Mayiladuthurai – North

Temples around Mayiladuthurai (Page 1 of 2)

The town of Mayiladuthurai in Tamil or Mayuram in Sanskrit is at a distance of around 280 Kilometers from Chennai. The river Cauvery traverse through this town. Mayuram is glorified with an old saying “Aayiram aanaalum mayuram aahaathu (ஆயிரம்  ஆனாலும்  மாயூரம்  ஆகாது)”, meaning even a combination of 1000 special places can not be compared to Mayuram. The name of the town comes from the legend that Goddess Parvathi took birth as Peacock and worshiped Lord Shiva at the Mayuranathar temple in the town (Mayur in Sanskrit and Mayil in Tamil means peacock).


It is believed that Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswathi come to Cauvery during the month of Iyppasi every year to get rid of their sins that are collected from the pilgrims who take a holy dip in them and recharge themselves for the next year. The whole month of Iyppasi is the festival period and is called Thula Utsav. People from all over the place throng the banks of Cauvery to take a holy dip. The last day of Iyppasi called “Kadaimugam” and the next day, i.e., the first day of Karthigai called “Mudavan Muzhukku” are the most sacred days. The day before kadaimugam, car festival (Rath) is celebrated where cars from Vallalar temple, Mayuranathar temple and Parimala Ranganathar temple go around in their car streets.


Maylidauthurai is the travel base from where you can see most number of Divya desams and Thevara padal petra sthalams, more than even Kumbakonam and Kanchipuram! Especially, Thirunangur (near Sirkazhi) and its surroundings have the maximum no of Divya desams and Thevara Padal Petra sthalams.

Note: The “Points of Interests” on lodging / restaurants are at end of this blog posting.

Since there are many no of temples the directory has been split into two pages as below:

Page 1 : Mayliaduthurai – North (This page)

  • Mayliaduthurai Town
  • Mayiladuthurai – Keezhaiyur – Poompuhar
  • Mayiladuthurai – Vaitheeswaran koil – Sirkazhi
  • Sirkazhi Town
  • Sikazhi – Poompuhar
  • Thirunangur
  • Sirkazhi – Thirumullaivayal
  • Kollidam – Achalpuram – Mahendrapalli
  • Sirkazhi – Thiruvazhkoli puthur (West of Sirkazhi)
  • Mayiladuthurai – Manalmedu

 Page 2 : Mayliaduthurai – South

  • 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

The following convention has been used in this page:

SCNxxx – One of the 276 Thevara Padal Petra Shiva sthalams located South of Cauvery river
NCNxxx – One of the 276 Thevara Padal Petra Shiva sthalams located North of Cauvery river
DDxx – One of the 108 Vaishnava Divya Desa Temples

Last updated: 22nd Aug 2017

All the temples in this directory have been updated in this map:


 SCN039 – Mayuranathar Temple


  • One of the 276 Thevara Padal Petra Sthalams
  • One of the six temples on the banks of Cauvery which are considered equivalent to Kasi.
  • It is considered that Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswathi come here every year during the month of Iyppasi (Thula month) and take bath here. The “tula snanam” is highly popular.

Main Deity: Swayambu linga known as Mayuranadhar with Abhayambkai ammai.


  • Dakshayani (Parvathi devi) attended her father Daksha’s Yagnam (The Thiruppariyalur Veerattanam where the Daksha yagnam is believed to have been performed is about 10 kms from here) without an invitation and without obeying Shiva’s words to only get humiliated there. So Shiva asked her to take birth as peacock and penance here for the entire month of Iyppasi to reunite with Him. Later Shiva also took a peacock form, performed the Gowri Tandavam and united with Her. Hence the name Mayiladuthurai (Mayil in tamil means peacock). There are only two temples where Parvathi took the form of peacock and worshipped Shiva, the other one being Mylapore.
  • Also, all the devas who attended Dhaksha yagam worshipped Shiva here and got liberated from their sins.
  • It is considered that the place of Mayuram itself was created by Lord Brahmma who worshipped Lord Shiva here.
  • One of the six temples on the banks of Cauvery which are considered equivalent to Kasi. Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswathi became sinful and very ugly since people take bath in these rivers to wash off their sins. So, as per the advise of Kanva rishi, they all came to Mayuram during the Iyppasi month, took bath at the Cauvery and got their sins cleared off and got back their beauty. So it is considered very sacred to take bath at Cauvery here during the month of Iyppasi. Especially, the last day of Iyppasi, called “Kadaimugam” is considered the most sacred day to take bath here and get moksha.
  • A couple by name Nathasama and Anavidhyambihai came here to take bath during the “Kadaimugam” but by the time they arrived it was too late. So they were very upset and prayed to Lord Shiva. The Lord appeared in their dream and said He will extend the sacred period to the next day and asked them to take bath before the sunrise. So the first day of Karthigai month before sunrise is called “Mudavan Muzhukku” and is considered as holy as “Kadaimugam”.

The Temple:
This is a vast temple with five praharams including the car streets and has many gopurams. The east facing Rajagopuram has 9 tiers. Lord Natarajar in the koshtam with Juradhevar near his foot is a rare appearance. Siva Chandikeswarar and Dejas Chandikeswarar are both present in the same shrine. Ashta lakshmis are present in the praharam. Mahavishnu is present in a separate shrine doing pooja to a lingam.
The entire temple excepting Murugar shrine is being maintained by Thiruvavaduthurai Adheenam and the Murugar shrine is being maintained by Dharmapuram Adheenam. Arunagirinadhar sang Thirupugazh on this Murugar.
Sambandhar & Navakkuarasar sang hymns on Shiva.

Theertham: Rishaba theertham and Brahmma theertham.
Sthala vriksham: Mango tree

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Padithurai Sri Kasi Vishwanatha swamy temple

This temple of Kasi Viswanathar with Visalakshmi is in the thula bathing ghat (Laghatam) on the banks of Cauvery.


Kanva Maharishi worshipped Sri Medha Dakshinamoorthy and Sri Bala Ganapathy to get rid of his dhoshams. He got the dharshan of Sri Kasi Visalakshi sametha Sri Kasi Viswanathar.
Sri Ramar worshipped Sri Kasi Viswanathar and Sri Kasi Visalakshi on His way to Thilatharpanapuri
Sri Ragavendhra Swamigal and his sishya Sri Vijayendra Swamigal took bath at Cauvery here and worshipped the deities.

The Temple:
The temple has vimanams in the same style as Benares (Kasi). Dhondi vinayaka and Bhairava are also there in this temple.
Sri Vali, Sri Deivanai sametha Sri Subramanyar shrine on a small raised considered very sacred. Below the platform there are samadhis of Rishaba rishi and his disciple Subamaha rishi

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Sri Ayyarappar temple

This temple, located just behind the Mayuranathar temple, contains many stone inscriptions of Kulothungha chola period and is of archeological interest. Ambal’s name is Dharmasamvardhani (one who helps the growth of Dharma).

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DD26 – Sri Parimala Renganathar Temple at Thiru Indalur (Divya Desam)

Location: The temple is situated on the northern bank of river Cauvery in Uttara (North) Mayuram


  • One of the 108 Divya desams
  • Ekadasi vratham got its fame only through this kshetram
  • One of the five Ranganathars (Pancharangams) on the banks of river Cauvery

Main Deities: Parimala Ranganadhar, Sugandhavana nadhar, Maruviniya Maindhan with Thayar Parimala Ranganayaki, Pundareekavalli, Chandra-sapa-vimochanavalli. The deity is in Veerasayana posture facing East with four hands (Chathurbuja).


  • The demons Madhu and Kaitaba stole the Vedas and disappeared into the sea. Lord Vishu in His Matsya Avatar restored the Vedas as well their fragrance and hence the name Sugandharanyam and Parimala Ranganathar.
  • Ambareesan got the dharshan of Lord here after his 100 Ekadasi vratham.
  • Chandran (moon) who was afflicted by a curse got absolved by Thaayar by taking bath in the Chandra pushkarani here and so the name of the Thaayar as Chandra-sapa-vimochanavalli.
  • River Cauvery is given the status of Ganges in this kshetram. She is being taken by the Lord as bed at Srirangam, as mother in Thirucherai and above His head at this kshetram, just as Ganges occupies the head of Shiva. Cauvery is near the head side and Ganges at the foot side of the Lord in the sanctum.


