Sri Venkatachalapathy temple Krishnapuram

Krishnapuram Venkatachalapathy  temple(also called Krishnapuram Temple) in Krishnapuram, a village in Thirunelveli district in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu, is dedicated to the Lord Vishnu. It is located 10 kms from Thirunelveli .

The presiding deity is Venkatachalapathy in Tirumala and the thayars are Alarmel mangai and Padmavathi. There are seperate sannadhis for both the thayars in the praharam.

There are seperate shrines for

The main deity Sri Venkatachalapathy with Sridevi and Bhoomidevi

Alarmelmangai thayar

Padmavathi thayar

Garudan

Alwars and acharyas

The sculptures in this temple are mind blowing especially the Manmathan (God of Love) idol .

It is said the last King of Nayakar family named Krishnappa Nayakar built this temple to celebrate his victory, being Sri Venkatachalapathy his Kuladeivam .

The main significance of this temple is a 42 pillared Urtsava Mandapam with sculptures in this temple are mind blowing especially the Rathi Manmathan idol .

The sculptures of Rathi and Manmatha right opposite each other. Rathi’s hands are so beautifully depicted that the veins on her left wrist are clearly seen , so that one is tempted to actually feel the wrist to confirm if its only a sculpture and not a living person. One look at the beetal chewing Rathi leaves us with the same stunning feeling – For a minute, it seems that Rathi is actually standing there in front of us – alive- and chewing the leaves, such is the depiction. To her right, is a small bowl for her to spit the beetal leaves.

Opposite Rathi stands the 5 ½ feet Manmatha, with a bow in hand and truly handsome – The craftsmanship is of the highest order that it brings the sculpture to life . The sugarcane bow has a hole on top if u drop a needle r mustard its falls down as the bow has a slight bend it is amazing how they made this possible in a stone sculpture . Now this statue is undergoing some renovation as there has been a 1 and half feet damage in the bow downwards .

The temple dates back to 9th Century AD. There is one inscription in the temple and five copper plates from the 16th century indicating various grants to the temple. It is understood from the inscriptions that the temple was built by Krishnappa Nayak (1563–72), the son of Viswanatha Nayak, the founder of Madurai Nayak dynasty. Krishnappa is attributed to the construction of the precincts around the temple and the soaring temple tower. The copper plates from Sadasiva Raya indicate grants to light lamps perpetually and lay gardens. There were six villages to allow the continuous functioning of the temple.

Krishnappa Nayak also laid four streets around the temple for the smooth passing of the temple car. The villages Ariyakulam, Kodikulam, Kuthukaval, Puthaneri, Pottukalam, Sriramakulam and Alikudi were donated to the temple for the performance of daily poojas. An Agraharam with housing for 108 Brahmin families well-versed in Vedas and agamas was established. Deivachillayar (Mayilerum Perumal), the son-in-law of the minister of Viswanatha, played a key role in the construction of the temple.

The temple was originally administered as a sub temple of Ramaswamy temple of Thirunelveli, but came under the administration of Nellaippar temple from 1973. It came under the dominion of Tiruchendur Devastanam from 1986.

Many archeological students come here to admire the sculptures .

We visited this temple during our Thamirabharani pushkar trip . Near by temples being Nava Thirupathi 9 Divyadesham Perumal temples each one related to a Navagraha .

The temple arch
Our tour group in front of the temple
We both in temple corridor
Sculptures in the urtsava mandapam
The Manmathan idol under renovation
Elephant and Bull Sculpture
We both in front of the temple

Published by Ranjini Madhavan

Iam a homemaker who like to travel to spiritual places and like to share my spiritual tours , pictures and my personal tour experiences .Though am not expressive to put it in words thought it would be easy for others who likes to travel these places so that they may know what all places to be covered and a sweet memories for myself.

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