Nellaiappar Temple

 

Overview

Nellaiappar Temple is a double temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, goddess Parvathi. The temple has two gopurams or towers and it is in the center of town Tirunvelli. Surrounding the gopurams is a garden which was built in 1756 and in the garden is a square Vasantha Mandapam with 100 pillars. The musical pillars in the Mani Mandapam which produce the sound of various land when hit ( 7th century AD by Nindrasir Nedumaran or Koon Pandyan), the Somavara Mandapam, the 1000 pillared hall, and Tamra sabha with complex work in wood, and the Vasantha Mandapam are some of the points in this temple.
 
Nellaiappar Temple (also spelled Nellaiyappar) is located in the heart of the town of Tirunelveli in the State of Tamil Nadu, India. It is one of the famous Tamil Nadu temples, deep in the tradition and history, and also known for its musical pillars and brilliant sculptural splendours.
 
History:the temple dates back to 700 AD and in the temple are inscriptions dating back to 950 A.D. It is estimated that there were two separate temples. They have been constructed for Shiva and Parvati, the consort of Lord Shiva, by the Pandyan kings.It is the largest Shiva temple in
 
the TamilNadu Sangili Mandapam, a large terrace lobby connecting these two, was built in the 17th century. The towers also date back to the beginning of the 17th century. It is the largest Shiva temple in Tamil Nadu. The multifunction car festival is the most famous festival in this temple. The temple has five cars each for Vinayakar,
 
Murugan, Nellaiappar, Kanthimathi, Sandikeswarar.
 
Nellaiappar car is the third largest car in Tamil Nadu and it is the first largest man-powered car. Nellaiappar Temple is one of the Panchasabha (with the Thaamira Sabha).
Lord Vishnu and Agastya wise would have loved Shiva here.
 
Temple
 
the temple is a complex of two huge temples covering an area of 14 acres (57,000 m2) and bound by the Mandapam (pillared hall) which has pillars with beautiful life-size sculptures in them, as a large number of Mandapams. The thousand-pillared hall is one of great beauty. The musical pillars in the Mani Mandapam produce the sound of various land when he was struck and are of the 7th century AD.
It is a vast temple with many unique features such as the Manimandapam near the Nandi mandapam that has two huge pillars carved out of a single stone. Each pillar giant has 48 small pillars
that produce musical sounds when he was struck.
 
This temple houses a shrine of Shiva and Parvati. There is also a shrine of Vishnu near the sanctum meaning the belief that Nellai Govindan demonstrates (Vishnu) visit Tirunelveli celebrants for the divine marriage of Shiva and Kanthimathi. There are several other legends associated with this temple.
 
There is a legend that there is a tunnel behind the sculpture Ravana resident in the temple corridor that connects Thirunelveli and Madurai. This tunnel was supposed to have been used by the kings Pandya and their spies of secret missions.
There are many temples of Tirunelveli but the most famous is the Nellaiappar temple, located at 1 km from Tirunelveli junction. There are many buses which ply of Tirunelveli junction to this temple. The name of the main deity here is Nellaiappar and the Ambals name is Gandhimathi.
According to historical facts, this town was known as Venuvanam. There was a Siva devotee named Vedapattar. Lord Shiva wanted to test Vedapattars devotion. So he made Vedapattar lose its wealth and to suffer. Yet, he did not give up the habit of praying to God.
 
One day, left Vedapattar paddy in the sanctuary of the Lord Shiva and went to take bath in the river. In the meantime, she began casting. Seeing this, Vedappatar rushed to the sanctum to save the paddy. To his surprise, he saw that there had been no rain around the paddy, and God had put a fence around him and have recorded it.
 
He ran to inform the king, Rama Pandian, to talk about the miracle. Since, the city has come to be known as Nel veli paddy which has been registered by a fence. The name Nelveli has changed from Tirunelveli in time.
 
Sage Agastya has loved Lord Shiva in this temple. The Lord is also called Venunathar, Veithanathar, Nelvelinathar and Salivanathar. The Ambal is also called Vadivudaiamman and Thirukamakottamudaiya Nachiar. Lord Vinayaga is also called Polla Pillaiyar and Lord Muruga, Arumuga Peruman.
 
Saiva saint Tirugnana Sambandar has also sung this temple. The 2,000 years, temple has 32 theerthams. The specialty of this temple is that there are a lot of stories on this subject. Nellaiappar temple is one of the five temples or Lord Shiva has dance in the form of Nataraja.
 
According to Hindu belief, the devotees who worship the Lord in this temple will get the mental peace and live well. Those who love Gandhimathiamman could prosper in life.
 
The followers can donate curd, milk, oil and other items to the temple. Navaratri festival, Tirukkalyanam in Tamil month of Aippasi and Arudra Darisanam are the main festivals celebrated here.
 
Temple: This sivasthalam is one of the Pancha Sabha Temples (copper) of the Lord Shiva. This is one of the largest temples of Pandiya Naadu measuring 756 in length and 378 feet in width. There are 2 temples of Tirunelveli, one for Lord Shiva who is known as Nellaiappar and the other for Kanthimathi Ammai. The two temples are located side by side and a corridor joins both the temples. On the south prakaram of the president male deitys temple, the stone statues of Nayak kings are found who have made immense contributions to the development of this temple. The beautiful statue of Lord Arumugam (Muruga) with his 2 wives Valli and Deivaanai sitting on his mont peacock can be seen in the west prakaram. This statue is beautifully carved in a single block of big stone. From the eastern prakaram, one has to enter through a series of mandapams to reach the sanctum sanctorum of Nellaiappar.
 
The temple of female deity Kanthimathi Ammai can be reached from south prakaram and passing through the corridor. The 1000 pillar mandapam inside the female deitys temple is very famous and it is here the heavenly marriage of Kanthimathi Ammai with Nellaiappar has held each year during the festival.

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Tamil Nadu
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Tirunelveli
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Tirunelveli
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latitude : 8.482119560 longitude :76.920097350
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GPS Code : VOTV

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