(Last Updated on : 06/05/2014)
Temples of Virudhunagar district are some of the most revered ones in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Virudhunagar District is surrounded by Madurai District in the north, Sivagangai District in the northeast, Ramanathapuram District in the east and Tirunelveli and Tuticorin districts in the south. Other than being a sacred destination, this district is also a major exported of granites, different grades of limestone and minerals such as clay and gypsum are found. The chief crops are cotton, pulses, oilseeds and millets. Other than the temples of Virudhunagar district, Kamarajar's House, Pilavakkal Dam near Watrap, Ayyanar falls and Sastha Koil near Thevathanam, Andal Koil at Srivilliputhur, Boominatharkoil and birthplace of Ramana Maharishi at Thiruchuli, Rajapalayam are the major tourist attractions.
Kalainathaswamy Temple is one of the major temples of Virudhunagar district, located at Pallimadam and Vira Pandya had built this somber shrine (Pallipadai) at Pallimadam for his brother Sundara Pandya, a famous Pandya ruler. Earlier known as Pallippadai Sundara Pandya Isvaramudayar Kovil, this shrine is now called Kalainathaswamy Kovil. It is a unique funereal temple of its kind during the era of Pandya Nadu. Srivilliputtur temple, located in Srivilliputtur town in Tamil Nadu is believed to be the birthplace of Andal, the wife of Lord Vishnu. Andal, also the author of Tiruppaavai, is known to celebrate the collection of 30 poems. This temple is one among the holiest of the 108 Divya Desam temples of Virudhunagar district dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
The temples of Virudhunagar district are all situated in higher elevation, similarly the temple tower of Kalainathaswamy Temple one among the tallest towers in TamilNadu, is twelve-storeyed and rises to a height of 192 ft. Features delicate carvings. In the north eastern segment of the temple complex is the Vatapatrasayee temple, this temple boasts shrines dedicated to each of the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu.
Tirumeninathar Temple, one of the best-known temples of Virudhunagar district is located at Tiruchuzhiyal and spans an area of about 45000 square feet. The temple deity is Tirumeninathar. The Sthala teertham is Pralaya teertham. Saint Sundarar is said to have composed pathigams in praise of the lord. Main festivals celebrated here are the grand Brahmotsavam in Panguni (mid March - mid April), Palani Andavar festival in Thai (mid January - mid February), and the Amman Tapas festival in the month of Aadi (mid July - mid August). The temples of Virudhunagar district are visited by thousands of pilgrims every year.