Sri Swayambulinga Swamy Temple


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Distance (From Kanyakumari): 52 Kms

Trip Duration (Including Travel): 3 Hours

Place Location: At Uvari Village

Transportation Options: Bus / Cab

Travel Tips: None

At a distance of 52 km from Kanyakumari and 70 km from Tirunelveli, Sri Swayambulinga Swamy Temple is situated at Uvari, a beautiful coastal village in Tirunelveli district of Tamilnadu. It is one of the popular pilgrimage places near Kanyakumari and Tirunelveli.

Sri Swayambulinga Swamy Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The main deity is Swayambunathar because he exists on his own. The Goddess in this temple is Brahma Sakthi. There are four springs near the sea shore, all with fine drinking water. The Kadamba tree is considered sacred here.

According to legend, there was a milk vendor who went a certain route every day. And on that route there was a root of the Kadamba tree that was obstructing his path. So one day he decided to cut the root and when he did that, he was taken aback to find blood flowing out of the root. He heard a voice from the sky saying that God was there and that a temple was to be built there. The milk vendor built a temple there with palm leaves and later a stone structure replaced this.

This is the place where Sun worshipped the God. Sun rays falls on the deity throughout Margazhi month, December-January. Though Sunlight falls on the deity in some other temples also, it is just on a day or two only. This is the only temple where Sunlight falls on the Lord for the whole month. This temple is very popular as people believe that the God here would cure anyone of any disease, even leprosy.

The 3 days Vaikashi Vishakam (May-June), Thai Poosam (January-February), and Panguni Uthiram (March-April) are the festivals that are celebrated here with great pomp and fervor.

Timings: 6 AM - 11 AM & 4 PM - 8 PM