Mayiladuthurai – South

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  • Mayiladuthurai – Kathiramangalam – Kumbakonam (North of Cauvery)
  • Mayiladuthurai – Kuttalam – Kumbakonam (South of Cauvery)
  • Poonthottam – Thiruveezhimalai – Nachiyar koil
  • Mayiladuthurai – Peralam (Thiruvarur)
  • Peralam – Karaikkal
  • Mangainallur – Poraiyar – Tharangambadi
  • Mayiladuthurai – Sembonar Kovil – Akkur
  • Sirkazhi – Karaikkal

Last updated: 18th Aug 2017

Note: The “Points of Interests” on lodging / restaurants are at end of the blog posting “Mayiladuthurai – North“.

All the temples of this directory have been marked here:

Legend of Shiva’s earthly marriage to Parvathi

The Mayiladuthurai – Kumbakonam region has many sacred places that are part of the great legend of Shiva’s earthly Marriage to Parvathi.

Parvathi devi once expressed her desire to have the experience of an earthly wedding to Shiva. This legend is believed to be in fulfillment of this wish expressed by her. A dispute in Mount Kailash occured over a game of chess. In accordance with the verdict of Shiva, Parvati recedes to an earthly life in cow’s form and amidst her wandering reaches a place called “Komal”, where Lord Vishnu assumes a form of a cowherd to take care of his sister.

God Vishnu, upset over the events, wanted to reconcile the couple. He went to Shiva to justify his case. Shiva told Vishnu about Parvati’s wish for an earthly wedding and assured Vishnu that all would lead to that end. He also told Vishnu to take the cow to bathe in the Cauvery so she could regain her original form. Vishnu did so and Parvati was released from the clutches of the curse in a place called “Thiruvaaduthurai”. In the sacrificial fire of Bharatvaja rishi at “Kuthaalam”, Parvati sheds Her assumed cow’s form and born as the daughter of Bharatvaja rishi in Her normal form. Shiva emerged from the lingam at “Thirutturutti” and married Parvathi.

Shiva – Parvathi marriage:

  • Shiva as the bridegroom is said to have been received at “Ethirkolpaadi” by His father-in-law Bharata Muni.
  • The yagna (Velvi) of Shiva’s marriage was conducted at “Thiruvelvikudi”. Shiva tied the ganganatharanam to Parvathi and hence this place is called Gouthugabandhana kshetram.
  • Shiva and Parvati then unite in marriage at “Thirumanancheri”. Bharata Muni approached Shiva for His hand in marriage to Parvati, thereby granting Her wish that She be married on earth. So Shiva is also called as ‘Sonavaararivaar’ for keeping up His word.

Mayiladuthurai – Kathiramangalam – Kumbakonam
(Kallanai – Poompuhar road North of Cauvery)

Sri Thirumeni Azagiya nather Shiva temple at Mappadugai

This is an ancient temple located at 4 kms west of Mayliaduthurai en route Kathiramangalam. There is a big temple tank attached to it. 

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Sri Vanamutti Perumal (aka) Sri Srinivasa Perumal at Kozhikuthi 

Location: This is located at 7 kms west of Mayliaduthurai en route Kathiramangalam.
Presiding Deities:
Sri Vanamutti Perumal, Sri Srinivasa Perumal with Thayar Sri Daya Lakshmi
The presiding deity is 18 feet high and is carved out of single Athi (Fig) tree in a uniquely tainted Ajantha colouration


  • A king got afflicted with a chronic skin disease and prayed to Lord Vishnu. The Lord appeared before him and told to travel along the banks of River Cauvery and Lord Margasayeswarar (Lord Shiva) will help him through the way and at one place where he will be cured, he will get the Vishwaroopa dharshan of the Lord. The Lord also added that he got the skin disease only because of Hathi Dosham and he will be cured when he takes bath in Vishwaroopa Pushkarni for 48 days. The disease was cured and the place was so called as “Kodihathi Vimochana Puram” now known as Kozhikuthi. At a later date, that king became sage Pippalar.
  • Later King Saraboji approached the sage Pippalar to give solution for coming out of the sin done by him during war times. Pippalar advised him to worship Lord Sri Srinivasa Perumal and take bath in the Pushkarni for 48 days. King Saraboji was astonished by the beauty of Lord Sri Srinivasa and constructed a beautiful temple having 7 Praharams before 8 centuries.


  • This temple, over 800 years old, is unique in that the presiding deity is 18 feet high and is carved out of single Athi (Fig) tree in a uniquely tainted Ajantha colouration. The history says the temple had seven prakarams but currently only one remains.
  • The holy stone carvings at this temple also reveals that for fifty one weeks and on every Saturday for 11 Brahmins, the temple management was authorized and empowered to distribute holy oil for head bath and food items. All these indicate this temple as a Sani Parikara Sthalam.
  • The Sani Gayatri released by Pippalar Maharishi is significantly respected for any defects/deficiencies due to the planet Saturn in the horoscopes.
  • Sri Yoga Narasimhar here is considered powerful in that worshipping him during Pradosham is sure to cure of any Angaraha Dosham.
  • Sri Bhaktha Anjaneyar here is also known as Sapthaswara Anjayaneyar, since tapping any part of His holy body would give a unique musical note.
  • The other deities here are Sri Ramanujar, Sri Nardhana Krishna and Sri Viswaksenar

Theertham: Viswa Pushkarini. There are seven wells which indicate the seven holy rivers.
Contact: Vijayakumar / Mayiladuthurai: 4364 223395 / 98424 23395
Mahalakshmi Subramani / Chennai: 28152533 / 98400 53289

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Sri Jayam Goshala at Vanathirajapuram, Kshetrapalapuram
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NCN023 – Narunchanthu Nayaki sametha Kalyanasundharar Temple at Thiruvelvikudi

Location: This temple is located at about 10 kms from Mayiladuturai en route Kathiramangalam.


  • One of the 276 Thevara Padal Petra Sthalams
  • A marriage parihara sthalam.
  • The yagna (Velvi) of Shiva’s earthly marriage to Parvathi was conducted here and so the place is called Thiruvelvikudi. Shiva tied the ganganatharanam to Parvathi and hence this place is called Gouthugabandhana kshetram.
  • As per the Gurukkal, the earthly marriage of Shiva – Parvathy took place here only as per the Vedic procedures and so this is the actual marriage sthalam whereas Thirumanancheri which is more popular is just the reception centre! So, I suggest all who go to Thirumanancheri for marriage pariharams, visit this Thiruvelvikkudi and Ethikolpadi along with Thirumanancheri to get the full benefit.

Main deities: Kalyana Sundareswarar and the Ambal Parimala sugandha Nayaki


  • A devout prince was engaged to a girl but her parent died just before the marriage and so the relatives denied the marriage. The prince prayed to Lord Shiva and He brought the girl through the bhoodhas and conducted the marriage ceremony and hence the name Kalyana Sundareswarar.
  • Sambandar and Sundarar composed the Pathigam.

Theertham: Mangala Theertham, Gouthugabandhana (Ganganam) thertham
Contact: Sri R.Vaidhyanatha Gurukkal / 04364 – 235462
Timing: 7 to 11 AM and 5 to 7 PM

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NCN024 – Edhirkolpadi / MelaiThirumanancheri

Location: Near Thirumanancheri
Significances: One of the 276 Thevara Padal Petra Sthalams
Main deities: The presiding deity is Airavateswarar and the Ambal Malarkuzhal Maadammai.
Legend: Shiva as the bridegroom is said to have been received here by Bharata Muni, father of Parvathi devi for His earthy marriage at Thirumanancheri, hence the name “Edhirkolpaadi”.
Besides Shivaratri, Parvathi Tirukalyanam is celebrated at this shetram.
Iravatham, Indhra’s while elephant, worshipped the Lord here.
Indhran got his curse cleared off.
Sundarar composed the Pathigam.
Contact: Senthil Kumar – 80121 60621

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NCN025 – Shiva Temple at Thirumanancheri – The great place of Shiva’s earthly marriage

Location: This village is located at about 15 kms from Mayiladuturai en route Kathiramangalam – kumbakonam; after about 11 kms from Mayiladuturai, we have to take a diversion to the right (North-east) at Villiyanallur and travel further for about 4 kms to reach this temple.
This temple is located 6 Kms from Kutthalam; and about 26 Kms from Kumbakonam en route Mayiladudurai. 


  • One of the 276 Thevara Padal Petra Sthalams
  • Highly popular marriage parihara sthalam

Main deities: The presiding deity is Uthvaanganathar, Arul Vallal, Kalyana Sundareswarar and the Ambal Kuyilin men mozhi ammai, Kokilaambaal


  • This is the palce of earthly marriage of Shiva and Parvathi and hence the name of the place as Thirumanancheri and the name of the Lord as Kalyanasundareswarar.  Bharatvaja rishi, as father of Parvathi, approached Shiva and asked for His hand for the marriage to Parvati at this kshetram.
  • Kalyana Sundharar and Kokilambal are getting wedded daily (nithaya kalyana sthalam!)
  • Effects of the navagrahas are nulled here since Swami and Ambal hold thier hands firmly for their marriage celebration!
  • Manmadhan is believed to have worshipped God Shiva here and the Lord Uthvaganathar graced ‘Mangalya Pichai’ to Rathi Devi and united both Manmathan and Rathi Devi in this kshetram.

The Temple:
The temple is facing East and was constructed by Chola Queen Sembiyanmadevi.
Udhvaganathar as bridegroom and Ambal as bride bowing her head in shyness are giving dharshan in the moolasthanam. God and Goddess are present as newly married couple in the south prakaram.
There are shrines for Lord Mahavishnu along with Upaya Nachiar, Lakshmi and Mangala Raagu God in full human form. Also we can see Pachaiyappa Nathar, Rudravaneswarar, Pachaiammai and Nayagi Rudravaneswari; the Idols of Bharathvaja Maharishi, Sembian Madevi and Mallappa Naicker are also present.
Sambandar and Appar composed the Pathigam.
The temple is a highly popular Marriage parihara sthalam and crowded at all times of the year. People flock this temple to offer special prayer for an early marriage, to thank the lord after their marriage, and to pray for children.
It is highly believed whoever adorns the Lord Udhvaganathar and Goddess Kokilambal with garlands is relieved from the obstacles for the marriage. After the pooja, the boy or girl is given the garlands worn by the God and Goddess. They are supposed to keep this carefully and after the marriage, should come back to the temple with their spouse, wearing the same garlands, and once again offer prayers as thanksgiving.
The married couples who are separated from their married life for various reasons also come here and do special prayers for the Lord Kalyanasundara for their unity.
Special prayer for child birth: Every month during New moon day (Amavasai) only, special prayers for child birth will be conducted in front of ‘Raghu Bhagavan’ sanctum from morning 8 a.m to 1 p.m. 

