Thirunaavai or Thirunaavaya is one of the 108 divya desam temples situated in Kerala. It is situated onthe banks of Bharatapuzha river 2kms from the Thirunavaya station on the Shoranur Kozhikode line.
As per legends nine yogis did a big yagna and wanted to install an idol of Sri Krishna. The first eight idols sank into the Earth and the ninth sank upto to its knees. As it is the ninth such idol ,Perumal here is called "Navamukunda Perumal". As the location of the sunken idols is not known, local devotees do pradikshina on their knees.
As per legends, goddess Lakshmi and the elephant king Gajendra worshiped Maha Vishnu here with lotus flowers from a wter source nearby. When the number of flowers dwindled Gajendra appealed to Maha Vishnu. Maha Vishnu asked Lakshmi not to do Pooja anymore and asked her to come by his side on the same throne and accepted the worship offered by Gajendra.
The temple is built in Kerala Temple Architecture style, which is almost common in all temples in Kerala.The roof of the temple and the walls and some of the pillars have carvings depicting the stories of Ramayana and Mahabharata
The temple is situted on the banks of the Bharatha Puzha. On the opposite bank there is a temple for Shiva and Brahma. The river is considered very sacred and equivalant to the river Ganga, and pitru srarthams are performed here. Once in twelve year Maamankam festival is also celeberated in a grand many manner.
The idol of Navamukunda is seen only from above the knee, the rest of the idol being concealed within the ground. The idol of the Navamukunda stands majestically tall about 6 ft facing east. The idol is in a standing posture, with four hands carrying Panchajanya sangu (conch), lotus flower, Kaumodaki gathai (mace) and the Sudarshana chakra.
Goddess Lakshmi has a separate sannidhi, to the left of Navamukunda.There is a seperate sannidhi for Ganesha.
The Moolavar here is Navvai Mukundan. He is found in Nindra Thirukkolam facing the east. Prathyaksham for MahaLakshmi,Gajendran and nava yogis.
Thayaar Malar mangai Nachiyaar, also called as Sirudevi.
Mangalaasasanam The temple is revered by the verses of Thirumangai azhwaar
Temple location The temple is around 2 kms from Thirunavaya railway station
Temple Timings The temple is open from 5:30 AM till 11:00 AM and from 5:00 pm till 7:30 pm
How to reach?
Thirunavaya is a small station in Shoranur-Kozhikode railway line.
Autorickshaws or cab can take you there from the railway station. In my experience, I stayed at Thrissur and took cab from there,within 3 hours I was able to see Thirumittacode and Thirunavayya temples
Famous for: Pilgrimage
Best Season: Throughout the year.
Weather: Summer 33-39°C, Winter 16-28°C . Heavy seasonl rains from June till August
Altitude: Sea level