From the birth of holy river Cauvery to its end, there are five Ranganathars (Pancharangams) on its bank and this temple is one of them; the other four being Srirangapatnam (Karnataka), Srirangam, Koyiladi (Anbil near Trichy) and Kumbhakonam.
While Srirangam is known as Aadhi Arangam, Kumbakonam as Madhya Arangam, this kshetram is known as Andhiya Arangam.
The moolavar Parimala Ranganathar, an imposing 12 feet long sculpture of green stone, is in a reclining posture with four hands.
The Dwajasthamba mantapam and the Garuda mantapam have exquisitely carved pillars and images of Dasa avatarams. There are sannidhis for Santhana Gopalan, Yoga Narasimhar, Ramar, Anjaneyar, Surya and Chandran.
Worship to Santhana Gopalan in this temple will bless the couple to beget children.

Theertham: Indu (Chandra) pushkarini
Vimanam: Vedachakra Vimanam.

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Vallalar Koil, Medha Dakshinamurthy (Guru Bhagawan) Temple

Location: The temple is situated on the northern bank of river Cauvery in Uttara (North) Mayuram

Main deity: The main deity called Lord Vada Aranyeswarar in Sanskrit and popularly known as Vallalar in Tamil faces west with Ambal Gnanambika facing South.

Rishaba Deva felt proud that he was above all as he was carrying Lord Siva on his back. The Lord coming to know of it, wanted to teach him a lesson. One day, He just placed a strand from the matted hair of His head on Rishaba Deva. Unable to bear its weight, Rishaba Deva felt crushed and immediately realised his mistake. He prostrated before the Lord and sought his pardon. The Lord not only pardoned him but also initiated him into the mysterious divine wisdom. Hence, when the Lord took the form of Guru Bhagawan or Gurumurthi, Rishaba Deva was permitted to serve as his mount. The Lord made Nandi Deva to stay at Mayuram, in the middle of the Cauvery.
He also directed that Ganga and other rivers should flow into Cauvery on New moon day in the Tamil month of Aipasi. Hence, the river at the spot came to be known as Rishaba theertham.
Iyppasi New Moon day is an important festival during which all the deities around the place come down to the Rishba theertha ghat and Goddess Ganga Devi is carried on a makara (crocodile) vahanam.

The temple is situated at the bank of river Cauvery with the beautiful Rishabha Mandapam in the middle of the majestic river.
Since this Lord gives knowledge, wealth, health etc., abundantly, He is known as Vallalar.
This temple is highly popular for the ‘Medha Dakshinamurthy’ (Guru Bhagawan); ‘Medha’ means wisdom or `Gnanam.’ Here, Guru Bhagawan (Jupiter) is seen in a sitting posture with His right hand in ‘chinmudhra,’ the left hand is seen holding a book to teach the devotees. The unique feature of the deity is that the Lord is seated on the Nandhi offering ‘upadesam’ to Rishaba Deva who is seated in front. There is a banyan tree behind and there is also a stone Nandhi in front of him.
The tank adjoining the temple goes by the name of Gnanamrutha Saras. It also goes by the name Pancha Brahma

Uttara Mayura Mahatmiyam in Sanskrit, gives the history of the place in 20 chapters. Maha Vidwan Meenakshi Sundaram Pillai has sung the history of the temple in tamil. The temple is attached to the Dharmapura Adheenam. Every year in the month of karthigai, a grand Mahabishekam is performed for Medhaa Dakshinamurthy.

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Sri Punukeeswarar temple

This temple is situated in “Koorainadu” in the western part of Mayuram. This is named after Punuku siddar who got moksha here. During the marriages, the brides wear a saree called “Koorai saree” (Koorai means clothe). In olden days such sarees were woven only in Koorainadu and this is the reason behind the name “Koorai saree”.

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Sengazhuneer Pillaiyar Temple

A popular Vinayagar temple

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Dharmapuram Adeenam Mutt

At the mutt, there are temples of Gnanapureeswarar, Dharmapureswarar, Ashta Dasapuja Durgadevi and Vana Durgadevi beside others.

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Mayiladuthurai – Keezhaiyur – Poompuhar

Gathra Sundareswarar Shiva Temple at Kanja nagaram (Karthigai Star Temple)

Location: The temple is located 7 kms east of Mayiladuthurai. At 6 kms from Mayiladuthurai en-route Keehaiyur, you can reach Kanjanagaram and from there half a km diversion to the left of main road.

Significance: A parihara sthalam for people born in “Karthigai” star
Main deities: Thungabalasthanambigai sametha Gathra Sundareswarar

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Sri Veerateswarar / Sri Kamakshi Amman Temple at Karuvaazhakkarai 

These are two temples close-by.
The name “Karu Vaazha” means “the growth of fetus”. Not sure whether there is any link of this temple to child growth / birth.

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Sri Devanayahi sametha Sri Rajarajeswar Temple at Karuvaazhakkarai Maruthur
The temple is located close to the Veeratteswarar / Kamakshi amman temple
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Sri Thirupura Sundari amman sametha Sri Navaneetha  Eswar Temple at Malapathi
It is believed that visiting this temple heals fever.
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Sri Amman Temple at Melapathi
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Sri Marimman Temple at Uppu Nagar
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Sri Renuka Parameshwari Temple at Tiruchampalli

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

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NCN018 – Kadaimudi Easwarar temple at Thirukkadaimudi (Keezhaiyur / Keezhur)

Distance: 2 kms from Semponar koil; 12 kms from Mayliaduthurai. Since the place contained 7 villages once, this is also called Ezhur.
Significance: One of the 276 Thevara Padal Petra Sthalams.
Main Deity: Swayambu linga known as Kadaimudinadhar facing south with Abhiramavalli amman facing west.
Brahma worshipped and gained back his power and fame
Kanva maharishi worshipped.
River Cauvery flows north and then west here.
Sthala Vruksham: Kiluvai
Theertham: Kadaimudi

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SCN043 – Thirunanipalli, Punjai nanipalli

Location: 3 kms north-east of Sembonar koil

Significance: One of the 276 Thevara Padal Petra Sthalams; birth place of sambandhar’s mother.
Main Deities: Swayambu linga known as Swarnapureeswarar, Natrunanaiappar with 2 Ambals Malaimaan madanthai and Parvatharaja Puthri / Swarnambika.

One of the places where Agasthiar got the dhrshan of Lord Shiva’s wedding.
Lord Vinayaka also got the dharshan of Lord Shiva’s wedding
River cauvery that normally flows towards East flows towards West here
This is the birth place of Thirugnana Sambandhar and he sang the pathiham by sitting on the shoulder of his father. Though the place was a desert (Palai), as per the wishes of his devotees, he sang the land as Neithal (Sea shore).

The Temple:
The sanctum sanctorum is so huge that facilitated an elephant to worship Lord Shiva

Theertham: Soorna theertham.

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Kadarankondan Mariamman Koil

An excellent temple situated on the banks of the Cauvery river amidst lush greenery. The atmosphere is just perfect for a spiritual cleansing. Kidarangondan is famous because it celebrates the victory of Chola raja on kedaram (Malaysia).

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SCN044 – ValampuraNathar Temple at Thiruvalampuram (Mela Perumpallam)

Location: 12 kms from Sembanar temple and 6 kms from Poompuhaar.

Significance: One of the 276 Thevara Padal Petra Sthalams.
Main Deities: Swayambu linga known as Sri Valampura nadhar with Sri Vadurvahirkanni Ammai.


  • Vishnu worshipped Lord Shiva to receive a Valampuri Sanghu. Lord Vishnu left back Lakshmi with Goddess to do penance. He returned with sanghu & chakra & in this place he got hands to hold it.
  • Heraranda rishi who entered into the ground (phila dwara) in Thiruvalanchuzhi in search of Cauveri river came out here. He has a separate sanctum and the lingam he worshipped is present.
  • Dananjaya, the King of Magada asked his son to dissolve his bones after his death in the theertha and here it bloomed into flowers.
  • When Saint Pattinathar had his meal here the king was relieved of his sin occurred due to a lady curse.
  • Since the place is to the west (right side) of Cauvery river, the place got its name

Temple: There is a cavity over upper portion of the linga and abishekam is done only after covering (kavacham) it. Bikshadana moorthy was found here in the pond. Sambandhar, Sundrar Appar sang hymns about Lord Shiva here.

Shthala vruksham: Pannai
Theertham: Brahma, Lakshmi & Swarna pankajam

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NCN009 – Chayavaneswarar Temple at Thichaykkadu (Chayavanam / Sayavanam)

Location: 17 kms south east of Sirkazhi; 20 kms east of Mayiladuthurai. Also known as Chayaavanam, this Shiva sthalam is in the ancient Chola seashore capital of Poompuhaar, on the main road itself.


