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Sri Tennazhagar temple

Moolavar : Thennazhagar ? Vinnagar Perumal
Urchavar : Soundararaja Perumal
Amman / Thayar : Soundaravalli, Sundaravalli
Thala Virutcham : NA
Theertham : Markandeya theertham
Agamam / Pooja : Vaikanasam
Old year : 500-1000 years old
Historical Name : Tirupothiyil Vinnagaram
City : Ambasamudram, Kovilkulam
District : Tirunelveli
State : Tamil Nadu




   Aadi Pooram in July-August, last Purattasi Saturday in September-October and Vaikunda Ekadasi in December-January are the festivals celebrated in the temple.

Temple's Speciality:

   As the Murthy-idol is brought from Madurai Kallazhagar temple, Lord is named as Thennazhagar ? Azhagar of South. He is also praised as Sripathy Vinnagar Peruman.

Opening Time:

   The temple is open from 7.00 a.m. to 9.00 a.m. and from 5.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.


   Sri Thennazhagar Temple, Kovilkulam, Brahmmadesam Post, Ambasamudram Taluk, Tirunelveli district.


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General Information:

   As there was a tank around the temple earlier, the place is named Kovilkulam, Kovil-temple, kulam-tank.??Sri Vishvaksenar, Nagar, Tirumangai Azhwar, Nammazhwar and Udayavar-Acharya Sri Ramanuja adore the front mandap.??The temple was known for its festivals in earlier days.??Due to lack of proper administration, no festival is celebrated in the temple these days.


   Devotees pray to Lord Soundararaja Perumal seeking beautiful/handsome appearance.

Thanks giving:

   Devotees offer sweet pudding-Sarkarai Pongal to Perumal as nivedhana and perform special pujas.

Greatness Of Temple:

   Presiding deity Perumal in sanctum sanctorum is made of a lime mixture called Karai.??He graces in a standing form.??As the original idol was damaged due to age, this is made and installed again, hence Tirumanjanam is not offered to the idol.?Sage Markandeya is in a worshipping for near Perumal gracing with Mothers Soundaravalli and Sundaravalli.??Original Garudazhwar is on the temple wall on the northeast corner.??Special Tirumanjanam is offered to Garudazhwar only on Swati star day in Aadi-July-August.??He would be dressed with a shirt made of flowers.?Special pujas are performed for 10 days to Lord following the Aadi Pooram festival.

Temple History:

   Staunch Vishnu devotee Sage Markandeya was visiting many Vishnu shrines on earth.??On his way to Pothigai Hills, responding to his prayer, Lord gave the sage His darshan with Mothers Soundaravalli and Sundaravalli.There also lived here a staunch Vishnu devotee who wanted to have the darshan of Lord in idol form. Lord appeared in his dream and informed of His presence in idol form in Kallazhagar temple near Madurai. The devotee brought the idol and installed here. The temple was built later.

Special Features:


*Sources from Dinamalar.com

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