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Country  India
District  Tirunelveli
Founded by  Ukkira Pandiya Raja
Elevation  143 m
State  Tamil Nadu
Taluk  Sankarankoil taluk
Area rank  1st
Local time  Tuesday 11:10 PM
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Weather  29°C, Wind NW at 3 km/h, 68% Humidity
Neighborhoods  Ramalingapuram, Gandhi Nagar, Kela Amman Sannathi, Weavers Colony

Sankarankovil (சங்கரன்கோவில்) is a second largest municipality in the Tirunelveli district of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Sankarankovil is home to the Sankara Narayanar temple. It is situated at Tirunelveli district and 56 km away from Thirunelveli City. Sankarankovil is the second largest town in the district. It was formerly called Sankaranayinarkoil (சங்கரநயினார்கோவில்). As of 2011, the town had a population of 70, 574.

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Map of Sankarankovil, Tamil Nadu 627756

Sankarankovil siva vishnu temple


History

Sankarankovil is home to the Sankaranayinar temple. It is situated at Tirunelveli District and 56 km away from Thirunelveli City. Sankarankovil is the second largest town in the district. It is very noted for the "Adi Thabasu" festival. In older times, the city was called as Sankaranayinarkoil. Even now it is called as Sankarankovil.Once upon a time a "Devan" (Angel) called "Manikkeerivan" was cursed by Goddess Parvathi. Because of which, he had to come to earth and work as gardener in a beautiful garden. One day while he was clearing a snake pit, the snake tail was also cut. He found a Sivalingam next to the snake. He went and informed about this to his king Ukkira Pandiyan. The king considered it to be the god's wish to stay there and constructed the temple and a city around.The Puthu Maan in the temple is taken as a holy sand which could cure lot of disease by all devotees.

The snake pit (Ant Hill) is called "Vanmeekam" (Tamil: வன்மீகம்). Hence the deity Sri Sankaralingar is also called "Vanmeeganadhar" (Tamil: வன்மீகநாதர்)

Like every other temple, Sankarankovil has its own interesting story. Once the devotees of Lord Hari (or Vishnu) and Lord Shiva quarreled with each other to determine whose god is powerful. Then Lord Shiva appeared as Sankaranarayanar to mark his devotees to understand that both Hari and Shiva are one and the same. So it is held sacred by Saivites and those Hindus who believe that Siva and Vishnu are a single deity one in one and accordingly, desire to worship the two gods into one form. Srivaishnavites of Tamil Nadu who worship Lord Vishnu only, have not accepted the mingling of Siva and Vishnu thus, and therefore, they reject this deity of this temple which depicts the concept of Hari and Haran being one God.

It was built by Ukkira Pandiyan AC 900.It houses the deity by the name Sankara Narayanan, which is half Lord Shiva and the other half Lord Vishnu.

The deities of this temple are Sri Sankareswarar, Sri Gomathi Amman and Sri Sankara Narayanar.

Sankarankovil is also said to be home to the deity named Avudai Ambal.

The general belief is that the Holy Sand "Puttrumann" (Puttru = Ant Hill, Mann = Sand) that one gets from this temple is capable of curing all the diseases. Devotees believe that Sankarankovil‘s Nagasunai (sacred tank) have been dug by serpent kings named Paduman and Sangam which has a miraculous power to heal those who bath there.Once a time a "Devan" (Angel) called "Manikkeerivan" was cursed by Goddess Parvathi. Because of which, he had to come to earth and work as gardener in a beautiful garden. One day while he was clearing a snake pit, the snake tail was also cut. He found a Sivalingam next to the snake. He went and informed about this to his king Ukkira Pandiyan. The king considered it to be the god's wish to stay there and constructed the temple and a city around.

The snake pit (Ant Hill) is called "Vanmeekam". Hence the deity Sri Sankaralingar is also called "Vanmeeganadhar" .

Neighbouring Areas

Sankarankovil is home to the Sankara Narayanan temple. It is situated at Tirunelveli district and 56 km away from Tirunelveli City. Sankarankovil is the second largest town in the district. It is also noted for the "Adi Thabasu" festival. In older times, the city was called as Sankaranayinarkoil. Even now it is called as Sankarankovil.

