Sri Vijayaasana 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.
Thiruvaragunamangai,Natham Sri Vijayaasana Perumal Temple (Moon) ThiruVaragunamangai Permual Temple is one of the Nava Tirupathi, nine Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu located in Tiruchendur Tirunelveli route, Tamil Nadu, India in the banks of Thamiraparani river. The place is popularly known as Natham only. This is one of the 108 Divyadesa Vaishnava temple and second in the Nava Tirupathi order.
Vedavith ,a poor brahmin , who lived in Punyagosham Agraharam on the bank of river Rewa, wanted to do penance for getting the darshan of Maha Vishnu. The Lord, who knew this, took the form of an old brahmin, came to Vedavith's place and told him that ‘Varagunamangai' ( the present Natham ) was the spot ideally suited for his penance. Vedavith followed his advice meticulously. He went to the spot, performed deep penance chanting Asana mantra, got the darshan of Maha Vishnu and also attained Moksha. As the Lord appeared before Vedavith in response to his penance (chanting the particular mantra), here Maha Vishnu came to be known as Vijayasanar.
At this place the Lord is supposed to have given darshan to Romesha Maharishi, Savithri ( the staunch pathivratha, who fought with Yama and got back her husband Sathyavan's life) and Agni deva. Adhi Seshan, the serpent god, under the name of Satyanarayana, provides protection to the lord's head as an umbrella. It is believed that anyone who dies at this place attains Moksha.
The fate was that Sathyavaan's life had to come to an end but Savithri did not want her husband to carried away by Yama, the demon king. She continued fighting with him till Yamaloka. When her foot went inside the Yamaloka, all the punished persons got their ‘sapa vimocchan' and finally they got released from there. Seeing the sathya dharma of Savithri, Dharma devan Yama made her husband - Sathyavaan come back to life and returned him back to Savithri.
Agni, who was a victim of Sathya Dharma, Romasa Maharishi, who explains Sathyam, and Sathyavaan who was the victim for the dharma of how an husband should be- these three are the embodiment of Sathya dharma and the Emperumaan gave his prathyaksha as "Sathya Narayanan" to these persons in Veetriruntha kola along with Aadhiseshan serving him as the umbrella.
Inspite of these three persons being men, their sathya dharma was upheld by their women, who were along with them. Agni's sathya was explained by Sita devi, who is the Mangai (wife) of Sri Ramar (Shriman Narayanan), Pusunda Maharishis Mangai (wife) for Romasa Maharishi and finally Sathyavaan's Mangai (wife) Savitri. Since the purity of these three women were upheld here, this sthalam is said to be Thiruvaraguna Mangai. This sthalapirattiyaar - Sri Varaguna Valli Thaayar (or) Sri Varaguna Mangai stands as an example of how a wife (or) mangai should be. Sri Vijayasana means Perumal who sits on top of the Sathya Victory.
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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.
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