(Last Updated on : 09/07/2012)
Temples of Tirunelveli district bear the evidences of ancient kings and dynasties that ruled the region. Tirunelveli District is a district of Tamil Nadu state and a unique feature of this district is that it consists of all five geographical traditions of Tamil Literature. Kurinji (mountains), Mullai (forest), Marudham (paddy fields), Neithal (coastal) and Palai (desert) are the specific geographical reliefs of Tirunelveli district.
Allagammai Kashi Vishvanathar Temple is one of the most famous temples of Tirunelveli District that was built by a Pandya King four centuries ago. Subramanya and Vishvanath are the main deities in this temple. The distinctive feature of the temple is the two sets of musical pillars. Sri Jayaveera Abhayahastha Anjaneya Temple of Tirunelveli District is a famous pilgrim center dating back to the Ramayana period. This temple of yore enshrines Lord Hanuman as the presiding deity. The temple also has unique idols of Lord Ram, Sita and Lakshman.
Lakshminarayana Temple is one of the temples of Tirunelveli District dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The temple has a pillared hall that lead to a low-ceiling mandapam, with a sanctum made for the presiding deity. An outstanding Nayak sculpture is the main deity. There are also shrines for Thayar, Andal, Nammazhwar and Ramanuja. Vijayasasana Perumal Temple is also known as Naththam with one prakaram that faces towards the east. The chief deity of the temple is Vijayasasanaperumal (Lord Vishnu). Sankaranayinar Koil is a famous Shaivite temple amongst the temples of Tirunelveli District, situated about 54 km from Tirunelveli, in the middle of Tenkasi and Srivilliputtur in Tamil Nadu. The presiding deity of this temple is Sri Sankaranayinarswami (Lord Shiva). The Adi Tapas festival, held during the month of July for 10 days, is a major draw.
Other than the mentioned temples, Magara Nedunguzhaikadan Temple, Anjaneyar Swamy Temple, Kodaganallur Shiva Temple, Azhagiya Nambi Temple, Ulagammai Viswanatha Temple, Arulmigu Narumboonathar Swamy Temple and Valliyur Subramanyar Temple are some of the famous temples of Tirunelveli District.