In the sparsely populous area near Melankode, near the Velli mala, stands the small temple of Lord Shiva in his form of Kalakalar, or the one who defeated Yama. The temple is eighth in the sequence of the Sivalaya ottam. The saint Vyagrapadhar is believed to have visited the temple.
The legend of the deity temple is rooted in the mythological reference of Shiva as Kalantaka or Kalakar. Markandeya a devout follower of Lord Shiva, clung on to the lingam he was worshipping when Yamadeva came to take his should away. An angry Yama threw his noose to capture Markandeya. When the noose touched the linga, Shiva emerged from it and with his Trishul, killed the lord of death. On request of the Gods, Shiva resume ted Yama's life...View more
This temple is part of the famous Shivalaya Ottam.
The temple is small and located near the Velli mala. The shrine is made of stone and there is a small golden dome on top of the sanctum. The lingam of the temple is swayambhu and is believed to be bearing the marks when Yama threw his rope around it.
Devotees are advised to wear clean and traditional clothing. Western attire are not allowed in the temples of Tamil Nadu
Kanyakumari district is the southernmost tip of the Indian peninsula. The traditions and customs of the people are similar to those of the people of Kerala. Padmanabhapuram was the was the erstwhile capital of Travancore.
The priests perform daily rituals and puja to the diety.
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