Like every other temple, Sankarankovil has its own interesting story. Once the devotees of Lord Hari (or Vishnu) and Lord Shiva quarreled with each other to determine whose god is powerful. Then Lord Shiva appeared as Sankaranarayanar to mark his devotees to understand that both Hari and Shiva are one and the same. So it is held sacred by Saivites and Vaishnavites as well. Hence this temple depicts the concept of Hari and Haran being one God.

Politics

Sankarankovil (State Assembly Constituency) is a part of Tenkasi (Lok Sabha constituency).

Elections contested:

  • March 2012 - April 2016 MLA of the Sankarankovil (State Assembly Constituency) is politician S. Muthuselvi.
  • May 2016 – Present MLA of the Sankarankovil (State Assembly Constituency) is politician V.M.Rajalakshmi(Minister Of Adi Dravidar and Tribal Welfare).
  • Demographics

    According to 2011 census, Sankarankoil had a population of 70, 574 with a sex-ratio of 1,012 females for every 1,000 males, much above the national average of 929. A total of 5,660 were under the age of six, constituting 2,867 males and 2,793 females. Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes accounted for 22.47% and .3% of the population respectively. The average literacy of the town was 74.9%, compared to the national average of 72.99%. The town had a total of 14536 households. There were a total of 24,064 workers, comprising 493 cultivators, 2,003 main agricultural labourers, 2,245 in house hold industries, 17,190 other workers, 2,133 marginal workers, 34 marginal cultivators, 247 marginal agricultural labourers, 413 marginal workers in household industries and 1,439 other marginal workers.

    Airport

    The nearest domestic airport is located in Madurai. It is 120 km away from Sankarankovil. Madurai has two airplanes to Chennai. The nearest international airport is located in Trivandrum. It is 148 km away from Sankarankovil.

    Bus Station

    Sankarankovil has two bus stand for people use.The main bus stand is nearby to the Sankarankovil Municipality office. The main bus stand is also called as Anna Bus Stand.The new bus stand is nearby to the Sankarankovil Taluk office. The new bus stand is also called as Thanthai Periyar New Bus Stand . Currently the new bus stand is not in use. But it will opening as soon as possible.

    Bus Track

    Sankarankovil is situated at the State Highways 41 and 76. Also it is situated near to the National Highways 07 and 208. So, there are so many buses passing through this town.The main bus track to the Cities / Towns like Tirunelveli, Madurai, Tuticorin, Nagercoil, Trichy / Tenkasi, Rajapalayam, Srivilliputhur, Sivakasi, Surandai, Kalugumalai, Thiruvenkatam, Valliyur, Courtallam, Shencottah, Aryankavu, Ambasamudram, Kanyakumari, Tiruchendur, Rameshwaram, Tirumangalam, Aruppukottai, Kovilpatti, Sivagiri, Kayathar, Sattur, Nanguneri, Ettaiyapuram and so on ....... Also there are so many travels in Sankarankovil. Sankarankovil has SETC buses also. They are travelling from Sankarankovil to Kodaikanal, Munnar, Madurai, Chennai, Coimbatore, Trichy, Palakkad, Calicut, Dindigul, Hosur and so on .......

    Railway Station

    There are three daily passenger trains Madurai to Shencottah through Sankarankovil. Also there are three daily passenger trains Shencottah to Madurai through Sankarankovil. Also there is daily two express trains. One is Chennai to Shencottah through Sankarankovil . Also there is Shencottah to Chennai through Sankarankovil.

    New Railway Tracks For SNKL

  • Sankarankovil to Tirunelveli
  • Sankarankovil to Coimbatore
  • Sankarankovil to Chennai (Another Track)
  • Municipality

    Sankarankovil is the second largest municipality in Tirunelveli district. It is a growing town that includes many localities. Some of the localities includes as Karivalamvandha Nallur, Gomathi Nagar, Gomathiyapuram Nagar, Ramasamiapuram , Sangupuram Nagar, Lakshmiyapuram Nagar, Vadukkupudhur, Therkku Sankarankovil, NGO Colony, Ezhil Nagar, Mullai Nagar etc...Sankarankovil Municipality got the award for the best municipality in Tamil Nadu. In Tirunelveli district there is no Municipalities got this award is the most important thing

    Sankarankovil RTO ( Regional Transport Office )

    Sankarankovil RTO is newly opened by the honourable chief minister Ms. J.Jayalalitha Jayaram via video conference. It is situated at Thiruvallurar Nagar. Sankarankovil RTO No. Is TN - 79.