Poojas and Festivals:
Daily Poojas: Daily six poojas takes place; the devotees can offer ‘Ashtothram’ and ‘Sahasranama Archanais’ from 6 a.m to 8.30 p.m every day.
Weekly Poojas: Every Tuesday and Friday Sahasranamam and Lalitha Thiruchathi Archanas are taking place.
Monthly Poojas: Every 1st day of Tamil month ‘Karthigal’ and during Pradosham special Abisheham are done. During ‘Sangadahara Sathurthi’ and ‘Poosa Natchathiram’ special Abisheham along with ‘Umamaheswara Homam’ will be done to Kalyana Sundarar.
Annual Poojas: Every year during Tamil month ‘Chithirai’ (April-May) on Poosa star day Thirukkalyana festival is celebrated in a grand scale for three days.

Sthala vriksham: Vanni
Theertham: Samudra Theertham
Contact: Temple office – 04364 23500

Note: It is said that the earthly marriage of Shiva – Parvathy took place at Thiruvelvikkudi only as per the Vedic procedures and so it is the actual marriage sthalam whereas Thirumanancheri is just the reception centre! So, I suggest all who go to Thirumanancheri for marriage pariharams, visit Thiruvelvikkudi and Ethikolpadi also along with Thirumanancheri to get the full benefit.

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Kali Village (erstwhile Srinivasapuram)

Location: This village is located at about 18 kms from Mayiladuturai; after about 11 kms from Mayiladuturai en route Kathiramangalam, we have to take a diversion to the right (North-east) at Villiyanallur and travel further for about 7 kms to reach the village. 

1) Mandakarai Sri Kali Koil 

It is said that the idol of main deitiy, Kaliamman, was found in the Vikraman river. Once when the village was suffering with multiple problems of flood, poverty and epidemic diseases, the benevolent Kali amman, appeared in Her favourite rose sari and blouse, mingled with the villagers while fighting to save and protect the villagers. Since then, the rose sari is considered very auspicious to this Amman. Since the villagers were saved from the nature’s fury, Srinivasa Perumal appeared in several devotees’ dream and told to rename this village as Kali village instead of Srinivasa Puram. She remains at the entrance of the Kali Village in her valiant seat filled with compassion.

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2) Sri Abirami amman Sametha Sri Kameswara Temple
A Chola Temple
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3) Sri Srinivasa Perumal Koil

An ancient temple renovated in 2005. Lord Srinivasar with His 2 consorts showers His blessings on His devotees. The temple also houses Chakkrathaazhvar and Bala Anjaneyar. 

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Sri Kaleeswarar / Brahmmapureeswarar Temple at Villiyanallur
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Mayiladuthurai – Kuttalam – Thiruvavaduthurai (Kumbakonam, South of Cauvery)

Sithar Temple at Sitharkadu

Sitharkadu, as the name suggests, is considered to be a place where Siddhars are present.

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Sri Brahmmapureeswarar Temple (Sambanthar Temple) at Sitharkadu

The temple is facing West with 3 tier Rajagopuram and a big temple tank. When Sambandhar came to worship Sri Margasahayar at Moovalur, the whole path to Moovalur appeared filled with lingams and so he worshipped Margasahayar from this temple tank.
Sambandhar is seen with folded hands on the right side of the sanctum entrance

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Sri Margasagayar (Vazhikaatum Vallalar) Sivan Temple at Moovalur

A Thevara Vaippu sthalam.

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Kuttalam is 10 kms from Mayiladuthurai en route Kumbakonam.

1) SCN037 – Uktha Vediswarar Temple

Significances: One of the 276 Thevara Padal Petra Sthalams

Main deities: The presiding deity is Sonnavaar arivar, Uktha Vedeeswarar and the Ambal Mukizhambikai / Parimala Sugandha Nayaki.
The place is also known as Choleeswaram / Thiruthurutthi in scriptures.
It is believed that Parvathi Devi spent her childhood here, until her marriage to Shiva (remember, Thirumanancheri, where She got married to Lord Shiva is closeby).
Agni and Varunan are said to have been blessed by Shiva here.
Sundarar was freed of disease here.
Sambandar, Appar and Sundarar composed the Pathigam.
Sthala Vriksham: Uthala tree is said to have come from Indhra lokam and is standing as a testimony for the Lord’s bedrothel with Parvathi devi.
Theertham: Cauveri

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2) Sri Ananthavalli sametha Sri OmKalieshwarar Koil Temple
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3) Sri Solieshwarar koil Temple
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4) Sri Manmadeshwarar Koil
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5) Perumal Temple
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Thiruvazhundur /Therazhundur 

Location: Therazhundur is around 12 kms from Mayiladuthurai. From Mayiladuthurai proceed towards Kumbakonam via Kuthalam. After about 8 kms, there will be a diversion on the left side to Komal. (At the junction, you will find a Vinayagar temple. It seems when Thirugnana Sambandhar visited this place he was confused on which way to proceed and this Vinayagar guided him. So He is called as Vazhikaati Vinayagar). Proceed further towars Komal for around 3 kms and you will reach Therazhundhur.

There are two sacred temples here, the Shiva temple is one of the 276 Thevara Padal Petra Sthalamas and the Perumal temple, one of the 108 Divya desams. An interesting fact is that, Perumal and Shiva are facing each other directly. The Shiva temple is at the east end of the road facing west and the Perumal temple is at the west end of the road facing east.

This is the birth place of the great Tamil poet Kambar, the author of Kamba Ramayana in Tamil. There is a memorial for Kambar here.

1) SCN038 – Vedhapureeswarar Temple 

Significances: One of the 276 Thevara Padal Petra Sthalams

Main deities: The presiding deity is Vedapureeswarar facing west and the Ambal Soundara Nayaki.

Devas, Ashtadikpalakas and the Vedas worshipped Shiva here, hence the name Vedapureeswarar.
This is also associated with the legend of Shiva’s marriage with Parvathi devi.
Chariot of King Oordvaradan got stuck in this place and hence the name Therazhundur.
Vedhas, devars, Thisaibalahars (Directional Gods) worshipped here.

The Temple:
It is one of the 78 Maadakkoyils built at an elevation by King KoChenkat Cholan.
The shivalingam is decorated with the rudraksha roofing and there is a rudraksha tree also behind the temple. The Sokkataan mandapam has beautiful paintings.
Agathiar and Cauvery are having shrines here.
Sambandar composed the Pathigam.

Sthalavruksham: Sandalwood
Theertham: Sidhaamritam

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2) DD23  – Devadhiraja Perumal Temple 


  • One of the 108 Divya desams
  • One of the five sacred shrines dedicated to Krishna.

Main deities: The moolavar is Devadirajan also called Aamaruviappan in a standing posture and the Thayar is Senkamalavalli. This Divya kshetram is also known as Aamaruviyappan temple 


One day King Uparisavasu was going on his pushpakavimanam and at that time, Perumal was herding the cows (Urchavar of this temple can be seen with cow and calf with a stick in His hand). The shadow of the vimanam fell on the cows and Perumal asked the King to get down from the vimanam. When the King didn’t oblige, the Lord brought down his vimanam with the thumb of His right leg (you can still see the right thumb of the Perumal in the act of pressing) and hence the name of the place, ther (chariot) + azhundhur (getting stuck). When the king realized that it was  Perumal Himself who was herding the cows, he asked Him to forgive him and give back his vimanam and asked the Lord what he wanted. Perumal asked him to bring 1000 pots of fresh butter prepared on the same day. Thinking that this was an easy task, the King asked the people to get it. But they were able to fill only 999 pots and there was no butter left for the last pot. Since only one pot didn’t have butter, the king thought that the Lord won’t notice it. But when the Lord opened the pots in the king’s presence, there was only one pot that had butter. Embarrassed, the king asked the Lord to forgive him and the Lord gave darshan to the king.

Brahma caused the herds of cattle being grazed by Krishna disappear, upon which Krishna created another herd. Finding this, Brahma apologized to Krishna and requested Him to take abode at Thiruvazhandur.

It is also believed that Cauveri, Garuda, Agastya, Dharma and the King Uparisravas worshiped Vishnu.


Perumal is around 16 feet tall. In the sanctum Prahlada is to the right of the moolavar and Garudan to His left. Cauveri is portrayed as worshipping the Lord.

This is the birthplace of Kambar, the author of Kamba Ramayana in Tamil. The idols of Kamban and his wife are installed inside the temple. The annual festival is being celebrated during the month of Vaikasi. The Kamban festival is celebrated in the month of Panguni 

Theertham: Darshana Pushkarini
Vimanam: Garuda Vimanam.

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3) Sri Thirumangai Azhwar Temple
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Sri Vathsalyambikai sametha Sri Suvarnakiriswarar Temple at Asikkadu (Ahilvanam)
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Location: 3 kms south of Therazhundhur

1) Sri Rajagopala Swamy Perumal Temple

  • Lord Sri Krishna manifests Himself in Komal as Raja Gopala along with His consorts Rukmini and Satyabama. Furthermore, the Lord also gives darshan in His Venugopala and Madanagopala forms in this temple, thus making it a treat for Krishna devotees everywhere. This sacred Komal land is very dear to Lord Krishna.
  • Once Sri Brahma, in an act of arrogance and defiance, used his maya power of delusion to hide the cows of Brindavan that were so lovingly tended to by Lord Sri Krishna. This resulted in much chaos amidst the villagers, but Lord Krishna decided to teach Brahma a lesson by creating a brand new set of cows. Seeing this power of creation wielded so effortlessly by the young Sri Krishna, Brahma realized his folly and begged forgiveness at the Lord’s feet. He also restored the cows that he hid with his mayashakti.
  • Brindavan now had a bit of a problem on its hands. It had twice the number of cows all of a sudden – the Gokula cows hid by Brahma and the Gopala cows created by Lord Sri Krishna. But this problem was just a stage set up by the Lord who transcends time and place for yet another divine leela. In a trice, the Lord magically transported the Gokula cows and the Gopala cows to the southern and northern halves of Komal and tended to them in this village made sacred by His blissful and playful presence!
  • Once when the Universal Mother Parashakthi took the form of a cow in Komal, Lord Sri Krishna took form yet again as Gopala to stand guard.
  • There was also a time when Mothers Lakshmi, Saraswathi and Parvati took human forms in Komal to personally experience the vagaries of the human heart, mind and body and the problems arising therefrom. They did this to show us that it is by suffering through problems that one can overcome the karma that caused them in the first place. The Mothers then blessed humankind with remedies through the Siddhas.

