Sankarankoil - Temple

The Southern part of India -Tirunelveli abounds in temples and Sankarankoil in Tirunelveli district is one of the five famous Shiva sthalas.

The presiding deity, Sankaranarayanar is a unique blend of Hari ( Narayana) and Shiva (Shankar), thus the name Shankaranarayanar.

Sankarankoil - Temple

The Lord has reiterated the fact that Hari and Shiva are one through this icon. The left side of the deity is smeared with sandal paste with a cobra , moon and deer denoting Shiva while the right side has Hari with Chanku and Chakra.

Legends of the temple

The temple is full of legends and let's take a look at few of them .

Gomati Amman, consort of Shiva, wanted to worship Shiva and Hari as one God. So, she undertook a penance at Pungavanakshetra for nine days in the tamil month of Aadi to worship them as one. On a full moon day, as desired by her, Sankaranarayanar appeared and blessed her.

There is another legend which says that Sambha and Padma ( serpent kings worshipping Shiva and Vishnu respectively) wanted to know as to who was superior Hari or Shiva ? It is at this place that they were shown that Shiva and Hari are the same .

Spiritual and historical facts are interspersed with the genesis of the temple.

Ugra Pandian who ruled this area used to visit Madurai on an elephant to worship Meenakshi. One day the elephant fell into a pit and did not move. Meanwhile a Harijan informed the King with panic that a cobra clinging to a Sivalingam besides an anthill is found in a dense jungle near by. The King at once rushed to the spot and witnessed the divine sight with awe. He then built a temple around the Lingam which is Sankaranarayanar koil or Sankarankoil.

The earth obtained from the anthill has therapeutic powers which has a holistic way of healing skin diseases. The scared earth is available in the temple in the form of globules.

(To be contd)

