Located 16kms West of Tirunelveli off the Papanasam Highway on the banks of Tamaraibarani is the over 750years old Navaneetha Krishnan temple in Melaseval. Spread over a huge 1acre complex, the temple has Saligrama Moolavar Lord in a unique standing posture holding Ghee in both his palms.
The temple dates back to reign of the Travancore kings with Kulasekara constructing the Prakara and the Thaayar Sannidhi.
Tamaraibarani Mahatmiyam refers to this place as ‘Jothirvanam’ and the existence of Gowri Theertham and Prabha Theertham.
Feeling tired after a long hot morning’s work, a cowherd, slept in the hot sun. To protect him from the belting sun, a snake that passed by cast its hood and gave him protection.A lad who was watching this told the cowherd that he would one day achieve princely status and that if he attained such a status, he should reward him for the prediction.
Surprisingly, the illiterate cowherd got a job in the kingdom of Travancore and soon through sheer hard work rose to become a minister. He searched for the lad who had predicted thus but could not find him. He then came here and built Navaneetha Krishna temple at Melaseval where the Lord is seen in the form of a young boy. The temple was later improved upon by the kings of Venad.
During the Venad rule, this place was referred to as Veera Kerala Puram and this temple followed the Kerala Tradition of Worship. In centuries gone by, this place had two Agraharams and was rich with the presence of learned scholars and the constant chanting of the Vedas.
The upper walls of the Maha Mandapa have over 40 exquisite carvings of Ramayana, Mahabaratha and Bhagavatha. There are also several inscriptions inside the temple in the outer prakara.
Lord Navaneetha Krishna is said to answer the sincere prayers of childless couples if they place the Naga vigraham inside the temple and offer Milk Payasam to the Lord.
Uriyadi – Krishna Jayanthi is celebrated in a grand manner at this temple
Margazhi Utsavam- 2nd 10days
Thai Poosam Annual Abhishekam
Thai Opening Day Garuda Seva
Chitrai Opening Day Garuda Seva
Moolavar : Navaneetha Krishnan East Facing Standing Posture
Thaayar : Rukmini/Satyabhama
Utsavar : Krishna
Temple Time : 10am-8pm
Contact : Rama Bhattar @ 0462 2582213 ( comes every morning from Palayamkottai)
How to reach
Buses ply every 10minutes between Tirunelveli and Papanasam. One can get down at Melaseval (about 20minutes from Tirunelveli). From Melaseval main road, an auto to the temple will cost Rs. 25/-
From Tirunelveli Junction, direct bus to Melaseval Krishna Temple – Bus Numbers: 14, 14A, 14C, 34G
From Cheran Maha Devi, Mini bus every hour from 9am
When here also visit, Ramaswamy Temple at Cheran Maha Devi (10kms West of here), Aadhi Varaha Perumal at Kallidaikurichi ( just over 15kms from here) and Kulasekara Perumal Rajagopalaswamy Temple in Mannar Koil near Ambasamudram (20kms from here)