Krishnan, Nagercoil, Kanyakumari

Basic information about the temple

Moolavar:KrishnanAmbal / Thayar:Rukmini, Satyabhama
Deity:PerumalHistorical name:

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Timing:5.30 to 11 & 5.30 to 8Parikaram:

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City / town:NagercoilDistrict:Kanyakumari
Maps from (click): Current location Nagercoil (4 km)Kanyakumari (22 km)

Tirunelveli (83 km)Thoothukudi (130 km)


Nagercoil is located very close to Suchindram, and is about 20km from Kanyakumari.

Sthala puranam and temple information

This temple is considered the Guruvayoor of the south, and is a prominent temple in Nagercoil. The suburb in which this temple is located, has come to be called Krishnancoil.

Aditya Varman, a king of Thiruvananthapuram, was a staunch devotee of Lord Guruvayurappan and wanted to build a temple for him. One night, Lord Krishna appeared in the King’s dream as a child, with butter in his hand, and asked him to build the temple for him. The king installed an idol as visualized by him in the dream and built the temple.

As Krishna was a shepherd boy in his childhood, the utsavamurti is Rajagopalan here, along with Rukmini and Satyabhama.

Every evening, during ardhajama pooja, Krishna is put in a silver cradle and rocked with a thalattu (lullaby), to be put to bed. Many devotees observe this and pray for childbirth.


The garbhagriham is dedicated to Lord Krishna only and does not have shrines for any other deities, including in the koshtams. However, outside this (and within the temple premises) is a shrine for Dharma Sastha, and a Siva Lingam under a Kondrai tree as part of Nagar. The flagstaff has the images of the ashta-digpaalas (keepers of the eight directions).

Nammazhvar, Periyazhvar and Vishvaksena are enshrined in a common place. Garudazhwar stands in front of Krishnan.

The temple’s annual ten-day festival is conducted during the Tamil month of Chithirai (April-May).

Other information for your visit

The following important temples are in, or within close / driving distance from, Nagercoil:

There are budget and mid-range hotels in Nagercoil. Trivandrum and Tirunelveli are the closest large cities with good accommodation.

Krishnancoil in Nagercoil is the birthplace of yesteryear music director KV Mahadevan.


Phone: 04652 274499

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