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    dear pbkhema
    thanks for your information. but since we will be reaching tirunelveli by 8:00 am, it may not be possible to start at 7:00 from tirunelveli.
    my plan is to leave tirunelveli by 9:00 and cover some of the nave thirupathi temples before 12:00 noon and the other temples between 14:00 and 16:00. after completing visits to nava thirupathi temples, we plan to go to tiruchendure say by 19:00 hrs and return to tirunelveli by 22:00

    is it possible?

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    Quote Originally Posted by narayananms View Post
    dear pbkhema
    thanks for your information. but since we will be reaching tirunelveli by 8:00 am, it may not be possible to start at 7:00 from tirunelveli.
    my plan is to leave tirunelveli by 9:00 and cover some of the nave thirupathi temples before 12:00 noon and the other temples between 14:00 and 16:00. after completing visits to nava thirupathi temples, we plan to go to tiruchendure say by 19:00 hrs and return to tirunelveli by 22:00

    is it possible?

    thanks

    narayanan ms
    Two temples (rettai tirupathi) have the same Pattar and on 2 occassions I have taken him in my taxi fromone place to another.
    Another of the Navatirupathis is only open from 11 to 1
    Things may have changes
    Take your luck
    PBK
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    visit to nava thirupathi temples

    dear all

    as i mentioned in my postings, i plan to visit nava thirupathi temples and tiruchendur on 30th dec 09. i will be able to leave tirunelveli by about 9:30 and have to come back to tirunelveli by 22:00 the same day.

    i am unable to plan the trip to nava thirupathi temples since the temple timings are not known to me.

    will anybody be able to give me the temple timings (in margazhi month)?

    thanks

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    Dear narayanan
    It may be possible depending upon your mode of conveyance.

    Small change if you could make also good
    Switch the 30th programme to Ist Jan ...vice versa and recalculate
    Best of Luck
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    Navathirupathi - how to travel and useful information

    [ Special Buses operated from Tirunelveli to all Navatirupathi on Purattasi Saturdays from Govt.Per Head Ticket is Rs.250 ]

    Tirunelveli division of Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation will organise tour to ‘Navatirupati' on Saturdays of ‘Purattaasi' Tamil month. A statement said special buses would leave the new bus stand at Vaeinthankulam here at 7 a.m. to Srivaikuntam, Naththam, Thiruppuliyankudi, Perunkulam, Rettaithiruppathi, Thenthiruppaerai, Thirukkoloor and Alwarthirunagari on September 18 and 25, October 2, 9 and 16.
    After visiting ‘Navathiruppathi', the buses would return to Tirunelveli via Karunkulam, Nanguneri and Thirukkurunkudi.
    Rs. 250 pe head
    Bus fare for the tour is Rs. 250 per head.
    Tickets can be reserved at the new bus stand between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
    From Tirunelveli junction
    Moreover, special buses would be operated from Tirunelveli Junction – Thiruvenkatanathapuram, Tirunelveli Junction – Karunkulam, Tirunelveli Junction – Ettezhuththu Perumal Temple, Tirunelveli – Nambi Temple (via Nanguneri, Ervadi and Thirukkurunkudi), Thirukkurunkudi – Nambi Temple, Valliyoor – Kalakkad (via Thirukkurunkudi), Ambasamudram – Aththaalanallur and Veeravanallur – Aththaalanallur on these days.


    Saint poets, Azhvaars (there were 12 of them including Andaal) were ardent devotees of Lord Vishnu. These saint poets composed verses in Tamil and revitalized the religious spirit sparking off a renewal of devotional worship, referred to as the Bhakti movement. The Azhvaars visited temples and sung praises in the name of Vishnu. Such temples have come to be known as Divya Desams. The compilation of the verses (known as Paasurams) is the revered Naalayira Divya Prabandham(4000 verses). There are 108 Divya Desams in all, around 20 are in the Pandya region(Madurai-Tirunelveli belt). In each of these temples, Vishnu can be seen in one of the following forms- Reclining, Seated or Standing posture.

    Nava Tirupathi (9 temples on either side of the river Tamaraibarani)

    How to reach NAVATIRUPATHI

    From Chennai, one can take Kanniyakumari Exp (430am arrival), Ananthapuri Exp(730am arrival), Nellai Exp(835am arrival), Chendur Express, or PEarl City Express

    Where to Stay
    The Railway Retiring room is a good and safe place to stay. Also, there are several budget and deluxe hotels near the railway station.

