This is one of the premier Muruga kshetras of Tamil Nadu
establishing oneness of Vishnu and Siva - Hari-Hara abheda. This famous
temple, although dedicated to Subrahmanya, the Moolavar is Vishnu in the
form of Muruga, and very popular as Ilanji Andavar or Varadaraja Kumaran.
Incidentally this archamurti Varadaraja Kumaran is deemed one of the Trimurtis. It lies on river Chitra and is very near
Kutralam, renowned for its
waterfalls luring lakes of people during the rainy season. The temple built on
the Dravidian architectural style is quite vast in dimensions. It has two
sturdy prakaras and a mahadwara with an imposing high tower surmounting
it. There are scores of mini-shrines installed with the most adorable deities
both in the first and second prakaras. The well-chiselled icons of
Arupathumoovar, Surya, Valli, Devasena, Vinayakar, Kasi Viswanathar,
Visalakshi Tayar, Kutralanathar, Kulavaimouli Ammal, ' Sakti, Saptakannikar,
Saneswarar, Chandikeswarar, Bairavan, Arumugan and finally
Venugopalaswamy are installed in well-built nuni-mandirs of first prakara and
are receiving worship daily. The second prakara houses two garbha grihas -
one for Uma and Maheswar and the second for llanji Andavar. Ace
craftsmanship of the sculptors' breaks through every frame of construction.
Having enjoyed munificent royal endowments, every frame pleases the eye
the soul. The temple tree is called Mahilamaram and the thirtha, Chitra. Due to
vicinity of the famous Kutralam Water Falls .and enshrining Saivate and
Vaishnavate deities, its pull is immense and conferring of boons on the pious is
liberal. Hence huge crowds. Nityanaimithika worship is offered with due fervour.
lies 5 kms off Kutralam in the Tirunelveli district of Tamilnadu, accessible by