecture of the temple is simply amazing and there are three prakarams in the temple. It is believed that Sun god prays to the Lord here twice a year with rays all over the Lord. There is a small impression on the cheeks of the utsava moorthy as the sculpturist who made the utsavar got immersed in the beauty of the Lord and pinched him forgetting everything else.
How to reach
Buses are available from Tirunelveli bus stand to Srivaikuntam. The temple is about 30 kms from Tirunelveli. Alternatively if one wants to cover all the Nava thirupathis, they can even hire a taxi directly from Tirunelveli or can travel by bus till Srivaikuntam and then hire a taxi or auto from there for remaining temples.
The nearest station is Srivaikundam on the Tirunelveli - Tiruchendur route. Nearest railhead is Tirunelveli station.
Vaikunta nayaki thayar
The temple is open from 7 am to 12 noon in the mornings and from 5 pm to 8 pm in the evenings.
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