    If you travel by Bus they will drop you at Tirunelveli New Bustand. From there all buses to Tiruchendure will ply via Alwarthirunagari. From there you can hire Auto or Taxi.

    Nava Tirupathi Temples
    These are 9 Vishnu temples on either side of Tamaraibarani river. These temples hold a special place in the 108 Divya Desams. While Irattai Tirupathi features as two temples in the Nava Tirupathi list, it is counted as one divya desam only. Nammazhvar, the only Azhvaar to have sung at the Nava Tirupathi temples, refers to certain temples in great detail, while some get only a passing mention. With extensive renovation work being funded by the TVS Group, these temples now have a mark of freshness about them. At each of these nine temples, one can find a display board with temple timings and route map. We should thank TVS Group for their recent modification and renovation works.

    One can start the Nava Tirupathi trip from SriVaikuntam and end with Alwartirunagari. From SriVaikuntam, one can take an auto/taxi to go around the other 8 temples. This will cost around Rs. 250-300 and will take about 5 hours.One can also begin the Nava Tirupathi journey at Alwartirunagari and end with SriVaikuntam.

    1. Sri Vaikuntam - Kallarpiran

    SriVaikuntam is about 30 kms from Tirunelveli on the Tiruchendur road. Buses ply every 10 minutes on this route from Tirunelveli’s new bus stand. Also, there are daily local trains on the Tirunelveli-Tiruchendur route, though less frequent. But distance from Railway station to temple area is app 2 km. One can see the towering structure of Vaikuntanathan temple as one enters the Tamaraibarani bridge, off Tiruchendur highway. The story goes that the Lord, disguised as the thief, presented himself before the King to save the thief. Hence, the Lord here is also known as ‘KallarPiran’. In Vishnu temples, Adisesh, the Serpent God unfurls his hood over Vishnu in a reclining posture. A unique feature of the Lord here is that Adisesh has his hood above the Lord in standing posture, one of its kind in the 108 Divya Desams.
    Another feature of the temple is that the Sun’s rays falls directly on Lord Vaikuntanathan on two days(April-May and October-November period) every year. It is believed that this temple was used as a fort in the fight between the legendary freedom fighter Veerapandiya Kattabomman and the British in the 1800s. Surprisingly though, Nammazhvar only makes a passing mention of this temple in his Paasurams.

    Temple timing: 7am-12noon and 5pm-8pm

    2. ThiruvaragunaMangai (Natham)

    This temple is about 2 kms East of SriVaikuntam and is known to many as the Vishnu temple at Natham. True to his name, Lord Vijayaasanar is seen to be sitting majestically like a victorious king on the throne. It is believed that a visit to this temple will help one attain moksha. This place is said to be a ‘Chandran’ Kshetram.

    Temple timing: 8am-12noon and 4pm-6pm

    3. Thirupulinkudi

    1 km from Natham is the Lord KaasinaVenthar temple at Thirupulingkudi. The East facing Lord is seen in a reclining posture with a lotus stalk from his navel terminating in a flower on Brahma’s image on the wall of the sanctum. The story goes that Vishnu, along with Goddess Sridevi, came down to visit this place. Angered at being ignored for the trip, Goddess Bhoodevi hid herself in the netherworld. After Vishnu pacified her, it is believed that the two Goddesses came back together and gave darshan here with the Lord. An interesting feature of the temple is that Vishnu’s feet can be viewed through a small window in the passage.

    Temple timing: 8am-12noon and 1pm-6pm

    4. Irettai Tirupathi (Appan Koil)

    These are two temples within a 100 yards of each other in the middle of a jungle and are counted as one for the purpose of the 108 Divya Desams. One has to cross a small canal to reach this temple. The road leading up to this temple is very narrow. The first of the two temples has Lord Devapiran in a standing posture facing East.

    5. Thulaivilli Mangalam (Appan Koil)

    Sage Suprabhar who performed a yagna at this place relieved a man and a woman from Kubera’s curse, which had turned them into a measuring scale (Tulai) and a bow (Villi). Hence this place is called Tulai Villi Mangalam. At the second temple one finds Lord Aravindalochanar in a seated posture facing East.

    Legend has it that Lord Vishnu was impressed with Sage Suprabhar’s daily Lotus pooja and gave darshan to the sage on the Northern banks of Tamaraibarani. Hence, it is believed that one who does special ‘Lotus Flower’ pooja at this temple will be relieved of all sins.

