Thiruttholai Villimangalam Erathi Tirupati / Sri Aravindha Lochana Perumal Temple / Kethu & Rahu Pooja Vishnu Temple.
The two temples near Thenthiruperai are known as Irattai (twin) Tirupathis. Sri Devapiran Temple and Sri Aravindalochanar Temple are worshipped as the ‘Irattai Tirupati Temples’. These two temples which are located at ‘Tholaivilimangalam’, enroute to Tiruchendur Tirunelveli in Tamilnadu, dedicated to Lord Vishnu and also one of the 108 Divya Desam Temples.
Tholaivilimangalam referred to as Irattai Tirupati, counts as two in the scheme of Nava Tirupatis, but as one of the 108 Divya Desams. Tholaivilimangalam temples are situated at a distance of 100 units of measure from each other lies in the middle of a jungle.
According to mythology, Rishi Athreya Suprabha started a yaaga shaala and while cleaning it, he found a bright tarasu (weighing scale) and a bow. As soon as he touched them, they changed into man and woman, who explained to him that they were transformed as tarasu and the bow due to the curse given by Kuberan and that the curse would end only with the touch of Suprabha rishi. Upon being touched by the rishi, both got sabha vimocchan and paramapadha mukthi.
This place was named “Thulam Vil Mangalam” and later changed to “Tholai villi Mangalam”. In order to live, human beings need to inhale the air which is Vaayu Bhagavan and the next necessary thing is water which is Varuna and the land we live in is personified by Indra. By offering prathyaksham to the elements, Emperumaan equalises them and shows how important and essential they are to the world. Kumudham means Dharbai Pul (Dharbai is one kind of Grass). Yaagam is done with Kumudham (dharpai pull- a type of grass) in this sthala, hence, this sthala Vimaanam is called “Kumudha Vimaanam”.
Sri Aravinda Locahanar (Lord Vishnu), gives his dharshan as “Sri Senthamarai Kannan” along with Sri Karuthandangi Naachiyaar. Just as Dharma tarasu (weighing scale) has two plates, which stand equal to one another, the Lord and Thaayar are found to be equal and giving the Veetrirundha Seva (sitting posture).
All these Nava Tirupathis have a common thread of Sriman Narayan’s benevolence.
- Thirukkurugoor – Lord Indira – got the curse when he did not give proper respect to his parents,
- Thirukkoloor – Lord Gubera – lost his vision cursed by Parvati Devi
- Thirupperai- Lord Indira with a curse
- Thiru Vaikundam- a thief sharing loot with Emperumaan
- Thiru Varaguna Mangai- Saavithri fought for her husband’s life
- Thirupulingudi- Yagnasharma, who got the curse of Vashista Muni’s sons
- Thiru tholai villi mangalam- a man and a woman transformed into tarasu and bow by Guberan.
In all these sthalas, Sriman Narayan bestowed saba vimochchan to all of them and enabled them to attain param pada.
The first temple is found along the banks of the river Tamirabarani. The Moolavar of the first place is named “Sri Shrinivasan”, also named as “Devapiran”. He is giving Seva in Nindra thirukkolam, His thirumugam (face) facing East direction. Two pirattiyaars (consorts) are found on either side.
- Ravi / Suriya / Sun – Srivaikundam
- Soma / Chandra / Moon – Varagunamangai (Natham)
- Mangala / Angaraka / Sevvai / Mars – Tirukolur
- Soumya / Budhan / Mercury – Tirupuliangudi
- Bṛhaspati / Guru / Jupiter – Alwar Tirunagari
- Shukracharya / Sukra / Venus– Tentiruperai
- Sanaischara / Sani / Saturn – Perungulam
- Rahu / Planet North Lunar Node – Irattai (twin) Tirupathi (Tholaivillimangalam)
- Ketu / Planet South Lunar Node – Irattai (twin) Tirupathi.
- Main Deity- Sri Aravindha Lochanar/Shri Senthamarai Kannan, Maha Vishnu in Vishnu form.
- Other Deities- Goddess Sri Karunthadankanni
The second place is found along the Tamirabarani river. This sthala Moolavar is Sri Aravindha Lochanar. Also named as “Senthamarai Kannan”. He is giving his seva in Veetrirundha thirukkolam facing east direction.
Aravindalochanar Perumal Temple Timings:
Morning: to 12.00 Noon
Evening: 1.00 PM to 5.00 PM
Aravindalochanar Perumal Temple Address:
Sri Aravindalochanar Temple,
Tamilnadu – 628614.