August 22, 2010

Tirunelveli Nellaiyappar and Kanthimathi Temple Structure - Part 3

Read: Tirunelveli Nellaiyappar and Kanthimathi Temple Structure Part 1 and Part 2

Nellaiyappar and Kanthimathi temple, an ancient temple, located in Tirunelveli city of South India, is one of the biggest temples of South India. I have been writing about the temple structure in the past two posts. This article is the third part of temple structure. As I have already mentioned, the temple is divided into two main sections - Kanthimathi temple and Nellaiyappar temple. I have written about the structure of Kanthimathi temple. Now, I continue to write about the portion that connects between Nellaiyappar and Kanthimathi temples.

Nellaiyappar Temple - Monkey statue
I wrote about Karumari tank and Pottramarai tank in my previous posts. Near Karumari tank, there is a big shrine for Subramanya. Lord Subramanya is present along with his consorts Valli and Devasena in this shrine. Near Pottramarai tank, there are many small shrines for Shiv Linga and various snake idols. There is a famous shrine of Lord Ganesha - Pottramarai Pillaiyar - where he appears along with his consort Siddhi. There is another famous shrine for Mother Goddess - Manjana Vadivamman, which is visited by a lot of devotees daily. Apart from this, there is a shrine for Dakshinamurti and Saraswati. 

Sangili Mandap, the hall connecting Kanthimathi temple and Nellaiyappar temple has a lot of big statues on the either sides such as Bheema, Arjuna, Vaali, Sugriva, the monkey with kid, monkey, and various Yazhi (mythological animal). Near Sangili Mandap, there is a garden called as Nanda Van where Vasanta Mandapa is located. Beyond this, you can reach the Nellaiyappar temple section. I will write about Nellaiyappar temple in my next blog post. Till then...

Happy travelling.

Nellaiyappar Temple Tank

Fast Facts:

Site Name: Nellaiyappar and Kanthimathi Temple
City Name: Tirunelveli

1) One of the oldest and biggest temples of South India
2) Musical Pillars
3) Beautiful sculptures
4) One of the five adobes of Nataraj
5) One of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalam temples
Location: 180 kms from Madurai; 620 kms from Chennai; Located in the Southern part of Tamil Nadu state, India
Nearest Railway Station: Tirunelveli; Tirunelveli station is a popular train junction; you can find a lot of trains from all over India to this city
Nearest Airport: Madurai (around 180 kms)
How to reach: Easily reachable by road and train
Hotel: A lot of luxury hotels and budget hotels are available in Tirunelveli
Restaurants: There are a lot of good restaurants in Tirunelveli; Don't forget to taste the Halwa either from Iruttu Kadai or Shanti Sweets

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