  • One of the 276 Thevara Padal Petra Sthalams;
  • One of the 6 places that are considered to be on par with Kasi; the others being 1) Thiruvaiyaru 2) Mayiladuthurai 3) Thiruvenkadu 4) Thiruvidaimarudhur and 5) Srivanchiyam.

Main deities: Rathna Chayavaneswarar and the Ambal Kuyilinum Nanmozhi ammai, Kokilavani, Goshambaal.

Athithi, mother of Indira was harbouring a desire to come to earth and worship Chayavaneswarar. Therefore, she landed on the earth. Indira was searching for the missing mother and found that she had come to earth. To fulfill the desire of his mother, Indira wanted to take the temple to his place by pulling it through his white elephant Iravadha. He could not succeed since the lingam was extended to the bhadhalalogam below and the scar of that attempt can be seen on the lingam. While he made the attempt, Mother Parvathi made a sound that was sweeter than that of a nightingale, hence the name to the Goddess ‘Kuyilinum Nanmozhi ammai’. Lord Shiva also appeared before Indira and told him to drop the idea of taking the temple to his place and advised him to do the worship on earth (here) itself and be blessed. The deity is at present found in a Vimanam shaped chariot within the temple.


  • The utsavar of Shri Subramanya is very special here. He holds the bow and the arrow instead of his usual weapon Velayudham, readying for the war against Soorapadma. It is also said that the moorthy of Lord Muruga was found in the sea and taken from there to the temple. Lord Muruga also wears the Veeragandamani (anklet) in his right leg, presented by father Lord Shiva. Those who have the fear of enemies, worship Lord Muruga here to get rid of the fear. While Mother Shakthi offered the Vel to Muruga, the Lord gave him the Veeragandamani. Those who come and worship here sum up all courage to advance in life.
  • “Iyarpagai nayanar”, one of 63 nayanmars, belongs to this village. He worshipped the Lord and attained salvation here. His idol is present in the temple.
  • One of Kochengat cholan’s maadakoils, i.e., temple built in steps from entrance to the sanctum.
  • Indira Vizha is celebrated in the Tamil month of Chittirai, and the Iyarpakai Nayanar festival is celebrated in the month of Markazhi.

Sthala vriksham: Korai
Theertham: Sangumukha Theertham, Iravaa theertham.
Timings: 7:00 a.m. to 12.00 PM and from 4:00 to 7:30 PM.

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NCN010 – Pattinaththar Temple at Pallavaneeswaram (Kavirippoompattinam, Poompuhar)

Location: half a km from Chayavanam; just after the Kannagi arch as you enter the Poompuhar town.
Poompuhar is the place of confluence of the river Cauveri with the Bay of Bengal.

Significance: One of the 276 Thevara Padal Petra Sthalams.
Main detities: Pallavaneswarar and Ambal Soundarya nayagi

Gubera is believed to have worshipped Shiva at this sthalam.
There is also a separate shrine for Pattinathaar, who is believed to be the reincarnation of Gubera and the temple itself is known as “Pattinathar temple”.

There is a separate shrine to Sabaapathi Amman, which is believed to have been worshipped by Madhavi and Manimekalai of the Sangam epics.
There is also an image of Subramaniar, said to have been recovered from the ocean. It is believed locally that this image is that of Subramaniar at Tiruchendur, which is said to have been carried away by Dutch sailors in 1648.

Sthala vriksham: Mullai
Theertham: Jaanavi Theertham in front of the temple, created by Agasthiar.

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Navagraha Kethu Temple at Keezhperumpallam

Location: 19 kms south east of Sirkazhi; 22 kms east of Mayiladuthurai; 2 kms south east of Pattinathar temple.

Significance: Navagraha Kethu parihara sthalam.
Main Deities: Naganatha Swamy and his consort Soundaryanaki

This is the place where an asura was caught disguising as a deva for amrutham. He was identified by Surya & Chandra and handed over to Vishnu. Lord Narayana hit the asura on the head with the serving spoon. The head was cut off and fell on the ground but the head and body continued to live since he had consumed amirtham. The head portion of the asura attached itself to a snake body and became Rahu Bhagavan. The body portion that was thrown away fell in Pothigai mountain region which was found and preserved by a Brahmin. The head of a snake got attached to the asura body to become Kethu.
It is said that Kethu prayed to Lord Shiva to get rid of his sins. It is rare to find Ketu Bhagvan enshrined with head of a snake and body of an asura, which you can see only here. In this Kethu temple, Lord Kethu faces west in the north praharam. Lord Ketu appears with the body in divine form, his head as a five-headed snake and the folded hands worshipping Lord Shiva.

Worship to Kethu:
Kethu Bhagavan is adorned in multicolor and it is believed that offering pooja to the Lord Kethu at Keezhperumpallam with red Lilly, Kollu (horse gram), and multi colour cloth will get relieved from illness, poverty and other doshams.

Temple Timings:
The temple opens daily from 6 AM to 12.00 PM and 4 PM to 7 PM. Besides the worship services that are offered six times daily, Abhishekam is performed by 08.30 AM. Pradhoshams are held great reverence here. The specialty of Kethu Temple at Keezhperumpallam is that the temple remains open even during Rahu kalam and Yamakandam.

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Mayiladuthurai – Vaitheeswaran koil – Sirkazhi

Vana Durga temple at Senthangudi

There is a powerful Vanadurga temple with 6 ft tall deity at Senthangudi but not sure whether it is this specific location.

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Uluthukkuppai Shiva Temple

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NCN019 – Mahalakshmeesar Temple at Thirunandriyur 

Location: This is located at around 8 kms from Mayiladuthurai en route Vaitheeswaran koil


  • One of the 276 Thevara Padal Petra Sthalams
  • “Anusham” Star Temple

Main deities: The presiding deity is Sri Mahalakshmeeswar and the Ambal is Sri Ulaga Nayaki/ Sri Loka Nayaki

Sage Jamadagni, his son Parasuramar and Agasthyar are said to have worshipped Lord Shiva here.
Sri Maha Vishnu and Sri Mahalakshmi are also said to have worshipped here, hence the name Mahalakshmeeswarar.
The sanskrit name of the place is Varthi Nirvapanapuram, which translates into Thiru-Ninravur, jibing with the legend associated with Veera Cholan. It is believed that the Chola king’s retinue’s lamps used to get put out upon crossing this temple.
Another legend is one that is associated with a Chola king who accidentally hit the top of the Shivalingam as he was attempting to excavate the land to build the temple. The dip can be seen on top of the banam.

The Temple:
One of the madakoils built by Kochenget cholan.
A 3 tiered, 45 feet high Rajagopuram adorns the entrance to this temple with 2 prakarams occupying an area of about an acre. The moat lends the name Parikeswarar. (Parikeswara theertham). The theertham has been described as one with fragrant blue flowers by Sambandar. There are shrines to the Shivalingam worshipped by Parasurama as well as shrines to Ganesha, Subramanya, Mahalakshmi, the Navagrahas, Bhairava, Chandra.
Parasuraamar is believed to have endowed 36 measures (Veli) of land to this temple with the idea that the income generated from each measure would be used for a day’s worship here. In the present day, the Dharmapuram Adhinam which is administering the temple, has set up a similar trust to provide for daily worship services.
Sambandar, Appar and Sundarar composed the Pathigam.

Theertham: Neelamalarppoikai
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NCN017 – Kannayiram udayar Koil at Thirukannaar koil (Kurumaanakkudi)

Location: This Shivastalam is located at a distance of 6 kms from Vaitheeswaran Kovil. From Vaitheeswaran koil travel for about 2 kms towards Mayiladuthurai and then turn left towards Pagasalai for further 4 kms to reach the temple. Kannaar Koyil is also referred to by the names Kurumaanakkudi and Kannaayiranaar Koyil.

Significances: One of the 276 Thevara Padal Petra Sthalams
Main deities: Kannayireswarar, Sahasranetreswarar with Ambal Murugulvalar, Kodaiyammai, Sugandha Kundalambika.

Indhra, the King of Devas, deceived  Gowthama rishi’s wife Ahalya and got his body covered with a multitude of eyes, on account of the rishi’s curse. Devas prayed to Lord Shiva to get rid of the Gowtama Rishi’s curse on Indra.
It is also believed that Lord Vishnu as Vamanar obtained the blessings of Lord Shiva, prior to His setting out to Mahabali’s court and hence the name Kurumaanikkudi.

