temple is one of the most ancient temples in Kerala. It is also known as ''Sahyamala Kshetram'' and ''Kashi of the South''. The
Temple is located at an altitude of about 900m in north Wayanad in a valley
encircled by mountains and beautiful forests. The temple faces east where sun
rises over the Udayagiri range.
A short walk from Thirunelli temple leads one to the clear mountain spring known as Papanasini. Pakshipathalam, an interesting sightseeing centre, is about 10kms away from here. Papanasini, the mountain stream spread out from the heart of Brahmagiri is about 1km away from the temple.
It is believed that Papanasini stream has divine power to suspend sins of all the mortals. A unique specialty of the temple is the holy rock where people pray for their forefathers.To the west side of the temple is the cave temple Gunnika, dedicated to Lord Shiva. Thus Thirunelli is blessed by the unique presence of all the members of the trinity.
In the temple premises there is a temple pond which is named as Panchatheertham. There is a boulder with the image of a footprint in the middle of the pond and it is called Vishnupada which is believed to be footprint of Lord Vishnu.
temple is located at Brahmagiri hill in Kerala which is dedicated to Lord
Vishnu. Thirunelli is the only temple
in the world where the devotees can achieve all the rituals related to one's
life, starting from birth to death and life after death.
Thirunelli serves as an amazing spiritual tour spot. It is believed that the temple was built by Lord Brahma. Once when Lord Brahma while traversing the world, saw an idol which was Lord Vishnu resting on an amla tree in the valley and this is the reason behind that the place came to be named Thirunelli.
Veda Vyasa mentioned in Padma Purana, about a beautiful Vishnu temple located in the scenic Sahya valley deep in the center of the forest. Thirunelli temple is also referred to as Amalaka temple and Sidha temple.
Legend is that this temple was dedicated by Lord Brahma to worship Lord Vishnu. The idol is in the form of Chathurbhuja. Thirunelli temple acted as an important pilgrim center in south India during the period of influence of Bhaskara Ravi Varma, a Tamil Chola king during 962-1019 CE.