Vijaysanar Perumal Temple at Natham in Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu – Second Nava Tirupati Temple Associated with Chandra or Moon
Natham Vishnu Temple, also known as Vijaysanar Perumal Temple or Varagunamangai, is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is located at Natham in Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu. It is one of the Nava Tirupati Temples and one among 108 Divya Desams. This is the second Nava Tirupathi Temple and is associated with Moon (Navagraha Chandra). Natham Vishnu Temple is around 1 km from Srivaikuntam.
There is no separate Navgraha Chandra Murti in the temple. The main deity represents the Navgraha.
The main murti of Vishnu worshiped in the temple faces east and is in sitting posture with one leg folded and the other feet on the ground. Adi Sesha forms a canopy over the head of Lord Vishnu. Moolavar is known as Vijayasanar or Paramapatha Nathan. Urchavar is known as Emmidar Kadivan.
Consorts of Vishnu worshiped here are Varagunavalli and Varagunamangai
The sacred temple pond is known as Agni Tirtha and Deva Pushkarini.
The shrine is noted for its carved pillars and sculptures. There is also a five-tier rajagopuram.
Those having problems in life due to the bad positioning of Chandra in their horoscope will get relief after offering prayers here.
Story of Vijaysanar Perumal Temple at Natham
Legend has it that an ardent devotee of Lord Vishnu offered prayers by chanting the Aasana Mantra. Pleased with his devotion and austerities, Bhagavan Vishnu offered darshan to his devotee. As the Lord gave darshan to his devotee after chanting Asana Mantra, the murti of Vishnu worshiped here came to be known as Vijaysanar.
Another legend has it that a fisherman died while catching fish in the temple pond. But he attained moksha and got a place in Vaikuntam as his death happened at the holy spot. The fisherman was a bad king in his previous birth. But in his current birth as a fisherman he did good acts and therefore was rewarded with a place in the Vaikunta.
Vijaysanar Perumal Temple Timings
Morning Puja and darshan time is from
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Evening Puja and darshan time is from
1:00 PM to 6:00 PM
The most important festival in the temple is observed in the Vaikasi Month (May – June). Murtis from Nine Nava Tirupati temples assemble in one location during the festival. Another festival observed here is Vaikunta Ekadasi in Margazhi month (December – January).