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2) Sri Annapoorani samedha Sri Krupa Koopeswarar Temple (“Hastham” Star Temple) 

A parihara temple for people born in Hastham star.

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3) Sri Amirthagadeswarar Temple
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Sri Vadavaaranyeshwarar Koil at Thiruvalangadu
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Sri Appayya Dikshithar Adhishtanam at Thiruvalangadu

Sri Appayya Dikshithar, revered only after Sri Aadhi Sankarar, is the Saiva Saint lived in the 16th century and revolutionised Saiva Siddhanthams. His adhishtanam is hiding in a small hard to find place on the bank of Cauvery river near the Vinayagar temple. A must visit place.

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SCN036 – Maasila Maneeswarar Temple at Thiruvavaduthurai


  • One of the 276 Thevara Padal Petra Sthalams
  • Thirumoolar composed his Thirumanthiram here under the Sthala Vruksham, Arasa maram.

Main deities: The presiding deity is Masilamaneesar, Gomuktheeswarar and the Ambal Oppilamulaiyammai, Atulakuchanayaki.

Parvathi devi worshipped Shiva in the form of a cow.
Shiva displayed this shrine as Thiruvarur and Himself as Thyagarajar to Muchukunda Chola.
Yama is said to have worshipped Shiva at this shetram.
Sambandar, Appar and Sundarar composed the Pathigam.
The annual Brahmotsavam is celebrated in the month of Thai (Capricorn), and Rathasaptami is considered very significant.

Sthala vriksham: Arasamaram, which is said to represent the Devas.
Thertham:  Mukti Theertham 

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Thiruvaduthurai Adheenam mutt
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Kollumangudi – Nakkambadi – Thiruneelakudi (Kumbakonam)

SCN059 – Pambureesar Temple at Thiruppampuram (RAHU-KETU STHALAM)

Location: This Shiva shetram is located near Peralam /Thirumeeyachur.


  • One of the 276 Thevara Padal Petra Sthalams
  • Very popular RAGHU-KETHU sthalam

Main deities: The presiding deity is Paampuranathar, Sarpeswarar, Naganathar, Seshapureeswarar and the Ambal Vandaar Poonkuzhali, Bramarambal.


The name Paampuram comes from the association with Nagarajan (Serpent God).

Once, Lord Vinayaga worshipped His father Shiva in Kailash. Nagarajan, the king of serpents in Shiva’s neck, due to its superiority complex, thought that Vinayagar is worshipping him and not Shiva. Shiva, on knowing this, cursed the snake. It came to the earth and did penance and in a single night (4 jamas) it worshipped Shiva in four places. Thirupamburam is the place where Nagaraja worshipped in the 3rd jamam. Due to unavailability of flowers that time, he tied Agathi flowers in Alam vizhudhu (banyan tree stems) and finished pooja. So, as a rarity in this village, Agathi won’t flower and alam vizhudhu won’t touch the earth (It is very usual that alam vizhudu will touch earth and the stem itself will turn into roots).
Karkotakan, Brahma and Agasthyar are said to have worshipped Shiva here

The Temple:
A very nice temple with a big pond.
The main deity, Shiv lingam, is small and beautiful.
Plenty of snake idols are present with the predominant one being a naga with both Raghu and Kethu linked.
When jasmine smell comes inside the temple, it indicates the presence of snake there, in particular on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
Till now, no one in this village has been reported to death due to snake-bite.

Theertham: Naga theertham
Contact: 0435 246 9555 / 94439 43665 / 94430 47302

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SCN060 – Sri Sukshma Pureeswarar / Sri Mangalanathar temple at Cherugudi (Thiru Sirukudi)

Significance: One of the 276 Thevara Padal Petra Sthalams.
Main deities: The presiding deity is Mangalesar, Kalyanasundaresar and the Ambal Mangala Nayaki
Garuda, Raghu and the Gandharvas worshipped Shiva in this shrine popularly known as Sookshamapuri.
Shiva is portrayed here as Santoshaa linganamoorthy.
Sambandar composed the Pathigam.
Theertham: Surya Theertham

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Sri Sanath Kumara Easwarar Temple at S. Pudur
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SCN035 – Sri Kokileswarar Temple at Thiru Kozhambiam
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SCN033 – Vaigal Maadakkoyil 

Vaigal Maadakkoyil refers to two shrines, Vaigal and Maadakkoyil. Sambandar has glorified both these Shivastalams in one Patikam.

Significance: One of the 276 Thevara Padal Petra Sthalams.


Located 4 kms North-west of Konerirajapuram

Main deities: The presiding deity is Vaiganathar with Ambal Vaigalambika 

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Maadakkoyil :

The Maadakkoyil is one of the 78 maadakkovils built at an elevation by Kochenkan Cholan. Komaleswarar and Ilankothai Amman are worshipped in the Maadakkoyil. Vishnu, Lakshmi and Brahma are said to have worshipped Shiva here. Shiva is also referred to as Brahmapureeswarar. 

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Poonthottam – Thiruveezhimalai – Nachiyar koil

Poonthottam is about 20 kms South of Mayiladuthrai en route Thiruvarur.

Sri Somasundara swamy temple Mananthakudi
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1) Sri Balasundari Amman sametha Sri Sundareswarar Temple
It is a special temple for Kadaga Rasi people 
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2) Sri Vasudeva Perumal Temple
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Sri Kaveri Amman Koil at Abishegamangalam

SCN061 – Sri Veezhinatha Swamy Temple at Thiruveezhimazhalai

Location: The temple is 5 min walk from the Thenkarai bus stop in the Poonthotam–Nachiarkoil route.


  • One of the 276 Thevara Padal Petra Sthalams
  • This temple is also known as a “Marriage Parihara Sthalam”.

Main deities: Veezhinathar, Veezhiazhagar, Nethrarpaneswarar with Ambal Brihatsundarakuchamba, Azhagiyavanmulaiammai, Kathyayani

Parvathi devi is said to have been reborn as Katyayani and married Shiva here.
Lord Vishnu lost His Sudarshana Chakra in His fight with Jaladhasura. Jaladasura, though an asura, was a Shiva baktha. Vishnu worshipped Shiva daily with 1008 flowers to get back His Sudharshana Chakra. One day, one flower was less and so Vishnu plucked out His eye and offered it as the last flower. He got His Chakra back and the moolavar vimanam is believed to have been brought here by Mahavishnu.
When Appar and Sambandar visited this place, there was a severe drought all around. They prayed to Lord Shiva who gave one Padikasu (Gold Coin) every day to both of them. Sambandar got Padikasu at the Peedam in front of Mahamandapam. Navukarasar got gold coin in the Peedam in west pragaram. Using these gold coins, they offered food to the needy people and fought the drought.

The Temple:
This is a huge fortress like temple with huge temple tank and there are so many special things to see. It is also a “Mada kovil”, i.e., the floor level of the path to the sanctum goes up in steps.
Since Parvati devi, reborn as Katyayani, married Lord Shiva here this temple is known as a “Marriage Parihara Sthala”. The temple resembles Kailash on the day of His marriage with Parvathi. The entrance pillars resemble a Kalyana Mandapam (marriage hall) with vaazhaimaram (banana trees). The idol of Swami with Ambal is very special in human form (apart from the Lingam) with a height of about 15 feet and is known as “Mappilai Swamy” as they are present as a newly married couple. The inner Gopuram has the shape of a chariot with Shiva seated and Indra driving the chariot resembling the Groom’s arrival.
A padhala nandhi is also there.
The temple is little more than 2000 years old and the Pappaya tree in the temple is more than a hundred years old – the ages of both the tree and the temple had been verified by three different chronologists.

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SCN063 – Sri Sarguneswarar temple at Karuveli 

This place is also called Karuvilikottittai or Karuvili and is located 4 kms south of Konerirajapuram. In the Poonthottam – Nachiarkoil route, after reaching Koonthalur at 14 kms from Poonthottam, a little diversion to right (north) for another km will take us to this sthalam. This is located at 15 kms from Poonthottam and 11 kms from Nachiar koil.

The Presiding deity is Sarguna Natheswarar and the Ambal Sarvanga Sundari.
Appar composed the Pathigam.
Legend has it that Indra, the Devas, Rudhra gananms and a king by name Sargunan worshipped here.

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Sri Jambukaranyeswarar Temple at Koonthalur

Koonthalur is 14 kms from Poonthottam en route Nachiar koil.

The Shiva here was said to be worshipped by Jambu (fox), Roma maharishi, Sita devi and Murugar.
It is said that the place is called Koonthalur since the hair of Sita devi dropped here when she took bath in the tank nearby; Roma maharishi worshipped Shiva here and the palce was filled with Koonthapanai (a type of palm) trees. Muruagar as Kumaragurubarar is present with His consorts Valli and Deivayanai and Thiruppugazh was sung by Arunagirinathar. Thirunavukkarasar also sung pathikam on this temple.

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SCN062 – Sri Agnipureeswarar Temple at Anniyur
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Sri Petha Perumal and Sri Vadabathrakali Amman Temple at Vadamattam

Location: This temple is located 1 km south of Konerirajapuram on the banks of the Keerthiman river.

Temple: The main deities of the temple are Sri Petha Perumal and Sri Vadabathrakali amman. The speciality of the temple being the Perumal (vaishnava) and Kali (saiva) in one place and pouring the blessings to the devotees. The Vadabathra Kali removes all our “dhoshas” and Sri Petha Perumal protects us and gives His blesseing for a well being. The simple “parihara” is to “Visit Her with open heart and deliver all our problems at Her feet” and the rest will be taken care by Her. The devotees will feel the immediate relief and once the problem gets solved completely, we can do our best to the temple as thanksgiving. The other deities in the temple are: Karuppanna Swamy, Vazhikarayan, Uthandrayan, Kamakshi amman, Kathavarayan and Mahamayee. A big temple tank is attached to the temple.

Contact: S. Vijayaraghavan – 09480182464 and Dhakshanamurthy – 0435 2449719

Note: There is also a Shiva temple by name Raja Neethi Vinayakar Temple constructed by Rajaraja cholan’s Mother.

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SCN034 – Uma Maheswarar / Natarajar Temple at Thirunallam / Konerirajapuram

Location: In the Poonthottam – Nachiarkoil route, after reaching Koonthalur at 14 kms from Poonthottam, a little diversion to right (north) for another 5 kms through the village road with green paddy fields on both sides will take us to this sthalam.


