Venkatachalapathi Ottapidaram

Venkatachalapathi, Ottapidaram

Vaishnavite Temples - Thoothukudi


Venkatachalapathi, facing east


Sree Devi and Bhoodevi, along with main deity, facing east

Other Deities


Venkatachalapathi Ottapidaram is a small east-facing temple situated in a single beautiful Prakaram. The entrance is through a gateway in the east. Goddesses Sreedevi and Bhoodevi are along with the main deity on either side. There are some nice ornamental carvings on the sanctum sanctorum walls. A small Mandapam and Ardha Mandapam are in front of the sanctum sanctorum. Kappalottiya Tamizhan (VO Chidambaram) is said to have visited the Venkatachalapathi Ottapidaram temple to worship the Lord. This is also the village where VO Chidambaram was born and lived. His home has been converted into a library now. Panchalankurichi, from where Veerapandiya Kattabomman ruled is about 3 kilometers away.

Holy Water (Theertham) – No information

Sacred Tree (Sthala Vriksham) – No information


Venkatachalapathi Ottapidaram is an old temple as is evident from the architecture. Historical information is not available as of now.


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Venkatachalapathi Ottapidaram is 30 kilometers northwest of Thoothukudi and can be reached by taking a left at Kurukuchalai. Going straight at Kurukuchalai will take you to Eral and right to Vaippar and Sayalkudi. From Tirunelveli Venkatachalapathi Ottapidaram is about 40 kilometers via Seevalaperi and Maniyachi. Venkatachalapathi Ottapidaram is 35 kilometers southeast of Kovilpatti.

Stay and Food

None locally. The closest are Thoothukudi and Tirunelveli.

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