Kannadian Chathram, Cheranmahadevi, Thirunelveli
Kannadian Chathram is located at Cheranmahadevi in Thirunelveli District of Tamilnadu. Kannadian Chathram, an Annadhaana Chathram – choultry offering free food – which is defunct now is housed inside this temple complex. Kannadian is the name associated with a pious, priestly youngster from the present Karnataka state who visited this region and constructed a canal – which is still referred as ‘Kannadian Kalvai’ – Kannadian Canal, and several irrigation systems with the gifts that he received from the Chera King. This youth prayed to Sage Agasthiyar Maharishi and got his divine vision. The Sage guided him on this mission.
Several acres of agrarian lands along this canal are said to be earmarked for this choultry. Cheranmahadevi is located at about 50 Kms from Tenkasi, 17 Kms from Ambasamudram, 6 Kms from Veeravanallur, 30 Kms from Thirunelveli, 190 Kms from Madurai & 155 Kms from Thiruvananthapuram. Buses are available every 15 minutes from Thirunelveli to Cheranmahadevi. Nearest Railway Station is located at Cheranmahadevi and Nearest Airport is located at Madurai and Thiruvananthapuram.