Abodes of lord Shiva

4. Arulmigu Ponnammai Sametha Kailasanathar Temple - Thenthiruperai

Moolavar   Kailasanathar
Thayar   Ponnammai
Theertham   Tamarabarani River
Pose & Direction  
Sthala Vruksham   Vilwa Tree
Travel Base   Tirunelveli
Nearest Railway Station   Thenthiruperi



The temple is located at a distance of 38 kms from Thirunelveli on Thirunelveli – Thiruchendur Road near Azhwar Thirunagari. Nearest Railway Station is Alwar Tirunagari which is located at a distance of 6 Kms and Nearest Airport is located at Thoothukudi.



Accoring to the advice of sage Agasthiya his disiple Romasar let nine lotuses flower to float in the river Thamiraparani. In that, the seventh flower docked here, in the form of Linga, here the lord graces in the form of lotus. As a proof we can see the base of Linga is shaped like a lotus flower. Those who want to get the goodwill of the planet Mercury, has to offer the green clothes, green gram and sugar to the planet Budha and worship. we can see the shrine of Mother Alakiyaponnammai on the right, facing east.



This is the seventh among the nine Nava Kailasam temples and is also known as Ponnammai Sametha Kailasanathar Temple. Shiva is worshipped here as Kailasanathar. Mother Goddess Shakti is worshipped as Alakiya Ponnammai. Nandi murti is found facing the main Shivalingam. The subsidiary deities worshipped here include Navagrahas, Bhairava, Ganesha, and Muruga with his consort Valli. Vilwa is the tree associated with the temple. Shrine of Mother Alakiya Ponnammai is located on the right side of Sanctum facing east. In this temple, a shrine of Kalabhairava with six hands can be found, here Lord is considered to be in the form of Vedas, he doesn’t have his usual vehicle dog. During the full moon and the half-moon Ashtami, there will be special pooja to the lord. Shrines for Vallabha Ganapati, Sakthi Vinayaka, Kannimoola Ganapati, and Sidhivinayaka can be found in the Temple premises. In ancient times, this place is one of the largest fortified towns. Hence local peoples would say it is the town to the south (Then) of the state, since it is known that Thenthiruperai. Here Nandhi with turban is a special feature. The nearby Vishnu temple (Magaranedunkuzhainathar) is one of Nava Tirupati temple. Moon, Guru, Venus on horse chariot, Guru and Venus with eight horses, the sun with 7 horses and moon with10 horses this is very unique in this temple. This temple is dedicated to the Sri Budhan (Mercury) and is called as Budhan Sthalam. In this temple, Lord Muruga looks like Sri Shanmuganathar of Thiruchendur with Valli and Devasena.

Arulmigu Ponnammai Sametha Kailasanathar Temple
Thenthiruperai, Tuticorin - 628621
Phone: 98437 96544
Temple Timings : 8.00 am to 10.30 am, 5.00 pm to 7.00 pm