Thiruneelakanteswarar Kayathaar

Thiruneelakanteswarar, Kayathaar

Saivite Temples - Thoothukudi


Thiruneelakanteswarar, facing east


Thirumalai Nayaki, facing south

Other Deities

Ganesha, Murugan, Bhairava, Athma Lingam, Suryan, Perumal, Chamundeswari, Navagraha. Sanctum niches are empty except for Dakshinamurthy

Thiruneelakanteswarar Kayathaar is a large east-facing temple with a 5 tiered Rajagopuram at the entrance. A single large Prakaram is enclosed by a large compound wall. The north and south sides of the Prakaram have corridor Mantapas on the walls. At the western corners of these Mantapas are Ganesha and Muruga. Beautiful, but damaged, old idols of both are kept outside with the recent ones in the shrines. There are many old damaged old idols lying about in the Prakaram. The sanctum sanctorum is a huge tall stone structure.

Holy Water (Theertham) – No information

Sacred Tree (Sthala Vriksham) – No information


Thiruneelakanteswarar Kayathaar was built by Thirumalai Nayak (Regnal years 1623–1659 CE). There are some inscriptions on the steps leading to the Mahamantapam.


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Thiruneelakanteswarar Kayathaar is about 30 kilometers north of Tirunelveli, off the Madurai Highway.

Stay and Food

None locally. The closest for food and stay is Tirunelveli.

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