Presiding Deity : Nellayappar
Goddess : Gandhimathi
Holy tree : Bamboo
Holy water : Pottramarai
Dance : On Copper Stage
Special features: Sculptures
Devotion Songs : Thevaram
Place : Tirunelveli
Scriptural name : Venuvanam
Details of prayer motto, offerings, salient features of the temple, glory of the place, general information, important festivals and history are furnished below:
Peace and happiness are the boons ensured to the devotees visiting the temple. Goddess Gandhimathi is revered equally to Madurai Meenakshi taking care of devotee children with mother’s love. Besides material prosperity and family pleasures, the devotees are blessed with wisdom to understand the Self in them and are totally liberated from the miseries of life.
Devotees offer best clothing to the Lord and the Goddess, dhotis and sarees, feeding the visitors, nivedhanam to the Gods and Abisheks with archanas and pujas.
The presiding deity of the temple Nellayappar is called Swami Venunathar, Neyvelinathar and Salivamar. His consort Gandhimathi is also known by names Vadivudai Ammai and Thirukamakotta Nachiar. The Vinayaka in the temple is known as Pollapillayar. Muruga in the temple is known as Arumugaperuman. There are 32 Holy Water centers here including the Pottramarai and Karumari Vairava Theertham.
Tirunelveli is also known as Nelveli, Nellur, Shaliveli, Shaliwadi, Shalinagar, Brahmmavirundhapuram, Tharukavanam according to the scriptures.
Thirunelveli has the pride of being sung by the Saivite Saint Thirugnanasambar. It is also greatly praised by Arunachala Kavirayar in his Venupuranam and Chokkanatha Pillai in his Gandhimathi Pathigam.
Tirunelveli is one of the 14 holy places in the Pandya Kingdom sung by the Nayanmars. This is the place where paddy was protected by the Lord by building a fence.
The Divine Guru of the art of Dance, Lord Nataraja performed his dancing programme in this temple on the Copper Stage called Thamira Sabai. The inner portion of the temple round is adored with fat stone pillars in a beautiful manner.
The antiquity of Tirunelveli Nellayappar Temple goes back to 1000 years and finds a mention in a number of Puranas of Hindu faith. A temple noted for its architectural and sculptural beauty.
The temple is just 1.05 km from the Tirunelveli railway junction. Lodges are available in plenty suiting to the purse of the devotee visitor ranging from Rs. 100 to Rs. 800. Tirunelveli is linked by road and rail with all parts of Tamilnadu with adequate buses and trains at reasonable intervals both day and night. The nearest railway station is Tirunelveli Junction and airports Madurai and Thiruvananthapuram.
For more details, the Executive Officer, Nellayappar temple may be contacted.
10 days car festival is one that is celebrated in a very grand manner. The Car of the temple weighs 450 tonnes and measures 28 feet wide and 35 feet tall. It is a 10 day festival. Nellayappar Ther Thiruvizha is one of the famous Shiva Festival in Tamilnadu. 10 days Karpoora Thiruvizha, Purattasi Navarathri, Aipasi Thirukalyanam and Amavasya, Poornima,Pradosham Pujas, Tamil and English New Year day, Deepavali and Pongal are the days of importance to the devotees here when special pujas are performed in the temple.
To test the determined Bhakthi (devotion) of Vedapattar, Lord Shiva subjected him to poverty. Unshaken by the adversity, Vedapattar gathered paddy by begging for cooking the Nivedhana for the Lord and left them for drying before the temple yard and went to the river for a bath. It began to rain suddenly. Vedapattar rushed to the place to save the paddy from being washed but found to his surprise that the rain water flowed a little away from the paddy without touching or wetting it. The Pandya King Rama Pandiyan knowing the incident prayed to the God that his Grace of his blessings to Vedapattar and protecting the paddy from the rain should ever be remembered by his name.