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Thirunavaya Ekadashi at Tirunavaya Navamukundan Temple

Thirunavaya Ekadashi is observed in the Thirunavaya Nava Mukunda Temple in Kerala. Thirunavaya Ekadashi 2019 date is February 16. The Ekadasi falling during the waxing phase of moon in Malayalam month Kumbham is of great significance at the temple.

The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu as Navamukundan. Legend has it that Goddess Lakshmi and the elephant, Gajendra, worshipped Lord Vishnu here by offering lotus flowers. When the lotus flowers in the pond dwindled, to please his devotee Gajendra, Lord Vishnu is believed to have taken Goddess Lakshmi to his side so that Gajendra will have enough lotus flowers.

Another legend has it that the first eight idols installed by Navayogis disappeared soon after installation and the ninth idol also started sinking and was forcibly stopped. The murti of Lord Vishnu worshipped here is only visible from above knee.

Thirunavaya Nava Mukunda Temple is located about at Thirunavaya Village which is 8 km south of Tirur near Ponnani in the Malappuram District of Kerala.