Sri Kaaichina Vendha Perumal Temple Nava Tirupathi Divya Desam

Nava Tirupathi is a set of 9 temples of Lord Vishnu located between Tirunelveli and Tiruchendur in the southern Indian state of Tamilnadu. Nava Tirupathi is part of the 108 Divya Desam temples revered by the Alvars, the 12 tamil poet saints who lived 2500 years ago. Located around the banks of the River Thamirabarani, the 9 temples of Nava Tirupathi are Thiruvaikundam, Thiruvaragunamangai, Thirupulinkudi, North & South temples of Thirutholaivillimangalam, Thirukkulanthai, Thiruperai, Thirukolur and Thirugurukoor.

The Garuda Sevai utsavam(festival) in the month of Vaikasi(May-Jun) witnesses 9 Garudasevai, a spectacular event in which festival image idols from the nava tirupathis shrines in the area are brought on Garuda vahana. An idol of Nammalvar is also brought here on an Anna Vahanam(palaquin) and his paasurams(verses) dedicated to each of these 9 temples are recited. The utsavar of Nammalvaris taken in a palanquin to each of the 9 temples, through the paddy fields in the area. The paasurams(poems) dedicated to each of the 9 Divyadesams are chanted in the respective shrines. This is the most important of the festivals in this area, and it draws thousands of visitors.

Thiruppulingudu Sri Kaaichina Vendha Perumal Temple (Mercury) Thirupuliyangudi Bhoomipalagar Perumal Temple (or) Sri Kaaichina Vendha Perumal Temple is situated in ‘Thirupuliyangudi', which is located enroute of Tiruchendur-Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, on the banks of Thamiraparani River and also one of the 108 Divya Desam Temples which are dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Thirupuliyangudi Sri Kaaichina Vendha Perumal Temple is one of the Nava Tirupathi Temples and also named as ‘Thirupulingudi Perumal Temple'. Nava Tirupathi Temples is a set of nine temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu, located on the either sides of Thamiraparani River in Tiruchendur to Tirunelveli route in the state of Tamilnadu, India. List of Nava Tirupathi Temples and its related Grahas (Planets) are:

Srivaikuntam Sri Vaikuntanathan Perumal Temple - Surya (Sun)
ThiruVaragunaMangai Vijayaasana Perumal Temple - Chandra (Moon)
Thirupuliyangudi Bhoomipalagar Perumal Temple - Budha (Mercury)
Rettai Tirupathi - North Temple (Sri Aravindalochanar Temple, Tholaivilimangalam) - Rahu
Rettai Tirupathi - South Temple (Sri Devapiran Temple, Tholaivilimangalam) - Ketu
Perungulam Swamy Mayakoothar Temple, Thirukkulanthai - Shani (Saturn)
ThenThirupperai Thiru Makara Nedunkulai Kaather Perumal Temple - Shukra (Venus)
Thirukolur Sri Vaithamanidhi Perumal Temple - Mangala (Mars)
Alwarthirunagari Perumal Temple, Thirukkurugoor - Guru (Jupiter)

The Nava Tirupathi is considered as ‘Navagraha' (the nine planets) Temples. Devotees worship in these temples to relieve from the adverse effects of the planets in their life. The Nava Tirupathi temples are headed by ‘Lord Perumal' (‘Lord Vishnu') hence there are no separate Navagraha shrine present in these temples. The Nava Tirupathi temples are classified as "Divya Desams", the 108 temples of Lord Vishnu which are admired by the 12 Azhwars.