  • One of the 276 Thevara Padal Petra Sthalams
  • The temple is highly popular for the rare Swayambu metal Natarajar

Here we see a ‘Swayambu Natarajar’ of 8 feet high with Parvathi devi. The legend says that while the King wanted to make out a huge Nataraja idol, despite all out efforts of the sthapathi, he could not make one beyond 3 feet. When the deadline date was approaching, the worried sthapathi prayed to Lord and Lord Shiva and Parvathi came in front in human form and asked for little water. Out of his frustration, the sthapathi told them to drink the pancha loka (Aympon) liquid he kept ready to make the Natraraj statue. Lord and Parvathi drank the same and the very moment became a beautiful Nataraja and Parvathi statue of life size. The King disbelieving it, hit on the idol and witnessed the bleeding; the same time, he got affected with Kushta roga (Venkushtam). Having made a mistake, he prayed to Lord and as per the celestial order, did poojas for the Lord Vaidyanatha swami, the swayambu linga and got cured of his illness.

The Temple:
This place is no less than the Kailasam itself. The temple was originally called Thirunallam as the place got submerged into the grounds. Lady Sembiam Mahadevi (Grand mother of Raja Raja Chola) renovated and established this as a stone temple. This is the only temple where one can see ‘Swayambu Nataraja of Aympon moorthy’. The marks of king’s stroke, a mole and skin colour patch in one of the hands of Lord Nataraja and the lovely smile on Lord Parvathi’s face are just remarkable features and no word can describe the real beauty of the moorthies.

As per the very own words of ‘Appar’, only those who have poorva janma punya will be able to visit this temple

(I was also told that underarm hair is present in the bronze idol of Natarajar but not sure – Raju)

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Sri Kailasanathar Temple at Ammankudi
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Mayiladuthurai – Poonthottam (Thiruvarur)

Sri Veerattaneswarar Temple at Thiruvazhuvur

Location: 9 km from Mayiladuthurai

Since this holy town has somehow always managed to slip (Vazhuvi in tamil means ‘to slip’) away from any destruction at the times of Pralaya (Cosmic Deluge), it came to be known as Vazhuvoor.


  • Sixth of the Astha Veerattana Sthalams
  • Believed to be the birthplace of Lord Ayyappa
  • Has been sung by Thirunavukkarasar as a Vaippu thalam in the Thevaram
  • Sung by Thirumoolar in his Thirumanthiram

Main deity: Ilankilainaayaki sametha Kiruthivaasar, a swayambhu Lingam.


  • In the legend of Bitchadanar, once the rishis of Tharukavanam thought they were superior to God because of their penance and their learning of Vedhas and mantras. Their ladies were also equally egoistic. Shiva took the form of a beautiful full-nude beggar as Bitchadanar accompanied by Vishnu as Mohini with all their sheen to teach them a lesson.  On getting furious over their ladies getting attracted towards this nude beggar, the rishis did different things like creating a snake, tiger, elephant etc., through yagnas, sending mantras and vedas to fight Bitchadanar but nothing could stand in front of Him. It is believed that the heroic feat of vanquishing the rogue elephant that came from the Yagna was staged at Vazhuvoor and Shiva is being portrayed as Gaja Samhara moorthy in this act. When the elephant approached Shiva, He assumed a miniscule form and jumped into the trunk of the elephant. He then took His viswaroopa inside the elephant’s body and came out explosively bursting out through the stomach of the rogue elephant. Shiva finally revealed His true identity and did a furious dance in front of them. On knowing their mistake, the rishis at once surrendered to Bitchadanar. The rishis learnt hard way that learning all the mantras and vedas are only to promote the human lives and to do good to the society.
  • The temple has been visited by Jyeshta devi and the Sapthamathars, and the Lingas that they had worshiped can be seen.


  • The Goddess is believed to be a granter of Santana-Bhagyam (the fortune of motherhood).
  • The main attraction of the temple is the bronze idol of Gajasamhaara Moorthi. The shrine is reverentially referred to as Gnanasabhai, or the hall of knowledge, one of the Lord’s nine famous dance halls similar to the Kanaka Sabhai in Chidambaram. The Gajasamhaara Thaandava is considered to be a form of Oordhva Taandava (Dance of Fury) of the Lord. This idol is placed alongside an idol of Shakthi with Skanda in her arms. Shakthi is portrayed as trying to reluctantly run away from the spot, confused between her care for her husband and her apparent fright. Skanda, on the other hand, is depicted with his index finger pointing towards the Moorthi of Gajasamhaarar as though crying out, “Oh, there is father and mother”. The whole set of bronze sculptures has a very lifelike appearance. Just like at Chidambaram, a powerful Yantra has been installed behind the moorthi of Gajasamhaarar. Special worship is often offered to this Yantra to negate the effects of witch-craft and black magic.
  • Out of the 64 Maheshwara Moorthams, only the Gajasamhaara moortham and the Saha-Uma-Skandar (Somaskandar) moortham, portray the Lord in the presence of both Parvathi and Muruga. On a more esoteric note, the Gajasamhaara Moorthi represents the vanquishing of the untold miseries caused by ignorance and the realization of true knowledge. Skanda, though having originated from Shiva, acts as the middleman between us and His father, by guiding us on the correct path to the absolute truth. It is to represent this that He sits on His mother’s lap and points His finger towards His father in the Gajasamhaara Moortham.
  • Apart from these, there are separate shrines for Ayyappa (this is believed to be his birthplace), Vinayaka and other Parivara Devathas. Interestingly, at the Navagraha shrine, the planets are positioned in a strange manner. Guru, who is usually antagonistic towards Shani, is shown to be facing Shani here, hence making it a Grahamithra Kshetra. Shani also has a separate shrine dedicated to him, where he is shown to be bearing a bow. There is also a shrine dedicated to the bewitching moorthi of Bhikshaadanar and his companion, Mohini in bronze idols.
  • One of the many strange features of the temple is the location of the Theertham or the sacred pond. Usually, in Shiva temples, Nandi is found between the pond and the Linga. However, here, the theertham is located between the Nandi and the Linga. This theertham has five wells and is popularly known as the Pancha Mukha theertham. Every new moon day many devotees visit to have a dip in this theertham.
  • The Gajasamhaara festival in the months of February-March (Maasi) is very grand. It is a three day (on the Pusam, Ayilyam and Magha Nakshatras) celebration, with the actual Gajasamhaaram taking place on the evening of the second day. 

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Sri Kailasanathar Temple at Pandaravadai (Thiruvazhuvur)

This is an ancient temple built by Kochsenga Cholan at about 1km from the Veerattaneswarar Temple.

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Sri Veerabadraswami (Vazhikaraiyan) Temple at Vazhuvur
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Sri Vagheeswarar temple at Peruncheri

Location: The temple is situated at about 8 kms from Mayiladuthurai. After about 7 kms in the Mayiladuthurai-Thiruvarur route, a road to the left (east) will lead to Peruncheri.


  • a parihara sthala for Guru dhosha
  • a sthala to get rid off our worries

Main deities: Shri Vagheeswarar with Ambal Shri Swantharanayagi


  • Along with Thiruvazhuvur, this place is also connected with the legend of Bitchadanar. The village is known as Peruncheri (Perum+cheri = a vast group) because once 40,000 sages of Tharukavanam lived in this village and performed severe penance. They thought penance itself will provide everything and there is no superior God and their ladies were also equally egoistic. To teach them the lesson, Shiva took the form of a beautiful full-nude beggar as Bitchadanar accompanied by Vishnu as Mohini with all their sheen, came here, fought with the rishis, taught them the lesson and blessed them as well.
  • The dispute for ‘Tharadevi’ (wife of Devaguru) between Chandra and Brihaspathi made Brihaspathi much worried and upset. He went on Kshetradana to different places and finally coming here, he got peace. He worshipped Ambal in his mind and from his mind, ambal directly came out (Swa + anthara + nayagi) and so called Swantharanayagi. Finally Shiva blessed him (vagh + eswara; Vagh here means brihaspathi) and his sorrow vanished totally.  Later, Chandra, Thara and Saraswathi – all worshipped here.
  • Once a demonic king called Yavanan from Ceylon fought with chola king Dhatta, The chola king was unable to withstand and he worshipped Swantharanayagi. She sent Kali and Kali killed Yavana.
  • The teeths of Surya has been broken by Veerabadra swami during daksha yagna. Surya did penance here and got back his teeth. Many such devas who got beatings from Veerabadhra during the daksha yagna got their problems solved in this sthala.


This is a parihara sthala for ‘Guru dhosha’.

Since swami provided mental relief for Brihaspathi himself, this is also a sthala to get rid off our worries.
Both swami and ambal are considered to be swayambu. Ambal is very varaprasadhi (fufilling our desires at the earliest).
Theertham: Brhispathi theertham (popularly known as Thursday Theertham). Swami will provide theertham (Theerthavari) on Marghazhi Thursdays.

Note: A Mariamman temple is inside this village. She is very attractive and full of shantha and karunya.

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Sri Subramaniya Swamy Temple at Perambur

Lord Muruga here has 6 faces and is present in the form of Samhara moorthy.

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Sri Ksheerambigai sametha Sri Sivaloganathar temple at Keeranur

Location: This small village is located in the main route of Mayiladuthurai—Thiruvarur, near Peralam.
When a Chola king traveled through this way, his horse had hit the Shivalingam and because of that blood oozed out from the lingam. Devi Parvathi took the form of a divine cow and poured milk over the lingam and cured. Hence she is known as Ksheerambigai (Ksheeram- Milk).
This temple is famous for Lord Murugan (Muthukumaraswamy). Like Vaitheeswaran koil, here also, Murugan is more popular than Swami and Ambal.
This is a very famous temple for getting child. Ambal is varaprasdini for this.
There is a big pond in front of the temple.

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DD24 – Sri KirubhaSamudhra Perumal Temple at Siru Puliyur

Location: This temple is about 15 kms from Mayiladuthurai and 2 kms from Kollumankudi which is on the Aranthangi – Mayiladuthurai train route.

