Thursday, November 16, 2017

Thimbileshwarar Temple, Ponmanai, Kanyakumari

Thimbileshwarar Temple, Ponmanai, Kanyakumari
Thimbileshwarar Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located at Ponmanai in Kanyakumari District of Tamilnadu. The temple is a part of the famed Shivalaya Ottam conducted during Shivaratri. It is the fifth temple in the run sequence.

Swayambu Lingam:
It is said that a shepherd by name Theembil Adhipan when cutting grass for the calf’s, was shocked to note the outpouring blood from a stone. When he removed the covering bushes, he saw a self-appeared lingam (Swayambu). He started worshipping the Lingam. Hence, the lord is called as Thimbileshwarar. Later the temple was built up the Chozha and Pandiya kings.
Sage Vyakarapadhar worshipped Lord Shiva here:
Sage Vyakarapadhar visited this place and worshipped Lord Shiva here.
The Temple
The Temple is situated on the banks of river Thamiraparani facing east. The temple of Thimbileshwarar is a very ancient one as seen by the architecture here. The temple has a Kodimaram and a tiered granite lamp in the front. The stone pillars, corridors, mandapams, tiled roofs all point to the architectural style of the bygone eras.

Presiding Deity is called as Thimbileshwarar. The Sanctum is round in shape. The nine planets are carved nicely on the roof of the Nandhi Mandapam. Theertham associated with this temple is Thamirabarani River. The temple is believed to have undergone renovations during the period of Chola and Pandiya kings.

The Temple remains open from 5.00 AM to 11.00 AM and 5.00 PM to 8.00 PM.
·        Shivalaya Ottam
·        Shivaratri
·        Thiruvadirai
·        Chittirai kodiyetram Peruvizha
The Temple is located at about 19 Kms from Kumaracoil, 26 Kms from Vilavancode, 20 Kms from Marthandam, 24 Kms from Kuzhithurai, 12 Kms from Thiruvattaru, 20 Kms from Nattalam, 16 Kms from Thuckalay, 27 Kms from Colachel, 30 Kms from Nagercoil, 20 Kms from Eraniel, 53 Kms from Kanyakumari and 62 Kms from Thiruvananthapuram. Nearest Railway Station is located at Eraniel and Nearest Airport is located at Thiruvananthapuram.