Bhoothalingaswamy Temple is at Boothapandi. The boothapandi is a head quarter of Dovalai taluk in Kanyakumari District. It is just seven kilometers north east of Nagercoil. The village sits on the western bank of the river Pazhaiyar. Situated at the foot of the hill known as Thadakaimalai which is considered to be the abode of thadakai in the Ramayana, it forms a place of legendary importance The travancore Manual gives the information that Bhoothapandi is an ancient place founded by one of the pandya sovereigns and vague traditions are preserved in the keralopatti and kerala Mahamiyam wherein the Pandiya invasion of keral if referred to in a mythical form.
The Mahatmiyam says that the pandyas invaded kerala with an army of Bhuthatans (spirits) and they were defeated by Parasurama, the warrior sage. The boundary of kerala and Pandya kingdoms was fixed at Bhoothapandy as a compromise. A later interpretation brought to bear upon the Parasurama legend is that it is an allegoric representation of the advent of the Aryans into Kerala. This temple was constructed by The king pasum pon pandyan who is the son of Boothapandiyan. King Bootha pandiyan was ruled on the government AD25 to AD50 and than AD50 to AD75 ruled on pasum pon pandyan, so we can consider that the temple was constructed by pasum pon pandyan with his father name. suampu lingam Lord of sanctuary other name is called SALIAN KANDA THIRUMANI.
In the AD17th century saliar caste peoples were living in this town. A member of this community was worried that his cow was being milked by some unknown person. One day he followed the cow and discovered it discharging milk on a bush. Enraged at this he destroyed the bush where he found a stone idol. He slashed the idol and found it bleeding. So finally they decided construct the temple for that stone idol [lord siva] so this lord of sanctuary called as SALIAN KANDA THIRUMANI.
Structure Of Temple:
This temple faces east and there is a tank with a small mandapa on the northern side. The presiding deity is called Bhoothalingaswamy. The sanctorum of the temple is a crude cell excavated on the eastern face of a huge irregular mass of rock. The linga is also carved in the same rock. There is no vimana over this shrine. The Ardhamandapa and Mahamandapa were only later additions. The rock is grit round by a thick stonewall which gives it the appearance of a minor fort. On the right side of entrance to the sanctum is the image of Vinayak and the image of Nandi is in front of the linga.
On the right side of Nandi facing south is Nataraja with Sivakami ambal. Adithyan, Subramanian with valli and Deyvanai, Sandikeswarar are other deities of the temple. Out side the prakaram (outer courtyard), anyone will be allowed pooja to the Kasi Viswanathar and Ulagayanayagi. Besides the Bhuthalingaswamy is a separate shrine dedicated to sivakami ambal for which there is a small vimana above the shrine.
The front of Sivagami Ambal shrine is the best example of sculpture. The Manmathan and rathi are attracted the viewers. We can see the chain made by stone. The Ramayana says Rama killed Vaali from behind. The sculptor explained this stage superbly, if we stand in front of the Rama we can see the Vaali’s image, but if we stand in front of the Vaali’s image we cannot see the Rama’s image. The most beautiful piece of art in the temple lies in the wooden kalyanamedai the mandapa. It has been made so skillfully that the joints are invisible at all. The medai contains numerous multi-colored images. a Srichakram is engraved on the panel of pillar in the Kalyanamandpa. There is no inner prakaram for both the shrines. On the south west corner of the common prakaram of the shrines is vinayaga who is locally called “Ninaithathai Mudikkum Vinayakar”.
Yearly Thai (Tamil month), all members in bhuthapandy and its surrounding members allot a committee to celebrate a car festival, it is function for 10 days, Daily night katcheri, Orchestra, Bharatham dance by kids Competition, Light arrangement around four streets (rathaveethy), 4th day and 7 th day Thiruvila is great honourable moment with Elephant, Horse Bhavani, Siringari melam, Muthu kodai Bhavani. Kolam Competitions for all women and girls around streets, 9 th day is Therotam, 3 cars are decorated fully by garlands and the lord Bhoothalinga swamy is kept in big car, Ganapathy and Amman are in small car.
The place is renowned for its Car Festival during the month of “Thai” (Tamil calendar month from the mid of January to the mid of February). The Car (“Thiruther” in Tamil) is the heaviest in Kanyakumari District whereas the biggest is the one at Suchindram. The route to reach this place from District Capital Nagercoil is Nagercoil-Vadasery-Putheri-Erachakulam-Easanthimangalam-Thuvarancaud-Bhoothapandi (Totalling 9 km).