Kalkulam

Kalkulam, Sivalaya Ottam-7

Saivite Temples, Kanyakumari District

God

Neelakandar, facing east

Goddess

Anandavalli, facing east

Other Deities

Ganesha

Kalkulam is a large temple situated inside the ancient royal city of Padmanabhapuram. This was the capital of the Travancore Kings in the olden days. The east facing temple welcomes you with a large and magnificent 5 tiered Rajagopuram. The temple is in Dravidian style architecture. A large and beautiful temple tank is in the front and to the east of the temple. The temple has 2 Prakarams and the goddess shrine is separate.

Holy Water (Theertham) – Temple Tank

Sacred Tree (Sthala Vriksham) – No information

History

Kalkulam is an ancient temple served by the Travancore Kingdom for several centuries. This was their ancient capital and the present temple was built up by Marthanda Varma.

Legend

Kalkulam is the seventh temple where Bhima dropped the Rudraksha seed to slow down the creature chasing him when he was on a mission to procure its milk for a Yaga.

Directions

Kalkulam is 1.5 kilometers from Thucalay and adjacent to the Padmanabhapuram Palace.

Stay and Food

None locally. Closest place for food is Thucalay, stay is Nagercoil.

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