Description: This is the third of the nine Nava Thiruppatis in Thirunelveli
district in the belt between Thirunelveli and the coastal shrine of Thiruchendur.
Only NammAzhwar, who resided at Azhwar Thirunagari, has sung of these nine shrines Thiruvaikuntham, Varagunamangai,
Pulinkudi, Tolaivillimangalam, Thirukkulandai, Thirukkolur, Thirupperai and Thirukkurugoor collectively referred to as Azhwar
NavaThiruppati. Tolaivillimangalam referred to as Irattai Thirupati, counts as two in the scheme of Nava Thirupatis, but as
one of the 108 Dhivya Desams.
NammAzhwar has sung of Thiruppulinkudi in a total of 12 verses, of which one refers also to Varagunamangai
and two refer also to (Thiru ) Vaikuntham. He refers to Perumaal's reclining posture at Thiruppulinkudi (Pulinkudi Kidandu),
his seated posture at Varagunamangai (Varagunamangai irundu) and his standing posture at Vaikuntham (Vaikunthathull Ninru)
in this verse.
Legend has it that Indra worshipped
Perumaal here to rid himself of the Bhramahatti Dosham. Legend also has it that Bhudevi envious of Sridevi fled and hid herself
in the netherworld and that Perumaal and Sridevi pacified her; Perumaal Sridevi and Bhudevi are seen enshrined in the sanctum,
Perumaal in a reclining posture, relieving himself of the exertion of having followed Bhudevi into the netherworld. Legends
associated with this temple are referenced in the Bhrahmaandapuraanam and the Tamraparani stala puraanam.
Deities: The Moolavar here
is Kaaisinavendan - an imposing image of Perumaal; a lotus stalk from the navel of the image, terminates in a flower bearing
an image of Bhrama, on the wall of the sanctum. The deity's feet are viewed through a window in the circumambulatory passage.This
East facing temple has two prakarams.