Usha Raja

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Comments

AMMAN GIVES CONFIDENCE OF OUR LIFE AND ALSO GIVES MORE SATISFACTION
Posted by R.PITCHAIMANI on 26 Apr 2012 04:06 PM
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Posted by Ramnath on 12 Dec 2011 02:24 PM
for any help regarding dharsan and any temple related help you may contact 09444670262
Posted by Ayyappan on 07 Dec 2011 02:07 PM
I like this
Posted by k.suresh on 13 Oct 2011 01:57 PM
super touriest place & silent for temple tamil nadu best records
Posted by thirunavukkarasu.a on 08 Apr 2011 01:35 PM
@Hariharan - Our family does follow a similar kind of tradition at Sankarankovil at Tirunelveli Dt. They say this lady is our ancestor and we visit her temple, but were told that it was due to a Brit and not due a muslim sultan. This could be a different version to this story, but we do've the tradition of following this and i'm also wondering you could be one of our distant relatives. You can contact me at keerthi.jeyaraj@gmail.com , we shall discuss further about this.
Posted by Keerthi Jeyaraj on 26 Nov 2010 08:48 PM
@Hariharan - Our family does follow a similar kind of tradition at Sankarankovil at Tirunelveli Dt. They say this lady is our ancestor and we visit her temple, but were told that it was due to a Brit and not due a muslim sultan. This could be a different version to this story, but we do've the tradition of following this and i'm also wondering you could be one of our distant relatives. You can contact me at keerthi.jeyaraj@gmail.com , we shall discuss further about this.
Posted by Keerthi Jeyaraj on 26 Nov 2010 08:47 PM
really its a good temple every should try to visit the temple atleast once in their lifetime. Thanks & regards saravanan.M
Posted by saravanan.M on 18 Sep 2010 10:22 AM
Our family members of about 25 people are planning for a Pilgrimage to Sankarankoil in December 2010. Could some one furnish particulars of Good accommodation (Hotel) for our stay in the town or nearby place.
Posted by Brahmanyan on 17 Sep 2010 10:20 AM
sankarankovil temple is very nice place to share our feeling to god.the deity gomathi ambal is very powerful. if we tell about our problems to her ,she will clear it,and make us very happy.the god shiva is also a powerful god.and there are so many good places to visit in this city. now i'm not be there but my thinking is fully in that temple only.i miss that temple alottttttt.
Posted by R.Shunmuga priya on 24 Aug 2010 04:24 PM
My native place is sankarankovil. still our family having good house at sankarankovil. Gomathi amman and Lord siva and vishnu & vinayaga and all god available in big temple . All are requested to visit this temple and get the blessings
Posted by jeyaramam on 20 Aug 2010 05:01 PM
the diety gomathi amman is very powerful.she gave me a lot of things,which i need at that time.lord sankaralingam&sankaranarayanan is also a powerful god.if anyone have a time means just go there and visit it.it's very nice place to visit it.there are so many wonder's were took place in that temple.it's a very powerful temple.now i'm in chennai i miss that a lot.now i'm waiting for the time to visit it.
Posted by R.Shunmuga priya on 06 Aug 2010 04:57 PM
the diety gomathi amman is very powerful.she gave me a lot of things,which i need at that time.lord sankaralingam&sankaranarayanan is also a powerful god.if anyone have a time means just go there and visit it.it's very nice place to visit it.there are so many wonder's were took place in that temple.it's a very powerful temple.now i'm in chennai i miss that a lot.now i'm waiting for the time to visit it.
Posted by R.Shunmuga priya on 06 Aug 2010 04:54 PM
Any person one time visit and coming all benifits lot of thanks to sankaranarayana
Posted by sivakumar on 03 Aug 2010 10:52 PM
It ts my nativeplace.it is very beautiful& very silent place.
Posted by s.sakthikkannan on 27 Jul 2010 05:33 PM
sankarankovil is a beautiful city. Temple is very beautiful.
Posted by Rohini on 21 Jul 2010 10:25 AM
anyone know if the puli thevar fort is still there?
Posted by raj on 19 Jul 2010 08:12 PM
Hi I am Sankaran sundararaman(S.S.RAMAN). Our native place is Sankarankovil. I was told that my gradfather SankuIyer had lots of land and he has donated most of them and is known as Sankupuram. I used to go to SNKL every year to worship our Kuladaivam Gomathi Amman. Very powerful deity.
Posted by S.S.RAMAN on 04 Jul 2010 11:38 AM
it is very beautiful temple
Posted by s.kannan on 16 May 2010 06:17 PM
Sankarankovil temple contact number is 04636 - 222265, from bangalore no direct trains,By train : u getdown in Kovilpatti from there 45 minits journey to SNKL. but now a days direct Parveen travels bus is there from B'lore to SNKL. (ABT A/C bus is there upto Rajapalayam, from there 30 minits journey to SNKL. Just u make a prarthana for Ankaprathatchana of Gomathi amman temple, and keep u'r wish in front of her and see the magic, 100% u'r wish will fullfill. she is very powerfull. All the best
Posted by supriya on 09 Apr 2010 03:06 PM
Sankarankoil is my native place. My family patriarchs have been the priests in the temple for many generations. My grandfather's name is Subbaraya Iyer and until last decade we used to own property in this place. We are basically Telugu people who settled in this place since time immemorial. I am trying to find why my ancestors immigrated here and from where in Andhra. Our family name is Gopithenna, which eventually came to be known as Gobithinna.
Posted by india_forever on 04 Apr 2010 11:45 AM
very good temple for nice
Posted by petchimuthu on 24 Mar 2010 07:46 PM
Can anyone provide the contact number of the temple. Also are there any good hotels near the temple.Example 5 to 10 minutes walk. I need come with my parents and we dont want distant hotels
Posted by Venkat on 01 Mar 2010 05:05 PM
hi,friends.. I want the full address i.e.,kovil street name,&pincode everything.
Posted by sundarajan on 26 Feb 2010 06:35 AM
