Ramalinga Swamy Temple, Panagudi, Thirunelveli
Ramalinga Swamy Temple is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva located at Panagudi Village in Thirunelveli District of Tamilnadu. Presiding Deity is called as Ramalinga Swamy and Mother is called as Sivagami Ambal. The Temple is located in the heart of the town near the Bus stand. The Temple is believed to build in Panagudi by Uthama Pandyan of Tenkasi lineage during 14th Century. Hence the village is called as Uthamapandyapuram in olden days. In its initial days the temple was called as Nambi Singa Perumal Temple.
Fish Symbol had been engraved on top of the Chapparam located outside the temple attests that the temple was built by Pandyas. Locals believe that there was an underground tunnel in this temple and it ends in the well located at the backside of Sacred Heart School. It is believed that kings used this tunnel during emergency period. The temple at present is painted in a traditional Tamilnadu design of semman and white pattai, or saffron and white stripes on the temple compound walls. 10 days Annual Festival is celebrated with much fanfare in this Temple.
Panagudi is located at about 17 Kms from Radhapuram, 15 Kms from Valliyur, 57 Kms from Thirunelveli, 220 Kms from Madurai and 100 Kms from Thiruvananthapuram. Nearest Railway Station is located at Valliyur. Nearest Airport is located at Madurai and Thiruvananthapuram.