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Sri Nindra Narayana Perumal Temple (Thiruthangal) Madurai - Divya Desam 75

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Sri Nindra Narayana Perumal Temple (Thiruthangal) Madurai - Divya Desam 75
Divya Desams refer to the 108 Vishnu temples that are mentioned in the works of the Tamil Azhvars (saints). Divya in the Tamil language indicates "premium" and Desam indicates "place" (temple). Of the 108 temples, 105 are located in India, one in Nepal and two outside of the Earthly realms. Most of the Divya Desams in Tamil Nadu follow the Thenkalai tradition. This includes the important temples of Srirangam and Triplicane.

The Divya Desams are revered by the 12 Azhvars in the Divya Prabandha, a collection of 4,000 Tamil verses. Lord Shiva, the other major deity in Hinduism, is similarly associated with the Paadal Petra Sthalams, 275 Shiva temples which are praised in the Tevaram canon by the 63 Nayanars.

Two Temples at Thulai Villi Mangalam, referred to as Erettai Tirupathi, about 100 yards of each other on the Northern bank of Tamaraibarani make up one Divya Desam. NamAzhvaar has sung 11 verses of praise on Devapiran and Aravinda Losana, the deities of the twin temples, located about 10kms East of SriVaikuntam.

Divya Desam 75 - Sri Nindra Narayana Perumal Temple:


4 kms east of the cracker town of Sivakasi on the Srivilliputhur - Virudhanagar road, is the Ninra Narayana Divya Desam in Thiru Thangal. The Lord is seen in a standing posture atop a hill(the Thangal Malai). There is the Lord Ranganatha Sannidhi on the Western Entrance, from where one has to climb 10-15 steps to reach the Ninra Narayanan Sannidhi. The Andaal Divya Desam at Srivilliputhur is about 25Kms(West) from here.

Sri Nindra Narayana Perumal Temple (Thiruthangal) Madurai - Divya Desam 75

History & Legends:

A fight arose between the three Devis- Sri Devi, BhooDevi and NeelaDevi- as to who was the senior most among the three and the favourite of the Lord. To prove her status, SriDevi came down to this place and undertook penance near the ‘Thangala hills’. Pleased with her prayers, Lord Vishnu appeared before her and acknowledged that she was his favourite. In memory of this event, this place came to be called ‘Sri’ Puram. It is believed that Bhoodevi and Neeladevi agreed with this verdict of the Lord and decided to stay here at this place.

Every year, on the 5th day of the Tamil month of Aadi, ThiruThangal Appan goes to SriVilliputhur, about 25kms from here. PeriyaAzhvaar praises the Lord in the morning, while Garuda Sevai is a special feature in the evening. The next morning, 6th day of Aadi, ThiruThangal Appan takes flowers from Andaal, another unique occurrence.

Sri Nindra Narayana Perumal Temple (Thiruthangal) Madurai - Divya Desam 75
Inside the sanctum, one can see as many as 11 idols, the only Divya Desam to have these many idols within the sanctum. The idols are: Deiveeka Vasudevan, Sridevi, Neeladevi, Bhoomadevi, Brigu Rishi, Markandeya Rishi, Garuda, Arunan (Suryan’s Charioteer), Anirudhan, Ushai and Jambavathi (only temple to have an image of Jambavathi).

A unique feature at this Divya Desam is that Garuda is seen along with his traditional enemy, ‘The Serpent Lord Aadhiseshan’. Garuda is also seen adorned with jewellery.

Krishna’s grandson Anirudhan got married at this place to Baanaasuran’s daughter Ushai. It is believed that Deiveega Vasudevan came down to attend this wedding.

Sri Nindra Narayana Perumal Temple (Thiruthangal) Madurai - Divya Desam 75
Once a fight arose between a sacred Banyan tree and Aadhiseshan as to who was more powerful. They went up to Brahma who decided in favour of Aadhiseshan as it was on the Serpant Lord that Lord Vishnu slept. Unhappy with Brahma’s decision, the sacred tree undertook penance seeking Vishnu’s blessings. The Lord asked him to go to ThiruThangal and take the form of a hill. Fulfilling his wish, the Lord would come there to the hill and accept SriDevi, who was undertaking penance, at the foot of the hill.

Festivals: Pujas in the temple are performed for Mother Goddess first and only then to the Lord. 12 days Ani Brahmmotsavam (June-July), 5 day Chitra Poornima festival in April-May, 10 day summer festival (Vasanthotsavam in May-June), Krishna Jayanthi, Pavithra Utsav, Navarathri, Karthikai Deepam, Vaikunda Ekadasi, Koorathazhwar festival, Panguni Wedding festival in March – April, Purattasi Garuda Sevai (September-October), Tamil and English New Year days, Pongal and Deepavali are the festivals so grandly celebrated in Thiruthangal temple. Among the festivals, the visit of Lord Nindra Narayanan to Srivilliputhur temple on the 5th day of the Adipooram festival (July-August) is a unique event.

Sri Nindra Narayana Perumal Temple (Thiruthangal) Madurai - Divya Desam 75

Temple Timings:

The temple is open from 06:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and from 04:00 p.m. to 08:00 p.m.


Thiruthangal is 24 Kms from Virudhunagar, 4 from Sathur. Devotees visiting Thiruthangal may find convenient lodgings in the nearby Sivakasi Town. Conveyance facilities are available from Tirunelveli and Virudhunagar. Nearest railway stations are Sivakasi and Virudhunagar and the airport Madurai.

Sri Nindra Narayana Perumal Temple (Thiruthangal) Madurai - Divya Desam 75

Temple Address & Contact Details:

Arulmigu Nindra Narayana Perumal Thirukkovil,
Virudanagar District,
Sivakasi 626 130
Tamil Nadu.
Phone: 94426 65443
Priest: V Muthu Bhattar @ 9944535101
Mappilai Bhattar @ 94425 47533.


  1. mapilaibhattar is not a priest of sri nindra narayana perumal temple;our temple executive officer no8489833410;priest v anantha sayana bhattar no 9443570765.

  2. thiruaadipura 5th day utsavam mangalasasanam and garudaseva:-);@ALL ARE INVITED.