SNKL is a good place to visit in south Tamilnadu, pls come & visit
Posted by S.Sivaramachandran on 21 Feb 2010 10:45 PM
for any help regarding dharsan and any temple related help you may contact 09444670262
Posted by S.Ayyappan on 12 Feb 2010 09:31 PM
Guys I was born in Sankaran kovil - our family house was @ the intersection of south car street and a lane leading to Temple. Anyone knows the postal address of the devastam to send money ? - Thx
Posted by Ravindran on 06 Feb 2010 02:21 AM
Have anyone heard of Kallichi Ammal or Kallutchi Ammal. She is said to be our Kula devam. But this was about 10 generations ago that She lived in Tirunelveli. Her story also came in the movie "visil" that She was buried alive by her brothers to be saved from a Muslim Sultan who was then attracted by her beauty. She was such a noble women that She became our gurdian angeal afterwadrs. There said to be a curse followed our family that no one ever had a girl born to them for about 7 generations. My Grand ma was said to be born to the 8th Generation. I now live in Canada and many have actually forgotten about our Kula deivam. But for some unknown reason I'm still anxiuos to know about Her and to connect with any remote relatives who still may keep the worship alive. Please help me if you know or come across any such details. I'll be grateful for the rest of my life.Thanks.Hariharan.
Posted by Hariharan on 30 Jan 2010 11:19 AM
Adi thapasu festival is very familiar one not only in tirunelveli dt but surrounding districts also.
Posted by r.pandi on 09 Jan 2010 07:49 PM
Hi dears, welcome 2 Sankarankovil. It's very nice place ya.Lot of temples, and tourist places surrounding in sankai. Ans spl for PRIYANI / MALLI(jasmine).Hlo Bhuvana , if u want any details abt sankai, contact me.Others also welcome.. Sankai Sheemai Jeeva s Pandian spandian1984@yahoo.co.in 955 1086 007
Posted by Jeeva on 24 Dec 2009 01:42 PM
sankarankovil is a beautiful city
Posted by sathish on 06 Nov 2009 11:39 AM
This is a great city,
Posted by murali on 13 Aug 2009 08:41 PM
Hello all, Janatha Hotels located 15 Km from Sankaran Kovil (Rs.150 by taxi) offers modern accommodation at very reasonable price. Single and double rooms with air-conditioning, LCD cable TV, 24 hour hot water and room service. Phone - 91-4636-233850 http://janathahotels.blogspot.com.Kindly note the correct blogsite address. Regards
Posted by Prasanna Kumar on 27 Jul 2009 10:59 AM
Hello all, Janatha Hotels located 15 Km from Sankaran Kovil (Rs.150 by taxi) offers modern accommodation at very reasonable price. Single and double rooms with air-conditioning, LCD cable TV, 24 hour hot water and room service. Phone - 91-4636-233850 http://janathahotel.blogspot.com
Posted by Prasanna Kumar on 23 Jul 2009 02:02 PM
am a native of sankaran kovil. my ancestores residence is in the south car street.you may kindly contact S.N.A.RAMASWAMY PATTAR,ph:04636-225850/222147 for monthly mailing of prasadams at a nominal fee.
Posted by A.SANKAR on 09 Jul 2009 09:55 PM
Dear Friends I was born in this town in 1957 and we had our grand father’s house just a few yards away from the temple. Last year when i went with my dad i could hardly get a lodge as many are taken by the traders. The city water supply is bad since 60s. We used to come from Madurai in 70s to see our grandma - the city has a nice milk kova / pada and buttermilk.The temple has Arumuga nainar sandhi - six headed Lord muruga - it is believed that the hole before Gomathi Amman Sanadhi cures people affected with black magic - even the temple tank has got lot of significance - the bottom of the tank is covered with rock - do not forget to visit the Elephant place. During Audi thapasu featival there will be free public dinner. Many to add ..
Posted by Ravindran Ramanathan on 07 Jul 2009 03:55 AM
hi, gomathi amman is our kuladeivam too. i would like to know what is the song by bharathiyar about gomathi amman. our native place is vadaku satiram near sankaran koil
Posted by ramamani on 22 Jun 2009 05:02 PM
Any suggestions on good accommodations near this temple? Also, any info on trains from bangalore will be very helpful. Thanks in advance.
Posted by Viswanath on 15 Mar 2009 10:14 PM
pls upload the picture of SANKARA LINGAM, sankaranarayana swamy. & GOMATHI AMBAL ON THIS WEB SITE i remember the aadi thabasu festevel is a famous one at sankaran koil
Posted by honda subramanian on 11 Feb 2009 01:35 PM
Good information and Gomathi Amman is our Kula Deivam. Information on stay(Hotel)at Sankaran Kovil can be provided.
Posted by Gopi on 04 Feb 2009 01:27 PM
I used to travel from chennai to Tirunelveli and take a bus to Sankarankoil. Its about 50 odd kms from tirunelveli or else take a train from chennai to tenkasi (i think it is Sengotai/quillon mail). If u are going to Sankaran kovil plan for a trip to tenkasi and chaturagiri worth seeing. You can enrol your name for monthly arachana at temple, they will send you prasadam every month. Thanga pavadai allangaram is very good on amman if u get chance don't miss. Gomathi amman thunai.
Posted by Diwakar Sankararaman on 26 Jan 2009 02:36 PM
Nice information you provided ,in addition you can provide informations about putruman(soil given as prasatham)and its healing power to skin diseases.
Posted by M.MuthuSwaamy on 25 Jan 2009 08:28 PM
Thats our kul deivam. Thanks to one and everyone for sharing this information. Mahakavi subramania Bharti's song on Gomathi amman and Puli thevar legend are few other things i can remember about this temple
Posted by Diwakar Sankararaman on 25 Jan 2009 06:22 PM
Nice to know the details of this temple from Chennai online which we are worshipping as our kula deivam and the above inputs are valuable information for our next generation.
Posted by Srikumar on 25 Jan 2009 12:54 PM
want to get the bus route and train route from chennai and contact address with phone number for sending money
Posted by bhuvanapriya.s on 20 Jan 2009 03:10 PM




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