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Alwar Thirunagari Temple



Alwar Thirunagari or Sri Aadhinatha Swamy Temple
is one of the Divya Desams, the 108 temples of Vishnu Believed to have been visited by the 1 poet saints or Alwars.

This Temple is located at Azhwar Thirunagari in Thirunelveli district. Sri Aadhinatha Swamy temple is massive an impressive edifice.

The main Deity of sri Aadhinatha Swamy Temple is Moolavar Thiru Adhinatha Perumal with his consort  Goddess Sri Adinathavalli Thayar/ Kuruhoorvalli. This is the Birth place of Nammalvar also known as Alwar Thirunagari.

Nammalvar attained Samadhi in this sacred land. The legend has that Goddess Boodevi was abducted by the demon Hiranyaksha and hid her on the Rasathala, deep under the ocean.

Lord Brahma was in a dilemma to resume his "Creation".  He approached Lord Vishnu to find a solution for this serious issue. Lord Vishnu transformed into a wild boar and plunged into deep under the ocean.

He killed the demon Hiranyaksha gracefully lifted Boodevi from the deep ocean. Thus, Lord Vishnu saved Mother Earth from the clutches of the demon; therefore this sacred land came to known as Varaha Kshetram.

Alwar Tirunagari is believed to be the largest town in the time of  Pandya  kings. The name of the town in Sanskrit is Srinagari; and under this appellation, it is alluded to Brahmananda Purana.

The distinguishing name, with azhwar prefixed to Tirunagari, Alwar Tirunagari. The place is believed to be the birthplace of Nammalvar. Just as in otheravatars, or incarnations, Vishnu is believed to have incarnated as Nammalvar.



Sri Aadhinatha Swamy Temple
is Located at Alzhwar Thirunagari in Thirunelveli, Tamilnadu. Sri Aadhinatha Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu.This Temple is also Known as Varaha Kshetram.

The Presiding deity of this Temple is Moolavar Thiru Adhinatha Perumal with his consort Goddess Sri Adinathavalli Thayar/Kuruhoorvalli
The important Festivals of this Temple is Vaikundha Ekadashi, Arayar sevai, Vaikasi Visakam festival, Garuda Sevai, Chaitra Pournami, Masi Panguni Utsavam, Brahmostavam, Pavithrostavam, Uriyadi, Krishna Jayanti, Navaratri, Unjal Utsavam.

Sri Aadhinatha Swamy Vimanam is Govinda Vimanam.

The Theertham provided by this Temple is Brahma Theertham, Tamraparni,

Lord Brahma worshiped Lord Vishnu on this sacred land before starting "creation" of living beings on Earth.

Thirukkurugoor is the Avathara Sthalam (birth place) of Nammalwar. This sthalam explains his specialty and his works towards Vaishnavism and because of this, the sthalam is called "Azhwar Tirunagari".

Emperumaan, Sriman Narayanan says to Brahma that before producing him, he came to Porunai river and lived there. And said him to keep this temple as "Aadhi temple" (first and main temple) he should worship him.

Like this he gives teaches (Ubhadesam) to Brahma as a Guru (Teacher) since, Sriman Narayanan acts as a Guru for Brahma, this sthalam is called "Kurugoor"

Do & Don't

Do & Don't


  • Do pray your Ishta Devata before pilgrimage to Temple.
  • Do contact Temple Devasthanam information centre for enquiry, temple information and for Pooja details etc.
  • Do reserve your travel and accommodation at Temple well in advance.
  • Do bath and wear clean clothes before you enter the temple.
  • Do concentrate on God and Goddess inside the temple.
  • Do maintain silence and recite your Istamantram to yourself inside the temple.
  • Do observe ancient custom and traditions while in Temple.
  • Do respect religious sentiments at Temple.
  • Do deposit your offerings in the hundi only.
Don't s:
  • Do not come to Temple for any purpose other than worshipping of God and Goddess.
  • Do not smoke at Temple.
  • Do not consume alcoholic drinks at Temple.
  • Do not eat non-vegetarian food in the Kshetram.
  • Do not approach mediators for quick Darshanam. It may cause inconvenient to others.
  • Do not carry any weapon inside the temple.
  • Do not wear any head guards like helmets, caps, turbans and hats inside the temple premises.
  • Do not perform Sastanga Pranama inside the Sanctum Sanctorum.
  • Do not take much time while performing Sparsa Darshanam to God in Garbhagriha.
  • Do not buy spurious prasadams from street vendors.
  • Do not encourage beggars at Temple.
  • Do not spit or create nuisance in the premises of the temple.

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