The Temple:
This has been designed in such a way that the Vimanam and the presiding deity can be viewed simultaneously from a vantage point. The main shrine enshrines Shiva in the form of a Lingam with cavities symbolic of the Sahasra netra / Kannayiramudaiyar (aayiram kann – thousands of eyes) that constitute the name of the presiding deity. The niches are adorned with images of Narthana Vinayaka, Dakshinamurthy, Lingodbhava, Brahma and Durga. There are shrines to Lord Ganesha in bas relief and to Lord Skanda on either side of the mandapam enshrining the deity. There are sub shrines to Gajalakshmi, Subramanya, Bhairava, Saneeswara and Chandra. Outside of the shrine to the consort of Shiva – Sugandha Kundalaambaal are images personifying the 12 zodiac signs.
Sambandar composed the Pathigam.
Five worship services are offered each day.
People who suffer with eye problems and also people who would like to come out of illegal relationship problems should come and pray here!

Sthala Vriksham: Sarakkonrai
Theertham: The Indra Theertham tank is located in front of the temple.

Note: The temple tank is so beautiful that you should have some spare time for a swim in the temple tank!

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Sri Purantheshwarar Temple at Pagasalai  

This is about 1 km from Thirukannaar koil.

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NCN016 – Vaitheeswaran koil (Pullirukkuvelur) 

Location: This temple is located between Mayliaduthurai and Sirkazhi, at about 14 kms from Mayiladuthurai and 6 kms from Sirkazhi.


  • One of the 276 Thevara Padal Petra Sthalams
  • Highly popular Navagraha Stalam for Sevvai – Angarakan (Mars)
  • Shiva is considered to be the Divine Healer Vaidyanathar and the prasadam by the name Thiruchaandu Urundai offered to the devottes is considered to be a panacea capable of curing many ailments.


  • Shiva is considered to be the Divine Healer Sri Vaidyanathar. His consort Sri Thaiyalnaayaki is said to accompany Him with a vessel containing medicinal oil (Thailam). There is also a shrine dedicated to Dhanwantari here. The prasadam offered at this temple goes by the name Thiruchaandu Urundai and it is considered to be a panacea capable of curing many ailments. It is made of ashes taken out of the homa kundam in front of the Subramanya shrine. Rituals are performed where a mixture of earth and ashes from the homakundam are shaped into pills and offered at the Thaiyalnayaki shrine for prayers and distributed as prasadam. Another prasadam offered here is sandal paste mixed with saffron again at the Murugan shrine here. It is referred to as Nettirapidi Chandanam.
  • Offerings of salt and pepper are made in this shrine. Offerings of unrefined sugar are placed in the temple tank Siddhamrita Theertham.
  • Jatayu (Pull), Rig Vedam (Irukku), Sambadi, Skanda (Vel) and the Surya (Oor) are said to have worshipped Shiva here and hence the name PullirukkuVelur.
  • Rama Lakshmana and the Saptarishis are also said to have worshipped Lord Shiva here. It is also believed that Lord Rama performed the last rites to Jatayu here.
  • The nectar with which the Siddhas worshipped Lord Shiva is said to have flown into the Sidhamrita Theertham.
  • Arunagirinathar sang Thiruppugazh hymns on this Murugan. Saints such as Kumaragurupara Swamigal, Ramalinga Adigalaar and Poets like Kaalamega Pulavar and Padikkasu Tambiran sang hymns on this temple.

The Temple:
This is a vast temple with several mandapams and gopurams. The Navagrahams are in a single file as in Thiruvarur and a few other places.
Vaidyanathaswamy and ThaiyalNayaki are the presiding deities of this temple.
The Lord Selva Muthukkumaraswamy (Murugar) shrine here is also considered to be of importance.
There are Shivalingams said to have been worshipped by Rama, Jatayu, Skanda, Surya and Angaraka.
Angaaraka: The Angaaraka shrine here is of great significance and is indeed unique to this temple. A bronze of image of Angaaraka is housed in this shrine and is taken out in procession on a goat mount every Tuesday. Angaaraka represents the planet Mars and is described as one with a fiery red complexion attired in red and as the overlord of the zodiac signs of Aries and Scorpia and as the strongest in the zodiac sign of Capricorn.

Worship: Six worship services are offered each day. The final worship service (arthajama puja) is offered to Skanda before being offered to Shiva.
Normally a set of five archanas are performed by the devotees for Vinayagar, Shiva, Ambal, Muthukumara Swamy and Angarakan.
The annual Bhrahmotsavams are celebrated in the months of Pankuni and Thai.

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Location: 20 kms from Mayiladuthurai and 19 kms from Chidambaram.

NCN014 – Chattanathar Temple


  • One of the 276 Thevara Padal Petra Sthalams.
  • A highly revered shrine with 71 (the most number of known) Thevara Patikams
  • Lord Shiva gives dharsan in 3 forms in 3 tiers; He is in the form of a collossal image (human form) of Uma Maheswarar in the first tier.
  • The temple is a center for Bhairava worship where special pujas are conducted every Friday till midnight.


  • During the great deluge that submerged the earth, Shiva is said to have carried the 64 arts with him in a raft, to this shrine, hence the name Thoniappar, and Thonipuram.
  • Sambandar as an infant is said to have been fed with the milk of wisdom by the divine mother Parvathi (Thirunilai nayagi) on the banks of the temple tank inside, just prior to the commencement of his authorship of the anthology of Thevaram hymns commencing with “Thodudaiya Seviyan”.
  • Lord Brahma is worshipped Lord Shiva here and hence the name Brahmmapureeswarar.
  • Bhairavar or Sattainathar, who is said to have quelled the arrogance of Trivikramar (there is a Ulgalantha Perumal temple in the Sirkazhi town), after his show of dominance over the three worlds, is worshipped here each Friday night.


  • This is a vast temple complex with three different Shiva Shrines. The shrine of Bhramapureeswarar in the form of a Shivalingam is housed at the ground level; the first tier houses Periyanayakar with Periyanayaki on a ‘Thoni’ (and hence the name Thoniappar) in the form of a collossal image of human form as Uma Maheswarar; and the second tier houses Bhairavar as Sattainathar/Vatukanathar. The Ambal is known as Thirunilainayagi.
  • From the steps leading to the Thoniappar and the Vatukanathar shrine, one can grasp the entire layout of this vast temple and its towers and mandapams.
  • There is also an Ashta Bhairavar shrine and the temple is a center for Bhairava worship where special pujas are conducted every Friday till midnight.
  • There is a separate shrine for Thirugnanansambandar located in between Moolavar and Ambal shrines.
  • Sambandar, Appar and Sundarar composed Pathigams.
  • The annual Brahmotsavam is celebrated in the Tamil month of Chittirai, where on the second day, the Thirugnanasambandar festival is celebrated.
  • This well maintained temple is under the administration of the Dharumapura Adhinam.

Festival: The Thirumulaippal Urchavam is celebrated on the second day of the Brahmotsavam of the temple in the Tamil month of Chittirai. On this day, the Utsavamoorthy of Thirugnana Sambandar is taken to Thiruthalamudaiyar temple at Thirukkolakka (Sirkazhi) wherein the Golden Cymbals presented by the Lord and The Amman giving it the sound are symbolically celebrated and Sambandar is brought back here in a flower decorated palanquin (Poo Pallakku)

Theertham: Bhrama Theertham mainly; there are 22 Theerthams associated with this shrine.

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DD028 – Ulagalandha Perumal Temple (Thirukkazhichcheerama Vinnagaram)

Location: This Divya kshetram is located in Sirkazhi town.


  • One of the 108 divya desams
  • ‘(Thiru) Mangai Mannan’ crowned as ‘(Thiru) Mangai Azhvaar’ and was handed over the Vel by Thiru Gnana Sambandhar
  • One of the five Divya Desams referred by Thirumangai Azhvaar as ‘Vinnagaram’. The others being Parameswara Vinnagaram (Kanchipuram), Arimeya Vinnagara (Thiru Naangur), Vaikunta Vinnagaram (ThiruNaangur) and Nandipura Vinnagaram (Nathan Koil, Kumbakonam)

Main deities: The moolavar is Trivikraman seen measuring the three worlds (Ulagalanda Perumal) and the Thayar is Lokanayaki.

Legend: Lord Vishnu blessed Romesa rishi with a vision of Trivikrama with his left foot raised in the gesture of dominating the three worlds.
It is believed that Thirumangai Azhwar was conferred the title “Nalu kavi perumal” on his winning the religious debate with Thirugnana Sambandar and obtaining a vel as prize.

