Nanguneri is the Taluka headquarters in the district of Tirunelveli, situated at a distance of 18 miles from the headquarters of the district. The place gained importance for the location of a famous Vaishnavite temple commonly known as "Totadri Mutt".
About Nanguneri: Nanguneri is known by different names such as "Medini" and "Sri Nivasam". It is considered by Vaishnavites to be the place where the consort of Vishnu, Sri Devi, was born, brought up, married, and is always staying with her consort.
The presiding deity in the temple at Nanguneri is the sitting posture of Lord Vishnu on the couch and canopy of Adi Shesha, with his two consorts Sri Devi and Bhoo Devi on the two sides besides the celestial dancers Tilottama and Urvashi in attendance with fans in hand. This place is called a "Swayamvyakta Kshetram" where God appeared of his own accord.
According to the Vaishnavites there are 8 such Swayamvyakta places: Srirangam, Naimisaranyam, Tirupati, Pushkaram, Saligramam, Totadri, Haranarayaneshwaram and Srimushnam. Kanchipuram, Trivandrum, Azhagarkoil, Dwaraka, Tirupullani, Srinivasa Pushkaram, Narayanapuri and Kumbakonakumbakonam.htmlm are also called Swayamvyakta Kshetras.