It was almost lunch time when I reached Vanamaamalai Nanguneri. There are 2 important aspects of this temple - the Jeer mutt and the Oil well.
The Jeer mutt is where the Vanamamalai Jeer stays and gives blessings to the devotees. Inspite of the timing we went, he took his time off to meet us!
Next is the oil well!!! No, not the Dubai oil well kinda ones. The oil used to bathe the sculpture of the Lord is collected and poured into a well! Its believed that this oil is capable of curing all ailments, either taken orally as a drop or applied on skin!
The name is derived from Nangu + Eri meaning Four Lakes! So that's a place surrounded by water everywhere. The Lord Vishnu here is Thanthondrinathar and his consort here is Sri Varamangai.
With that said, moving over to the architectural and sculptural marvels of the temple. On one of the outer prakaarams (corridors) atop, just below the roof were these gorgeous panels!
Remember the dancing Garuda of Thirukkurungudi? The same guy's here too!
Krishna playing his flute and the mesmerized women & cattle!
The dancing clown!
Shiva as Bikshadana, surrounded by wooed women. Spot one pregnant!!!
Dancing Shiva with Karaikkal Ammaiyar!
The 2 panels of Vamana & Thiruvikrama!
TO GET THERE:
From Tirunelveli: 31 km via Sengulam & Pannankulam
From Thirukkurungudi: 16km via Eruvadi
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Dedicated to Prof. Swaminathan & Co.