Sthala Vruksham: Jack fruit
Theertham: Sangu chakra pushkarini
Vimanam: Pushkalavartha Vimanam. 

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NCN015 – Thiru Thalam Udaiyar Temple at Thirukkolakka

Location: The temple is located just behind the Ulagalandha Perumal temple

Significance: One of the 276 Thevara Padal Petra Sthalams.
Main deities: The presiding deity is Shabdapureesar and the Ambal Osai Kodutta Nayaki.

Legend: Shiva is believed to have been worshipped by Kanva Rishi at this place.

Thirugnana Sambandar is said to have received a pair of golden cymbals (jalra) from Lord Shiva and Mother Parvathi – and hence the name of Ambal as Osai Kodutta Nayaki.
Sambandar and Sundarar composed the Pathigams.

Theertham: Surya Theertham 

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Sri Kasi Viswananthar Temple
The temple is situated at Thenpathi half  a km from Sirkazhi bus stand
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Sri Sastha (Kai Vide Appar) temple at Kaivilancheri
The temple is about 1 km from the Sirkazhi bus stand
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Sri Kalyani Amman sametha Sri Kailasanathar Temple at Sattanathapuram
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Sikazhi – Poompuhar


Thirunangur is located at a distance of 10 Kms from Sirkazhi; the ThiruNangur arch at 7 kms from Sikazhi en route Karaikkal / Poompuhar, welcomes the devotees. It is a remote place, almost isolated but highly popular for the 11 Divya desams (EKADASA DIVYA DESAMs – Ekadasa means eleven) in and around but the little known fact is that there are 11 Shiva kshetrams (Ekadasa rudra kshetras) also in and around Thirunangur. For the temple lovers, there are 11+11=22 very special temples in and around Thirunangur. It is very rare to see so many special temples packed in a small area like this.
Also,  Thirunangur is the born and brought up place for Karikal Chola’s wife as well as Senthanar

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Legend of Thirunangur – Ekadasa Divya Desams and Ekadasa Rudhra kshetras

It is said that Lord Shiva performed Ekadasa Rudra Ashwamedha Yagam in 11 places here to rid himself of the Brahmahati dhosham he got due to the killing of Lord Brahma. Lord Narayana gave His dharshan to Lord Shiva and the Ekadasa Rudhrars here. This is being interpreted in their own ways by Shaivaites and Vaishnavaites. Shaivaites say that in order to get the dharshan of these Ekadasa Rudras only, Perumal has landed Himself in these Ekadasa divya desams. On the other hand, Vaishnavaites say that in order to get the dharshan of Vishnu only, Shiva performed the Ekadasa Rudra Ashwamedha Yagam. Neverthless, Thirunangur is an ideal kshetram of Shiva-Vaishnava unison.

As a wish of Lord Shiva, Lord Narayana is accompanied by 11 forms of Para Shakthi (Goddess) inhering the powers of all the 108 Shakthi peedams in order to give their devotees Shakthi and Gyana; also all these Perumals together get us out of all our dhoshams and sins (since the Perumal got rid of the Brahma harthi dhosham of Shiva Himself!).

The reason behind the formation of the total number of 11 is the Ashtaksha Mandiram “Om Namo Narayanaya” of 8 syllable reduces in to the “Om Narayanaya” manthram of 6 syllable to combine with Lord Shivas Panchatsaram “Namashivaya” of 5 syllable to give a total of 11 syllables – 11 Thirunaangur Divyadesams.

Ekadasa Rudhras

Ajaykapathan, Aahirputheyar, Binanai, Roodhar, Pithuroopar, Thriyambakar, Maheswarar, Virushakabi, Shambuvahanar, Easwarar – all these 10 are known as Ekadasa Rudhrars.
Ajaykapathan was once the carrier of Lord Shiva who was having 4 mouths, 1000 shoulders, Karala Vadhanam, ears with shell earrings and 100 legs.
Aahirputheyan is the son of Maharishi Boothan and Surabi.
Binaki is actually a bow which was formed by Lord Indra. Once Kanva Maharishi who brought up Shakuntala was in a deep prayer and was covered by sand dunes. Bamboo trees started to grow on the top and seeing the finest quality of these bamboos, Lord Indra made 3 bows out of them. He named the first one as Kandibam and kept it for himself. The other one was named Shargam and was given to Lord Narayana and the third one was named Binaki and was given to Lord Shiva.
Maheswarar has the body and ornaments as Lord Shiva but is of white colour.

Ekadasa Divya desams  and associated Ekadasa Rudhra kshetras

The google map of Ekadasa Divya desams and the associated Ekadasa Rudhra kshetras is here in 2 layers. Select / unselect the intended layer as you wish.

a) Out of these, 6 Divya desams – DD29, DD30, DD31, DD32, DD33 and DD36 are present in 3 parallel streets, each of 600 meters length.
b) Out of these, Perumal is in standing posture in 6 sthalams; sitting posture in 4 and sleeping posture in one.

Thirumangai Azhwar

Neelan (due to his dark neela mega colour), an incarnation of the Lord’s Saarangam (Divine bow – Hamsam of one of the panja Aayudham), was born to an Army General of Thiruvaali nadu, a part of the Chola kingdom. He became the Army General after his father’s death. He was good at battle fields and captured many neighbouring states. Pleased with his performance, the Chola king presented him a small portion of his kingdom, a place called Thirumangai and made him a King! He was thereafter called “Thirumangai mannan”.

A Devamadhu by name Sumangalai who was performing the kainkaryam of fanning (samaram) to the Lord was cursed by Kapila muni for her laughing at an ugly face and coarse voice of his disciple. So she took birth on earth as the daughter of a local doctor in Thirumangai, in the name “Kumudhavalli”. Being an incarnate of Devamadhu, she was exquisitely pretty and could attract even a recluse and so Thirumangai mannan was no exception. Kumudhavalli, through her father, stipulated two prerequisites to qualify for marrying her. They were 1) Her husband should be a (or become a) Sri Vaishnava, wear Thirumankappu and be a true bhaktha and 2) Her husband should feed daily 1000 Vaishnava bhakthas.

Thirumangai mannan, being intoxicated by her looks, agreed immediately and married her. With a bright Thirumankappu, Thulasi malai, he paid obeisance to Sriman Narayana. He started the daily annadhanam for 1000 Sri VaishNava bhakthas. Slowly, the entire treasury was spent on the Annadhana kainkaryam and could not even send the tax that was to be sent to the Chozha king.  By this time, the mannan was so absorbed with the Vaishnavism and the kainkaryam but was left with no wealth, had to resort to highway robbery from rich people to continue the kainkaryam.

One day Sriman Narayanan and Mahalakshmi appeared on the highway as a “just married” couple with lots and lots of jewels adorned on them. When Thirumangai mannan emptied them and tried to lift the “booty” he just could not even move it a bit! The Lord then whispered in his right ear “OM NAMO NARAYANAYA”. Having heard that magical mantra from none other than the Lord Himself, his mind and heart became pure; all his dirt had disappeared and was simply electrified. He realised the Lord’s drama and the purpose of his birth and from then on, poured out tamizh pasurams on the Lord as if opening out a dam full of water. His pasurams constitute a sizeable portion of the Naalaaraiya Divya Prabhandam.

Thirumangai Azhwar, a King, a person who enjoyed the wealth and comforts so much, walked all the way and visited about 80 temples (out of 108 Divya Desams). He built the fort and ramparts of Srirangam without affecting or spoiling Thondaradippodi Azhwar’s nandhavanam.

Thirumangai Azhwar is closely associated with these 11 Divya Desams:

  • Thirunangur and its surroundings is basically the region Thirumangai mannan ruled
  • Thirunagari is the birthplace of Tirumangai Azhwar
  • Tiiruvaali is where Tirumangai Azhwar’s wife Kumudavalli was brought up
  • Kuraiyalur is the spot where Tirumangai Azhwar intercepted Perumaal for robbery
  • Mangaimadam is the place where Thirumangai Azhwar fed devotees of Vishnu


The Ekadasa (11) Garuda seva Festival

The Ekadasa Garuda sevai is the most celebrated festival in Thirunangur and devotees from all over the world throng this kshetram during that occasion. After the new moon night of the Tamil month of Thai, the utsava moorthis of all the 11 Thriunaangur Thirupathis mounted on Garuda vahana are being brought from their respective locations to the Thirunangur Manimaaada Kovil. Also, Thirumangai Azhwar with his wife Kumudhavalli is brought from Thirunagari along with the deity he worshipped. All the pasurams of Thirumangai azhwar dedicated to each of these 11 kshetrams are recited and finally the Thiru Andikaapu is performed. Then Thirumangai Azhwar seated on Hamsa vahanam would accept the garlands and honour from each Perumal. Finally the deepa araadanai for the 11 Perumals will be conducted all at the same time. To have the dharshan of garuda seva of a single Divya Desam itself is so special but to have the Garuda seva of 11 Divya Desams at a single place, all at a time, is something which cannot be missed out in one’s birth. This will happen at the midnight of the Thai Pradhamai (next day after Amavasai). Finally all would set in for a grand procession.

