At a distance of four km from Tirunelveli Railway Station, Nellaiappar Temple is a well-liked Hindu Temple located on the banks of river Thamirabarani in Tirunelveli. This is among the largest temples in Tamil Nadu and likewise probably the greatest locations to go to in Tirunelveli.
Sri Nellaiappar Temple is devoted to Lord Shiva. In accordance with the historical past, each the gopurams had been constructed by Pandiyas and the sanctums of the temple had been constructed by Nindraseer Nedumaran who dominated within the seventh century CE. This is among the Pancha Sabha temples (Copper) which can be revered because the 5 Cosmic Dance halls of Lord Shiva. The opposite 4 are Chidambaram with gold, Madurai with silver, Tiruvalankadu with ruby and Kutralam with pictures.
Nellaiappar Temple is unfold over an space of 14 acres and is among the greatest temples in Pandiya Naadu. The temple complicated consists of two temples, one for Lord Shiva and the opposite one for Kanthimathi Amman. Lord Shiva is known as as Nellaiappar on this temple. Chain Mandapam inbuilt 1647 by Vadamalaiyappa Pillayan connects the Kanthimathi Amman and Nellaiappar temples.
The distinctive characteristic of the temple is the ‘Mani Mandapam’ situated close to the Nandi Mandapam with two big pillars carved out of a single stone and every one is having 48 sub pillars which produce musical notes when struck. The 96-pillared Unjal Mandapam, Maha Mandapam and Artha Mandapam are wonderful specimens of intricate workmanship. There’s a 1000 Pillared Corridor which is known for the celestial wedding ceremony of Kanthimathi Amman with Nellaiappar.
There are a number of sacred Theerthams inside the temple environment. The attractive Golden Lotus Tank, the place Lord Shiva is alleged to have appeared within the water and Brahma as lotus, attracts the guests’ consideration.
The Annual Automobile Competition is essentially the most well-known pageant on this temple. Additionally identified an ‘Aani pageant’, it falls in the course of the month of June-July and is well known for 10 days with nice pomp and fervor. Navaratri pageant, Tirukkalyanam within the Tamil month of Aippasi (October-November) and Arudra Darshanam are the opposite essential festivals celebrated right here.
Timings: 6 AM – 12 PM & four PM – 9 PM