Jayanteeswarar Thazhakudi

Jayanteeswarar, Thazhakudi

Saivite Temples, Kanyakumari District


Jayanteeswarar, facing east


Azhageswari, facing east

Other Deities

Ganesha, Naagar, Suryan, Kanni Vinayaka, Balasubramanya, Dakshinamurthy, Chandikeswara, Saneeswara, Nataraja, Sivakami, Kalabhairava, Chandran

Jayanteeswarar Thazhakudi is a large east facing temple with a 5 tier Rajagopuram at the entrance. The temple has 2 Prakarams. At the entrance to the sanctum sanctorum are two large, beautifully carved Dwarapalakas with such intricate details that you can see the veins in the feet. The Mantapams have some nice carvings and pillars. In between the covered corridor of the main deities in the pillars are two Dwarapalakas with very intricate details. A thin straw when inserted inside one ear can come out of the other and also through the noses. The Dakshinamurthy here is in a position where he can be circumambulated unlike other temples. The entrances all the way in and into the Sanctum Sanctorum are so large that an elephant can walk inside to perform ablution to the Lord. In effect the Sanctum Sanctorum itself is very large. The sculptures and carvings in the sanctum sanctorum are very beautiful and minute in detail. The inner Prakaram is filled with flowering plants. Kanni Vinayaka in the inner prakaram ahs Elephant as his miunt. The muruga idol is large and beautiful. The Nataraja idol is a masterpiece about 8 feet tall and carved out of stone. The large lake adjacent in the northern side adds beauty to this serenely located temple.

Holy Water – No information

Sacred Tree (Sthala Vriksham) – No information


About 5 stone inscriptions are found here at Jayanteeswarar Thazhakudi. They are not so old and oldest one goes back to 704 ME in the times of Veera Udaya Marthanda Varman mentioning the appointment of an accountant by name Ariyan Sokkan Periyaperumal Brahmadhiraja. An inscription dated 735 ME mentions gifts of lands by one Tiruthurai Nayinar Chidambaranathan for conducting services to the temple. Another one dated 744 ME mentions the gift of land for creating a Nandavanam (flower garden) by the same individual. Another inscription consisting of fragments in different stones dated 782 ME mentions a King called Tiruppa, rest missing,  of a gist of land for the perpetual burning of a lamp. An inscription dated 853 ME (1599 CE) registers the gift of land by an individual named Nallanayinan Pariyerumperumal. Another inscription on an oil mill at Talakudi mentions the gift of a mill for oil to the temple at Cape Comorin.


Jayanteeswarar Thazhakudi is connected with the legend of Indra, where his son Jeyendra came on the elephant Airavata and performed Abhisekam (Ablution) with the water carried in its trunk. This event was re-enacted in recent times during the Kumbabishekam of the temple.


Jayanteeswarar Thazhakudi is about 6 kilometers north of Nagercoil.

Stay and Food

None locally. Closest place for food and stay is Nagercoil.

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