Moondreeswaramudayar Athalanallur

Moondreeswaramudayar, Athalanallur

Saivite Temples - Tirunelveli District


Moondreeswaramudayar, facing east


Maragathavalli (Maragathambikai), facing south

Other Deities

Vinayaka, Muruga, Juradevar, Sapthamadar, Vinayaka, 4 Lingams, Muruga with consorts, Bhairava. Sanctum niches – Dakshinamurthy, Chandikeswara

Moondreeswaramudayar Athalanallur is an old east facing temple with 2 Prakarams. The outer Prakaram is filled with weeds and on the south side is an ancient dilapidated sanctum for Lord Shiva and his south-facing consort. The names of these deities are not known. The Inner Prakaram to the main temple is entered through a corridor that has the balipeedam, flagstaff, and Nandi. A small gopuram is on top of the door. The inner prakaram has cloistered Mandapams on all sides. The Dakshinamurthy idol here is different from others with the left leg folded up on top of the right knee. The feet of the folded leg is turned upwards. On the western side are 3 small shrines for Shiva Lingams. A Maha Mandapam and Ardha Mandapam is before the Sanctum Sanctorum of the Lord and the shrine of the goddess. The carvings and sculptures in Moondreeswaramudayar Athalanallur are good, particularly one of a priest performing Deepa Aradhana to Lord Muruga. The Tamiraparani river flows right behind the temple. From the looks of it and the surroundings, this would have been a large temple in the ancient past.

Holy Water (Theertham) – Tamiraparani River

Sacred Tree (Sthala Vriksham) – No information


Moondreeswaramudayar Athalanallur has a few inscriptions around the sanctum sanctorum. The details and historical information is not available as of now.


The lord at Moondreeswaramudayar Athalanallur is believed to represent the holy trinity of Shiva, Vishnu, and Brahma. Three is Moondru in Tamil and hence the name of the lord is Moondreeswaramudayar. Sage Agastya is believed to have visited this temple. Sidhdhars are believed to have lived here and their graves are said to be here.


Moondreeswaramudayar Athalanallur is about 5 kilometers south-west of Mukkudal. When coming from Tirunelveli take a right at Mukkudal to cross the Tamiraparani bridge, take a right, cross Thirupudaimarudur and continue on to reach Moondreeswaramudayar Athalanallur. Mukkudal is 26 kilometers west of Tirunelveli in the Kadayam, Tenkasi road.

Stay and Food

None locally. Closest is Ambasamudram.

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