Abodes of lord Shiva

7. Arulmigu Sivakami sameda Kailasanathar Temple - Srivaikundam

 
Moolavar   Kailasanathar
Utsavar  
Thayar   Sivakami
Kshethram  
Theertham   Tamarabarani River
Pose & Direction  
Vimanam  
Sthala Vruksham   Vilwa Tree
Paadiyavar  
Travel Base   Tirunelveli
Nearest Railway Station   Srivaikundam
 

 

Location

The temple is situated 30 kms from Thirunelveli on Thirunelveli-Thiruchendur Route. It is small town having railway station and small hotels are available for Tiffin, Lunch and Dinner. Nearest Railway Station is Srivaikundam Railway Station located at a distance of 2.5 Kms

 

History

As per legend, sage Urosamar floated a set of flowers in Thamiraparani River and the sixth flower reached the shore at this place. The sage established a temple for Kailasanathar. The lingam, the iconic form of Shiva in the temple is believed to an aspect of Shani, one of the planetary deities. The flagstaff of the temple is believed to have been brought from Devi Kanya Kumari in Kanyakumari. The Nataraja in this temple is called Santhana Sabhabathi (anointed with sandal). The temple forms a series of Navagraha temples in the banks of Thamiraparani River where each of the nine planetary deities are considered to reside in one temple. The temples are classified as Nava Kailasam and the presiding deity of all the nine temples is Kailasanathar. The temple is associated with the planet Shani (Saturn) and considered sixth in the series of the nine temples. Kumaraguruparar, a saint of the 18th century and who got his speech at Thiruchendur Murugan Temple, was born at this place.

 

Architecture

The temple is originally believed to be built by the Pandya king, Chandrakula Pandya, who ruled over the regions of Madurai. He built the central shrine and vimana of the temple. Veerappa Nayaka (1609-23 AD), a ruler of Madurai Nayak dynasty, built the Yagasala, Dwajasthambam (flag staff) and Sandana Sabapathi hall

Arulmigu Sivakami sameda Kailasanathar Temple
Srivaikundam, Tuticorin - 628601
Phone: 4630 - 256 492,98437 96544
Temple Timings : 6.00 am to 12.00 noon, 4.00 pm to 7.00 pm