Sri Magara Nedung Kuzhai Kaathar 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.

Then Thirupperai - Sri Magara NedungKuzhai Kaathar Perumal Temple ( Venus ) This is a famous Hindu temple dedicated to Lord VIshnu (Perumal) Sri Magara Nedung Kuzhai Kaathar Perumal Temple one among the 108 Divya Desam. It lies in 78th Place in 108 Divya Desam Also one of Navatirupati. This temple is also considered as Guru Sthalam (Planet Jupiter) and comes under Navagraha Temple.

According to the legends, once lakshmi Devi felt that Lord Vishnu was more attached to Bhoomi Devi because of her exceptional charm. So, she approached Dhurvasa Maharishi and requested him to bless her with the same kind of good looks as Bhoomi Devi. When Dhurvasa went to see Bhoomi Devi, she was found sitting on the lap of Lord Vishnu. She did not pay much attention to the Maharishi. Due to this Maharishi became angry, he cursed her and made her look exactly like Lakshmi Devi.
Maharishi taught Boomidevi the ‘ashtakshara mantra' of ‘Om Namo Narayanaya'. Mother Earth (Bhoomdevi) chanted the Ashtakshara Mantra which was taught by the sage Durvasa, performed penance for the Lord Vishnu. When she came out of the sacred river Tamiraparani after a bath, she got two precious ear rings which came to be known as Sri Perai. On a Panguni Poorima day, she offered two fish shaped ear rings to Lord Vishnu, and hence Vishnu is known as Mahara (fish) Nedunguzhai Kadhan.
Since mother Bhoomidevi was named Sri Perai, the place also was named Thenthiruperai.
Varuna, the God of the rains, performed penance for Lord Vishnu here to cleanse himself of his disrespectful behavior against Jupiter-Guru, performed Thirumanjanam to Lord and the place received rains. This temple deity gives his dharshan as "Sri Nedun Kuzhalkkaadhu Perumal" along with his consort Sri Kuzhai Kaadhu valli Naachiyar and Sri Bhoomi Devi.

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.