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Sri Adikeshava Perumal Temple in Kanyakumari!

By Siji Ram

Tamil Nadu is a land of temples. Even a small village here has its own temples and rituals that keep the traditions and rituals of the place alive. Sri Adikeshava Perumal Temple is one of the unique temples of Tamil Nadu. Let us get to know more about this temple.

Sri Adikeshava Perumal Temple is located in Thiruvattar, in Kanyakumari district of Tamil Nadu. It is one of the 108 important Vishnu temples (also known as Divya Deshams). The temple is surrounded by three rivers - Kothai, Thamirabharani and Pahrali.


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This temple is has a connection to Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram. The temple in Thiruvattar is older than the temple in Thiruvananthapuram, and is said that Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple was built resembling the Thiruvattar Adi Keshava Perumal Temple.

In both the temples, the idols of Lord Vishnu are placed in Bhujanga Saya position, and is said that both the idols are placed in such a way that the idols face each other. Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple faces the East and the Thiruvattar Sri Adikeshava Temple faces the West.


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The temple is built using Dravidian style of architecture, which is the typical style of architecture followed by temples in Kerala. One has to climb 18 steps to reach the sanctum sanctorum. The presiding deity here (Lord Vishnu) is made of a mixture of mustard, jiggery and lime powder.

The temple is rich in paintings, murals and sculptors that are crafted to perfection. The rituals performed here are similar to the Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple, and the priests of the temple are also Keralites.

The idol of Lord Vishnu lies on a snake in Bhujanga Sayana. The huge 22 feet long idol has to be seen through three doors of the temple. Another peculiarity of the temple is that the sun rays directly falls on the idol only for one week during the month of Puratasi and Panguni, which fall in March-April.


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Festivals of the temple

Vaikunda Ekadashi, one of the famous Hindu festivals, is observed and celebrated in the temple. Aipasi Brahmotsavam (October-November), Purattasi Saturdays (September-October) are other festivals observed here.

How to Reach the Temple

Thiruvattar is located around 30km from Nagercoil in Kanyakumari. Here is how to reach Nagercoil.

Other Places in Nagercoil

The other attractions of Nagercoil include tourist attractions like Olakaruvi and other temples too.
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