Adithavarneswarar Temple, Melaseval, Thirunelveli
Adithavarneswarar Temple is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva located at Melaseval in Thirunelveli District of Tamilnadu. The main deity in the temple is Swayambu Lingam known as Adithavarneswarar and his consort Soundra Ammal. There is a Dwajasthambam as we enter and Nandi to front. Ganesha is known as Anugnai Vinayakar. This Temple is also called as Megalingeswarar Temple.
As per the stone inscription found in the Megalingeswarar temple in the village, it is said that during the Kollam year 762, the Chieftain had constructed the praharams and separate sannidhi for the Goddess. The present Kollam year is 1178 which means that the Siva temple is 416 years old. Annual 10 days festival is conducted in Megalingeswarar temple also.
The temple is located at about 26 Kms from Thirunelveli, 8 Kms from Cheranmahadevi, 24 Kms from Ambasamudram, 14 Kms from Veeravanallur, 185 Kms from Madurai, 73 Kms from Thoothukudi and 155 Kms from Thiruvananthapuram. There are buses for every 10 minutes between Tirunelveli and Papanasam. One can get down at Melaseval (about 20minutes from Tirunelveli). From Melaseval main road, autos are available to reach the temple.
From Tirunelveli Junction, direct bus to Melaseval Krishna Temple - Bus Numbers: 14, 14A, 14C, 34G. From Cheran Maha Devi, Mini bus is available for every hour from 9am. Nearest Railway Station is located at Cheranmahadevi, Ambasamudram and Veeravanallur. Nearest Airport is located at Madurai, Thoothukudi and Thiruvananthapuram.
Also visit, Ramaswamy Temple at Cheran Maha Devi (10 Kms West of here), Aadhi Varaha Perumal at Kallidaikurichi (just over 15 Kms from here) and Kulasekara Perumal Rajagopalaswamy Temple in Mannar Koil near Ambasamudram (20 Kms from here).