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Thirunattalam Sankaranarayanan Temple | TamilNadu, Kanyakumari

The temple epitomises the belief that Shiva and Vishnu are two parts of the single Supreme. The shrine is the twelfth and last in the Shivalaya ottam sequence. It is only after worshipping Vishnu at the Shankara narayanan temple, the divine run is considered to be complete.


Vyakrapadan, the Shiva devotee was chasing Bhima who was chanting Lord Vishnu's name. The legend of the temple states that Shiva and Vishnu gave darshan together to Vyakrapadan here at Thirunattalam to make him understand that both of them are one.This temple is part of the famous Shivalaya Ottam.


The Thirunattalam Sankaranarayanan Temple has two shrines on either side of the vast temple pond.The first temple is the shrine for Sankaranarayanan while the second is the shrine for Ardhanareeshwara. The temple is constructed in Kerala style, made of stone with tiled roof. Pillars with sculptures adorn around the temple. There is a kodimaram in front of the temple

Darsan Info

Thirunattalam Sankaranarayanan Temple timings :5.00 AM to 11.00 AM and 5.00 PM to 8.00 PM.The temple is a part of the famed Shivalaya ottam conducted during Shivratri. It is the twelfth and the last temple in the run sequence.

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Darsan Dresscode

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. It is an agricultural area which provides fresh fruits and vegetables

Language Spoken:Tamil

Location and Contact

Nattalam, Tamil Nadu

Marthandam is well connected to other parts of the state by road and rail. Buses, autos, taxis are available from Marthandam to the temple. Buses  and taxis also ply from Kulasekharam, Thuckalay, Nagercoil etc.

Additional Info

  1. Accommodation available at Marthandam
    Hotel Manu
    Hotel Chitra
    Taj hotel
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Temple Rituals

The priests perform daily rituals and puja to the diety.

Regular Offerings

flowers, incense

Special rituals

On Sivarathri day there will be four special Yama Poojas. After the fourth pooja, devotees get Vibhuti as prasada, which indicates the end of their Sivarathri fast.

famous Festivals

March - Sivrathri, Sivalaya ottam(Feb/Mar)
December - Thiruvathira 

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