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Thirunelveli is also one of the five places where Lord Shiva is said to have demonstrated his dance, and there are stages / ambalams in all these places. Although Tirunelveli has the Thaamirai (Copper) Ambalam, the others are the Rathina Ambalam at Thiruvaalangadu (rathinam-ruby/red), Courtallam’s Chitra Ambalam (chitra-painting), Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple’s Velli Ambalam (velli-silver) and Amman Temple (velli-silver) and the Pon (Gold) Ambalam at Thillai Nataraja Temple, Chidambaram.
- God/Goddess : Nellaiyappar
- Amman / mother : Gandhimati,Vadivudaiamman.
- Thala Vruksham : Bamboo
- Theertham :
Potramaraikulam (Swarna Pushkarani Karumari Theertham,
- Prayer/Phrase : kaarana akamam, kamika akamam.
- Location: Tirunelveli ,Tamil Nadu.
According to the puranas, both the Gopurams were built by Muluthukanda Rama Pandiyan and the other important parts of the temple were constructed by Nindraseer Nedumaran who reigned in the 7th century A.D.
The mani mandapam with its famous musical pillar was built by Nindaraseer Nedumaran in the 7th century A.D.Two separate buildings with rooms in between were originally the Nellaiappar and Kanthimathi temples.
It was in 1647 A.D. that Thiru Vadamalaiappa Pillaiyan, a great devotee of Siva linked the two temples by building the “Chain mandapam”.
The flower garden that was built in 1756 A.D. is the western portion of the mandapam chain. Mudaliar by Thiruvengadakrishna.