Significance: One of the 108 Divya Desam.
Moolavar: Sri Arulmaakadal, Arulmaakadalamudhu, Salasayana Perumal giving seva in sleeping (Kidantha) posture as Bhujanga sayanam with Thayaar Thirumaamagal Naachiyar.
Utsavar: Kriba Samudira perumal with Dhaya Naayagi.
Mangalasasanam: Thirumangaialwar – 10 Paasurams.
Legend: Lord Shiva ordered Sage Vyakrapadha with tiger legs to do penance on Lord Maha Vishnu at Shivapuliyur. As the saint was in the form of a Tiger, this place is known as Sirupuliyur. He has also got a seat under the feet of the Perumal in the Moolavar Sannathi.
It’s been said the Perumal of this place gave protection to the snake Aadhiseshan from his enemy Garuda.
Temple: The Lord here is very small in size and Thirumangai Azhwar was worried about this. So, Perumal asked him to come to Thirukannamangai to have dharshan in big form.
Prathyaksham for Vyasa Maharishi and Viyakrapada rishi.
Pushkarani: Manasa Pushkarani.
Vimanam: Nandha Vardhana Vimaanam.

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Sri Bhavani amman sametha Swayambunatha Swamy Temple at Peralam

Peralam is 17 kms from Mayiladuthurai. The main deitiy of the temple is Peralanathar with Bhavani ammai. This ancient temple is very big and being maintained by Dharumapuram Aadhinam. A sage by name of Peralar has worshipped this shiva.



There are two Thevara Padal Petra Sthalams within a single campus.

1) SCN056 – Lalithambigai temple at Thirumeeyachur (The temple of “Lalitha Sahasranamam”)

Location: This Shiva kshetram is located at 1 km from Peralam and 18 kms from Mayiladuturai en route Thiruvarur.


  • One of the 276 Thevara Padal Petra Sthalams.
  • The place where Lalitha sahasranamam was delivered to the world.

Main deities: The presiding deity is Thirumeni nathar, Meganathar, Muyarchi Natheswarar, Migura aruneswara with Ambal Maha Lalitha Thripurasundari, Soundara Nayaki, Shanta Nayaki


  • Karththuru and Vinathai are the two wives of Kashyapa Mahariishi. They had a fight between them about the black spot on the tail of Uchchaisiravas – Indra’s horse. Repenting, they came to Thirumeeyachchur and worshiped the Lord. The Lord blessed them and gave them an egg each, asked to preserve for an year to get splendid sons. They got Garudan and Arunan respectively.
  • Once, Arunan, as the chariotor of Surya wanted to go to Kailash and have a darshan of Shiva but Surya didn’t allow him. Hence, Arunan took the form of a charming girl (Mohini) and went to Kailash. Sarching Arunan, Surya found the girl (Arunan) in the middle and united with her without her permission (this is how Aswini devas were born). Some say that when Arunan took the form of a beautiful young horse, Surya took the form of a male horse and copulated.
  • When Arunan pleaded to the Lord, He cursed Surya. So Surya got his body blackened out and the whole universe got darkened.
  • For seven months, Surya Bhagavan did Tapas (meditation) here and workshipped Lord Shiva as Gajaaruda seated on an elephant among thick clouds. Hence the vimanam of this temple is Gajaruda Vimana. Since his darkness did not change even after the Tapas, he started screaming in grief, “He migura”. The Goddess who was alone with Lord Shiva got disturbed with Surya’s shout and became angry. She was about to curse him but the Lord then pacified Her not to get angry and remain cool as “Shanta Naayagi”, saying Surya was already suffering by curse and looking for relief.
  • This pacifying scene depicted by a sculpture is one of the key attractions of this temple in the outer praharaharam of the main shrine. Here Lord Shiva is holding parvati’s cheeks… to pacify her.  From one angle the Goddess appears to be in anger whereas from the other angle She looks very romantic – what a wonderful expression brought out in stone!
  • Since Shiva Himself asked the mother of universe, Lalithambigai, to be calm, Vachini devatas, the angels, emerged from the mouth of Lalithambigai and they gifted Lalitha Sahasranamam, the 1000 holy names in praise of Goddess, to the world.
  • By His Grace Surya was cured. Arunan also prayed Lord Shiva here and He blessed and said that Arunodaya will be powerful than Suryodaya for good deeds.
  • Hayagreevar conveyed Lalitha Sahasranamam to sage Agasthiyar. As told by him, Agasthiyar came to this temple and worshiped the Lord in the “Amla phaladi krana puja” as done by the Surya Bhagavan and saluted SrI Lalithambika. Sage Agastya is believed to have sung Lalita Navaratnamala in praise of the Goddess. He has also composed a hymn named Rahasya nama sahasram.
  • Yama dharma raja also prayed here for Santhana and got Saneeswara as his child.
  • Thirugnana Sambandar and Thirunavukkarasar composed the Pathigam. 


  • The presiding deity of the temple is Lord Meghanatha with His consort Goddess Lalithambika.
  • Her shrine has got a 5-tiered Rajagopuram. The imposing five feet idol of Sri Lalithambika is installed over Sri Chakra in the sanctum sanctorum. The deity is seated resting her folded right leg on the seat. Her left leg is in Sukhasana posture. She is said to be in Manonmani Swaroopa and hence is also known as Shanta Nayaki.
  • There is something interesting that happened as recently as 1999.  A devout woman from Bangalore had recurring dreams of an Ambal asking her for a gold anklet (Golusu).  This woman went in search of the Goddess and visited various temples.  She chanced upon the issue of “Alayam” magazine in which Lalithambiga Temple appeared as the cover story and immediately recognised the Ambal as the one from her dreams.  She had the anklet made and visited the temple.  She told the priest of her dreams and wanted the Goddess to be adorned with the Golusu.  The priest said that since there is no way for the Golusu to go around Her feet, it would not be possible.  On her insistence, the priest decided to give it a try and to his astonishment, could find a soft spot in the Devi’s ankle and he could actually pass the Golusu through it!!!  Later, it is said that they could find holes in Her nose also which is now adorned with mookuthi (nose pin), oddiyanam (waist belt) around Her Waist.
  • Asthabhujanga Durga shrine in the outer praharam is of special significance. She is holding a parrot in her right hand which is supposed to be taking our message to Lalithambigai.  Devotees, who want their prayers to come true, convey the same to Lalithambigai through this Durga.  We can see parrots flying in this temple and one of them may be carrying our message to Lalithambigai, who knows!
  • Durga present in the praharam is glorious
  • Rajendra Chola and Sembian Maadevi are said to have renovated this ancient temple.
  • Sun worships the Lord with his rays falling on the Lord from 21st to 27th of chiththirai.

Sthala Vriksham: Vilvam, Mandharam
Theertham: Surya Pushkarini, Kali Theerththam

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2) SCN057 – Thirumeeyachur Illamkovil

Location: This is another Shivastalam, an Ilam Kovil (temple within a temple) right within the Thirumeeyachur main temple itself.

Significance: One of the 276 Thevara Padal Petra Sthalams.
Main deities: The presiding deity is Sakala Bhuvaneswarar and the Ambal Minnum Megalaiyaal, Vidhyudh Megalambal.
Kali is believed to have worshipped at this shrine
Appar composed the Pathigam on this shetram

On the northern praharam of the main temple, we have the shrine of the main deities of the Ilamkovil – Sakala Bhuvaneswarar with His consort Minnumegalaial. Since there are two temples one within the other, a unique feature of this temple is that you can see Shiva (present as Lingothbhavar), Vishnu and Brahma simultaneously from the North West corner of the outer praharam.

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Sri Saneeswaran temple at Kodiyalur (Thirumeyachur)
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Sri Parvatheeswarar Temple at Injikudi
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Sri Saraswathi Temple at Koothanur

The temple is located at half a km from Poonthotam, a small village in the route of Mayiladuthurai- Thiruvarur, near to Peralam. It is 4 kms from Peralam and 21 kms from Mayiladuthurai.

It is the only South Indian ancient temple devoted only for Shri Saraswathi devi and there are no shrines for any other deities except Shri Ganapathy. Legend says that Saraswathi devi did penance here and Shiva made Her to reside here itself permanently and bless Her devotees.
The great poet “Ottakoothar” (contemporary to Kambar) lived in this village and got the grace of Shri Saraswathi.

In Navarathri, “Sadha chandi homam” will be performed. Also during Saraswathi pooja, the archakas will decorate the idol in such a way that the leg of the goddess will be so lengthy that it reaches the ardhamandapa, so that everyone will touch and get her blessings on that auspicious day. She is a varaprasadhi for students and so will be tightly engaged during exam times.


  • It is advised that you bring the stationary items like notebook and pen yourself (shops near the temple sell at big price). Archakas will place them at the feet of Saraswathi devi and give back to us.
  • Visiting the temple on Wednesdays will be very free and fruitful (many people don’t know the secret. People think that Saraswathi as Ambal and hence there will be lot of rush on Tuesdays and Fridays apart from Sundays). Wednesday is the day of “budhan” who is in-charge of knowledge and so it is special to have darshan of Shri Saraswathi devi on his day…

Theertham: Arisilaru
Contact for rooms: Sri Maha Saraswathi Seva Samithi @ 04366 238995 / 98656 34665 / 86759 36929

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SCN058 – Madhimuthar Temple at Sethalapathi / Thilathai Pathi / Thilatharpanapuri 

Location: The temple is about 2 kms from the Koothanur Saraswathi temple.


  • A great parihara sthalam for doing ancestral rites like Rameswaram
  • One of the 276 Thevara Padal Petra Sthalams.
  • The Vinayagar here is NARA MUKA GANAPATHI with human face

Main deities: The presiding deity is Mutheesar, Mandaravaneswarar, Madhimuktheeswarar and the Ambal Porkodi Nayaki, Maragathavalli


  • Rama and Lakshmana are said to have performed the ‘Thila Tharpanam’ (funeral rites) to their father King Dasaratha at this place. Like Rameswaram, doing rituals to ancestors here is considered to be of great holiness. ‘Thila Tharpanam’ is an yagna usually performed to give moksha to the ancestor souls and to get rid of the sins carried over to us from the ancestors.
  • The Sun and the moon are also said to have worshipped Shiva at this kshetram.

The temple is small Madakoil type and very cleanly maintained by Nagarathars.
The important deity of this temple is “NARA MUKA GANAPATHI” in a separate shrine at the entrance of the temple. This Vinayaga has a human face here and nowhere can we see Vinayaga in this form.
In front of the temple, there is a wonderful Vedha Padashala under thatched shed with special floor tiles to keep the inside cool.

Theertham: Chandra Theertham
Timing: 7:30 AM to 12:30 PM and 4:30 to 8 PM
Contact: Sri Viswanatha Gurukkal @ 94427 14055 / 04366 239700, Sri Swaminatha Sivacharyar @ 94423 90299

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(Kumbakonam) Peralam – Karaikkal

Sri Kaali amman temple at Ambagarathur

The temple is located at 7 kms east of Peralam.

