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History and Significance of Sri Srinivasan Temple, Thirutholaivillimangalam 

The Nava Tirupathis in the Pandya region enjoy equal reputation as the Nava Tirupathis in the Chola region. As Lord Himself performs the functions of the Navagrahas (nine planets), there are no separate shrines for the planets in these temples. Devotees facing adverse effects of planets are advised to visit these Tirupathis and worship the Lord for relief. It would be very difficult to visit these temples travelling by bus, hence a cab could be hired so that all the temples could be covered in a single day. Those in Chennai can use the services of The Tamilnadu Tourism Development Corporation that runs two services in a month in the first and third Fridays. They can return by Wednesday next. All these nine Vaishnava temples are related to nine planets. Lord Vishnu Himself directly functions for the devotees for the Navagragas. These nine temples are as follows representing the respective planets. Sun – Srivaikundam Moon – Varagunamangai (Natham) Mars – Tirukolur Mercury – Tirupuliangudi Jupiter – Alwartirunagari Venus – Tentiruperai Saturn – Perungulam Rahu or dragons tail – Irattai Tirupathi –Tholaivilimangalam Ketu or dragon’s head – Irattai Tirupathi.

History of Sri Srinivasan Temple, Thirutholaivillimangalam

The Twin temples in Tentiruperai are near to each other, hence called Irattai (twin) Tirupati. This is regarded as a single Divya Desam. The temple is situated in a thick forest. There are not much houses here. Devotees are advised to visit the temple after ascertaining the presence of the temple priest there. Nammalvar has rendered 11 Pasurams (verses) in praise of these temples. These two temples are attributed to the shadow planets (chaya grahas) Rahu and Ketu.

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