Friday, August 19, 2022


At a distance of 12 km from Papanasam and 47 km from Tirunelveli, Sri Sivasailanathar Paramakalyani Temple is a 500 yr outdated Saivaite temple located on the banks of River Gadana at Sivasailam in Tamilnadu. Popularly referred to as as Sivasailam Temple, this is among the well-known Shiva temples close to Tirunelveli.

The Sivasailam Temple is devoted to Lord Sivasailanathar and Goddess Parvati. Constructed by Pandiyas, the temple is surrounded by Velli malai, Mulli malai and Podhigai hills. It’s believed that the Shiva Lingam within the sanctum is swayambhu lingam. In the back of the statue, there are traces that seem like hair, so he’s additionally referred to as Sadaiappar. This may be seen via a gap whereas strolling across the sanctum sanctorum. That is seen solely when the Archakar offers Aarathi in the back of the lingam.

The temple is large with many mandapams and carved pillars. The precept gopuram has 5 tales and is embellished with quite a few statues. The specialty of the temple is the large statue of Nandi. Legend says that the Nandi was sculpted so superbly that if got here to life and began to carry off. Therefore, the sculptor needed to stroke it on its again in order that it remained seated. The mark of the stroke might be seen immediately. In addition to Lord Shiva, Vinayakar, Murugan, 63 Nyanmars, Dakshina Moorthy, and Natarjar are the opposite deities on this temple. There’s a separate shrine for Goddess Paramakalyani which is located subsequent to the primary sanctum.

There are additionally some stone inscriptions on the temple. Stone Inscription no.519 of Sivasailam Temple was present in Poovankurichi Lake in 1916. The Stone Inscription tells that Jamindars of Ambur, Alwarkurichi, Kadayam, Krishnapuram, and Poovankurichi collected tax from folks for god. Within the yr 1916 one other Stone Inscription was present in Kizha Ambur and it tells about King Ravivarman.

Poosam Theppotsavam in month of Thai and Rathotsavam in April are the outstanding festivals celebrated at this temple yearly.

Timings: 7 AM – 12.30 PM & 5 PM – eight PM

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