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Sri Adi Kesava Perumal Temple is a Lord Vishnu temple in Thiruvattaru in Kanyakumari district of Tamil Nadu. It is one of the divya desams. Lord Vishnu is residing here in lying pose as in Thiruvananthapuram Ananda Padmanabha swamy temple

The temple is built in Kerala style and it has brilliant mandapams in wood and sculptures. Must see.

Lord Vishnu here was made by a special formula known as ‘Kadu Chakkarai Yogam’ and also of 16008 Salagramma stones.

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Parking Difficulty : Easy
Walking Needed : Less than 100 meters inside the temple
Time Needed : 20-30 minutes
Open Timings : 6.30 AM to 12:00 Noon and from 4.00 PM to 8.30 PM
Still Photography : Not Allowed inside the Inner Sanctum
Video Photography : Not Allowed inside the Inner Sanctum
Moolavar : Adikesava Perumal
Sthala Vruksham :
Theertham : Sea Water, Vattarum Rama Theertham
Traditional Name: Tiruvattaru
Padal : Nammalvar
Tropical Climate for most part of the year. Wear Cotton (March-November)
Wear Traditional Dress. Cover yourself decently
Avoid Shoes
Nearest Railway Station : Kulithurai (Marthandam) Railway Station
Nearest Airport : Chennai Airport
Nearest National Highway : NH66
Nearest Landmark : Kulasekaram Bus Stop

It is built on a raised platform. According to legend, a sister of Asura – Kesi has taken the form of river to flood this temple and circled around the temple – so known as Thiruvattaru. (meaning encircling). However, her efforts were in vain, as the temple raised itself by Bhooma Devi.

The temple also has Lord Shiva in the sanctum.

There is also a mandapam made of granite which we find in Madurai and Rameswaram temples and it was built by Naicker kings in the 15th centuries. For the historians, there are around 50 inscriptions inside the temple in both Tamil and Sanskrit including those relating to Kulothunga Chola I and his contribution to this temple

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