Nellaiappar Temple

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Nellaiappar Temple is situated in Thirunelveli.  It is a twin temple dedicated to Goddess Parvathi and Lord Shiva. The lord is known as Nellaiappar with his consort Kanthimathi Amman 

Significance of Nellaiappar Temple:

The temple is also known as one of the 5 Pancha Sabhas (dance halls) of Nataraja (lord Shiva); Thirunelveli also is one of the five places where Lord Shiva is said to have displayed his dance and all these places have stages/ ambalams. While Tirunelveli has the Thaamirai (Copper) Ambalam, the others are the Rathina Ambalam at Thiruvaalangadu (rathinam – ruby / red), the Chitra Ambalam at Courtallam (chitra – painting), the Velli Ambalam at Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple (velli – silver) and the Pon (Gold) Ambalam at Thillai Nataraja Temple, Chidambaram.

The Copper Hall of Dance is a brilliant work of art, and is housed within the inner precincts of the temple. On the occasion of Arudra Darisanam (occurring in the Tamil month of Margazhi - Dec 15 - Jan 15), the images of Nataraja and Sivakami are housed here, and elaborate worship protocols are observed during the enactment of the Cosmic Dance of Shiva.

Temple Legend:

Once there was a poor Brahmin in this town named Veda Sarma who was a great Siva Bhakta. Every day he used to go out begging and the alms thus gathered were used by Veda Sarma for offering to the Lord. One day, when the brahmin was drying the paddy which he had collected for offering to Siva, it rained suddenly and Veda Sarma feared that all the paddy might be washed away due to heavy rains. He became much distressed and prayed for help to the Lord who took pity on him and protected the paddy from the rain by covering it and standing around it like a fence. So this place came to be known as Tiru Nel Veli (Tiru - means beautiful, Nel - means paddy and Veli - means fence). The Lord also came to be known as Nellaiappar

Temple Festivals:

  • 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 Bhrammotsavam here lasts for an extended period of time during the Tamil month of Aani (June 15 - July 15).
  •  A Golden Temple Car will run during important festivals like Tirukkalyanam, Karthikai,Arudra Festival 
  • During Thaipoosam Festival in Thai, Lord Shiva and Parvathy are taken to the banks of Thamirabarani River in Tirunelveli junction called "Thaipoosa Mandapam". Special rituals are undertaken there and the Lord return to the temple at night.
  • Prathosam Pooja
  • Masi Magam
  • Thiruvathirai
  • Karthigai Vazhipadu
  • Chitra Pournami

Temple Timings:

Morning : 06.00 AM - 01.00 PM
Evening : 04.30 PM - 09.30 PM


  • The Price of the Puja includes service charges, prasad, packing and courier cost and any other incidental charges
  • We are not agent of any temple, our representative will perform the puja on your behalf and collect the prasadam.
  • You will receive the prasadam within 30 days