Melacheval Navaneetha Krishnar, and Tharuvai Temple, of Trunelveli.  

Posted by Shamala Krishnan

  1. Melacheval: NavaneethaKrishnar Temple.

    The temple is about 17 Kms from Thirunelveli to Ambasamudram.

    Main deity is known as Navaneetha Krishnan. The Deity is of Salagramaha Stone. Lord Krishna is a small boy with butter ball in his hands.

    The temple is of two prakaram with main sanctum, Artha mandapam, Maha mandapam and Mani mandapam. The temple structure is of stones.

    Purana says before independence the temple belonged to Trivandram district. There were Vedic pandits living in this village. Sri Villiputthurar listened to Bagawatham in Sanskrit and translated it in Tamil language.

    Vallimalay Kavirayar was the person who translated Tiruchendur Puranam in poetic form in this place.
    Vallimalay Kavirayar was not interested in studies, and he joined as a cook inTiruchendur Murugan Temple. One day when the Abishekam was taking place in the temple he was so deeply immersed, in watching the abishekam for Lord, he forgot to do the prasadam for Lord Murugan.

    Committee members were not happy about his act and they removed him from the job. Kavirayar was frustrated and wanted to commit suicide at that time Lord Murugan appeared before him and told him his birth was for some mission.

    Lord Murugan said the mission is not yet completed, and asked him to go to Cheval village and meet Krishna Sastry who will help him. He met Krishna sastry and learned that, Tiruchendur purana was in Sanskrit which he learnt and translated in Tamil in the form of Poem.

    He wanted the book to be realesed first at Tiruchendur Murugan temple. There he was insulted and the copy of the script thrown in the sea. The script was found by a devotee of Murugan, in Manaimuri, of SriLanka. He took the script and was reading it daily.

    Once there was poisonous viral attack due to which many lost their lives. The people in the land were devotee of Murugan was living, did not suffer. They came to know the script is holy book and that was the reason. Everyone from then on started reading the Script and worship Lord Murugan.

    There are beautiful sculptures carved on the wall to roof which depicts the stories of Ramayana

  2. Melacheval Lord Siva Temple:

    The main deity in the temple is Swayambu Lingam known as Aditta Varneswarar and his consort Soundra Ammal.

    There is a Dwajasthambam as we enter and nandi to front.
    Ganesha is known as Anugnay Vinayakar.
  3. Tharuvai: Perumal temple.

    The place is about 8 kms from Thirunelveli, on the banks of River Thamirabarani.

    Main deity is Venkatachalapathy with Sridevi and Bhoodevi.

    The temple is a small one with a prakaram and a mandapam with main sanctum.
    There is a small sanctum for Sastha near sthala vruksham.

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Childless couple can make a prayer to Deity Navaneethakrishnan of Melacheval. They will have to prepare Paal Payasam ( made of Milk) and offer to the deity on every ROHINI star of the month and consuma the payasam. They will be granted with the boon and blessed with a child.

S V Krishnan
a native of Melacheval Village

May 12, 2010 at 10:13 PM

Respected Madam,
Happen to chance upon your blog. Thanks for the effort.
I hail from Tharuvai, was looking for some reference in the net and landed up in your blog.
Interestingly my friend VJ Kumar runs a blog called which has the same appearance as your blog.
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Thanks and Regards

May 30, 2010 at 9:44 AM

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