Makara Nedunkuzhai Kannan Temple

Makara Nedunkuzhai Kannan Temple
Makara Nedunkuzhai Kannan Temple is located in Tamil Nadu
Makara Nedunkuzhai Kannan Temple
Location in Tamil Nadu
Coordinates: 8°36′38″N 78°00′05″E / 8.61056°N 78.00139°E / 8.61056; 78.00139Coordinates: 8°36′38″N 78°00′05″E / 8.61056°N 78.00139°E / 8.61056; 78.00139
Country: India
State: Tamil Nadu
District: Tuticorin
Location: Thenthiruperai
Temple Details
Primary Deity: Makara Nedunkuzhai Kannan
Consort: Kuzhaikaduvalli, Thiruperai Nachiyar
Temple Tank: Sukra,sangu
Shrine: Bhadra
Poets: Nammazhwar
Architecture and culture
Architectural styles: Dravidian architecture
Number of monuments: 1

Makara Nedunkuzhai Kannan Temple is one of the Nava Tirupathi, nine Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu located in Tiruchendur-Tirunelveli route, Tamilnadu, India in the banks of Thamiraparani river. All these 9 temples are classified as Divya Desams, the 108 temples of Vishnu reverred by the 12 poet saints, or Alwars.[1]

The Temple

It is referred to as Sukra sthalam, a location for the planet deity, Sukra.


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(palaquin) 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.


  1. ^ 108 Vaishnavite Divya Desams: Divya desams in Pandya Nadu. M. S. Ramesh, Tirumalai-Tirupati Devasthanam.

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