Ilanji Thiruvilanji kumarar Temple :

God and Godess :

  • ilanji kumarar Swamy
  • Valli devi , Devasenai amman,
  • Lord Vinayaka

Location :

Ilanji Thiruvilanji kumarar Temple / Lord Muruga (Kumara swamy) temple, Ilanji , Tenkasi (Taluk),
Tirunalveli / Tirunelveli district-627805,
Tamilnadu.

Timings :

  • Morning 6:15 AM 12:30 PM
  • Evening 4:30PM 8:00PM

Temple History :

Ilanji Thiruvilanji Kumarar Temple is located at Ilanji in Tenkasi Taluka of Tirunelveli District of South India state Tamilnadu. Lord Muruga is known here in the name of Thiruvilanji Kumarar. The temple is located amidst a lush green locale and a mere visit to the temple surrounding is so pleasing. The temple is also rich in historical significance. It is believed that Courtaleeswar temple used to be a Vaishnava’s temple. Sage Agasthiyar was not allowed to enter the temple as he was a strong devotee of Shiva. The sage is said to have come to Ilanji and performed a penance. Lord Muruga, being the reigning god of the region, appeared before the sage and had asked him to visit the temple the following day, dressed as a Vaishnava’s. It is also believed that Sage Agasthiyar also made two lingas out of white sand available in the region, which was then converted into one. This linga is found within the Ilanji Kumaran temple premise under the name Iruvulaga Nayagar (Lord of Two worlds, referring to the combination of two lingas). Since the linga is made out of the sand, no abhishekas are performed to the linga. Goddess Parvati is known here as Iruvulaga Eeserkiniyal. As you move around the temple premise, you can observe several tall trees and wonderful greenery, making it a great visual treat for your eyes. There are also shrines here for Kanni Vinayakar, Suriyan (Sun God) and Suradevar (God who is said to cure people with fever; suram in Tamil stands for fever). Major lords of nearby temples like Courtaleswar, Tenkasi Viswanathar, and Kuzhalvai Mozhi Ammal also have a shrine at Ilanji. Sage Agasthiyar also has a shrine here.

History: Three great sages Kashyapa son of Lord Brahma, Kabila with the attributes of Lord Vishnu and Durvasa with the attributes of Lord Parameswara met at Thiri Koodachala and discussed some great philosophies to decide what ultimate reality was. Kabila insisted that Lord Vishnu was the ultimate reality while Kashyapa and Durvasa insisted that it was Brahma and Rudra respectively. Sage Durvasa approached Lord Muruga for a final verdict on the issue.Lord Muruga appeared before them as an alluring youth and said, “I alone create as Brahma, protect as Vishnu and destroy as Shiva.” He appeared before them as Lords Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva and said that he decided the past, present and the future. The sages prayed that He should stay in this place and impart wisdom to devotees. Granting their wish Lord Muruga chose this place and is blessing devotees.

Festivals :

  • Chitthirai Brahmotsavams (April – May)
  • Aipasi Skanda Shasti (Oct – Nov)
  • Aadi Kruthikai (July – Aug)
  • Thai Poosam (Jan – Feb)
  • Vaikasi Visagam(May – June)
  • Avani Pavithra Utsav (August – September)
  • Purattasi Navarathri(September – October)
  • Thirukarthikai (Nov – Dec)
  • Maha Shivaratri (Feb – March)

Ticket price for rituals, darshanams & special sevas :

  • Thiruvanandhal pooja – 6:00AM
  • Vizha pooja – 6:30AM
  • Sirukala sandhi pooja – 8:30AM
  • Kala Sandhi pooja – 10:30AM
  • Uchikalam pooja – 12:30PM
  • Sayaratchai pooja – 5:30PM
  • Arthajamam pooja – 9:00PM
  • Astothiram – 5
  • Panner fees – 5
  • Marriage – 500
  • Sthala history Book – 10
  • Special Entrance – 10
  • Thengai Udaippu – 3

Nearest Temples Around Ilanji Thiruvilanji kumarar Temple :

  • Papanasam Papanatha temple – 37 km
  • Tenkasi Kasi Viswanatha temple – 4 km
  • Sankarakovil Sankaranarayana temple – 47 km
  • Kadayam Vilava Vananathav 22 km
  • Kalugumalai Kalugasalamoorthy temple – 64 km
  • Tiruchendur Subramanya swamy temple – 119 km
  • Nagar coil Nagaraja temple – 129 km
  • Kanyakumari Bhagavathi Amman temple – 133 km
  • Mandaikadu Bhagavathi Amman temple – 148 km
  • Suchindram Thanumalayam temple – 136 km
  • Thiruvattar Adikesava temple – 155 km
  • Courtrallam/Kuttralam Kutranathar temple – 3 km
  • Srivilliputhur Andal /Nachiyar temple – 83 km
  • Srivilliputhur vaidyanatha temple – 84 km
  • Sathuragiri Sundaramahalingam temple – 114 km
  • Virudhunagar Chokkanatha temple – 26 km
  • Seithur Thirukanneswarv 61 km
  • Thangassery Amma Chiveedu moorthy temple – 102 km
  • Sasthamcotta Dharmasastha temple – 94 km
  • Oachira Parabrahma temple – 114 km
  • Sabarimalai(Patanamthitta) Dharmasastha/Ayyappa temple – 155 km
  • Aranmula Parthasarathi temple – 107 km
  • Malayalappuzha Malayalappuzha Devi temple – 94 km
  • Kaviyoor Mahadevar temple – 121 km

Nearest Bus Stations :

  • Shengottai – 5 km
  • Surandai – 21 km
  • Tenkasi – 7 km
  • Kadayanallur – 18 km
  • Kutralam – 3 km

Nearest Railwaystations :

  • Tenkasi – 6 km
  • Shengottai – 7 km
  • Kadayanallur – 19 km

Nearest Airports :

  • Coimbatore – 356 km
  • Cochin – 224 km
  • Trivendram – 121 km

Photos of the temple :