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Sri Vanniappar temple
Moolavar: Vanniappar
  Urchavar: -
  Amman / Thayar: Sivakama Sundari
  Thala Virutcham: -
  Theertham: -
  Agamam / Pooja : -
  Old year: 1000-2000 years old
  Historical Name: -
  City: AzhwArkurichi
  District: Tirunelveli
  State: Tamil Nadu
  Maha Shivrathri in February-March; Margazhi Tiruvadhirai in December-January; Panguni Uthiram in March-April and Tirukarthikai in November-December are the festivals celebrated in the temple.  
 Temple's Speciality:
  Traditionally, Navagrahas the nine planets are in a separate shrine in Shiva temple. They are in the form of Yantras on the roof of the Mandap before Lord’s shrine.  
Opening Time:
 The temple is open from 7.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m. and from 5.00 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. 
  Sri Vanniappar Temple, Alwarkurichi, Tirunelveli district.  
  +91- 4634-283 058. 
 General Information:
  The environment of the temple is too peaceful and pleasant for Siddhas and to those performing meditation.  
  An Ambica, in a pregnant posture appears in a pillar in the mandap opposite the Lord’s shrine.  Women perform abishek to Her praying for safe delivery of the child.  Women seeking child boon also worship here.  Virgins expecting to be married soon pray to Lord Vanniappar and Mother Sivakama Sundari.
Thanks giving:
  Devotees perform abishek and archanas to Lord and Mother. 
 Greatness Of Temple:
  It is said that those residing in the Panchakrosha Sthalas around Kasi – Varanasi, never think of sins by word or deed.  Likewise there are such five holy places around including this temple – Pappankulam Rameswarar, Papanasam Papanasa Nathar, Tiruvaleeswaram Tiruvaleeswara Nathar and Shiva Shailam Shivashailappar.  All the temples are within a radius of 25 km with convenient bus facility from Alwarkurichi.
The Navagrahas in the temple are in a rare different set up.  Instead being installed in a separate shrine, they are in Yantra form sculpted in the roof of the mandap before Lord’s shrine.  Such a Navagraha set up is in the Thanumalayan temple before the Neelakanda Vinayaka mandap in Suseendram in Kanyakumari district.  But this is the only temple Navagraha Yantras are before Lord Shiva shrine.  Along with other planets Rahu and Ketu are in serpent form with snake charmers playing them.
It is also believed that if the water in the Agni Theertha completely covers the Shivalinga in – drowned – there will be heavy rain.  Dharma Sastha is in the form of a peeta with Poorna and Pushkala nearby.  Karuvur Siddhar appears with a dog in a pillar.  The temple is in a green and pleasant environment for those to meditate calmly.
  Temple History:
  Agni-Fire is the power needed for good and bad.  No Yajna could be conducted, nivedhanas for Gods cooked or even domestic cooking can be done.  Dead bodies cannot be cremated without fire.  It is a need for both good and bad or sad jobs.
During a yajna conducted by sages, the fire did not burn as expected.  Angry sages cursed Agni-fire to lose its brightness.  Having failed to perform his duty perfectly resulting in the curse of sages, Agni made a Shivalinga and worshipped from the banks of river.  Lord Shiva appeared before Agni and restored his burning power as before.  Agni named the river Rama Nadhi as he helped to prove the chastity of Mother Sita.
Special Features:
  Miracle Based: Traditionally, Navagrahas the nine planets are in a separate shrine in Shiva temple. They are in the form of Yantras on the roof of the Mandap before Lord’s shrine.
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