The temple assumes the name of Goddess Parasakthi who is believed to have killed a demon by name Ambaran who was causing hardship to the people. At the time of killing, Ambaran was in buffalo form.  The place was initially known as Ambara-harattur meaning victory over Ambaran, which subsequently became Ambagarathur. The Goddess is known to possess enormous powers and ladies normally offer prayers in fulfillment of their vows.  Her image with 4 arms facing north is made of Terracota.  She is always draped in immaculate white cloth measuring 20 mts in length.

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SCN053 – Sri Iravadeeswarar Temple at Thirukkottaru

Location: Tirukkottaru is a Shivastalam in the vicinity of Ambakarathur between Peralam and Karaikkal.

Significances: One of the 276 Thevara Padal Petra Sthalams
Main deities: The presiding deity is Airavateswarar and the Ambal Vandamar, Poonkuzhalammai.
The white elephant of Indhra, Airavatam is said to have created Vaanjiyaru river, with its tusk and prayed to Shiva at this kshetram.
Appar composed the Pathigam.
Theertham: Surya Theertham

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Location: Thirunallar is located 5 kms west of Karaikkal and 16 kms east of Peralam

1) Nalan Kali theertha Vinayagar

This temple is located on the shore of the Nala theertham. The worship procedure for devotees coming to Thirunallaru being first take bath in the Nala theertham; then worship this Nalan Kali theertha Vinayagar; then Nala Narayana Perumal temple and then the main temple Tharparanyeswarar. On the way to the Shiva temple there is another theertham known as Brahma theertham. In sthala puranam more than 8 theerthams are mentioned for this temple! 

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2) Nala Narayana Perumal with Sri Lakshmi devi 

This is located very near the Nala theertham. After worshipping the Nalan Kali theertha Vinayagar, devotees should visit this temple. Sri Panchamuga Anjaneya Swami shrine is also present here

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3) SCN052  – Sri Dharbaraneswarar Temple (the most popular Saneeswaran Temple) 


One of the 276 Thevara Paadal petra stalams
The most popular temple for Saneeswaran
One of the Saptha (7) Vidanga Sthalams

Presiding deities: Lord Shiva as Dharbaranyeswarar and the Ambal Bogamaartha Poonmulaiyaal, Pranamba but the temple is most popular for the Saneeswaran shrine.

King Nala who was under the influence of Sani in his life and going through several ordeals, obtained total relief after worshipping Shiva at this shrine. Since Nalan worshipped here, the place is called Nallaru
“Dharbhai” is a holy grass and the place was historically called as Dharbaranyam. The Lord is therefore known as Dharbharanyeswarar.
Sambandar, Appar and Sundarar composed the Pathigam.

The Temple:
The temple, a part of Union Territory Pondicherry, is dedicated to Lord Shiva, Sri Dharbaraneswarar but the Saneeswarar shrine has become more popular than the main shrine.
The greatness of the Thirunallur temple is attributed to the unique idol of Saneeswaran as he stands blessing the devotees in “abhayahastham”. This is a very rare phenomenon and so a huge crowd of devotees affected by Sani period visit the shrine to get his blessings.
The Emerald lingam of Thyagaraja Vidangar has a separate shrine and the Thyagarajar here is Naha Vidangar and His dance is Unmatha Nadanam. The full moon night in the Tamil month of Purattasi witnesses several special services to the Emerald Lingam.
The best-known festival here is the one marking the transition of Saturn between Zodiac sign, once in two and a half years

Prayer procedure:
Take bath at Nala theertham before 5 AM and worship Nalan Kali theertha Vinayagar and Bairavar on the banks of the Nala theertham
Worship Nala Narayana Perumal Temple on the way from Nala theertham to the Saneeswaran temple
Worship at Ganga theertham, the well inside the temple, the Rajagopuram, the Kalahasthi nathar
Thirugnana Sambandhar, during the debate with Samanars at Madurai, put the Pathigam of this temple starting as “Bohamartha Poon mulaiyal” in the fire and it came out unscathed to re-establish Saivam. So the pathigam of this temple is considered very special and very sacred.
Chant the pathigam while worshipping the presiding deity Lord Dharbaranyeswar to effectively clear off all Sani dhoshams.
Worship the Emerald lingam Thyagaraja Vidangar, Artha nareeswarar, Durga, Chandikeswarar, Praneswari ambal and then only Saneeswara Bhagawan.
It is not the correct procedure to worship the Saneeswaran first; the presiding deity of the temple Dharbaranyeswar has to be worhsipped first and then only Saneeswaran.

Sthala Vruksham: Darbai grass
Theertham: Brahmma Theertham.

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Shiva Temple at Thakkalur

Located at around 1.5 kms from Thirunallar towards Karaikkal

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SCN051 – Sri Yazhmurinathar Temple at Dharumapuram

Location: Dhramapuram is situated at around 3 kms from Thirunallaru just before entering Karaikkal town.

One of the 276 Thevara Paadal petra sthalams
Avathara Sthalam of Thiruneelakanda Yaazhpanar

Main deities: Yaazhmurinathar, Dharmapureeswarar and the Ambal Madhuraminnammai, Then amirthavalli, Abhayambika

Yama is said to have worshipped Shiva here, repenting for having thrown his noose around Markandeya.
Yuddhishtra of Pandavas is also believed to have worshipped here.
Sambandar sang “Yaazhmoori Padhigam” which could not be reproduced by Thiruneelakanda Yaazhpanar in his “Yaazh”, a string instrument.
Sambandar composed the Pathigam.

The Temple:
Yaazhmurinathar, bearing a yaazh is the Utsavamoorthy here and it is so beautiful and rare.

Sthala vriksham: Vaazhai
Theertham: Dharma Theertham

Note: This town has a shrine to the revered Guru Gnanasambandar, founder of the Dharumapura Adhinam.

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Karaikkal is a part of Union territory of Pondicherry

1) Karaikkal Ammaiyar temple

Karaikal is the birth place of Karaikal Ammaiyar,  the only female among the 63 Nayanmars. There is a Temple for her in the middle of the town. Since she obtained the Holy mango fruits from the Lord to be offered to her husband, people offer mangoes during the Mango festival in the Tamil month of Ani when Bhikshadanar from the Temple is taken out for procession.

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2) Sri Kailasanathar Temple

The temple is located just opposite the Karaikal Ammaiyar temple.
The deity here is the famous Kailasanathar who came as a Sivan Adiyar and enacted the Mango drama with Karaikkal Ammaiyar.
Every year “Mangani festival” is celebrated here.

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3) Sri Nithya Kalyana Perumal Temple
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4) Sri Unnamulai sametha Sri Annamalai Easwar Temple
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5) Sri Oppillamaniyar Temple

This is one of the temples where Lord Shiva had shown His Kailaya marriage with Parvathi to Sage Agasthiyar here.

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Poonthottam (Koothanur) – Karaikkal

Sri Ekambareswarar Temple at Kothavasal
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Sri Apathsahayeswarar Temple at Rudhragangai
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Sri Agora Veerabadhrar Temple at Veeravadi
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SCN055 – Kalakandeswarar Temple at Thiru Ambar Makalam

Location: This is located at 6 kms east of Peralam and 1 Km west of Ambar

Significance: One of the 276 Thevara Padal Petra Sthalams.
Main deities: The presiding deity is Maakaala Nathar, Kaalakandeswarar and the Ambal Bayakshaya Nayaki


  • Demons Amban and Ambaran were vanquished by Kaali here. Kaali took the form of an enchantress, accompanied by Vishnu in the guise of an old man and through chicanery caused Amban to kill Ambaran, and then devoured Amban herself. To rid herself of the sin of having killed, she prayed to Shiva here, hence the name Ambar Maakalam.
  • Vishnu in the form of Veetrirunda Perumaal is worshipped in a shrine nearby. There is an image of Kaali, the enchantress, in the Vishnu temple.
  • Shiva is said to have appeared as a Chandala in a yagnam conducted by Somaasi Maaranaar. Sundaramoorthy Nayanar is said to have attended this sacrifice. This event is commemorated in the month of Vaikasi – Ayilyam.

Temple: There is a shrine for Vinayakar who is known as Padikkasu Pillaiyar. Other shrines are for Paathaleswarar on the north side and Punnagavareswarar under the Punnai tree.

Theertham: Amritavaavi

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Location: 4 kms east of Poonthottam

1) SCN054 – Brahmapuriswarar Temple

Significance: One of the 276 Thevara Padal Petra Sthalams.

Main deities: The presiding deity is Punnagavaneswarar, Bhramapureesar and the Ambal Poonkuzhalammai, Suganda Kundalambika

Legend: Brahma, in the form of a bird, is said to have worshipped Shiva to be retrieved to his original form, and hence the name Brahmapuri or Punnakavanam. The tank here is said to have been created by Brahma. Shiva is said to have appeared here in the fiery Bhairava form, Sattainathar, for the sake of Indra, hence the name Indrapuri.

Sthala Vriksham: Punnai
Theertham: Brahma Theertham

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2) Vaishnavi Thayar Perumal Temple


  • Perumal Vishnu brought Vaishnavi as a little girl (bala kannikai) to kill rakshasas Amban brothers who were torturing mankind. Upon seeing a beautiful girl, the rakshasas were vying to marry her. Maha Vishnu informed that only one of them can marry her. The two rakshasas fought with each other and one of them got killed.
  • When the surviving Amban tried to hold her hand, Vaishnavi took viswarupa as Kali and killed him at Ambagarathur.
  • Vaishnavi is worshipped as bala kannikai and santha swarupi in Ambal Perumal Koil.


  • The temple was built more than 250 years ago.
  • Vaishnavi has sangu and chakra in her hands – abaya hastha in right hand and parrot in left hand. She grants everyone’s wishes as a varaprasithi.
  • Anjaneya is present in 3 different forms – bala (young), vridtha (old), and viswarupa (giant).
  • 6 crore Rama namas are kept in two stupas.
  • During Srirama Navami, a procession of Rama around Ambal is performed. During Ammavasya, many devotees worship Anjaneya and seek his blessings.


3) Sri Chattanadhar Temple

The temple pond, Soola theertham, created by Sri Chattanadhar has the power to cure leprosy and other dreadful diseases.


Sri Akasa Sastha / Saktheeswarar Temple at Rettakudi

Sembonar Kovil – Karaikal


1) Sri Suyambunatha Swami / Thaan thonreeswarar Temple

The old name of the place is Perumbalai. It is a Maada Koil, built by Kochchengat Chozha Nayanar. The Mahalingam is “swayambu”, hence called “Thaan thonreeswarar”. Ambal is known as “Mullaivana Nayaki”. Rajaraja Cholan built this temple. It is believed that there is an underground passage from Thanjavur big temple to this temple. Many stone inscriptions are found in this temple.

