Sri Mannar Rajagopalaswami temple is located in the sub-town named as Palayamkottai in the district of Tirunelveli, in the state of Tamil Nadu in South India. The primary Lord of this temple is Vedanarayana perumal, Gopalaswami (Lord Vishnu) and his consorts are Sridevi, Bhoodevi, Bama and Rukmini.
The agamam or pooja of this shrine is known as Kameeyam. This temple is approximately 500-1000 years old in this area. The historical name of this religious place is none. The holy tree of this shrine is Vilwa. The holy water of this temple is Well water.
Major Festivals at Mannar Rajagopalaswami Temple, Palayamkottai
It is to be noted that festivals of this shrine are Brahmmotsavam in Panguni – March-April, Vaikunda Ekadasi in December-January and Garudaseva on Purattasi Saturdays (September-October) are celebrated.
Sthalapuranam of Mannar Rajagopalaswami Temple, Palayamkottai
According to the local legends, “The temple is a blend of Mathura Krishna temple designs and Tamil architecture.” Within the temple complex, there are shrines for Dasavathara of Sri Vishnu, Shenbaga Vinayaka, 12 celebrated Alwars, Anjaneya and Paramapathanathar.
According to the Hindu religious scholars and pundits, “One Vishnu Priyan was the priest of the temple. His wife delivered only female children successively. The priest prayed for a male child to succeed him in the service of the Lord. As the next delivery also was of a female child, irate priest threw the Arti plate on the Lord as He did not respond to his prayer and this caused a small injury on the nose of the Lord. When he returned home, he found that the female child was a male one.”
Sri Mannar Rajagopalaswami Temple, Palayamkottai, Tirunelveli district, Tamil Nadu