    Temple timing: 8.30am-1pm and 230pm-530pm

    6. ThiruKuzhandhai - Perungulam

    The Maayakoothan temple at Thirukuzhandhai is about 10 kms East of SriVaikuntam and near Eral. This place is now known as Perungulam. Legend has it that Vishnu went on his Garuda Vaahan to rescue Goddess Lakshmi from an Asura. Hence, one finds Garuda as the Utsav deity here. In the battle that ensued, Vishnu is said to have performed his victory dance standing on Asura’s body and hence the name MaayaKoothan.
    Temple timing: 730am-1230pm and 430pm-730pm

    7. ThenThiruperai - Makara Nedun Kuzhaikathan.


    Back across the bridge and on to the South bank of Tamaraibarani, one finds the big Nigaril Mugilvannan temple at ThenThiruperai where the Lord is seen in a seated posture facing East.

    Legend has it that Goddess Bhoodevi found two fish shaped ear rings while performing a penance, on the banks of Tamaraibarani, to relieve herself of Sage Durvasa’s curse and offered it to the Lord. The Lord who wore this came to be known as ‘Makara Nedun Kuzhaikathan’.

    Another story is that Varuna (the Rain God) performed a penance here to be relieved of his curse. As a mark of this, it is believed that Varuna, visits this temple, every year, on the full moon day in the month of Panguni and worships Vishnu.

    Temple timing: 730am-12noon and 5pm-830pm

    8. ThiruKolur - Vithamaanidhi

    3 kms South West of Thiruperai is the Vaitha Maa Nidhi temple at Thiru Kolur, where the Lord is in a reclining posture facing East.

    This is the birth place of MaduraKaviAzhvaar, the ardent devotee of Nammazhvaar. Legend has it that Kubera attained salvation from Goddess Parvati’s curse at this place and it was here that his Nava Nidhis were restored.

    It is said that a visit to this temple will help one recover lost wealth. The Lord here is said to help his devotees in distress.

    Temple timing: 730am-12noon and 1pm-8pm

    9. Alwarthirunagari- Nammazhvaar

    Last but not least, Nava Tirupathi temples is the AadiNaathan temple at Alwartirunagari (Tirukkurugur). It is said that AadiNathan emerged on his own from the earth, though this does not figure among the only 8 temples where the Lord is believed to have emerged on his own.

    Granting the prayers of a childless couple, Lord Nambi of Thirukkurungkudi is believed to have been born here as Nammazhvaar. When born, Nammazhvaar is said to have not opened his eyes or cried and he was taken to the tamarind tree within the temple.

    Here, Nammazhvaar resided for 16 years till ThiruKolur’s Madurakavi (who was to later become his disciple) came and posed some interesting questions about life and that is when Nammazhvaar is said to have spoken for the first time.

    So impressed was MaduraKavi (Azhvaar) with Nammazhvaar’s answers, that he said ‘ I do not need God, Nammazhvaar is enough’. Though Nammazhvaar died young, while in his 30s, his contribution to the Bhakti Movement is immense as can be seen from the fact that he sung praises of the Lord in one-third of the 108 Divya Desams. When Vaishnavites say Azhvaar, it means they are referring to Nammazhvaar, such is the reverence for him. There is a separate sannidhi for Nammazhvaar at this temple. He is the only one to have sung praise of Vishnu at the Nava Tirupathi temples. The centuries old tamarind tree at the temple neither bears fruit nor closes its leaves at dusk.

    When to Visit Alwarthirunagari

    It is better to visit this Navatirupathi places during vainavs festival season, few of them are Vaikuna Ekathasi, Vaikasi Visakam Period etc

    An important festival at this temple is the Vaikasi Utsav, when the deities from all the Nava Tirupathi temples congregate here at Azhvaar Tirunagari to listen to the Paasurams with Nammazhvaar seated on the Hamsa Vaahan.

    During Margazhi, one is a witness to ‘Thiru Mudi’ Sevai, the only one of its kind in Divya Desams. This is one of the three Divya Desams in TN where Araiyar Sevai, the visual song and dance enactment of the ‘Paasurams is still being performed. There is a stone nadaswaram at this temple, which is played out on special occasions. Most of the inscriptions here date back almost a 1000 years.

    Temple timing: 7am-12noon and 5pm-8pm


    THANKS,
    Madhusudanan






    Quote Originally Posted by pbkhema View Post
    Dear Narayanams
    If you start from Tirunelveli it will be too late and some of the Navatirupathis will be closed.
    If you want to cover all the navatirupathis on a single day you must keave from Tiruhelveli about 7AM
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