July 8, 2016

Irattai Tirupati

Site Name: Irattai Tirupati Temples 
Site Type: Hindu ancient temples
Location:  Tulaivillimangalam, 3 kms from Sri Vaikuntham, in Tirunelveli-Tiruchendur route, 30 kms from Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu state, India
Highlights: Twin temples which form a single Divya Desam
Nearest Railway Station: Tirunelveli
Nearest Airport: Madurai
How to reach: Well connected by road from Tirunelveli, Tiruchendur and Tuticorin
Hotel: Few options in Sri Vaikuntham; for better options, go to Tirunelveli, Tiruchendur or Tuticorin - all of them are located within the range of 30-35 kms
Restaurants: Few options in Sri Vaikuntham; for better options, go to Tirunelveli, Tiruchendur or Tuticorin - all of them are located within the range of 30-35 kms

Tulaivillimangalam is a small village located near Tirunelveli city in Tamil Nadu state of India.The village has two prominent templse for Vishnu called as Aravinda Lochan Temple and Devar Piran TempleTogether, the two temples are considered as the 94th Divya Desam located in the Pandya region. Together, they are called as Irattai (meaning twin) Tirupati. There are nine Vishnu temples on the banks of the river Tamrabharani, which are popularly called as Nava Tirupatis. These two temples are the eighth and ninth 'Nava Tirupati' temples (two among nine important Vishnu temples in Tirunelveli-Tiruchendur route). Let us explore about these temples in this article.

Highlights:

  • Nammalwar has sung Pasuram about this site in his verses.
  • It is considered as the 94th Divya Desam temple. It is located in Pandya region.
  • Two temples together form a single Divya Desam
  • The twin temples are considered as the Eighth and Ninth Nava Tirupati temples.
  • God  Aravinda Lochan and Srinivasa Perumal
  • Goddess Karuthadankanni Nachiar
  • Utsav Deity - Devar Piran
  • Teerth (holy water) - Kumuda Teerth
  • Vimana - Varuna Vimana

Legend:

As per the legend, Kuber cursed a couple and they became a measure (called as Tulai in Tamil) and a bow (called as Villu in Tamil). Atreya Rishi was performing a yagna in this village. He found these two materials and touched them. Immediately, they got back their original forms. Hence, the village got the name as Tulaivillimangalam.

As per another legend, Vishnu was seen with red lotus flowers by Ashwini Kumaras. Hence, the presiding deity of the temple is called as Aravinda Lochan. 

Temple Layout:

Aravinda Lochan Temple


The presiding deity of the first temple is called as Aravinda Lochan. His idol is big in size. He is found along with his two consorts in the sitting posture. The utsav idols are also found in the sanctum.

The architecturally beautiful temple has two prakaras. The flag staff, bali peeth, Garud sub-shrine, Alwars shrine and Vishwaksena shrine are all located, but there is no separate shrine for the Goddess. The temple has flat entrance without a tower.

Devar Piran Temple


The second temple of Irattai Tirupati is called as Devar Piran temple. The temple does not have a tower. The presiding deity is Srinivasa Perumal with four arms, who is found in the standing posture. 

The utsav (festival) deity is called as Devar Piran; he is found along with his two consorts in the sanctum.

The flag staff, bali peeth, Garud sub-shrine, Alwars shrine and Vishwaksena shrine are all located, but there is no separate shrine for the Goddess.

Happy travelling. 


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