ThiruPuliangudi Permual 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.
The temple has an imposing image of Lord Vishnu, a lotus stalk from the navel of the image emanates the image of Brahma. The feet of the deity can be viewed through the passage. The temple has two prakarams (closed precincts of a temple).
It is the third among the Nava thirupathis along the Thamirabharani river. The presiding deity is Bhoomipalaka perumal in Bhujanga sayanam and the utsavar is called Kaichina Vendhar perumal.
Lord Brahma is seated on a lotus, the stalk of which emerges from the Lord's navel. Thayars of this sthalam are Malarmagal nachiyar, Poomagal nachiyar and Pulinguduvalli thayar. Lord Indra is said to have been relieved from Brahma hatya dosham at this sthalam.
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 temple is among the 108 divyadesams of Sri Vaishnavas under the Pandiya Naatu divyadesams.Lord Vishnu, accompanied by Lakshmi Devi,once visited this place,nicely located on the bank of Tamiraparni river,for relaxation. Bhooma Devi, the Godess of Earth, His other consort, jumped to the conclusion that the Lord had ignored her and went to Pathala Lokam.
Bhoolokam became dry and dark. The Devas offered prayers to the Lord for the restoration of normalcy on earth. Maha Vishnu and Lakshmi Devi went to Pathala Lokam, consoled Bhooma Devi, assured her that she and Lakshmi Devi were both equal to him and came back to this place accompanied by both of them. Earth was thus protected and the Lord came to be known as Bhoomi Palakar.
The temple is open in the mornings from 8 am to 12 noon and in the evenings from 1 pm to 6 pm.
Presiding Deity : Boomipalakar
Utsavar : Sri Kaisinavendan
Thayar : Malarmagal Nachiar
Theertham : Varuna theertham
vimanam : Veda saara vimanam