Sankaranaaraayana Swamy Temple Sankarankovil
About Sankaranaaraayana Swamy Temple
Sankarankovil Temple has its own interesting story. Once the devotees of Lord Hari (or Vishnu) and Lord Shiva quarreled with each other to determine whose god is powerful. Then Lord Shiva appeared as Sankaranarayanar to mark his devotees to understand that both Hari and Shiva are one and the same. So it is held sacred by Saivites and those Hindus who believe that Siva and Vishnu are a single deity one in one and accordingly, desire to worship the two gods into one form.
Srivaishnavites of Tamil Nadu who worship Lord Vishnu only, have not accepted the mingling of Siva and Vishnu thus, and therefore, they reject this deity of this temple which depicts the concept of Hari and Haran being one God.
It is very famous for "Adi Thabasu" festival.
It was built by Ukkira Pandiya Thevar AC 900.It houses the deity by the name Sankara Narayanan, which is half - Lord Shiva and the other half - Lord Vishnu.
The deities of this temple are Sri Sankareswarar, Sri Gomathi Amman and Sri Sankara Narayanar.
The general belief is that the Holy Sand "Puttrumann" (Puttru = Ant Hill, Mann = Sand) that one gets from this temple is capable of curing all the diseases. Devotees believe that Sankarankovil‘s Nagasunai (sacred tank) have been dug by serpent kings named Paduman and Sangam which has a miraculous power to heal those who bathe there. The Annadhanam scheme is being conducted in the temple when daily noon meals are being provided for around 100 devotees.
The Puthu Maan in the temple is taken as a holy sand which could cure lot of disease by all devotees.
It is believed that all devotees who pray to the goddess Gomathi amman have always found solace.
By Rail:The Nearest station is Tirunelveli.
By Road: Sankaran Kovil is 54 KM north of Tirunelveli, 35KM south of Rajapalayam and 40 KM west of Kovilpatti. There are direct buses from Madurai, Tirunelveli and Kovilpatti
1.Sri Sudharsana Residency
2. AAR Royal Residency
3.Sivakasi Nadar Hotel
5.Sultan Briyani Hotel
There is a circle in front of Gomathi Amman Sannidhi. If the devotees sit at this circle and worship, wishes will get fulfilled. Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu jointly appear as a single Idol is specialty at this temple.
Temple Timings : 5.00 am to 12.30 pm and 4.00 pm to 9.00 pm.
Pooja Details : Poojas are performed seven times a day. They are:
Thiruvanandal :7.00 am.
Siru kala sandhi:8.30am.
Uchi kala sandhi:12.30pm.
Temple Festivals :
1.Aadi-Aadi Thapasu Festival -15days.
2.Purattasi- Navarathri - 9days.
3.Aippasi- Thiru Kalyanam - 12days.
4.Margazhi- Thiruvembhavai Festival -10 days.