Arulmigu Makaranetunkuzhaikkaadar Temple, Thenthirupperai
Lord Makara Nedunkuzhai Kadhar Perumal blesses the devotees from the sanctum sanctorum under the Badra Vimana-tower above the sanctum. There are nine sacred shrines in this Pandya region equal to those in the Chola region attributed to nine planets. As Lord Vishnu Himself is acting as the nine planets in these places, there are no separate shrine for the navagrahas the nine planets. Those facing any adverse aspect of a planet are advised to visit the Nava – nine Tirupathis for relief.
It would be difficult to catch buses for each such place causing more days to complete this pilgrimage. A cab can be hired to visit the places for completing the tour in a day. Those in Chennai can avail the services of Tamilnadu Tourism Development Corporation which is arranging the trip twice a month on the first and third Friday of the month. They can return by Wednesday morning. The Nava Tirupathis are related with the nine planets as Perumal Himself is the planet of the particular place.
The temple is big in size. Mother Earth – Bhoodevi chanted the Ashtakshara Mantra taught to her by Sage Durvasa, performed penance on Lord Perumal. When she came out from the sacred river Tambiraparani after a bath, She got two precious ear rings and came to be known as SriPerai – Thiruperai in Tamil. She offered the two fish shaped ear rings to Perumal on a Panguni Poornima day in March-April, thus Perumal became Nedunguzhai Kadhan. Since Mother Bhoomadevi was named Sri Perai, the place also was named Thenthiruperai. Varuna the God of Rains performed penance on Perumal here to cleanse himself of his disrespectful behaviour against Jupiter-Guru, performed Tirumanjanam to Lord and the place received rains then, according to Sthala Puranas.