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2) Perumal Temple
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Sri Maragathavalli Ambal sametha Sri Madhyarjuneswarar Temple at Iluppur

Sri Beemeswarar Shiva temple is also nearby

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Shiva Temple at Sankaranpanthal
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Shiva Temple at Eduthukatti Sathanoor

Sri Pasikula Vinayagar Temple

Vinyagar has 4 hands with 2 hands hidden. He is sitting in a linga roopa. The village got the name Sathanoor since Perunchathan (Ayyanar) worshipped this Vinayagar.

When Yama was killed by Lord Shiva at Thirukkadaiyur, the weight of the earth became unbearable for Boomadevi. So She came to Lord Shiva to request Him to give life again to Yama and Yama got life again at this place, Eduthukatti. Now it is called Eduthukatti Sathanoor.

The Shiva temple is very big in a 4 acre area with 3 tier Rajagopuram. Lord Shiva is facing East and Ambal facing South. In the Vinayagar shrine, as a rare feature a shiva linga is seen in front of Vinayagar.

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Sri Naganathaswami Temple at Thirukkalachery (Ayappadi)
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Sri Baraninathar/ Sri Agneeswarar Temple at Nalladai (Barani Star Temple)

Main deities: Baraninathar, Agneeshvarar with Ambal Suntharanayagi.
This is the special temple for people born in “Barani” Star

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Shiva Temple at Nedungadu
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Mayiladuthurai – Sembonar Kovil – Akkur


Location: Vilanagar, also known as Arupadhi, is 6 kms east of Mayiladuthurai en route Sembanor koil.

1) Varadharaja Perumal temple

Significance: 16 feet tall Varadhraja Perumal with Sridevi and Bhoodevi

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2) SCN040 – Thurai KaattumVallalaar / Uchira Vaneswarar Temple

Significance: One of the 276 Thevara Padal Petra Sthalams.
Main Deity: Swayambu linga known as Thurai kaattum vallalar, Uchira Vaneswarar with Ambal Thurai kaattum valli, Veurutholi amman.
Legend: A brahmin boy Arulvithan used to worship the Lord here with flowers that were brought from his place.  One day, river in between was flooding and he was unable to cross. He sought the help of the Lord and He showed the shore for him so the name Thorai kaattum vallal (thorai means shore).

In a similar legend, when Sambandar was on his way to Mayiladuturai, Shiva is said to have caused the floods in the Cauvery to receede and pointed out the shrine to him; hence also the name Thurai Kaattum Vallal.
Temple: This temple occupying an area of about 2.3 acres is adorned with a large Rajagopuram.
Six worship services are offered daily.

Sambandar composed the Pathigam.

Theertham: Cauvery
Sthala Vrukasham: Vilamaram

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SCN042 – Swarna pureeswarar Temple at Thiruchemponpalli (Sembonar Kovil) 

Location: This is located 10 kms east of Mayiladuthurai.
Significance: One of the 276 Thevara Padal Petra Sthalams.
Main Deity: Swayambu linga known as Sornapureeswarar with Maruvar kuzali amman, Sugandhavana Nayaki.

  • Indra was able to defeat Vrithirasuran after praying Shiva and so this place is named as Indrapuri.
  • Subramanya worshipped Shiva and was able to defeat Tharasuran and so this place is called Skandapuri.
  • Veerabadhara took birth in this place to kill Daksha
  • Rathi Devi is believed to have prayed here to get united with Manmathan.
  • Agasthiar, Brahmma, Vasishta, Nagakanyas, Ashtadikbalakas, Gubera worshipped in this place.

This temple is a Maadakkovil built at an elevation.
The roofing is made of Sempon and so the place is known as Semponarkoil.
During April 21-27, the sun rays fall on Shiva.
Sambandhar and Navakkuarasar sang hymns about Shiva.

Theertham: Surya pushkarani
Sthala Vruksham: Vanni

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Sri Renuka Parameshwari Temple at Tiruchampalli

This is an old and historic temple of powerful goddess Renuka Parameshwari, mother of Parasuramar, wife of Rishi Jamadagni and daughter of Nagaraja. The temple is more popularly known as Yellaiamman Kovil (guardian of the boundaries)


SCN041 – Veeratta Thevara sthalam at Keezhaparasalur (Thirupariyalur / Parasalur)

Distance: 2 kms from Semponarkoil


  • One of the 276 Thevara Padal Petra Sthalams
  • One of the ashta (eight) Veerateneswaram
  • This is the place where Chamakam was born and combined with Rudhram to be formed as Rudhra Yagna.
  • This is the world’s first temple for Veerabhadra Swamy
  • Parihara sthalam for all kinds of sins and curses

Main deities: Veerattaneswarar / Dakshapureeswarar as Swayambu lingam and the Ambal as Ilankombanaiyaal / Balambika


  • Dakshan, father of Parvathi Devi, did penance and got boons from Lord Shiva. He became very egoistic to the very extent of conducting an Yagna without even inviting Lord Shiva. So Lord Shiva snatched back His boons (parithal in tamil) and this place became Thiru-pariyalur.
  • Dakshan created Chamakam and clubbed it with Rudhram as Rudhra Yagna. He did this yagna here for the first time and so this is known as Daksha puri. Several Yagnas appeared and disappeared in sevaral yugas and only this Rudhra Yagna appropriate and most powerful for Kali yuga stands today.
  • Veerabhadrar born in Veerabhadrapura in Rishikesh was sent by Lord Shiva here to destroy Dakshan’s Yagna
  • Veerabadharar cut the head of Dakshan here and vanquished his ego.
  • Veerabadrar is known in several names such as Periyandavar, Pethandavar, Sudalaimadan, Agora Veerabadhrar, Agasa Bairavar etc., and is the kula deivam for most people.
  • Pachai Nayahi known as Badrakali and Pavala Nayahi known as Angala Parameswari are the two Sakthis of Veerabadhrar only.
  • Devas got rid of their fear caused by the demon Dharuka by worshipping Shiva at this kshetram.
  • Lord Shiva here was worshipped at a time by Sri Mahavishnu, Sri Mahalakshmi, Sri Brahmma, Sri Saraswathi, all the directional Gods from Indhra, Yama to Gubera, 27 stars, Navagrahas etc.,
  • Considered as a powerful parihara sthalams for all kinds of sins, curses like 5 kinds of Hathi doshams, 13 kinds of curses, doshams of all stars, manthirika / vasiya problems, enemy problems etc.,

Daksha is seen at the feet of the main deity, Dakshapureeswarar.
Veerabdhra swamy is present in a separate sanctum.
Sengazhuneer Ganesa is also present.
On every New moon (Amavasya) day evening special homams are conducted for Veera badhra Swamy.
Since this is the birth place of Rudhra Yagna, 3 times in an year Samashti Rudhrabhishegam and Rudhra homams are conducted. For the same reason, this is the appropriate place for Sashtiapthapoorthy, Sadhabhishegam etc.,
Sundays during the Tamil month of Kartikai are considered very special.
Sambandar composed the Pathigam; Arunagirinadhar sang a Thirupugazh.

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Homa Kundam, Chandra pushkarani
Sthala Vruksham: Jack fruit tree

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SCN046 – Thanthondri nathar temple at Thiruvakkur (Akkur)

Location: 5 kms from Semponar koil

Significance: One of the 276 Thevara Padal Petra Sthalams; Birth place of Sirappuli nayanar.

Main Deities: Thaanthondriappar, Swayambhu nathar with Valnedungkann ammai, Kadganethri ambal

Legend: A Chola king used to feed 1000 members daily and one day the Lord Himself came as one of them (Aayirathil Oruvar) with a stick in his hand and took food. We can see this sculpture in the temple.

Temple: This Shivastalam is a “Maadakkovil” built by Ko Chenkkan Cholan, at an elevation, which is also known as Shankharanyam. This temple is also known as Thaanthonri maadam – that which appeared on a self made hill.

Theertham: Kumudha theertham.
Sthala vruksham: Sarakondrai.

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(Sirkazhi)  Thalachangadu – Karaikkal

……continues from Sirkazhi to Thalachangadu route temples in Maylidauthurai – North Page


Distance: 16 kms east of Mayiladuthurai; 5 kms from Akkoore

SCN045 – Sri Sangaranyeswara Temple

Significance: One of the 276 Thevara Padal Petra Sthalams.
Main Deity: Swayambu linga known as Sangarunatheswarar with Amman Sowandra nayaki.
Legend: Vishnu worshipped Shiva and attained Panchajanyam (Talai Changu), the greatest of all Sangu (Conch). It is Interesting to note that the legend associated with this temple is the same as in Thiruvalampuram.

Sundarar composed thePathigam

Sthala vruksham: Purasu.
Theertham: Sanku theertham, Cauvery.

Note: There are Vallaba vinayaka temple and Cauvery temple nearby.

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DD25 – Sri Nanmathiyam Perumal temple

Significance: One of the 108 Divya desams.

Main Deity: Nanmadhiya perumal with Thalaichanga nachiar in standing posture.
Utsavar: Venchudar piraan with Chenkamala valli thayar.
Theertham: Amritha pushkarani & Markendeya theertham.

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Sri Kasi viswanatha Swamy Temple at Puthur
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Sri Boomi Neela Nayagi samedha Sri Abeeshta Varadharaja Perumal Temple at Mamakudi
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SCN047 – Amritha kadeswarar temple at Thirukkadayur

Distance: 20 kms from Mayiladurai

  • One of the 276 Thevara Padal Petra Sthalams.
  • One of the Sakthi peetams; Abhirami Amman shrine attracts huge devottees throughout the year.
  • Highly popular temple for conducting 60th and 80th birth anniversaries.

Main Deity: Swayambu linga known as Amrithakadeeswarar with Abirami amman.


  • Pot of Amrutham was kept here by devas and asuras but after returning from bath they were not able to remove it since it was deep rooted upto padala loga and it was in the form of linga. So, the Shivalingam is hailed as a manifestation of the celestial nectar itself and hence the name Amritaghateswarar.
  • Markendeya sought the help of Shiva when he was chased by Yama. Shiva kicked Yama to protect Markendeya and blessed him to be 16 years always.
  • Abhirama battar sang Abirami Andhadhi on Goddess to change half moon day into full moon day.
  • Brahma was given a vilva pathra and was told by Shiva that whereever the vilva grows within a muhoorta (3 hrs), Brahma will get gyana upadesam at that place and it was this place.


