Nathikarai Maha Ganapathi Temple, Karisulndamangalam, Thirunelveli
Nathikarai Maha Ganapathi Temple is dedicated to Hindu God Ganesha located at Karisulndamangalam Village near Cheranmahadevi in Thirunelveli District of Tamilnadu. This temple is located just west of Sri Venkatachalapathy temple on the southern banks of the Thamirabarani River. The idol here is a damaged one. When “Ashta Bandana Maha Kumbabishekam’” of this temple was performed in 1932, the committee of that period wished to consecrate a new idol.
The presiding deity is said to have appeared in the dreams of the committee members; spoken and instructed that a new idol should not be installed. So by the will of God, the same idol was installed without replacement. When Kumbabishekam was performed on 17.04.2000 praharams and a new gopuram were erected, with help from Shri N.Sundaram Iyer and family. It is the strong belief of the people that the wishes and prayers of devotees are fulfilled by the grace of the omniscient and omnipotent lord Vinayagar.
Chithirai Varudabhishekam, Monthly Chaturthi & Vinayagar Chaturthi are the festivals celebrated in this temple with much fanfare. Karisulndamangalam is located at about 3 Kms from Pattamadai, 5 Kms from Cheranmahadevi, 12 Kms from Veeravanallur, 30 Kms from Thirunelveli, 191 Kms from Madurai, 75 Kms from Thoothukudi and 150 Kms from Thiruvananthapuram. From Tirunelveli, buses every 15minutes to Pathamadai (Ambai / Papanasam) bound buses. Take an auto from Pathamadai to reach Karisulntha Mangalam( 2kms). Auto will cost Rs. 80 (to and fro). Bus 36D runs between Tirunelveli and Karisulntha Mangalam. Nearest Railway Station is located at Cheranmahadevi and Veeravanallur. Nearest Airport is located at Madurai, Thoothukudi and Thiruvananthapuram.