The festival will be conducted on 3 days starting with the Thai Amavasai day. On the Thai Amavasai day, Thirumangai Azhwar along with his consort Kumudavalli Nachiyar will visit all the 11 Divya Desams and settle at the Thirumanimaada kovil. On the next day (Pradhamai) all the Perumals from the 11 Divya Desams will come in procession to the Thirumanimaada kovil and honour Thirumangai Azhwar. The final celebration will be during the midnight with the Deepaaraadanai for the 11 Perumals. On the next day, they all will return to their respective places.

Link: The Eakadasa (11) Garudaseva Festival

Dwadasa Rishabaruda Festival

Like the Ekadasa Garuda seva which is taking place for more than 100 years, there was no corresponding festival for the Ekadasa Rudhras for many years. From 2016 onward, with the great efforts of Mallikarjuna Seva Trust and many other Shviabakthas, the Ekadasa Rishbaruda Festival for the Ekadasa Rudhras have also started in a grand manner. It takes place during the first week of June.
Sri Sowrirajan of Thirunangur @ 94433 19110
Sri Mallikarjuna Seva Trust @ 94980 76515 / 98406 60435 / 97909 98037

Pancha Narasimha Kshetrams

There are four Narasimha kshetrams with five Narasimhars in various forms (one temple has two Narasimhars) around Thiruvaali and Thirunagari

  • Ugra Narasimhar at Thirukkuravalur
  • Veera Narasimhar at Mangai madam
  • Yoga Narasimha and Hiranya Narasimha (two Narasimhars) at Thirunagari
  • Lakshmi Narasimhar at Thiruvaali

Note for the Travelers:

The following temples and places can be visited in the Thirunangur region depending upon your interest and time:

Vaishnav Interests:

  • 11 Ekadasa rudhra divya desams of Thirunangur
  • Pancha narasimha kshetras – Thiruvali & Thiriuvasi (both form single Divya desam), Mangaimadam and Thirukkuravalur.
  • Vaishnav agama Vedha patashala at Thirunangur

Shaiva Interests:

  • Sri Mathangi ambal sametha Sri Mathangeeswarar Temple at Thirunangur – This is the main (Hrudhaya) kshetra of the Ekadasa Rudra kshetrams.
  • Naalayiram Pillaiyar temple at Thirunangur
  • Thiruvenkadu Budhan Sthalam and Sadhasiva Brahmmendrar and his Guru Adhishtanam
  • Ekadasa Rudhra kshetras

Sri Madhav bhattar of  Annankoil can arrange some boys as guides (at about 200 Rs) who will know the names of the bhattars of various temples by heart. They will call up the bhattars and schedule the dharshans as per the availability of the bhattars. Some bhattars take care of multiple temples and go to different temples one after the other. If you wish to visit all the temples in half a day, it is possible but it is better to take the guide and start as early as 7 AM (no temple opens before that). Pls note that these guides will rush you up but don’t heed to them. You take your own time to have the fullest dharshan to your satisfaction.
If you can spend one full day, no need of any guide.
There is a ‘Ramanujam choultry’ with a few rooms and a big hall available at Annankoil where you can take rest between 1 and 4 PM (free). Please contact Annankoil Sri Madhav Bhattacharyar.

DD38 – Annan Perumal Temple at Thiruvellakkulam (Annankoil)

Distance: 7 kms from Seerkazhi; 2 kms North-West of Thirunangur.

  • One of the 108 Divya desams
  • One of the Ekadasa (11) Thirunangur Divya desams associated with Thirumangai Azhwar
  • The place is known as Then Thirupathi
  • Avatharastlam (birth place) of Sri Kumudha Vallai Nachiyar

Main Deity: Sreenivasa Perumal in standing posture facing east with Alarmelmangai thayar.

Swetharaja, the son of Thunthumaran of Surya vamsa had the life span of only 9 years initially but was later blessed by Lord Sreenivasa for a long life, like Markendya. He visited the temple, bathed in the Swetha pushkaram, started doing Mruthyanjaya japam under vilva tree and got blessed.
This is the avatharastlam (birth place) of Sri Kumudha Valli Nachiyar, the one who was instrumental in converting the King Thirumangai to Thirumangai Azhwar and later got her married to himself at this place.

The Temple:
Lord Annan Perumal is considered to be the elder brother of Lord Venkateswara of Thiruvengadam and hence the name Annan Koil. Thirumangai Azhwar rendered pasurams here, by calling the Lord as ANNA.
This temple also has the pride as Thirupathi of south (Then Thiruppathi).

Note: This is the most happening temple of the Thirunangur Divya desams and Sri Madhava Bhattar @ 954364-266534 / 9443679303 / 9443985899 / 04364-266443 can arrange all the facilities for the dharshan of the 11 Divya desams.

Theertham: Thiruvellakulam
Vimanam: Tatvatyodaka

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DD35 – Deiva Nayaka Perumal Temple at Thiru Devanar Thogai (Keezhachalai)

Location: This Divya kshetram is located 3 kms north of Thirunangur


  • One of the 108 Divya desams
  • One of the Ekadasa (11) Thirunangur Divya desams associated with Thirumangai Azhwar

Main deities: The moolavar here is Deivanayakan, also called Madhava Perumaal facing east in a standing posture flanked by Sri Devi and Bhoodevi.

A congregation of Devas assembled at this shrine and worshipped Lord Vishnu who gave dharshan in marriage posture to them. Hence it is called Devanaar thogai (congregation of Devas). It is also believed that Vashista rishi worshiped the Lord here.

The vimanam is built in two tiers in such a way that the shadow of the vimanam falls on the vimanam itself.
This is considered as a good Marriage Parihara sthalm since the Perumal is giving dharshan in the marriage posture.

Theertham: Sobhanapushkarini
Vimanam: Sobhana (Mangala) Vimanam.
Contact: Trustees Sri A.Srinivasan @ 97878 53732 / P.T.R.Thirumalai @ 98652 81801

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DD34 – Thiruvaali and Thirunagari


  • Thiruvaali and Thirunagari are two separate temples around 2 kms apart near Thirunangur and they together are considered a single Divya desam.
  • They are part of the Pancha Narasimha kshetrams
  • Thirunagari is the birthplace of Thirumangai Azhwar and Tiiruvaali is where Tirumangai Azhwar’s wife Kumudavalli was brought up. Thirumangai Azhwar refers to Perumaal as Vayalaali Manavalan at Thiruvaali; however Vayalaali Manavaalan is enshrined at Thirunagari. Hence traditionally, Thiruvaali and Thirunagari are considered to be a single Divya Desam. Thirumangai Azhwar has referred to Thiruvaali-Thirunagari in a total of 41 verses. Also, Kulasekhara Azhwar in his decad of verses dedicated to Rama (Sowrirajan at Kannapuram) refers to ‘Aali Nagarkku Atipati’ in a lone verse.

DD34a – Sri Kalyana Ranganathar Temple at Thirunagari

Location: Thirunagari 5 Kms from Thiruvaali enroute Poomphuhar


  • One of the 108 Divya desams
  • Birthplace of Thirumangai Azhwar

Main deities: The moolavar is Vayalali Manavalan, Vedarajan in a seated posture facing west and the Thayar is Amritavalli. The utsavar is Kalyana Ranganathar.

Vishnu discovered Lakshmi in a flower in the temple pushkarini here and hence the name – Sreepuri or Thirunagari or Aalinganapuri. Legends related to these two temples are referenced in the Garuda puranam.
Thirumangai Azhwar was a dacoit king and once he tried to rob the jewels of Perumal and Thayar, who were in Kalyana kolam at a place called Vedarajapuram, about 1 km from here. When he touched Perumal he was transformed and initiated into the religious way, and from then on, he started composing and singing verses in praise of the Lord. His pasurams constitute a sizeable portion of the Naalaaraiya Divya Prabhandam. Thirumangai Azhwar’s transformation is enacted as the “Vedupari Utsavam” at the Vedarajapuram Vedupari Mandapam, as also in the grand Srirangam temple during the Pankuni Bhramotsavam.

