It also remains a functioning pilgrimage center, visited by a few hundreds everyday, notwithstanding its desolate location in the middle of nowhere
It remains my favorite temple and deity
Few Kannadigas, or Telugu people or North Indians would have heard of Tiruvellarai, notwithstanding its 1200 year+ history
Yet the dilapidated look remains.
In my view the most under-visited and underrated temple in the country
Despite its sorry state, it remains a functioning temple. You have priests in there, and you have pilgrims who traverse long distances to visit it
Thiruvellarai isn't in that category. It is a living shrine!