Perunchadai Mahadevar Akkarai

Perunchadai Mahadevar, Akkarai

Saivite Temples, Kanyakumari District


Perunchadai Mahadevar, facing east



Other Deities

Sastha, Padmavinayaka, Bala Muruga

Perunchadai Mahadevar Akkarai is a small and beautiful east-facing temple with a single prakaram. The location of this temple is beautiful with the large Parakkai Lake on the west and surrounded by coconut groves and other trees all around. The carvings above the sanctum niches are very fine works. The Nandi idol on the sanctum sanctorum wall, the outer walls of the sanctum sanctorum are all wonderful. The campus is covered with shade-providing trees. A group of volunteers conducts the rituals regularly at Perunchadai Mahadevar Akkarai. The lingam is said to have matted hair like carving behind and hence the name Perun Chadai (large lock of hair).

Holy Water – No information

Sacred Tree (Sthala Vriksham) – No information


Perunchadai Mahadevar Akkarai is an ancient temple said to be about 1000 years old. Historical information is not available as of now.


The lingam at Perunchadai Mahadevar Akkarai is believed to have been installed by a Sage in ancient times.


Perunchadai Mahadevar Akkarai is 10 kilometers southeast of Nagercoil. From Nagercoil take the road going to Parakkai via Kottar. Just before the Madhusudhana Perumal Temple take a left to cross the Parakkai lake and reach Perunchadai Mahadevar Akkarai. Perunchadai Mahadevar Akkarai is about 12 kilometers northwest of Kanyakumari and you can reach it by taking the road going via Thamaraikulam. After Thamaraikulam take a left towards the west to reach Perunchadai Mahadevar Akkarai.

Stay and Food

None locally. The closest place for food and stay are Nagercoil and Kanyakumari.

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