The temple is a vast one built as a Maadakkoyil at an elevation. A seven tiered rajagopuram adorns the temple with four prakarams.
Two of the Narasimhar images, Yoga Narasimha and Hiranya Narasimha, worshipped by Thirumangai Azhwar are located in this temple, one behind the main shrine and the other in one of the prakarams.
Thirumangai Azhwar is seen with the vel he won from Thirugnana Sambandhar in a separate shrine with a separate dwajasthambam (apart from the main dwajasthambam opposite the Perumal shrine).
Thirumangai Azhwar is depicted as a hunter, which he originally was; adjacent to him is a small image of Vishnu (Sindanaikkiniyaan, which he had held in worship during his lifetime).
Manavala Mamunigal has visited this shrine several times.
One day prior to the grand Thirunangur Garuda Sevai festival, the image of Tirumangai Azhwar is taken in procession to Kuraiyalur, Mangaimadam and Thirunangur.

Theertham: Ilaakshani pushkarini
Vimanam: Ashtakshara Vimanam.
Contact: 94433 72567

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DD34b – Sri Lakshmi Nrusimha Swamy temple at Thiruvaali

Location: Thiruvaali is 4 km north of Thirunangur; 10 Kms from sirkazhi.


  • One of the 108 Divya desams
  • It is the place where Thirumangai Azhwar’s wife Kumudavalli had grown up.

Main deities: The moolavar is Lakshmi Narasimhar, Vayalaali Manavaalan in a seated posture facing west and the Thayar is Amrita Ghatavalli. The Utsavar is Thiruvaali Nagaraalan.

Legend: The ugram or the intensity of the Narasimhar was calmed down by His consort Lakshmi. This embrace (aalinganam) is behind the name Thiru Aali.
Thiruvaali is also known as Bilvaranyam.

The temple is a small one with a single prakaram

This is the most deserted temple of the Divya desams around Thirunangur. The bhattar has to come from Sirkazhi and he comes as he wishes. So better call him up before you visit.
Contact: Sri Balaji bhattar @ 96297 58828

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Sri Mathangi ambal sametha Sri Mathangeeswarar Temple at Thirunangur


  • This is the main Rudra kshetra (Hrudhaya kshetra) of the Ekadasa Rudra kshetrams.
  • The temple is very small but Lord Mathangeeswara is big in size.
  • There are two nandhis in the outer prakaram on the same peetam. One nandhi faces Mathangeeswara, whereas the other faces “Thiruvenkadu” (It is the nandhi of Swetharanyeswara).
  • The kshetra kali (Wooden kali idol) in the temple is very special. The entrance of the Kali shrine is very small than the size of Kali idol but, every year they will take the idol out for procession!

Legend: Sage Mathanga did his penance in this place and got Uma as his daughter. Swami from Thiruvenkadu (Swetharanyeswarar) came here, married Mathangi and both went to Thiruvenkadu (where she is known as Brahmavidhyamba).

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Nambuvarkku Anbar Shiva Temple at Thirunangur

As a rare feature, the Navagrahas are located around Guru (instead of Sun God) here. One of the Ekadasa Rudhra kshetras.

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Naalayiram Pillayar Kovil at Thirunangur

This is the place where Sri Rama conducted a yagna after killing Vaali. His yagna didn’t succeed because, before starting any activity we should pray Vinayagar and Rama didn’t. Later he prayed Vinayagar and conducted the Yagna where 4000 rishies participated including Vinayagar. Pillayar is called as “Naalayarathil oruvar (one in 4000)”.

Contact: Sri  R.Nagaraja Gurukkal @ 94434 88925 / 0435 243064 / 94880 03673

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DD29 – Thiru Arimeya Vinnagaram

Location: This Divya kshetram is located at Thirunangur and is generally known as Kudamaadu Koothar Kovil only.


  • One of the 108 Divya desams
  • One of the Ekadasa (11) Thirunangur Divya desams associated with Thirumangai Azhwar

Main deities: The moolavar is Kudamaadukoothan in a seated posture facing east and the Thayar Amritaghatavalli is housed in a separate sanctum. The Utsavar is Gopalakrishnan with 4 arms.

This place was selected by Perumal (Hari) Himself to reside and that’s the reason for the name of the place. Also, “Ari” means one who makes the sins to vanish. As the Lord of this place Vanishes our sins, this place is called as Arimeya Vinnagaram.
Lord Shiva is well known for His dances. Lord Vishnu too demonstrates here as a good dancer by performing the “Kuda Koothu” dance and got His name as Kuda Maadu Koothan. Kuda Koothu is one type of Koothu (dance) in which the hero stands still and bring out expression as a light kept inside a pot. Lord Krishna performed this Koothu here to explain His Aadhi Moola Naraya Thathuvam i.e., the reason behind the birth of everything in this world.
Uthanga Maharishi got married to Prabhai and once a Crocodile took her away when both were taking holy bath in river Ganges. Uthanga Maharishi got vexed and roamed in many places and finally came to Thiru Arimeya Vinnagaram. Here Kuda Maadu Koothan gave dharsan as Krishna to him and said that his wife has attained Mukthi (eternity) and thus got him out of his sorrow.

The moorthy of Moolavar is a Sudai sculpture made of burnt clay and hence only Thailakaapu is allowed here and no thirumanjanam is done

Theertham: Amrita Theertham; Kodi Theertham (like in Rameswaram).
Vimanam: Uchasringa Vimanam.

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DD30 – Thiruvan Purushothaman

Location: This Divya kshetram is located at Thirunangur.


  • One of the 108 Divya desams
  • One of the Ekadasa (11) Thirunangur Divya desams associated with Thirumangai Azhwar

Main deities: The moolavar is Purushothaman in standing posture facing east. The Thayar is Purushottama Nayaki enshrined in a separate sancturm. The Utsavar Purushotaman of this kshetram is so beautiful that He can easily attract everyone’s heart and attention towards Him.

Legend: Upamanyu, son of Vyagrapada, as an infant was crying out of hunger and was fed with milk by Purushottama Nayaki.

Theertham: Thirupparkadal Theertham
Vimanam: Sanjeevi Vigraha Vimanam 

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DD31 – Thiru Semponsei Kovil

Location: 5 kms from Thirunangur


  • One of the 108 Divya desams
  • One of the Ekadasa (11) Thirunangur Divya desams associated with Thirumangai Azhwar
  • Among the 108 divya desams, this is the only Divyadesam where the Perumal Himself gave the money to construct His own temple.

Main Deity:
The moolavar is Perarulaalan / Hema Rangar / Damodharan / Sem Pon Arangar as Lord Ranganathar in a standing posture facing east and the Thayar is Alli Maamalar Nachiyaar. Utsavar is known as Chempon Arangar / Sri Hema Rangar.


  • Lord Rama on His return after vanquishing Ravana stayed at the hermitage of Sage Dridanetra rishi. As per the sage’s advice Lord Rama made a golden cow and donated it to a poor devotee to get rid of His sin of vanquishing Ravana. The devotee used the money he got out of this gold for the construction of this temple and hence the name Sempon (pure gold) sei kovil.
  • Thirumangai Azhwar had seen Srirangam Ranganathar, Thirupathi Venkatesar and Kanchi Varadhar in this Perumal Himself as mentioned by the Azhwar in his various pasurams about this kshetram, So worshipping this Perumal is considered equivalent to worshipping all these three Perumals at this very same place.
  • Once there lived a Brahmin Mukunda, elder son of Kashyaba. He chanted the Ashtaksha Mandiram continuously for 32,000 times here and gained abundant wealth from Perarulaalan.
  • As the Lord gives away love and wealth generously to His devotees along with Lord Shiva, He is called as Perarulaalan, i.e., a person of generosity.
  • To indicate the never ending generosity of Perarulaalan, Lilly flower blooms even during night time (Thaayar has the name of Alli).
  • This sthalam is called with other names like Hema Rangam, Nagapuri, Nangai Nagaram.
  • Prathyaksham for Rudhiran

Theertham: Hema Pushakarani, Nithya Pushkarani and Kanaka Theertham
Vimanam: Kanaka Vimanam, as per the legend of Golden cow of Sri Rama (Kanakam – gold). 

