Virabadhreswarar Temple, Thirparappu, Kanyakumari
|Architectural style:||Dravidian architecture|
Legend / Local stories
The Lord after destroying the Yagam of Dakshan as Veerabhadra has taken abode over here. It is believed Sage Vyagrapathar worshipped Lord Shiva here.
The temple has been built around 9th century though some carvings suggest it existed even before that. It is believed that Adi Shankaracharya used to visit and stay at this temple. King Sree Visakam Thirunal also used to visit this temple to offer his prayers.
The Temple is located on the left bank of the river in between the water falls and the weir. The Temple is enclosed by walls on all sides. This temple is situated in a very scenic background as the Kothaiyar river makes beautiful waterfalls near the temple. This temple is one in the Shivalaya Ottam temples. This temple is facing west. Presiding Deity is called as Veerabhadrar / Jatadharar. This Lord is very sweet for the sincere worshippers, is in a fierce form.
The Vimana(roof) of the shrine is adorned with sculptures. A stone Mandapam and a marker for a secret passage are the other important attractions. The Nandhi, in this temple, faces the north. At the entrance, on both sides, there are sanctorums for the Ambal and Vinayagar facing the east. On the outside of the temple there are statues of Lord Krishna with ghee and Lord Murugan with Vel.
The gold statue in the temple was kept in the Adhikesava Perumal Temple. The Sanctum is round shaped at the bottom and cone shaped toward the top. There is an abode for jvaradevar in the temple. Theertham of this Temple is River Kothaiyar. There are many old inscriptions in this temple including the one of the Pandiya king dated to ninth century.
Temple Opening Time
The Temple remains open from 5.00 AM to 11.00 AM and 5.00 PM to 8.00 PM. The temple is open for a longer time during festival and other important days.
- Shivalaya Ottam
- Panguni Kodiyetram – Peruvizha
How to Reach:
The Temple is located at about 7 Kms from Thirunanthikarai, 17 Kms from Vilavancode, 9 Kms from Thiruvattaru, 7 Kms from Kulasekharam, 15 Kms from Marthandam, 15 Kms from Kuzhithurai, 30 Kms from Colachel, 22 Kms from Thuckalay, 36 Kms from Nagercoil, 60 Kms from Kanyakumari and 53 Kms from Thiruvananthapuram. Nearest Railway Station is located at Kuzhithurai and Nearest Airport is located at Thiruvananthapuram.