One of the most interesting things about this temple are the Navagrahas – the nine planets, some of which appear on horse chariots, instead of their own vahanas. While the Sun is shown with his usual 7 horses, Guru (Jupiter) and Sukran (Venus) are seen with 8, and Chandran, the moon, is seen with 10 horses.
Murappanadu - 5 of 9 Nava Kailasam
Murappanadu Kailasanathar Temple is on the banks of Thamaraparani river near Tirunelveli in Tamilnadu. This temple is dedicated to Guru (Jupiter).
Legend has it that a king had a daughter with the face of a horse. He offered prayers to Lord Shiva to find a relief. Lord Shiva one day appeared in his dream and asked him to take a holy dip in Thamiraparani River at Murappanadu and offer prayers to the Shivalinga there.
The king soon performed all that Lord Shiva told in the dream. Soon the princess got back the human face. Murappanadu Kailasanathar Temple was built by the king.
The Nandi worshipped in the temple has the face of a horse. It is believed that Lord Shiva asked Nandi to take the face of the horse to cure the princess.
Sernthapoomangalam - 6 of 9 Nava Kailasam
Sernthapoomangalam temple is in Thoothukudi to Triruchendur route in Tamilnadu. This temple is dedicated to Shukra (Venus).
Thamaraparani river merges with the ocean near this temple. Though this temple is where 9th lotus reached the banks (as per legend of Nava Kailasam), have taken this temple as 6th to keep the order of the Navagrahas.
The idol of Kubera on an elephant is sculpted on the Vimana above the sanctum sanctorum with his two consorts – Sanganidhi and Padmanidhi. This is the only temple with Kubera-the Lord of Wealth in this posture.
Srivaikundam - 7 of 9 Nava Kailasam
Srivaikundam temple is on the banks of Thamaraparani river, in Thoothukudi to Triruchendur route in Tamilnadu. This temple is dedicated to Shani (Saturn).
Though this temple is where 6th lotus reached the banks (as per legend of Nava Kailasam), have taken this temple as 7th to keep the order of the Navagrahas.
Lord Bhoothanatha, believed to be a manifestation of Sastha, is the guardian deity in the shrine. His murti is made of wood. Only sacred oil is offered to him. At night the temple is handed over to Lord Bhoothanatha as he is the guardian of the shrine.
Lord Nataraja covered with sandal paste, is worshipped in the temple . This temple has some breathtaking sculptures of deities and characters from Hindu Puranas.
Srivaikundam is a very holy place as it has both Nava Kailasam and Nava Tirupathi temples. This is also the birthplace of Sri Kumarakurupara Swamigal.
Kunnathur - 8 of 9 Nava Kailasam
Kunnathur temple is on the banks of Thamaraparani river, in Thoothukudi to Triruchendur route in Tamilnadu. This temple is dedicated to Rahu (North node).
Though this temple is where 4th lotus reached the banks (as per legend of Nava Kailasam), have taken this temple as 8th to keep the order of the Navagrahas.
The uniqueness of this temple is that the Lingam (idol) has snake carved on it which is a very rare feature. On the outer prahara there is an idol of Lord Arumuga with sixteen hands which is made out of a single stone.
Rajapathy - 9 of 9 Nava Kailasam
Rajapathy temple is on the banks of Thamaraparani river near Kurumbur on Triruchendur road in Tamilnadu. This temple is dedicated to Kethu (South node).
Romesa Munivar threw nine lotus flowers as advised by his Guru Sage Agasthiyar on the Thamaraparani river, all flowers reached the banks at various places (Nava Kailasam) and Rajapathy was the 8th among them, have taken this temple as 9th to keep the order of the Navagrahas. The place is named after the palace of Pandya king belonging to the Chandra dynasty – Raja-King, Pathy-Place.
The first puja for the consecration of Rajapathy Kailasanathar temple began on the day when the Raja Gopuram of the Kalahasthi temple was damaged. Hence, this place and temple is known as "Then Kalahasthi" – Kalahasthi of South.
Uniqueness about this temple is that the Shiva Linga is seen with four chakras on all sides. It is believed that there is a temple buried under this Linga. Devotees undergoing Ragu & Kethu Dosha worship the Lord here for their relief.