Shankara Narayanan Temple & Arthanareeswarar Temple is twin Hindu Temples located at Thirunattalam Village in Kanyakumari District of Tamilnadu. The first temple, Shankara Narayanan Temple, the main god is Lord Vishnu and Lord Siva. Therefore, god is called as Sankaranarayanar. The second temple, Arthanareeswarar Temple, the main god is Lord Siva and Lord Parvathi in half Shiva & half Parvathi. Therefore, the presiding deity is called as Arthanareeswarar. The shrine is the twelfth and last in the Shivalaya Ottam sequence. It is only after worshipping Vishnu at the Shankara Narayanan temple, the divine run is considered complete.
Temple Opening Time
The Temple remains open from 5.00 AM to 11.00 AM and 5.00 PM to 8.00 PM.
There are morning and evening poojas in this temple. On Shivarathri day there will be four special Yama Poojas, in every two hours from 10 PM. After the fourth Yama pooja, by 4 AM, devotees will get Vibhuti and prasadam, which indicates their Shivarathri fast is over.
Maha Shivarathri, Panguni Utsavam, Chithirai Pournami, Krishna Jayanthi and Pradosham, Shivalaya Ottam are the important festivals in this temple. On the day of Shivarathri, devotees of Lord Siva will finish their 24-hour marathon in Thirunattalam starting from Thirumalai. It is the 12th temple in this maratho
Legend / Local stories
How to Reach:
The Temple is located at about 6 Kms from Marthandam, 8 Kms from Kuzhithurai, 12 Kms from Thuckalay, 13 Kms from Colachel, 16 Kms from Eraniel, 12 Kms from Thiruvattaru, 17 Kms from Kulasekharam, 27 Kms from Nagercoil, 50 Kms from Kanyakumari, 15 Kms from Vilavancode and 50 Kms from Thiruvananthapuram. Buses, autos, taxis are available from Marthandam to the temple. Buses and taxis also ply from Kulasekharam, Thuckalay, Nagercoil etc. Nearest Railway Station is located at Kuzhithurai (6 Kms) and Nearest Airport is located at Thiruvananthapuram (50 Kms).