Meenakshisundareswarar Sundaresapuram

Meenakshisundareswarar, Sundaresapuram

Saivite Temples - Tirunelveli District


Sundareswarar, facing east


Meenakshi, facing south

Other Deities

Vinayaka, Suryan, Kanni Vinayaka, Kalyana Muruga with consorts, Saneeswara, Aghorabhairava, Akarshanabhairava, Navagraha, Chandran. Sanctum niches – Dakshinamurthy, Durga, Chandikeswara

Meenakshisundareswarar Sundaresapuram is an unbelievably beautiful small temple with wonderful sculptures all around. Some time back this temple was in ruins, the sandalwood flagstaff and the beautiful idol of the goddess had been stolen and the place was filled with weeds and snakes. Locals and many Saivite devotees joined in cleaning up and restoring the temple back to its old glory. A single inner Prakaram inside a compound wall houses the shrines and the sanctum sanctorum. The inner Prakaram has a cloistered mandapam all around. The Mahamantapam in front of the sanctum sanctorum has some wonderful carvings on the pillars. The pillars are all exquisitely carved with intricate ornamental patterns. One carving of Perumal embracing Anjaneya is particularly important to look at. The idols are also ancient and beautiful works of art. The sculptures and pillars look as good as new. There should have been an outer Prakaram in the olden days and this should have been a very large temple. A small temple tank is in front in the middle of green fields. The area itself is very beautiful and the temple is the lone structure in the middle of coconut trees on one side and fields on the other.

Holy Water (Theertham) – Temple Tank

Sacred Tree (Sthala Vriksham) – No information


Meenakshisundareswarar Sundaresapuram is an ancient temple as is evident from the wonderful old carvings and the inscriptions found here. We came to know that this temple was constructed during the 8th Century CE.


Shenbagarama Pandyan during his tour of this wonderful area was overwhelmed by the beauty of this spot where Sage Agastya is believed to have performed penance and Pulipani Sidhdhar had spent a long time worshiping the Lord. He accepted the request of the locals and constructed Meenakshisundareswarar Sundaresapuram. To ensure speedy and efficient construction he had built a fort out of mud and stayed here.


Meenakshisundareswarar Sundaresapuram is about 5.5 kilometers northeast of Kadayanallur. Refer to our map below to reach the temple.

Stay and Food

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

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