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Sri Vijayaasana Perumal - Thiru Varagunamangai (Naththam), Nava Tirupathi - Nine Holy Temples

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Sri Vijayaasana Perumal - Thiru Varagunamangai (Naththam), Nava Tirupathi - Nine Holy Temples
Position in Nava Tirupathi : 02
Planet (Graha) : Chandra (Moon)
Prime Deity (Moolavar) : Vijayaasanar
Consort (Thayar) : Varagunavalli, Varagunamangai
Village : Naththam
District : Thoothukkudi

Sri Vijayaasana Perumal - Thiru Varagunamangai (Naththam), Nava Tirupathi - Nine Holy Temples
The presiding deity of the temple is Sri Vijayaasana perumal in a sitting posture with Adiseshan over his head like an umbrella like in Srivaikundam temple. Thayar is known as Varagunamangai /Varagunavalli thayar and there is no seperate sannadhi for thayar in this temple. It is interesting to note that in many of the Nava thirupathi temples, the thayar is known by the name of the place itself. The temple is the second among the Nava thirupathi divyadesams of Sri Vaishnavas and comes under Pandiya naatu divyadesams among the 108 temples. The place is also called as Naththam and Mokshapuri. It is believed that one's soul attains moksham if death occurs at this place. This temple occupies the chandra sthalam in the nava grahas.

Sri Vijayaasana Perumal - Thiru Varagunamangai (Naththam), Nava Tirupathi - Nine Holy Temples
The place ‘Thiru varagunamangai’, where the second temple of the Nava Tirupathi group is situated, is popularly known as ‘Natham’. It is a very small place, about three kilometres away from Srivaikuntam, as we continue our journey on the Tirunelveli-Tiruchendur road. The temple too is a comparatively small one with a small but impressive gopuram at the entrance. Devaprasnam revealing that there existed a temple tank closeby, the upper layer of earth, which had covered it, was removed, the hidden tank found out and renovated later. The Kumbabishekam of this temple was last performed in October, 1996.

Sri Vijayaasana Perumal - Thiru Varagunamangai (Naththam), Nava Tirupathi - Nine Holy Temples
About the origin of this temple, the story goes thus. A poor brahmin by name Vedavith, who lived in Punyagosham Agraharam on the bank of river Rewa, after discharging all the legitimate duties expected of him to his mother, father and guru, wanted to do penance for getting the darshan of Thirumal ( 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 village) was the spot ideally suitaed 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), Maha Vishnu came to be known as Vijayasanar here. It is 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 said that anyone who dies at this place attains Moksha.

Sri Vijayaasana Perumal - Thiru Varagunamangai (Naththam), Nava Tirupathi - Nine Holy Temples
The Lord Vijayasanar is in sitting pose here, facing east. His consorts Varagunavalli Thayar and Varagunamangai Thayar are with him.

While at Srivaikuntam,west of this temple, Adisheshan has his hood atop a standing Kallarpiran, here at Varagunamangai, the serpent king is seen unfurling his hood atop Vijayaasanar, seen in a grand sitting posture, with one leg folded and the other feet on the ground.

Information on Temple :

Temple Timings : 08:00AM - 12:00 Noon and 01:00PM - 06:00 PM
Contact : Rajagopal Bhattar @ 98656 52280
Narasimha Bhattar @ 04630 256476

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  1. Pooja Timings:
    Thiruvanandal - 9.00 am
    Viswaroopam - 9.30 am
    Thiruvarathanam - 10.00 am
    Samba Thalugai - 01.00 noon
    Thiruvisaham - 6.00 pm

    Worship Timings
    Morning 9.00 am to Evening 6.00 pm

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