Thirukkurungudi – One with Nature
Recently we (family) visited our native place Tirunelveli. We make it a point to visit the native place and the temple at least once a year.
During these visits we also make sure that we explore some of the nearby places. One such place is Thirukkurungudi. To be honest this was the first time I am hearing about this place, but my parents had known a bit about this place before.
Thirukkurungudi is a small village in the foot of the Western Ghats filled with rich tradition and history. A village so typical of the South TamilNadu, it has been built around the Nambi Rayar Temple. Most of the activities in this village revolve around the temple and agriculture.
The Nambi Rayar temple has a Shiva temple as well inside. So the single temple acts as the religious hub for both the beliefs. It was really heartening to see harmony between both the groups. I am not going in detail about the temple as there are quite some information about this temple in the net (surprisingly)! If you need more information about the temple and the place just Google “Thirukkurungudi”
You can find peace and harmony everywhere in this small village. This is a perfect place for both Shaivas and Vaishanavas. Then there is the Mahendra Giri hill which is believed to be the catapult for Lord Hanuman during his quest in searching Sita. It was from this mountain upon which Hanuman kept his leg and leapt in the sky to reach Lanka.
The Mahendra Giri is the most interesting place here. The hill is about ten minutes drive from the village. The entire hill is considered precious for lots of reasons. The Tirumalai Nambi temple on this hill is quite famous in this part and one can see lots of pilgrims walking up the hill to this temple.
Quite a few things impressed me about Thirukkurungudi and Mahendra Giri
• You can do a decent one day trekking. Walking up the hill until the temple and returning back will provide a good one day trek. If you want real adventure, take up a jeep ride from the temple at the base to the temple on the hill.
• Historical and religious.
• A haven for bird watching.
• Unpolluted and undeterred by the modernization.
• Harmony among the people irrespective of their religion and beliefs.
• A good weekend place for the locals.
• A beautiful village with a pleasant weather.
• Beautifully built old type houses that will keep you interested for quite sometime.
Overall, a beautiful place for a retirement or a weekend getaway if you are near Tirunelveli.