Sri Naavaay Mugundha Perumal Temple

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Kerala Temples

089. Thiru Naavaay – Sri Naavaay Mugundha Perumal Temple

About the Temple & Location:

This sthalam is situated 1 mile away from Edakkulam railway station in Kerala. We can also reach this place by traveling through bus from Shoraanoor to Kuttipuram. This sthalam is a small village and as such, there is no proper lodging facility available. This sthalam is on the shore of Bharathappuzhi river which is  1 mile away from Edakkulam along the south direction.


The specialty of this sthalam is the thaayar Periya Pirattiyar Lakshmi devi are in a separate sannadhi and it is one of the specialty among the Malayala Naatu Divyadesam

Sthlapuranam :

The sthala perumal, Naavaay Mugundhan is in Nindra Thirukkolam along shore of Bharathappuzhai river. The specialty of this sthalam is the thaayar Periya Pirattiyar Lakshmi devi is in a separate sannadhi and it is one of the specialty among the Malayala Naatu Divyadesam.

Opposite to the Bharathappuzhai river, a separate temple for Lord Shivan and Brahma devan are found. So, we can get the seva of all the Tri-Moorthies in this Thiru Naavaay divya desam.

The piratti, Lakshmi devi and Gajendran (the elephant) worshipped the perumal and dedicated him with the Lotus flowers from the Lake. But, Lakshmi devi was jealous and angry on the Gajendran since he also dedicate the flowers to his perumal, who thinks that the perumal is only for him. But, perumal who can know all about this, wanted to make clear to his wife, Lakshmi devi that she is wrong.

Lakshmi devi daily plucked, all the flowers from the pond before its being plucked by Gajendran, the elephant. Seeing the action of Lakshmi piratti, Gajendran felt sad and worried for it. It cried for this and prayed to the perumal. Hearing the voice of Gajendran, the perumal ordered Lakshmi piratti not to dedicate the flowers that is plucked from the pond and instead she has to sit beside him and should accept the flowers that’s being dedicated by Gajendran. Accepting the words of the perumal, Lakshmi piratti seated along with the Naavaay perumal and accepted the flowers of Gajendran.

By performing this Leelai (action of the perumal), the perumal explains that all the aathmaas in the world should be taken care of. And at the same time, if anyone doesn’t give respect (or) interferes on the bhakti dedication towards him, they should be taught with a lesson and thereby making them to understand their fault. Like-wise only, the perumal gives the respect for the bhakti of Gajendran and at the same time he teaches a lesson for Lakshmi Piratti by making her to accept the bhakti of Gajendran.

In this sthalam, the perumal Naavaay perumal is treated as the father, Lakshmi piratti as mother and Gajendran is treated as their son. Thus, this sthalam explains the relationship between the perumal (father) and Lakshmi (mother) and between the perumal (father) and Gajendran (son).

Since, the thaayar, Lakshmi piratti doesn’t want Gajendran to dedicate the Lotus flowers (Malar), the thaayar is named as “Malar Mangai Naachiyaar”.

This sthala perumal also gave prathyaksham for Nava yogi. The Nava yogis are Sathuvanathar, Saaloga nathar, Aadhinathar, Arulithanathar, Madhanga Nathar, Macchendira Nathar, Kadayanthira Nathar, Korakkanathar and Kukkudanathar. They are so great and are capable of doing lots of Yaagams. Since, because of this, this sthalam is also called as “Thirunavayogi”. And as the time passed, the name Thirunavayogi is changed to “Thirunaavaay”.

Since, the perumal is also found with Lord Shivan, this sthalam is said to equal with Kasi.


The Moolavar of this sthalam is Naavaay Mukundhan. Also named as “Narayanan”. Moolavar is found in Nindra Thirukkolam facing his Thirumugham towards East direction. Prathyaksham for Lakshmi, Gajendran and Nava yogis.


The Thaayar of this temple is Malar Mangai Naachiyaar. She is also named as “Sirudevi”.


Nammalwar – 11 Paasurams.

     Thirumangai Alwar – 2 Paasurams.
Total 13.


The pushkarani is named as “Sengamala Saras”. Since the pushkarani is found full of Senthaamarai (Lotus), it is named so.

Veda vimaanam. Since, the sthala perumal is worshipped by Nava yogis and they are said to great in their Vedic Knowledge, the vimaanam is named as “Veda Vimaanam”.

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