Nellaiappar Temple is one of the acclaimed Shiva Temple anchored in the affection of the Tirunelveli City, Tamil Nadu, India. One of the acclaimed temples in Tamil Nadu steeped in attitude and history and additionally accepted for its agreeable pillars and added ablaze sculptural splendours. This is the aboriginal better Shiva Temple in Tamil Nadu. This temple houses a altar to Shiva and Parvati dating aback in time accoutrement a 14 acre area. Shiva is said to accept been admirable by Agastya in a bamboo bracken and by Rama afterwards accepting dead Mareecha some nine afar abroad at Manoor. There is additionally a altar to Vishnu abreast the sanctum, blame the acceptance that Nellai Govindan (Vishnu) visited Tirunelveli to officiate the all-powerful alliance of Shiva and Kantimathi. There are several added legends associated with this temple.
Near Tirunelveli, are the nine Vaishnavite temples committed to Vishnu (the Alwar Nava Tiruppatis), the Krishnapuram Venkatachalapati temple with its ablaze sculptural work, Tiruchendur with its admirable and arty temple committed to Subramanya, and Kutralam a accepted day-tripper resort with its absorbing waterfalls and abundand accustomed beauty. The arena amid Tirunelveli and Kutralam abounds in accustomed splendour. Mention charge be fabricated of Tenkasi, Papanasam and Ambasamudram. Further, Kanyakumari the Southernmost tip of India is alone a brace of hours abroad from Tirunelveli.
Antiquity: The temple dates aback to 700 AD and has been articulate by the Saivite saint Tirugnana sambandar. Allegedly there were two audible temples for Shiva and his accompaniment both congenital by the Pandyan kings and the Sangili Mandapam bond these two were congenital in the 17th centuries. The building additionally date aback to aboriginal 17th century. There are inscriptions dating all the way aback to 950 AD in the temple.
Architecture: All-inclusive in area, this temple never ceases to abruptness visitors for the abundance of detail it has to offer. The agreeable pillars in the Mani Mandapam which aftermath complete in assorted pitches back addled (7th aeon AD by Nindrasir Nedumaran or Koon Pandyan), the Somavara Mandapam, the 1000 pillared hall, and the Tamra sabha with intricate copse work, and the Vasantha Mandapam are some of the noteworthy credibility in this temple. Lifelike sculptures beautify several of the mandapams in the temple, noteworthy ones actuality in the Sangili Mandapam which links the temples of Nellaiappar and Kantimathi in this all-inclusive temple complex.
Tamra Sabhai: The Copper Anteroom of Dance is a ablaze assignment of art, and is housed aural the close precincts of the temple. On the break of Arudra Darisanam (occurring in the Tamil ages of Margazhi - Dec 15 - Jan 15), the images of Nataraja and Sivakami are housed here, and busy adoration protocols are empiric during the achievement of the Cosmic Dance of Shiva. A altar to Sandana Sabhapati (adorned with sandal paste) is amid appropriate abaft the Tamra Sabha and to a company walking appear the Tamra Sabha, the aggregate of these, i.e. the eyes of Sandana Sabhapati apparent through the Tamra Sabha presents a ablaze spectacle. There is yet addition altar to Nataraja here, the Periya Sabhapati shrine. Religious casework are agitated out actuality on appropriate occasions, and this anniversary idol is never confused from this shrine.
Other: Navaratri, Tirukkalyanam in Aippasi, (Oct 15 - Nov 15) and Arudra Darisanam are some of the important festivals here. Arudra Darisanam attracts huge crowds here.The temple charriot is a massive one, additional allegedly alone to Tiruvarur. The Bhrammotsavam actuality lasts for an continued aeon of time during the Tamil ages of Aani (June 15 - July 15). Also, a Golden Temple car (First Inaugural run of Nellaiappar Temple Golden Car is November 2, 2009) will run during important festivals like Thirukalyanam, Kaarthigai, Aaruthra Anniversary etc