Friday, May 12, 2017

Shalivadiswarar Temple, Thachanallur, Thirunelveli

Shalivadiswarar Temple, Thachanallur, Thirunelveli
Shalivadiswarar Temple is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva located at Thachanallur in Thirunelveli District of Tamilnadu. This Siva Temple is one of the ancient temples in Thirunelveli town. This was the area where the sculptors involved in the construction of the Nellaiyappar temple stayed. They had made a replica of the Swayambu Nellaiyappar for their worship.
Legends
Thavamaninathar, or Thavamani Siddhar as he was popularly known, was an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva who spent many a year in Shenbaga Devi falls in Courtrallam, in worship and meditation. He set out towards Thirunelveli, to get a darshan of Nellaiyappar. On his way to the main temple, he rested for a while at the Shalivadiswarar Temple at Thachanallur. It was here that he got a divine vision of Nellaiyappar. Before he could go to meet the Lord, the Lord was eager to meet his devotee and gave him his divine darshan at Thachanallur itself. From then on, Thavamani Nathar stayed at the Shalivadiswarar Temple at Thachanallur and worshipped the Lord here. He had two disciples, Vedamoorthy and Mandhiramoorthy, who assisted him in his worship. They also spent several years here in the worship of Lord Shiva.
The Temple
The Lord is called Shalivadiswarar (This is the Sanskrit equivalent of Nellaiyappar). The Goddess Gandhimadhi is in a separate shrine with a divine smile on her face, waiting all alone, for any devotee who might find time to visit her. The Sanctum Sanctorum has two Vinayakas side by side and is said to be the Athistanam of Sri Vedamoorthy Swamigal. There is a Kettle (Gendi) to one side of the Sanctum Sanctorum which is said to be the Aikiyam of Sri Mandhiramoorthy Swamigal. There is a separate temple for the two devotees of Thavamani Nathar, namely, Vedamoorthy and Mandhiramoorthy within the temple complex. It is this structure that is now under threat of demolition for road widening work of the Public Works Department. 
Temple Opening Time
·        Morning - 7 am to 10 am
·        Evening - 5.30 pm to 8 pm
Contact
Shalivadiswarar Temple,
Thachanallur, Thirunelveli District
Mobile: +91 94420 61598 / 94435 01215
Connectivity
Thachanallur is located at about 9 Kms from Thirunelveli, 156 Kms from Madurai and 156 Kms from Thiruvananthapuram. Thachanallur is 4 kms away from the Thirunelveli Junction. Several buses and autos are available at the Junction. Nearest Railway Station is located at Thirunelveli and Nearest Airport is located at Madurai and Thiruvananthapuram.

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