The Sri Swayambulinga Swami Temple is located in Uvari and is dedicated to God Swayambulinga Swami. The main deity in this temple at Uvari in Tirunelveli is Swayambunathar because he exists on his own. The Goddess in this temple is Brahma Sakthi. There is a spring that exists on sea sand - Which is a great speciality of this place. The Kadamba tree is considered sacred here and the water of the Teppakulam, holy. The story goes that there was a milk vendor who went a certain route every day. And on that route there was a root of the Kadamba tree that was obstructing his path. So one day he decided to cut the root and when he did that, he was taken aback to find blood flowing out of the root. He heard a voice from the sky (Asareeri) saying that God was there and that a temple was to be built there. The milk vendor built a temple there with palm leaves - Later a stone structure replaced this. This temple is very popular as people believe that the God here would cure anyone of any disease, even leprosy. Lingothbava idol is one of the 25 forms of the God here. This is not man made but a Swayambu. It is here Sun worshipped the God. The one wonder here is that Sunlight falls on the deity throughout the 30 days of Tamil month of Margazhi. Though Sunlight falls on the deity in some other temples also, it is just on a day or two only and not the whole month as is in Uvari. The presiding deity is not a sculptor-made idol but is one that exists of itself. Nature offers cooling the God by waving the fan (kavari) in Uvari. The water for Abishek of the God is drawn from the 4 Springs in the sea shore flowing pure water. Those suffering from stomach and the mentally retarded are cured by the grace of the God. Uvari is a tourism center of exceptional beauty both for devotees and the general visitor.
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- For cure from diseases
- For relief from effects of spells
- To ward off witchcraft
- To pray for happy marriages
- To pray for children
- To pray for happiness and peace of mind
Kailaasarana Shiva Chandramouli Phaneendra Maathaa Mukutee Zalaalee Kaarunya Sindhu Bhava Dukha Haaree Thujaveena Shambho Maja Kona Taaree
Meaning -Oh Lord Shiva who is seated on Mount Kailash, where the moon decorates his forehead and the king of serpents crown his head, who is merciful and removes delusion, You alone can protect me. I surrender to thee.
Aum Trayambakam Yajaamahey Sugandhim Pusti Vardhanam Urvaarukamiva Bandhanaath Mrutyor Muksheeya Maamritaat
Meaning -We worship the fragrant Lord Shiva, who has 3 eyes and who cultivates all beings. May He free me from death, for immortality, as even a cucumber is separated from its bond with the vine.
7 a.m. - 12 p.m.4 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.