Lord Vaikutanathar temple

Sri Vaikundanatha Perumal Temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu in the form of Vaikuntapathi Swami, is located on Tiruchendur road in Srivaikuntam about 37 km from Thirunelveli. The idol of the main deity (Moolavar), also known by the names Kalla Piraan and Paal Pandiyan is kept alone in Nindra Thirukkolam facing east. This idol with the Gadha (a weapon) in one of hand along with the Sangu and Chakkaram in the other hand is in standing position and the Serpent God, Adisesh unfurls his hood over Vishnu

Lord Vaikutanathar temple is constructed on five acres of land with giant walls measuring 580 feet by 396 feet. A nine-tier, 110 feet high Rajagopuram adorns the temple. The sanctum is surrounded by three corridors. In the sanctum, Lord Vaikuntanathar is in standing posture under the canopy of Adi Sesha. His consorts Vaikunta Nayaki and Choranatha Nayaki have separate shrines facing each other on the outer prakaram. Passing through the shrine of Choranatha Nayaki, one reaches the Paramapada Vaasal (Heaven's Gate). This is opened only once in a year for special darshan on Vaikunta


Ekadashi day in the month of Maargazhi (December-January). The processional deity Kallarpiran with His consorts Sridevi and Bhoodevi is worshipped at the Artha Mantapam.

Within the temple precincts, there are many sub-shrines dedicated to Lord Yoga Narasimha, Krishna, Hanuman, Manavala Maamuni and Vishnu in Dashavataram postures. The Thiruvekadamudayan Mandapam is an excellent piece of architecture. Lord Rama standing with Sugreeva putting His hand on Sugreeva's shoulder, Aghora Veerabhadrar and Hanuman in different postures are some of the sculptures par excellence.