Vettuvan Temple

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Overview

Vettuvan Koil in Kalugumalai,in Thoothukudi district, Tamil Nadu, is dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. Constructed in the Dravidian style of architecture and rock cut architecture, the unfinished temple is believed to have been built during the 8th century by Pandyas. The rock-cut architecture exemplary of early Pandyan Art.
 
Vettuvan Koil is a Hindu temple.It is part of Kalugumalai, an unfinished Pandyan monolith cave temple. The middle of the temple is sculpted from a single piece of rock. Only the top portion of the temple is completed. The temple has an entrance and centre hall for the main deity of Ganesha. At the top of the temple beautiful sculpture of Uma Maheswarar, Dakshinamoorthy, Vishnu and Brahma can be found. There are around 122 sculptures in this rock cut temple.
 
The hill was under the control of Ettaiyapuram Zamindar until 1954. The Raja gifted the village to the Kalugasalamoorthy Temple and formed five streets around the temple to enable the temple car to pass easily. He also allocated a middle street for the temple priests. During the Panguni Uthiram festival procession, the elongated conflict between two castes in the region, namely, Nadars and Maravars resulted in a riots, popularly called Kalugumalai riots of 1895. A total of ten people were killed, many injured and the temple car and other property in the region were destroyed. The sculptures in Vettuvan Koil and the Kalugumalai Jain Beds were not affected during the riots
 
is a Hindu cave temple and a freestanding monolithic rock cut temple /vimana. It is about 300 feet in height and the entire hill spreading about 50 acres. This vimana was built during the Pandya period between 8th and 9th century CE. This east facing monolithic rock cut temple is compared with the monolithic Kailasnath temple in Ellora, the temples of Pallavas at Mamallapuram, and the temples of Pattadakal in Bijapur, Karnataka. The sculptors have only completed the roof and two tiers below. The walls and floors including interiors and exteriors sanctum and mandapam appear rough and unfinished. The main sculptures of Mridanga Dakshinamurthy, Narasimha,Siva,and Brahma are truly breathtaking and magnificent. If this temple had been completed, it would have been the best monolithic temple in the Indian subcontinent. The monument is maintained by the Department of Archaeology, Government of Tamil Nadu. The entrance to the monuments is free. 
 
Temple Timing: 5.30am to 12.30pm and 6.00pm to 9.00pm
 
How to Reach,
Road Way:Kalugumalai is around 20 km from Kovilpatti. All the buses to Sankarankoil via Kovilpatti will stop at Kalugumalai. Kovilpatti is well connected with Madurai and Tirunelveli.
 
Nearest Railway Station: Kovilpatti Railway Station
 
Nearest Airport: Tuticorin Southwest Airport
 
 
 

Location

Country
India
State
Tamil Nadu
City
Tuticorin
Location
Kalugumalai
Address
Vettuvan Koil, Kalugumalai, Kovilpatti, Tuticorin.
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Nearest Bus Terminal
Kalugumalai
Nearest Railway Station
Kovilpatti (CVP)
Nearest Airport
Tuticorin Southwest Airport
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latitude : 8.724240303 longitude :78.025802610
Corporation :
GPS Code : VO80
Open Year
8th century
Area
50 acres
Height
300 feet
Architect
Early Pandyan Art
Dedicated To
Pandyan
Visiting Hours
5.30am to 12.30pm and 6.00pm to 9.00pm

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