    Bank Branches in SNKL

  • State Bank of India ( SBI )
  • Indian Bank ( IB )
  • Karur Vysya Bank ( KVB )
  • Indian Overseas Bank ( IOB )
  • Andhra Bank ( AB )
  • Pandiyan Grama Bank ( PGB )
  • Canara Bank ( CB )
  • Tamilnad Mercantile Bank ( TMB )
  • Kumbakonam Paraspara Finance Pvt. Ltd
  • Corporation Bank ( CB )
  • City Union Bank ( CUB )
  • IDBI Bank ( IDBI )
  • State Bank of Travancore ( SBT )
  • ICICI Bank ( ICICI )
  • Equitas Bank ( EB )
  • Axis Bank ( AB )
  • Opening Shortly

    KOTAK MAHINDRA BANK, KARNATAKA BANK, BANK OF BARODA

    Education Institutions

  • AVK International Residential School, Sankarankovil
  • AVK Memorial Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Sankarankovil
  • VEL'S Public School, Sankarankovil
  • Sri Vaiyapuri Vidyalaya Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Sankarankovil
  • St . Joseph Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Sankarankovil
  • Sri Gomathi Ambal Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Sankarankovil
  • Sri Mahalakshmi Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Sankarankovil
  • Annai Velankanni ( AV ) Higher Secondary School, Sankarankovil
  • Annai Theresa Nursery and Primary School, Sankarankovil
  • Municipality School ( Total : 15 + )
  • Mahathma Nursery and Primary School, Sankarankovil
  • Angel Higher Secondary School, Sankarankovil
  • Sankaranarayana Play School, Sankarankovil
  • Mahathma Nursery and Primary School, Sankarankovil
  • Gomathi Sankar Nursery and Primary School, Sankarankovil
  • Sankaranarayanar Nursery and Primary School, Sankarankovil
  • Siva Nursery and Primary School, Sankarankovil
  • Sri Ramachandra Nursery and Primary School, Sankarankovil
  • 36 Grama Senaithalaivar Higher Secondary School, Sankarankovil
  • 24 Manai Thelungu Chettiyar Higher Secondary School, Sankarankovil
  • Sengunthar Higher Secondary School, Sankarankovil
  • Seventh Day Adventist Matriculation School, Sankarankovil
  • SNR Higher Secondary School, Sankarankovil
  • Sri Gomathi Ambal Government Boys Higher Secondary School, Sankarankovil
  • Sri Gomathi Ambal Government Girls Higher Secondary School, Sankarankovil
  • Vaniga Vysya Sangam Higher Secondary School, Sankarankovil
  • Jaya Matha Nursery and Primary School, Sankarankovil
  • Royal City Modern English School, Sankarankovil
  • Vivekanandha Nursery and Primary School, Sankarankovil
  • A.P.C Veerabaghu Nursery and Primary School, Sankarankovil
  • Notable Persons From Sankarankovil

  • Politician - Vaiko ( Founder of MDMK )
  • Politician - C. Karuppasamy Minister in ADMK Government (up to 22 October 2011)
  • Politician - S. Thangavelu Ex State Minister, Member of parliament (R.S.) D.M.K
  • Politician - S. Muthuselvi (ADMK)
  • Actor - Vivek
  • Writer - Devaneya Pavanar
  • Actor - S. J. Surya
  • Economy

    There are many industries in Sankarankovil. Apart from agri business, this town is well known for its textiles. Nearly about 4000 powerlooms is directly involved in producing various kinds of textile products like Terry towel, Cotton Sarees, lungies, hand kerchiefs,vinayakar towel etc.The produced product are marketed all over India directly. Subbulapuram, a village 14 km away from the city Sankarankovil, is popularly known as "TERRY CITY". TERYY TOWEL are largely manufactured in these places. By frankly saying that these are the places were cotton yarns are largely used. Perumbathur, a village 6 km away from Sankarankovil, is popularly known as "Flower City". Jasmine flowers are largely manufactured in these places.

    1. Weaving and sizing industries
    2. Plastic Moulding industries
    3. Spinning Mills
    4. Oil Industries
    5. Furniture manufacturing industries
    6. More Leather & welding Works, etc....
    7. Flower Farming

    References

    Sankarankovil Wikipedia


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