Magara Nedung Kuzhai Kaathar Temple of Maha Vishnu in the form of Vishnu Perumal Koil Street, Near State Highway No.40, Thenthirupperai, Thenthiruperai-628623

Among the Nava Tirupathi, It lies in the 7th place. This temple is dedicated to the planet, Sri Sukran (Planet Venus). Out of the 108 Divyadesam, it lies in the 78th.

Temple Etiquette

  • Footwear not allowed inside

    Footwear not allowed inside
    Footwear to be left outside the temple. In summer be careful of the hot paving stones.

  • Prasad and donation

    Prasad and donation
    Use your right hand to accept prasad and give donations. The left hand is considered unclean in India.

  • Dress conservatively

    Dress conservatively
    Avoid shorts, skirts, tanktops and do not expose legs.

  • Avoid cellphones

    Avoid cellphones
    Use of cell phones is restricted normally. Photography is restricted in some temples.

  • Circumambulation or pradakshina

    Circumambulation or pradakshina
    Devotees are to walk around the sanctum sanctorum in a clockwise direction

About Magara Nedung Kuzhai Kaathar Temple

This is a famous Hindu temple dedicated to Lord VIshnu (Perumal) and one among the 108 Divya Desam. It lies in 78th Place in 108 Divya Desam. This temple is also considered as Guru Sthalam (Planet Jupiter) and comes under Navagraha Temple.

According to the legends, once lakshmi Devi felt that Lord Vishnu was more attached to Bhoomi Devi because of her exceptional charm. So, she approached Dhurvasa Maharishi and requested him to bless her with the same kind of good looks as Bhoomi Devi. When Dhurvasa went to see Bhoomi Devi, she was found sitting on the lap of Lord Vishnu. She did not pay much attention to the Maharishi. Due to this Maharishi became angry, he cursed her and made her look exactly like Lakshmi Devi. 

Maharishi taught Boomidevi the ‘ashtakshara mantra’ of ‘Om Namo Narayanaya’.  Mother Earth (Bhoomdevi) chanted the Ashtakshara Mantra which was taught by the sage Durvasa, performed penance for the Lord Vishnu.  When she came out of the sacred river Tamiraparani after a bath, she got two precious ear rings which came to be known as Sri Perai. On a Panguni Poorima day, she offered two fish shaped ear rings to Lord Vishnu, and hence Vishnu is known as Mahara (fish) Nedunguzhai Kadhan. 

Since mother Bhoomidevi was named Sri Perai, the place also was named Thenthiruperai. 

Varuna, the God of the rains, performed penance for Lord Vishnu  here to cleanse himself of his disrespectful behavior against Jupiter-Guru, performed Thirumanjanam to Lord and the place received rains.

This temple deity gives his dharshan as "Sri Nedun Kuzhalkkaadhu Perumal" along with his consort Sri Kuzhai Kaadhu valli Naachiyar and Sri Bhoomi Devi.


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