|Irattai Thiruppathy Temple|
|Primary Deity:||Srinivasan, Aravindalochan
|Architecture and culture|
|Architectural styles:||Dravidian architecture|
|Number of monuments:||2|
Irattai Tirupati Temple is one 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, or Alwars.
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.
The following is the list of the 9 temples.
- Sri Mayakoothar Temple - Thirukkulandhai, Perunkulam
- Makara Nedunkuzhai Kannan Temple, Then Thirupperai
- Rettai Tirupathi - South Temple, Tholaivillimangalam
- Rettai Tirupathi North Temple, Tholaivillimangalam
- Vaithamanidhi Perumal Temple - Thirukolur
- Adhinaatha Perumal Temple - Thirukkurugur(Azhwar Thirunagari)
- Kaaisinavendhan Temple - Thiruppulinkudi
- Vijayaasana Perumal Temple - Thiru Varagunamangai(Natham)
- Sri Vaikuntanatha(Kallapiran) Temple - Sri Vaikuntam
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.
- 108 Vaishnavite Divya Desams: Divya desams in Pandya Nadu. M. S. Ramesh, Tirumalai-Tirupati Devasthanam.
- 15 Vaishnava temples of Tamil Nadu. M. Rajagopalan