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