Thirunelli Temple is the only temple in the world where the devotees can perform all the rituals related to one’s life, starting from birth to death and life after death. It is one of the most ancient temples in Kerala. It is believed that here the prathishta of Lord Vishnu was performed by Lord Brahma. It is also known as ”Sahyamala Kshetram” and ”Kashi of the South”. Thirunelli Temple is a 5000 year ancient temple and the presiding deity is Thirunelli Perumal(Lord Vishnu). It is known as Dakhin Kashi or the “Kashi of the South”.
Thirunelli Temple draws pilgrims from allover, primarily for ancestral rites. The rituals are performed on the banks of the stream Papanasini which flows down from Mount Brahmagiri. It is believed that this stream has divine power to dissolve sins of all the mortals. Another major attraction of the temple is the holy rock where people pray for their forefathers.
On the western side of the temple is the cave temple Gunnika, dedicated to Lord Shiva. Thus Thirunelli becomes blessed by the unique presence of all the members of the trinity.
The beautiful Brahmagiri hills and the surrounding lush green forests have made the temple premises a valley of tranquility. So everybody feels completely relaxed after sitting in the sanctum of the temple. The temple is an embodiment of ancient temple architecture. The aqueduct that brings water to the temple is also a witness to hundreds of years of history. Tholpetty Wildlife Sanctuary is just 6km away from here.
State : Kerala
District : Wayanad
Address : Mananthavady, Kerala 670646, India
Contact phone number : +91-4935-210201
Distance : 29km from Mananthavady, 100km from Mysore, about 1 Km Tholpetty, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, about 25 Km Pakshipatalam. and 20km from Kurava Island.
Timings : All days of the week 5:00 AM – 12:00 PM, 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
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