Vilva Vananathar temple, Kadayam, Tirunelveli

Sri Vilvavananathar temple is positioned in the remote village cited as Kadayam, in the district of Tirunelveli, in the state of Tamil Nadu in South India. The main deity of this temple is Vilvavananathar (Lord Shiva) and his consort is none.

The holy tree of this temple is Vilwa. The holy water of this temple is Shiva theertham. The agamam or pooja of this temple is called as Kameeyam. This temple is approximately 1000-2000 years old in this region. The historical name of this unique place is Kadayam.

The important festivals of this temple are all the days of Ekadashi, Sankranti, Jalabhiseka, Shivrathri in February-March, Kartika Purnima, Arudra Darshan or Margazhi Tiruvadhirai in December-January, Aipasi Annabhishekam in October-November, feeding of Saint Gnanasambandar by Mother Parvathi in the month of Purattasi – September-October celebrated with grand rituals and pujas. These festivals are marked with special pujas and rituals for the Lord that is witnessed by the devotees and pilgrims.

The temple remains broadly open from 6.30 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 4.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m for all the pilgrims and devotees. The main deity is a swayambu murthy in this temple.

This temple largely reflects Dravidian temple architectural style in its temple complex. The main Vimanam or tower is filled with many artistic and craft works related to God and Goddesses of Hindu religion and the epics related to them. During all the festive days, the shrine remains wide open for Hindus without any break for worship and prayers. Special abhishekham are performed to the Lord on all auspicious days.

Address – Sri Vilvavananathar temple, Kadayam, Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu

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