Jalakandeswarar Venkarai

Jalakandeswarar, Venkarai

Saivite Temples - Namakkal District


Jalakandeswarar, facing east


Akilandeswari, facing south

Other Deities


Jalakandeswarar Venkarai is an east-facing temple on a small rocky mound. The stone temple has an Ardha Mandapam before the sanctum sanctorum. Jalakandeswarar Venkarai is in a dilapidated condition and is being taken care of by a local youngster. During our visit, he had engaged an earth mover to create a path up the rocky mound to the temple. The temple survived major flooding by the Cauvery before the construction of the Mettur Dam further up. Another temple of Lord Vishnu being on lower elevation was completely damaged and has been rebuilt on higher grounds nearby. There are no other deities here except Vinayaka, a small goddess idol inside, and the old Nandi.

Holy Water (Theertham) – Cauvery River

Sacred Tree (Sthala Vriksham) – No information


Bheemeswarar Sarkar Manapalli is an old temple that has been renovated recently. Some of the idols including the Nandi are very old. Historical information is not available as of now.


Jalakandeswarar Venkarai temple survived major flooding by the Cauvery and is also called Udayamal Temple (the temple that did not break up).


Jalakandeswarar Venkarai is about 30 kilometers southwest of Namakkal via Paramathi, Velur, Pandamangalam and Kuchipalayam.

Stay and Food

None locally. The closest is Namakkal.

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