Thiru Navai Mukundan


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An auspicious place for Pitru Tharpanam

Located just under 40kms West of Shoranur on the Palghat – Kozhikode rail route is the Naavaai Mukundan divya desam in Thiru Naavaai on the Northern Banks of Barathapuzha River.

The story

Both Goddess Lakshmi and Gajendran wanted to adorn Lord Narayana with Lotus flowers. However, Gajendran could not locate the flowers and undertook prayers here to Narayana, who asked Goddess to stop plucking the Lotus flowers, thus providing an opportunity to Gajendran to adorn the lord with flowers.

Goddess Lakshmi is said to have asked the Lord to provide her with an equal status at this temple. Hence,
there is a separate sannidhi for the Goddess here, the only Divya Desam in Kerala.

Only Divya Desam in Kerala with a separate Sannidhi for Thaayar

Tri Murthy Sangamam

On the other side of the river are temples for Lord Shiva and Brahmma. Hence this is a TriMurthy Sangamam.

Nava Yogi Kshetram

Nava Yogis undertook penance at this place invoking the blessings of Lord Vishnu, who is said to have provided darshan as Mukundan. These nine yogis are said to have installed the archa-vigraha at this place. Hence, this place was referred to as Thiru ‘Naa’ ‘Vaai’. Locally, this place is called ThiruNavaya.

Pitru Tharpanam

Another story goes that Parasurama performed Tharpanam for his father at this place. This Kshetram is an auspicious place for performing ‘Pitru Tharpanam’ and is believed to have powers equivalent to that of performing Tharpanam in Kasi.

Azhvaar Praise

Thiru Mangai in one of his 2 paasurams refers to Thiru Naavai lord alongside Koshtiyur Divya Desam.

“கம்ப மா களிறு அஞ்சிக் கலங்க, ஓர்
கொம்பு கொண்ட குறை கழல் கூத்தினை
கொம்பு உலாம் பொழில் கொட்டியுர்க் கண்டு பொய்
நம்பனைச்சென்று காண்டும் நாவாயுலே” -1856

In another verse, Thiru Mangai refers to seeing the Thiru Navai Lord at Thiru Naraiyur

“தூ வாய புள் ஊர்ந்து வந்து, துறை வேழும்
மூவாமை, நல்கி, முதலை துணித்தானை
தேவாதிதேவனை, செங்கமலக் கண்ணானை
நாவாய் உளானை நறையூரில் கண்டேனே”- 1520


10 day festival in April (14-23)
Amasavai Tharpanam Sacred here


ThiruNavai temple offers accommodation to devotees for 2 hours or full day deluxe rooms based on the specific needs.

Breakfast is available at the temple premises.

Quick Facts

Deity : Navai Mukundan East Facing Standing Posture
Goddess : Malar Mangai Naachiyar
Separate Sannidhi for Goddess: Mahalakshmi

Azhvaar : Thirumangai-2(1520,1856) and NamAzhvaar- 11 (3634-44)
Temple Time : 5am-11am (till 1130am on Sundays) and 5pm-8pm

How to reach Thiru Navai

Take Chennai Central-Mangalore Mail and get down at Kuttipuram Station (630am arrival). A local bus from outside the station will take you to the Divya Desam in 20minutes.

Auto from Kuttipuram Station to Thiru Navai is available.

Not many trains stop at Thiru Navaya Railway station. Auto from Navaya station to the Divya Desam (about 2kms).

Thiru Navaya is about 30kms West of Thiru Vithuvakodu Divya Desam(near Pattambi) and is about 140kms South West of Coimbatore.

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  1. Sir . thank you very much for the articles. they are not only very very informative but very clear and concise and very helpfull to the ppl who are born Vishishtadvaitins but are now learning Vishishtadvaita. sir a small request. not all ppl now tamil and i do not know to read telugu/tamil ( althought telugu is spoken at home). reqeust you to give wherever possible the verses in sankrit ( in hindi font) for reading.

    Jai Shri narayanaya.


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