  • Kaalasamhaaramurthy, the fierce form of Shiva, who saved Markandeya from the clutches of Yama is standing with Balambikai holding palms together along with Markendeya. During the time of arathi they remove the silver kavacham and we can see Shiva kicking yama under his foot.
  • The 1008 Shankhabhishekam to the deity is of great importance in keeping with the belief that Markandeya had performed this form of worship.
  • The conquest of Yama is acknowledged through celebration of the 60th and 80th birth anniversaries of pilgrims visiting this shetram.
  • Vinayakar is present as Kalla ganapthy here.
  • Sundarar, Navakkuarasar & Sambandhar sang hymns about Shiva; Arunagirinadhar sang Thirupugazh on this Murugar.

Sthala vruksham: Vilvam and Jadi mullai.
Theertham: Amritha pushkarani, Markendya theertham, Kala theertham.

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SCN048 – Brahmapureeswarar Temple at Thirukadaiyur Mayanam

Location: Around 1 km east of Thirukkadaiyur temple

Significance: One of the 276 Thevara Padal Petra Sthalams.
Main deities: Bhramapureeswarar and the Ambal Nimalakuchambika.

Legend: Shiva is said to have first vanquished Brahma – hence the name Mayaanam – and then revived and initiated him into the act of creating the Universe. It is from a well here in Tirukkadavur Mayaanam, that water for daily ablution is taken to Thirukkadaiyur Abhirami Amritaghateswarar temple. Sambandar, Appar and Sundarar composed the Pathigam.

Theertham: Bhrama Theertham

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Sri Rajagopala Swamy / Thiri Nethra Chaturbuja Anjaneyar Temple at Ananthamangalam

a very popular temple

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Sri Mari Amman temple at Ozhugai Mangalam
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Sri Sarntharai Kaththa Swami (Shiva) Temple at Thillaiyaadi Valliammai

Aadipuram Valaiyal-kappu is very popular here.

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VT08 – Sri Balasubramanya Swami, Sri Kameshwarar Temple at Thiruvidaikazhi [Visaippa Temple]

Location: The temple is situtated 2 Kms west of Thillaiyaadi.

Main deity is Sri Balasubramanya Swami. Lord Shiva is on His left indicating that Sri Subramanya swami performs pooja to Lord Siva. Ambal Sannadhi is that of Sri Deivanai. There is no sannadhi for Sri Valli. The Sthala vriksham is Thirukura Maram.

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1) Sri Kumaran Temple
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2) Sri Shiva Temple
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SCN049 – Sundareswarar Temple at Thiruvettakudi

Significance: One of the 275 padal petra shiva sthalams

Main deities: Sundareswarar, Thirumeniyazhagar and the Ambal Shantha Nayaki

Legend: Arjuna is said to have worshipped Shiva here, and Shiva is said to have materialized in front of him in the guise of a hunter, hence the name Tiruvettakkudi. Swami and Ambal are present in the form of a Hunter with bow and Hunter’s wife. It is believed that the Ambal was born here in a fisherman family and so the nearby seashore villages celebrate the Kadalaadu festival.

Sambandar composed the Pathigam

Theertham: Satya Pushkarini

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Thiru Thelichery (Kovilpathu)

Thiru Thelicherry, now known as Koil karai Pathu, is located just at the entrance to the Karikkal town while coming from the Poraiyar route.

1) SCN050 – Sri Paarvatheeswarar Temple

One of the 276 Thevara Paadal petra sthalams

Main deities: Parvatheeswarar and the Ambal Ampaduttakkannaal, Swayamvara Thapaswini, Sakthi Nayaki

Parvathi devi worshipped Shiva here.
This kshetram is associated with the incident of Thirugnanasambandar’s singing the pathigam ‘Maadar Madappidi’ in Yaazhmuzhi Pann.
When Sambandhar along with his Adiyars was passing through Bodhimangai, the nearby place of Buddhist colony, they volutarily invited Sambandhar for a debate and lost to Sambandar as well. Thus he pulled down the Buddhist flag and raised the Saiva flag here.

The Temple:
The temple faces west and has a separate shrine for Karaikkal Ammaiyar.
The Sun’s rays illuminate the sanctum at sunset for a period of 10 days from the 13th day of the Tamil month of Panguni

Theertham: Sakti Theertham

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2) Sri Sambandha Vinayagr Temple

Located just opposite the Paarvatheeswarar temple

3) Sri Kothanda Ramar temple

Located just opposite the Paarvatheeswarar temple, by the side of the temple tank

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  1. Thanks for these innumerable details.In fact i was saptapuram where saptamatricas have worshipped Lord Shiva after bathing in rishabh thirth.Though i could get 6 purams i was trying to get the place Maheshwari did the worship.Hope u canhelp

  2. A very informative article indeed!
    I am looking specifically for images of ayyanar in the ayyanar temple in Sathanur, near aduthurai in mayavaram distt.

  3. sir I want to address detail in sharpthi perumal kovil near aduthurai to kanjanur road. if u know that temple detail plz mail me or informe this me mail id, 7845660457. Thank you

  4. Please inform me the place in mayiladuthurai where Thirugnana Sambandar attained and his samadhi available. T.Balasubramanian.

  5. மிக்க நன்றி திரு ராஜூ அவர்களே. தங்களின் எழுத்து பலருக்கும் மிகவும் பயனுள்ளதாக இருக்கிறது. தங்களின் கும்பகோணம் நகரைச் சுற்றியுள்ள திருக்கோயில்கள் பற்றிய கட்டுரையையும் படித்து மகிழ்ந்திருக்கிறேன். திருக்கடையூர் கோயிலின் உள்ளே, பின்புறம் திருக்குளத்திற்கு அருகே உள்ள, கிழக்கு பிரதான வாசல் அருகே, பிரதான சுவரின் உட்புறம், அமைந்துள்ள முனீஸ்வரர் சன்னதி பற்றி மேலும் விவரங்கள் அறிந்து கொள்ள ஆசைப்படுகிறேன். தாங்கள் தெரிவிக்க முடியுமா?,

  6. very informative, thanks ,, you could have added karaikal ammayar temple, in this list ,being in karaikal and near Thirunallar.

  7. Greetings to all,
    Anybody would like to give the details of Bipileekadeeswarer temple near thiruvarur. It is heard that it is near allathur. kindly let me know the details.Srinivasan

  8. You have a very GOOD work & great service by providing information
    about these temples .

    Both the parts will form an important and valuable information
    for those who are interested in visitng temples.

    My Blessings and Good Wishes to you ,

    DR. Harish Babu , Bangalore

  9. hi, can anyone please guide me how to reach Thiruvidaikazhi Murugan temple. am planning to visit Navagraha temples, is it close by? any information provided will be of great help. thanks in advance.

    • திருவிடைக்கழி முருகப்பெருமான் திருக்கோயில், மாயூரம் தரங்கம்பாடி வழியில் அமைந்துள்ளது. இங்க்கே முருகன் குராமர நிழலில் பாபநாச லிங்கத்தை பிரதிஷ்டை செய்து, சிவபெருமானை வழிபட்டார் என்பது புராண வரலாறு.
      சூரனின் மகனான இரண்யாசுரனைப் பெருமாள் சம்ஹாரம் செய்த தலம். இங்கு பிரதோஷ விநாயகர், நடராஜர்,சந்திர சேகரர்,சோமஸ்கந்தர், சண்டிகேசுவரர் போன்ற எல்லா மூர்த்திகளும் சுப்ரமணிய சொரூபமாகவே காட்சி அளிக்கின்றனர்.முருகப்பெருமான் முன்பு, படிக லிங்கம் காணலாம்.
      வைதீசுவரன் கோயிலிலோ, மாயூரத்திலோ தங்கி, எல்லா நவகிரக ஆலயங்களையும் தரிசித்து வரலாம்.

  10. Respected Raju,

    i came across your article when i was browsing for temples around myavaram

    a very informative ones. with lots of inputs about the stalavaralaru.

    a small sugesstion.if possible you could add the opening and closing timings of the temple and also the phone number of the respective kurukal or trustees of the temple so that one ould contact them for visit. This could be of great help to pilgrimages coming from far of places.

    may you continue with such wonderful services

    may god bless you with prosperity and happiness.


    • சரசுவதி அம்மையாருக்கு
      திரு ராஜன் ஒருவரே இவ்வளவு செய்திகளை கலைக்களஞ்சியம் போல, தனந்தனியே செய்துவருவது போதாதா? ஏன் நீங்கள் எல்லாம் ஒத்துழைப்பு கொடுக்கக் கூடாதா? சமீபத்தில் குமுதம் பக்தி ஸ்பெஷல் இதழாக, 1-15 செப்டம்பர் 2011 இதழுடன் இணைப்பாக 312 தமிழக மற்றும் பிற மாநிலஆலயங்கள், மற்றும் இந்து சமய அறநிலையத் துறை ஆணையர்கள்,அலுவலக தொலை பேசி எண்களைக் கொடுத்து, நல்ல வழிகாட்டிக் கையேடு வெளியிட்டுள்ளனர். வாங்கிப் பயன் அடையுங்கள். நன்றி

  11. We worshiped at this Thirumeeyachur temple last Purattasi pournami (11.10.2011). It was a great show by the devotees from Tiruvannamalai, who are flower merchants. They were preparing 2 m long garlands of 1) araLI 2) vAdAmalli 3) sampangi and 4) 25 cm dia multi colored garlands for Sri LalithAmbikai and Swami. Evening abhishekam was sponsored by them for LalithAmbikai. It took about 12 min for abishekam but the alankAram took about 75 min by the priests ! It was really a super scene. We waited there for about 3 hours that evening to witness the deepArAdhanai for Siva and ambikai – worthy wait and stay!
    You would have noticed that at TVMalai, plenty of sAmanthi flower decorations including on the curved roofs (kodungai) are found during kArthikai deepam festival. These flowers seem to have been brought from Bengaluru. These devotees from TVMalai, we were told, used to worship a sakthi temple on each pournami. Some of them can chant LalithA sahasranAmam. In Aaipasi they have plan to worship vAraNAsi. Their handwork reflected in their devotion and talent, was superb and
    deserves to be appreciated by one and all.

  12. Dear Raju

    You have done a great service by providing wealth of information
    about these temples which even the locals may not be aware.
    Both the parts will form an important and valuable compendium
    for those who are interested in visitng temples. May your good
    work continue ! My Blessings and Good Wishes to you


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