About the temple
The temple is also called Vagulagiri Kshetram and the presiding deity is Sri Venkatachalapathy. The temple is on a small hill and is visible from the main road itself that goes to Tiruchendur. When King Subakandan was praying to Lord Venkateswara in Tirupati to relieve him of the untolerable pain he was suffering in the neck, the Lord is believed to have come in his dream and advised him to built a sandalwood chariot with good quality sandalwood from the nearby forest. The Lord told him that he would prevail in the two sticks that would remain. So, the lord here is in the form of two sandal sticks close to each other. The King was told to take the sticks to Karungulam and place them on the hill appropriately for permanent cure to his disease. The king according placed the sticks besides the existing Srinivasa temple and started worshipping the same. So there are two temples besides each other on this hill.
How to reach
The temple is just a few mtrs off the Tiruchendur main road and is visible from the road itself. It is near Sydunganallur and buses to Srivaikuntam also stop at Karungulam. The temple hill is on the right side while coming from Sydunganallur and on the left while coming from Tiruchendur side. The nearest railhead is Tirunelveli.
Venkatachalapathy perumal (Lord made of sandalwood sticks)
2nd temple -
Specialty of the temple
There are two temples - one of Srinivasar and another of Venkatachalapathy besides each other on the same hill.
The temple is said to be good for those suffering from heart diseases
The Lord is said to be relieve the devotees of Naga dosha and psychological problems like depression.
Many siddhas are said to have visited this temple and it is believed that they continue to live here in a different form. Sage Agasthiyar has also come to the temple several times.
The temple is open from 7 am to 10.30 am in the mornings and from 5 pm to 8 pm in the evenings.
Temples in proximity