|Statue of Karna - Nellaiyappar Temple|
|Nellaiyappar Temple Corridor|
|Bheem - Nellaiyappar Temple|
After crossing the flag stand before entering the inner side of the temple, you can find few more beautiful sculptures - Veerabhadra, Arjuna, and Bheema. You can also find the sculptures of Lord Ganesha and Muruga. There is small place named Nandi Mandapa which has the idols of Nayanmars and Sekkizhar. There is also a small flag stand and an image of Lord Surya. After you enter inside, you can find another master piece of the temple - Mani Mandapam - the hall with musical pillars. This is one of the highlights of the temple. The hall has musical pillars - each pillar has a big pillar surrounded by 48 smaller pillars and the whole lot was constructed using a single stone. Each pillar when tapped produces a musical sound. This musical pillar hall was constructed by the king Nindraseer Nedumaran in the 7th century AD.
There is more to write about the structure of this extraordinary temple. I will write about them in my next post. Till then...
Site Name: Nellaiyappar and Kanthimathi Temple
City Name: Tirunelveli
1) One of the oldest and biggest temples of South India