Tirunelli Mahavishnu Temple :

God and Godess :

  • Lord Vishnu
  • Lord shiva
  • Lord vinayaka
  • Goddess Bhagavathy 

Location :

Thirunelli Mahavishnu Temple
Thirunelly / Tirunelli, Mananthavady Taluk,
Wayanad district-670646

Timings :

  • Morning – 5:30 am to 12:00 pm
  • Evening – 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Temple History :

Thirunelli Sri Maha Vishnu temple is the most famous and powerful temple in Wayanad district of Kerala state. Lord Maha Vishnu is the presiding deity of this temple. This is the most ancient temple of Maha Vishnu in Kerala.The Maha Vishnu temple at Thirunelli is the only temple in the world, where the devotees can perform all the rituals related to one’s life, starting from birth to death and life after death. It is believed that the Idol of Lord Maha Vishnu here was installed by Lord Brahma Deva. This temple is also known as ”Sahyamala Kshetram” and ”Kashi of the South”. It is believed that making darshan of Lord Maha Vishnu here will make one free from all sins and hurdles in their life. Thirunelli Temple draws pilgrims from all over, primarily for ancestral rites. The rituals are performed on the banks of the stream Papanasini which flows down from Mount Brahmagiri. There is a small shrine for Maha Deva in the same temple premises, on the western side of the temple of Maha Vishnu, there is a cave temple Gunnika, dedicated to Lord Shiva. Thus Thirunelli becomes blessed by the unique presence of all the members of the trinity. The temple located between the beautiful Brahmagiri hills and the surrounding lush green forests have made the temple premises a valley of tranquility. So everybody feels completely relaxed after sitting in the sanctum of the temple. The temple is an embodiment of ancient temple architecture. The aqua duct that brings water to the temple is also a witness to hundreds of years of history.

Legend: The name of this place Thirunelli was derived from the word Nelli, in Malayalam/Tamil equivalent for Indian gooseberry (Amla) tree. Once when Lord Brahma while traversing the world, saw an idol of Lord Vishnu resting on an amla tree in the valley and thus the place came to be named Thirunelli. In Padma Purana (written by Veda Vyasa) there is mention of a beautiful Vishnu temple located in the picturesque Sahya valley deep in the middle of the forest. Thirunelli temple is also referred to as Amalaka temple and Siddha temple. During early times, water for temple use was brought from Papanasini stream. During a drought period, the wife of Chirackal Raja who was a member of the famous Vaarikkara Nayanar tTharavad, came with her attendants to temple to worship. She asked the Priest some water to dissolve the Sandal, which he was not able to give. Being enlightened about the water scarcity in the temple she asked her attendants to solve the problem. They found out the water source called Varaha in the thick forest. From there the water was brought, using bamboo halves for immediate use. Subsequent to her return home, she sent men and materials to construct the present stone aqueduct to bring the uninterrupted water supply to the temple. The granite open channels are supported by pillars with interesting murals carved on. Even till date, cold mountain stream water gushes out of this aqueduct.

Festivals :

  • Puthari
  • Chuttuvilakku
  • Navarathri
  • Shivarathri
  • Sreekrishnajayanthi

Ticket price for rituals, darshanams & special sevas :

  • Bali tharpana
  • Oraalpindam – 43 (one person alone is performing the rites, it is called )
  • Koottupindam – 43 (related family members also to sit together and do the rites along with the main performer)
  • Deepaaraadhana
  • Dandanamaskaara
  • Opening of Nada (Nirmalya Darsan ) – 5.30 a.m
  • Ethruthu pooja – 6.00 a.m
  • Seeveli – 6.30 a.m
  • Guruthi Nivedyam at Kizhukkavu Temple – 7.30 a.m
  • Pantheeradi Pooja – 7.45 p.m
  • Closing of Nada – 12.00 Noon
  • Evening Nada Opening – 5.30 p.m
  • Deeparadhana – 6.25 p.m
  • Closing time – 8.00 p.m

Nearest Temples Around Thiruvangad Ramaswamy temple :

  • Temple Name – Area/City – Distance (in KM)
  • Pulpalli Seetadevi temple – Wayanad district – 43.00 km
  • Kottiyur Akkare and Ikkare Mahadeva Temples – Kannur district – 52.00 km
  • Vadakara Lokanarkavu Temple – Kozhikode district – 92.00 km
  • kadirur Sri Suryanarayana Temple – Kannur district – 100.00 km
  • Peralasseri Subramanya Temple – Kannur district – 103.00 km
  • Thiruvangad Sri Rama Swamy temple – Kannur district – 106.00 km
  • Thayyil Venkataramana Temple – Kannur district – 115.00 km
  • Kozhikode Varakkal Durga Devi Temple – Kozhikode district – 121.00 km
  • Parassinikadavu Muthappan Madappura Temple – Kannur district – 121.00 km
  • Trichambaram Sri Krishna Temple – Kannur district – 125.00 km
  • Kozhikode Valayanad Devi Temple – Kozhikode district – 126.00 km
  • Kozhikode Srikanteswara Temple – Kozhikode district – 127.00 km
  • Kozhikode Tali Mahakshetram – Kozhikode district – 128.00 km
  • Cherukkunnu Sri Annapoorneswari Temple – Kannur district – 129.00 km
  • Taliparamba Sri Rajarajeswara Perumal Temple – Kannur district – 130.00 km
  • Alakode Arangam Mahadeva Temple – Kannur district – 132.00 km
  • Madaipara Madaikavu Bhadrakali Temple – Kannur district – 136.00 km
  • Payyanur Subramanya Swamy Temple – Kannur district – 150.00 km
  • Ooty Mariamman temple – Nilgiri district – 154.00 km
  • Angadipuram Thirumandhamkunnu bhagavathi temple – Malappuram district – 163.00 km
  • Kadampuzha Sri Bhagavathi temple – Malappuram district – 168.00 km
  • Alathiyur Sri Anjaneya temple – Malappuram district – 173.00 km
  • Tripramgode Garudankavu Temple – Malappuram district – 173.00 km
  • Thirunavaya Nava Mukunda Temple – Malappuram district – 177.00 km

Nearest Bus Stations :

  • Kalpetta – 55 km
  • Mananthavadi – 31 km
  • Kutta – 19 km

Nearest Railwaystations :

  • Kozhikode – 127 km
  • Mahe – 102 km
  • Kannur – 118 km
  • Nanajangud – 122 km

Nearest Airports :

  • Cochin – 287 km
  • Calicut/Kozhikode – 141 km
  • Kannur – 93 km
  • Bangalore – 313 km
  • Coimbatore – 241 km

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