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Makara Nedunkuzhai Kannan Temple



Makara Nedunkuzhai Kannan Temple is one of the Nava Tirupathi, nine Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Vishnulocated in Tiruchendur-Tirunelveli  route, Tamil Nadu, India in the banks of Thamiraparani river.

This temples are classified as Divya Desams, the 108 temples of Vishnu  revered by the 12 poet saints, or Alwars.

The temple is the seventh among the Nava thirupathis. It comes under the Panidya naatu divya desams of Sri Vaishnavas. The presiding deity is Makara Nedunkuzhaikkaadan perumal in a sitting posture with left leg folded.

The temple is open in the morning from 7 am to 12 noon and in the evenings from 5 pm to 8.30 pm.

Brighu muni and Markandeyar are also present in the sannadhi. The utsavar is known as Nigaril Mugil vannan perumal. There are seperate sannadhis to both the thayars - Kuzhaikkaaduvalli thayar and Tirupperai nachiyar. The temple represents Shukran sthalam among the Nava graha kshetrams.



The temple is the seventh among the Nava thirupathis. It comes under the Panidya naatu divyadesams of Sri Vaishnavas.

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.

Moolavar : Makaranedung Kuzhaikadhar

Utsavar  : Niharil Mukhil Vannan

Thyaar   :  Kuzhai Kadhu Valli Nachiyar

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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