Karuvelankulam Nataraja Temple
Karivalamkulam Nataraja Temple in Thirunelveli is one of the five important Nataraja temples in India. This notable pilgrimage is built by King Sundara Pandyan of Thirunelveli to cure his only daughter, who was mentally deranged.
Important Poojas performed at the Temple
1. Thiruvathira Abhishekam 2. Ekaadasharudhraabhishekam 3. Vaakacharthu Pooja 4. Thailaabhishekam 5. Annadaanam 6. Dhrvyaabhishekam 7. Ksheeradhara 8. Panjaamritha Abhishekam 9. Swarnaakarshana Bhairava Yaagam 10. Dakshinaamoorthy Pooja 11. Shanidasha Parihaaram 12. Thirukalyaana Pushpaanjali 13. Pushpaabhishekam 14. Annaabhishekam 15. Deepaaraadhana with garland made of Amla.
The divine wedding (Thirukalyanam) of Nataraja-Sivakaami is also celebrated with much grandeur on the Thiruvonam day in the Malayalam month of Medam every year.
festival is celebrated on the 6th night of the dark Phalgun- Feb or March every
year. Devotees observe fast on this night and do not eat anything till night
and offer fruits, flowers and bel leaves on Shiva Linga. The Festival-
Mahashivaratri marks the night when Lord Shiva performed the 'Tandava'. People
believe that on this holy day Lord Shiva was married to Goddess Parvati.