Irattai Thiruppathy

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Irattai Thiruppathy Temples
DeityAravindalosanar, Devapiran
(Vishnu) Karunthadankanni,Vakshasthala Lakshmi
  • Tower: Kumuda
  • Temple tank: Varuna
StateTamil Nadu
Irattai Thiruppathy is located in Tamil Nadu
Irattai Thiruppathy
Location in Tamil Nadu
Geographic coordinates8°36′37″N 77°58′22″E / 8.61028°N 77.97278°E / 8.61028; 77.97278Coordinates: 8°36′37″N 77°58′22″E / 8.61028°N 77.97278°E / 8.61028; 77.97278
TypeDravidian architecture

Irattai Tirupati Temple refers to two temples 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. All these 9 temples are classified as "Divya Desams", the 108 temples of Vishnu revered by the 12 poet saints Alwars.[1] The two temples are Devapiran temple and Aravindalochanar temple located adjacent to each other.

The Temple[edit]

There are two temples, one a north temple and other a south temple. Both the temples have two prakarams(closed precincts of a temple). It is referred to as Ketu sthalam, a location for the snake deity, Ketu.

Nava Tirupathi[edit]

The following is the list of the 9 temples.[2]


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(sacred vehicle). An idol of Nammalvar is also brought here on a Anna Vahanam(palanquin) and his paasurams(verses) dedicated to each of these 9 temples are recited. The utsavar(festival deity) of Nammalvar is 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.[3][4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 108 Vaishnavite Divya Desams: Divya desams in Pandya Nadu. M. S. Ramesh, Tirumalai-Tirupati Devasthanam.
  2. ^ 15 Vaishnava temples of Tamil Nadu. M. Rajagopalan
  3. ^ Suriya (2015). Jothirlingam: The Indian Temple Guide. Partridge Publishing. p. 30. ISBN 9781482847864.
  4. ^ Anantharaman, Ambujam (2006). Temples of South India. East West Books (Madras). pp. 33–43. ISBN 978-81-88661-42-8.