Nanguneri Vanamamalai Perumal Temple

Nanguneri Vanamamalai Perumal Temple is one of 108 Divya Desam. The temple is about 1500 BC, years old and later it was renovated by Pandya and Nayakar kings. This is a Swayamvektha Ksheram.Nanguneri or Vanamamalai is about 33 kms to south of Thirunelveli.

Legend has it when Asurs Madhu and Kaitapan were killed, their blood spread over the earth and started stinking. Bhooma Devi lost her purity, and she started meditating about Perumal who was pleased with her prayers, and he gave his darshan to her in Vaikunda Vimanam at this place. She was purified by Lord's darshan.

King of Sindhu land was cursed by Kusasana Muni, and he was roaming like a dog. Finally it reached this place and had a dip in the Chetru Thamarai Pushkarani. (Pushkarani with lotus flowers and the water is muddy). The dog came to its original form and worshipped here.

Vaanamaamalai Perumal has an imposing Gopuram and a sprawling lake - one of the four surviving lakes that gave Nanguneri its name - provide a majestic and impressive appearance to this temple town. In the sanctum, the Lord is in sitting posture under the canopy of Adi Sesha, flanked by Sridevi, Bhoodevi, sages Brighu, Markandeya, Surya, Chandra, all in deep devotion to the Lord. Urvashi and Thilothama are doing Chamara Seva. In the Artha Mandapam, the processional deity Deivanayakan with His consorts Ubhaya Nachiyar and Srivaramangai, and Aandaal are worshipped. There are shrines for Lord Rama, Krishna, Chakarathu Alwar, Lakshminarayana and Lakshmi Varahar.

There are excellent sculptures of Lord Vishnu's Dashavatara. Alwars have separate sannadhis. Two important halls, Jevvanthi Mandapam and Veerappa Naicker Mandapam, built during the Naicker rule, are known for their architectural grandeur.