Vilakku Maadam at Thirunelli Maha Vishnu Temple
A famous pilgrim centre visited by devotees mainly for paying homage to their ancestors, the Thirunelli temple is situated in a valley surrounded by mountain peaks and dense forests. It is dedicated to Lord Maha Vishnu, and has several legends associated with it. According to popular belief, Lord Brahma, the lord of creation, during one of his travels, saw an image of Lord Vishnu under a Nelli [gooseberry] tree. Later He installed and consecrated the idol.
Taking a dip in Papanasini, the mountain spring from Brahmagiri, is believed to wash away all the worldly sins and prepare the devotee for salvation. The Vilakku Maadam [traditional lamp sculpted from stone] and the Karingal Paathi [granite water channel] are a testimony to the enviable artistry of anonymous native craftsmen.
Temple Timings: 5.30 am to 12.30 pm & 5.30 pm to 08.30 pm
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