Abhimana Kshetram !! Sri Sankara Narayana Swami/Sankaran Kovil !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!
Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!
Sri Sankara  Narayana Swami Kovil/  Punnai Vanam / Sankaran Kovil is one of the Abhimana Kshetram of Lord Shiva & Lord Vishnu located in Thirunelveli District, Tamil Nadu.  This is one of the prominent temples Lord Sankara Narayana, an inseparable form of the entities of Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu built by King Ugrapandiya famous for its stunning architectural and craftsmanship.  This temple occupies massive acres of land with a majestic 9 tier tower Rajagopuram of 125ft height is well known for its exquisite murals and stone carvings.  In this temple Lord Shiva worshipped in the form of a self manifested Linga.


Presiding deity – Lord Sankara Narayana/Sankara Lingeswarar with his consort Goddess Sri Gomathi Ambal/Sri Chakrarajeswari/ Avudaiambikai


Theertham - Agni Theertham, Surya Theertham, Agastya Theertham, Bhairavi Theertham, Gouri Theertham, Naga Theertham


Sannidhis – Lord Ganesha, Lord Nandikeshwara with his consort Suyajadevi, Lord Subramanya with his consorts Goddess Sri Valli & Deivayanai, Sankara Narayana, Sankara Lingam, Navagrahas , Idols of  King Ugrapandiya,  Umapathi Sivachariyar, Manigrivah, Lord Vishnu with his consorts Goddess Sri devi & Boodevi Nachiyars, Lord Vanmikanathar, Lord Chandramouliswarar in the form of crystal Linga, Yoga Narasimha, Serpent God, Goshtamurtham – Lingodbhavar, Lord Vishnu,


Festivals – Maha Shivaratri, Adi Pooram, Panguni Uthiram, Chithirai Brahmostavam, Masi Makam, Thirukarthikai, Arudra Darisanam, Aippasi Annabhishekam, Thai Theppostavam, Chithirai Procession of deities, Thiru Kalyana Utsavam, Adi festival, Vaikunda Ekadashi, Skandhashashti, Thirukalyanam of Lord Subramanya,



The legend has that Goddess Sri Parvati earnestly requested Lord Shiva to narrate the supremacy between Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva.  Lord explains the inseparable existence of the two entities to Goddess Sri Parvati and also instructs her to undergo austerities on this sacred land of Punnai Vanam so as to reveal the unique form of Lord as Sankara Narayana.  Goddess Sri Parvati underwent severe penance as per the divine instruction of Lord Shiva and had the dharshan of Lord Sankara Narayana on this sacred land.


Another legend has that Manigrivah, the care taker of Punnai Vanam happened to witness the mound of mud/ant-hill, while clearing the heap accidently cut off the tail of a snake and found the presence of Linga on this place.  Eventually it was informed to the Umapathi Sivachariyar, passionate devotee of Lord Shiva and the King Ugrapandya who was ruled this city.  The King and his men paid a visit to this sight, a mysterious voice instructed to construct a temple on its place.  Thus, King Ugrapandya constructed a huge magnificent temple for the worship.  This temple housed the idol of King Ugrapandya, Umapathi Sivachariyar and Manigrivah as a mark of respect. 


This temple remains open from 5.00 AM to 1.00 PM in the morning and 4.00PM to 9.00 PM in the evenings.

Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!
Jai Sriman Narayana !!

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