Gajendravaradaswami Temple, Athalanallur, Tirunelveli

In the state of Tamil Nadu in South India, Sri Gajendravaradaswami temple is located in the small town named as Athalanallur in the district of Tirunelveli. The important deity of this temple is Adhimoolam (Lord Vishnu) and his consorts are Sri Andal. The festival deity of this temple is Gajendravaradhan.

This temple is about 500 years old in this district. The historical name of this particular place is Yanai Katha Nallur. The holy tree of this shrine is Vilwa. The holy water of this temple is Tambiraparani. The agamam or pooja of this shrine is named as Pancharatra.

It is most sought after temple in this district. The grand festivals of this temple are 3 day Thai Poosam festival in January-February, Vaikunda Ekadasi in December-January, Chithirai first day falling almost on April 14, Tirukarthikai in November-December, last Saturdays of Tamil months and all Saturdays in Purattasi (September-October) and 30 day Margazhi puja in December-January are celebrated.

The temple also remains open for long hours on all auspicious days and festive days. The temple remains open for all the Hindus who are devotees and pilgrims from early morning hours to late mid-noon and later in the evening hours to dusk.

According to the local legends, “Unlike in other temples, Lord Sri Gajendravardar graces with Mothers Sridevi and Bhoodevi, sages Brugu and Markandeya from His sanctum sanctorum. To realize their boons, devotees perform special tirumanjanam to Lord Gajendravarada with silk clothing and those wealthy offer jewels. They also offer Poochattai (garlands densely knit).” The temple is open for all the Hindus from 6.00 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.

Address: Sri Ganendravardaswami Temple, Athalanallur, Tirunelveli district. Tamil Nadu

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