Abodes of lord Shiva

207. Arulmigu Kanthimathi sameda Nellaiyappar Temple - Tirunelveli

Moolavar   Nellaiyappar, Venuvana Nathar
Thayar   Kanthimathi
Theertham   Swarna pushkarni
Pose & Direction  
Sthala Vruksham   Moongil (Bamboo)
Paadiyavar   Sambandar
Travel Base   Tirunelveli
Nearest Railway Station   Tirunelveli



This temple is located in Tirunelveli Town. It is around 5 kms from Tirunelveli Jn Railway Station and Tirunelveli Old Bus Stand.



Thirunelveli is one of the five places where Lord Shiva is said to have displayed his dance and all these places have stages/ ambalams. While Tirunelveli has the Thaamirai (Copper) Ambalam. The Car of this temple is one of the 5 famous Car called Pancha Ratham. The Car of this temple is considered as 3rd biggest car in Tamil Nadu. Shiva is said to have been worshipped by Agastya in a bamboo grove and by Rama after having killed Mareecha some nine miles away at Manoor. There is also a shrine to Vishnu near the sanctum, signifying the belief that Nellai Govindan (Vishnu) visited Tirunelveli to officiate the divine marriage of Shiva and Kantimathi. Daily during Arthajaama Pooja at Lordess Kanthimathi Sanctrum, Ambal is adorned with White Silk Saree and this is removed only next day morning during Villa Pooja. In this temple Lord Vishnu is doing Shiva Pooja even while lying and Lord Vishnu's Utsavar statue hold Shiva Linga in His Chest. This is one of the rare scene which cannot be seen elsewhere. Another rare event is Pradhosha Pooja in this temple is held for Nandhi opposite to Ambal Shrine.



Arulmigu Kanthimathi sameda Nellaiyappar Temple
Tirunelveli, Tirunelveli - 627001
Temple Timings : 5.30 am to 12.30 pm, 4.00 pm to 9.00 pm