Thirunelli Temple is an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu on the side of Brahmagiri hill in Kerala.There are sub-deities of Ganapathy and Nam.The temple is located at the altitude of about 900m in north . Thirunelli is a Wayanad temple surrounded by mountains and beautiful woods.Thirunelli temple in Wayanad is a must see for Hindu pilgrims visiting Kerala. It is open to all people without restrictions.While non-Hindus cannot enter into the temple. the temple has granite columns to protect it. There is stream by the name Papanashini nearby Thirunelly temple. An aqueduct from the Papanashini stream provides water for temple usage. because there is no well in the temple.The head priest of the temple leaves a fresh quantity of worshiping materials required for pooja in the temple before closing the temple at night.
Temple timings: At Morning: 5:30 am to 12:00 pm, At Evening: 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm
The history of Thirunelly temple was 3000 years old ago and the temple has granite columns to protect it. Another notable thing about this temple is that the Panchatheertha pond located near the temple .Five rivers used to meet in Panchatheertha pond in the past. In the summer the pond is waterless. Panchatheertha pond is surrounded by dense bushes. In the center of the pond there is a stone slab with the impression of Vishnu’s feet, which is referred to as Vishnu’s pad. Papanashini is considered to destroy the sins of pilgrims who take bath in it. In the dense jungles surrounding temple there are ruins of two ancient villages can be found.The temple is believed to have been built by Lord Brahma. There is no record is available to define the exact date of construction of the temple.The historian V. R.Parameswaran Pillai clearly stated that the temple was once an integral part of the early history of North Kerala.It is believed that here the prathishta of Lord Vishnu was performed by Lord Brahma. It is also known as ”Sahyamala Kshetram” and ”Kashi of the South”.
Festival and Architecture
The main festival celebrations in the temple are- Chuttuvilakku, Puthari, Sivarthri, Sreekrishnajayanti and Navarathri.The Thirunelly temple is a marvel of temple architecture.Stone carvings , intricate pillars and Kerala style of architecture can be seen into the temple. The temple has granite columns to protect it from the disasters.The shrine is shielded with 30 granite columns and the ground is paved with huge square pieces of granite. The crystal clear waters of the Papanasini river running downhill add the enchantment of the place.The eye-catching scenic beauty of the temple made it a center of tourist attraction. The beautiful backdrop of Brahmagiri hills provides an delightful charm to the nature around. The Vishnu temple at Thirunelly touched and truth by the streams of Papanasini provides eternal bliss to the visiting Travellers. The Thirunelly temple, also called the “Kasi of the south”, 32 km from Mananthavady. Believers say that the idol of Vishnu was installed here by Lord Brahma himself. Near the temple is the Papanasini river, the mystic water of this river can also wash a devotee’s sins.It is constructed with 30 granite columns to protect it. The typical Kerala architecture such as tile roofed structure of the inner sanctorum, the open courtyard around the sanctorum, the granite lamppost at the entrance etc fascinating Tourist.
How to Reach
By Train:Nearest railway stations: Mysore, about 130 Km / Kannur, about 130 Km
By Airport:Thiruvananthapuram International Airport is the Nearest airport.
By Bus terminals:Thirunelly Temple, about 600 m / Mananthavady, about 30 Km