May 18, 2014

Pappankulam Tiruvenkaadar Temple

Site Name:  Tiruvenkaadar Temple
Site Type: Hindu temple
Location:  Pappankulam village, near Ambasamudram town, near Tirunelveli city, Tamil Nadu state, India
Highlights: The Shiva Linga idol is made up of Chandrakanta stone; the Shiva Linga appears in different size when viewed from two different places
Nearest Railway Station: Ambasamudram
Nearest Airport: Tirunelveli
How to reach: Well connected by road from Ambasamudram and Tirunelveli; public transportation is not dependable
Hotel: Few options in Ambasamduram and no option in this village; more options in the nearby city Tirunelveli
Restaurants: Only few options in the nearby Ambasamudram town

Ambasamudram is a picturesque town located on the banks of the beautiful Tamrabharani river and on the foothills of the Western Ghats. The nearest city of Ambasamudram is Tirunelveli. It is located in Tamil Nadu state in South India.The town has a lot of scenic spots and temples. Pappankulam is a small village located near Ambasamudram. The village has two beautiful but lesser known temples – Rama Swamy temple and Tiruvenkaadar temple. Let us explore about Tiruvenkaadar temple in this article.

Highlights:
·                     A Devara Vaippu Sthalam temple
·                     Shiva Linga made up of Chandrakanta stone
·                     The size of Shiva Linga appears differently when viewed from different places
·                     God – Tiruvenkaadar
·                     Goddess – Vaadaakalai Nayaki
·                     Sthala Vruksham (holy tree) – Banyan tree
·                      

Legend/History:

The Pandya king Adityavarma Pandya was very happy with his sculptor named Chaturvedi and gifted him land. The land was called as Chaturvedi Mangalam. When he suffered with some disease, he was advised to construct a temple with Shiva Linga made up of Chandrakanta stone. Thus, the sculptor built this temple.

Temple Layout:

The temple is small – it’s east facing. The main shrine has slightly big Shiva Linga made up of Chandrakanta stone – Tiruvenkaadar. The south facing shrine outside the Maha Mandapa has very attractive idol of Goddess Vaadaakalai Nayaki.

The temple has just one prakara. The following deities are found there:

  • Suradeva
  • Two Shiva Lingas
  • Ganesha in a sub shrine
  • Subramanya-Valli-Devasena in a sub shrine
  • Bhairava
  • Adhikara Nandi
  • Shaneeswara
  • Dakshinamurti
  • Chandikeshwara


The temple does not have a tower. The flag staff, bali peetha and Nandi are all located facing towards the main shrine.

Happy travelling.

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