The twin temples of Kanthimathi and Nellaiappar are the most famous religious sites of Tirunelveli. The two temples, one dedicated each to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati are the nothing less than human excellence. The several hundred year old temples have some very interesting sites. One of them is the golden Lily Tank. there is also a hall with 1000 pillars, each of them intricately carved and decorated.
About 15 km from Thirunelveli is another beautiful temple. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the Krishnapurm Temple is famous for its life sized sculptures and a beautiful Idol of Lord Vishnu.
Another prominent temple of the region, it is a few kilometers off the main city. The temple is located at an elevated plane and has a large flight of stairs leading up to it. The temple is devoted to a form of Lord Vishnu
Located amidst lush green paddy fields, Krishnapuram Anjaneyar Temple is dedicated to Lord Hanuman. It is associated with the legend of Ramayana and other legends of Lord Hanuman. Devotees throng in large numbers to perform poojas for the deity who is believed to relieve on of all the obstacles and keep the devotees safe.
Located in the Western Ghats and surrounded by Siver Hill, Sivasailam Temple is a beautiful temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The Shivalinga is believed to appear from a rock on the hill after it was flooded with milk by several cows. Hence, the deity is called Sivasailanathar. The ancient temple architecture also draws visitors every year.
Suyambulingaswamy Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is a religiously important shrine in the region. The temple is located in a serene place amidst tall green trees and close to the seashore. It is believed to be highly beneficial to take a bath in the sacred spring before offering prayers to the deity.
This temple is situated on the banks of the Thamirabarani river in the town of Tirunelveli. It is the biggest temple in Asia, that is dedicated to Lord Uchishta Ganapathy, one of the 32 forms of Lord Vinayaka. It is the only Ganesh temple with 5 Rajagopuram. 16 different forms of Uchishta Ganapathy can be seen in the Prakaram. The temple depicts an idol of the main deity embracing a woman. This gesture is believed to be that of granting a prayer related to offspring or childbirth. The temple also has an idol of Srineelavani, Uchista's consort.
This temple dates back to the time of Raja Raja Chola. It is located in the town of Tirunelveli, near the river Thamirabarani and is at a walkable distance from the railway station. The walls are beautifully adorned with paintings that portray the life of Lord Vishnu. The temple has an idol of Narasimha placed right behind that of Sudarshana. An addition to the already beautiful temple compound is the 32 feet tall temple car made of teak wood. People should visit the temple during Utsavam and Brahmotsavam if they want to see the best of the temple.
The temple is only a kilometre away from the Palayamkottai Bus Stand. It is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and the deity is worshipped here as Raja Gopal Swamy and Vedanarayana Perumal. Visitors can enjoy a view of the surrounding areas from the terrace. The temple is massive in size and follows the typical Tamilian style of architecture. Due to its intricate carvings and decorations that dates back centuries, the temple is frequented by both local people and tourists from around the world. Homeless as well as poor people are fed in the temple premises.
The temple is approximately 9 km away from the town of Tirunelveli. It stands right in the middle of the Thamirabarani River on a gigantic rock known as Thiruvuruvamalai. Every rainy season, the temple gets submerged into the river. The temple is dedicated to Lord Murugan or Subramanya, the son of Lord Shiva. Apart from the chief deity, the temple also worships Shiva, Parvati, Ganesha, etc. Statues of national leaders like Mahatma Gandhi and Swami Vivekananda are also revered here. Many people come to this temple to seek blessings and also to enjoy the serene environment.
This temple is in the heart of Tirunelveli and is at walkable distances both from the bus stand and the railway station. It is dedicated to Lord Murugan. There is a story behind the idol installed inside. It is believed that the particular idol was supposed to be placed at a temple somewhere in Tiruchendur but ended up in Tirunelveli instead. On Tuesdays and Fridays, special pujas are performed for childless couples. Business people often visit the temple to seek blessings. The temple is renowned for its sacred ground for the performance of marriage rituals.
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