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About Thirunelli Temple

Thirunelli Temple is an ancient temple located in Wayanad district. Nobody knows about the exact date of this temple's foundation, but it is said that Thirunelli was once a supreme town, and it was located in the middle of a closed jungle valley. There is a documentary written as proof that Thirunelli was an important town during the rule of Tamil Chera King, Bhaskara Ravi Varma. At that time, it was located in the middle of pilgrim center. This documentary is written by well-known historian V. R. Parameswaran Pillai. The name Thirunelli came from 'nelli,' which is a Tamil word meaning Indian gooseberry. Like all ancient temples, Thirunelli Temple also has a story behind it. Once Lord Brahma was traveling around the universe. While traveling, he saw a beautiful area - Brahmagiri Hill. There he saw an idol on an Amla tree. Lord Brahma identified that idol as Lord Vishnu and the place as Vaikuntha. With the help of Devas, Brahma installed the idol and named it as Sahyamalak Kshetra. It is said that people who take a bath in the water of this area get rid of the problems. Even after so many years, the head priest of this temple believes in leaving a portion of worship materials so that Lord Brahma come and perform the pooja. It is believed that the Lord Vishnu Parasurama has visited the Thirynelli and performed the pooja for his father, sage Jamadagni. Till now, these rituals are being followed. People from all around come here to feel the presence of Lord Vishnu.

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  • Best Time to Visit Morning, Evening
  • Facilities Food Stalls
  • Recommended Hours Min. 1 hour
  • Best Visited With Group, Solo, Family
  • Not Allowed Pets, Footwear
  • Allowed Camera, Video

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