Thiruchendur Located 48 kms from Thirunelveli, this 2000-year old temple is best known for the annual Kanda shasti festival that is celebrated here. At the festival the devotees re-enact the victory of Lord Muruga over Surapadman. Thiruchendur showcases Lord Muruga in a rare form. He is seen holding a string of rudraksha beads instead of his usual spear. The reason cited for this change is that he is worshipping Lord Shiva at this temple.