Monday, November 25, 2013

Bhoothalingaswamy Temple, Bhoothapandy.

Bhoothapandy is situated at a distance of 7 kms from Nagercoil. The village derives its name from the Bhoothalingaswamy Temple situated there. The temple is a very ancient one believed to be constructed by the king Pasum Pon Pandyan who was the son of Bhoothapandyan. The lingam is believed to be a "swayambhu" one.
According to Kerala Mahatmiyam the Pandiyas invaded Kerala with an army of Bhuthathans (spirits) and they were defeated by the warrior sage, Parasurama. The boundary of Kerala and Pandya kingdoms were fixed at Bhoothapandy as a compromise.
Route: Trivandrum - Nagercoil - Vadasserri - Putheri - Erachakulam - Easantimangalam - Thuvarancaud - Bhoothapandy
The ride is a pretty scenic one through the interiors of rustic Tamilnadu.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Nagaraja Temple, Nagercoil.

Nagaraja Temple, from which the town of Nagercoil derives its name is situated in Nagercoil town. The main dieties are Anantha Krishna and Nagaraja.

A number of stone idols of Nagas can be found outside beneath the Banyan tree in front of the temple where the Lord Ganapathy is also located. People offer turmeric and milk on these idols, especially during the day of Ayilyam.

The large temple pond in front of the temple

The Upadevas are Mahadeva, Vighneswara, Devi, Subramanya Swami and temple guardian.
Nagercoil is situated at a distance of aound 65 kms from Trivandrum on the Kanyakumari route. Buses ply to Nagercoil from Trivandrum almost on an hourly basis.