In the state of Tamil Nadu in South India, Sri Tennazhagar temple is located in the small town named as Kovilkulam near Ambasamudram in the district of Tirunelveli. The important deity of this temple is Thennazhagar – Vinnagar Perumal (Lord Vishnu) and his consorts are Soundaravalli and Sundaravalli. The festival deity of this temple is Soundararaja Perumal. The historical name of this particular place is Tirupothiyil Vinnagaram.
The holy tree of this shrine is none. The holy water of this temple is Markandeya theertham. The agamam or pooja of this shrine is named as Vaikanasam. This temple is about 500-1000 years old.
Devotees and pilgrims largely assemble in the festivals of Aadi Pooram in July-August, Vaikunda Ekadasi in December-January and last Purattasi Saturday in September-October are celebrated in the temple. The shrine is open for all the Hindus from 7.00 a.m. to 9.00 a.m. and from 5.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. As per the Hindu religious scholars and pundits, ‘As the Murthy-idol is brought from Madurai Kallazhagar temple, Lord is named as Thennazhagar – Azhagar of South. He is also praised as Sripathy Vinnagar Peruman.”
According to the local legends, “As there was a tank around the temple earlier, the place is named Kovilkulam, Kovil-temple, kulam-tank. Sri Vishvaksenar, Nagar, Tirumangai Azhwar, Nammazhwar and Udayavar-Acharya Sri Ramanuja adore the front mandap. The temple was known for its festivals in earlier days.
Due to lack of proper administration, no festival is celebrated in the temple these days. On the other hand, Staunch Vishnu devotee Sage Markandeya was visiting many Vishnu shrines on earth. On his way to Pothigai Hills, responding to his prayer, Lord gave the sage His darshan with Mothers Soundaravalli and Sundaravalli.”
Address: Sri Thennazhagar Temple, Kovilkulam, Brahmmadesam Post, Ambasamudram Taluk, Tirunelveli district, Tamil Nadu