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DD32 – Thiru Manimaada Kovil

Location: This Divya kshetram is located in Thirunangur


  • One of the 108 Divya desams
  • One of the Ekadasa (11) Thirunangur Divya desams associated with Thirumangai Azhwar

Main deity:
The moolavar is Sri Badri Narayanan also called Nanda Vilakku Nara Narayanan, in a seated posture facing east and the Thayar Sri Pundareeka Valli Thaayar.
The Utsavar is Narayanan, also Known as Alatharku Ariyan.


  • Nara Narayanar, is the form of Lord who is a student as well as a teacher simultaneously, teaching Gnana to Himself. Lord Naryanan of Manimaada Kovil stands as Nara Narayana of Bhadrinath who taught Gnana to Himself.
  • Nanda Vilakku means the lamp which gives light non-stop and usually it is kept in a beautiful Maadam, a structure used for placing lamps. This place is known as Mani Maada Kovil with the temple as the Maadam and Perumal as the Nanda Vilakku spreading the light of Pranava Gnanam to the world.
  • Indra worshipped Lord Vishnu here and got the dharsan of Lord Narayana.
  • It is also believed that Lord Badrinarayanar came down to bless Sage Matangar.
  • Prathyaksham for Lord Indra and Ekadasa Rudhrar.
  • There are shrines for Thirumangai Azhwar and Thirukkoshtiyur Nambi.

Theertham: Indra Pushkarini and Rudhira Pushkarani, as Indra and the Rudhirars got the Lord’s dharshan.
Vimanam: Pranava Vimanam. As the Lord here vibrates all His powers as Pranava, non-stop like a Nanda vilakku, the Vimaanam here is Pranava Vimaanam.

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DD33 – Sri Vaikunda Natha Perumal Temple at Thiru Vaikunda Vinnagaram  

Location: This Divya kshetram is located in Thirunangur


  • One of the 108 Divya desams
  • One of the Ekadasa (11) Thirunangur Divya desams associated with Thirumangai Azhwar
  • This kshetram is considered to be on par with SriVaikuntam.

Main deities: The moolavar here is Vaikunta natha Perumaal, Thamarai Kannudaya Piraan in a seated posture facing east. The Thayar is Vaikunta Valli; Periya Piratti and Bhoomi Piratti are found along with Moolavar and Utsavar.

Udhanga Maharishi and King Uparisaravasu got the dharsan of the Lord as He is in Vaigunda Loga. The pious Viraja river which is considered to run across the border of Vaikunda loga is the theertham here.

The Temple:
This is the only temple of all the Divya desams where both the main deity and the Urchavar are both in the sitting posture.

Theertham: Lakshmi Pushkarini, Udhanga Pushkarani, Viraja Theertham.
Vimanam: Ananatha Sathya Varthaga Vimanam. Different relegions may preech different paths but finally all will take to the ultimate God only. To indicate this, the Vimaanam here is Anantha sathya Varthaka Vimaanam. 

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Vaishnav agama Vedha patashala at Thirunangur

Sri Vaishnav Agama dravida veda Patashala being run with the blessings of His Holiness mahanyam Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji is located right next to the Vaikunda Vinnagaram temple.
Contact: 04364 200230

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DD36 – Pallikonda Perumal Koil at Thiru Thetri Aambalam

Location: This Divya kshetram is located closer to Thirunangur


  • One of the 108 Divya desams
  • One of the Ekadasa (11) Thirunangur Divya desams associated with Thirumangai Azhwar

Main deities:
The moolavar is Senganmaal Ranganathar, Lakshmi Rangar, Pallikondan in a reclining posture in Bhujanga sayanam facing east. He is found with four hands on the Aadhiseshan and the Thayar is Senkamala Valli Naachiyaar enshrined in a separate shrine.

Though the Lord is in sleeping posture His eyes would be wide open all the times. Since the Perumal never closes His eyes even while sleeping His eyes are reddish and hence known as Senkann Maal.
Prathyaksham for Naachiyar and Aadhisheshan.

Surya pushkarini; Though the Lord is in sleeping posture, He is guarding His devotees using Yoga Maya and is seeing the world happenings through His sun like eyes. So the Pushkarani is named as Surya Pushkarani.
Veda Vimanam; in order to inform people that the ideal person explained in the Vedas is none other than Himself, the vimaanam is named as Vedha Vimaanam.

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DD37 – Thiru Manikkoodam

Location: This Divya kshetram is located 500 meters east of Thirunangur


  • One of the 108 Divya desams
  • One of the Ekadasa (11) Thirunangur Divya desams associated with Thirumangai Azhwar

Main deities:
The moolavar, Sri Varadaraja Perumal facing east with four hands, also known as Manikooda Nayakan, is in a standing posture on the Aadhiseshan. Thayar is Thiru Maamagal Nachiyar (Sridevi) with Bhoodevi in the same sanctum.

The rays of moon is as soft as light rays emerging out of Pearls, Crystals etc., which are known as manigal and as Lord Varadharaja gave dharsan to Lord Moon here, this place is called “Thiru Mani Koodam”.
The Lord gave special dharsan to Chandra and Garuda here.

The temple is inside a Tamarind farm.

Theertham: Chandra Pushkarini; Lord Vishnu saved Lord Chandra from curse and hence the name Chandra Pushkarani.
Vimanam: Kanaga Vimanam. The Lord Varadharaja is known for His act of bestowing abundant wealth to His devotees and hence the name of the Vimaanam as Kanaka (gold) Vimaanam. 

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DD27 – Gopala Krishnan Temple at Thiru Kaavalambadi

Location: This Divya kshetram is located at a distance of 10 Kms from Sirkhazi. This shrine is also known as “Keezh Chatta natha puram” and Kannan Koyil.


  • One of the 108 Divya desams
  • One of the Ekadasa (11) Thirunangur Divya desams associated with Thirumangai Azhwar

Main deities:
The moolavar is Gopalakrishnan with His consorts Rukmini and Satyabhama portrayed in a standing posture facing east, and holding a cow with a rope in His left hand. Thayar is Senkamala Naachiyaar, also called as Madavaral Mangai. There is no separate sanctum for Thayar. The Utsavar is called Rajagopalan.


  • Kavalam means a small quantity of food. Here the Lord accepts the pure state of His devotees as food and so this place is called Kavalampadi. So there is no Madapalli (place to cook food for the lord) here.
  • Krishna went in search of the Parijatha flowers to please the desire of Satyabhama. After a long search He meditated on Siva, who revealed to Him that the lake filled with Parijatha flowers is at this Kshetram.
  • This shrine is considered equivalent to Dwaraka since the Lord is present with Rukmani and Sathyabhama. .
  • Prathyaksham for Vishwaksenar,the army chief of Nithyasuri and the son of Kundalai, Lord Varuna (Rain god) and Rudhran

Theertham: Tadamalarppoikai
Vimanam: Swayambu Vimanam. 

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Location: Mangai Madam is 3 kms from Thirunangur and 2 kms from Thiruvenkadu

Mangai Madam was the headquarters of King Thirumangai, a Chieftain of the small kingdom known as Thiruvaali within the greater Chola Empire. He offered food (Thathiyaaraadhanai) to 1008 people for a year to embrace Vaishanvism and marry Kumudhavalli, at Mangai Madam. The place is called Mangai Madam because of Thiru mangai Azhwar and his annachatirm here to feed people.

Sri Veera Narasimha Perumal Temple

This is one of the Pancha Narasimha Kshetrams in and around Thiruvaali and Thirunagari with Narasimhar in various forms:

The main deity is made of Salagramam and it is highly auspicious to perform Thirumanjanam (holy bath) to the deity and offer food.

Contact: Sri Balaji bhattar @ 94438 72893

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Sri Yogeeswaram Shiva Temple at Mangaimadam

This is one of the Ekadasa (11) Rudhra kshetrams

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Note: Sri Abaya Anjaneyar temple and Sri Pompuli amman temple are also here.

NCN008 – Sundareswarar Temple at ThirukKalikkaamur (Annappan Pettai) 

Location: This Shivastalam is located on the shores of the Bay of Bengal, near Poompuhar.

Significance: One of the 276 Thevara Padal Petra Sthalams.
Main deities: Sundareswarar and the Ambal Azhagammai.

Legend: Paraasarar worshipped Shiva here.

Temple: The temple has shrines to Ganesha, Subramanya, Mahalakshmi, Kailasanathar, Paraasar and Bhadrakali. The Skanda Shasti festival is of great significance at this place.

Theertham: Ambuli Theertham

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Sri Ugra Narasimhar Temple at Thirukkuravalur


  • The avathar sthalam of Thirumangai Azhwar
  • One of the Pancha Narasimha Kshetrams (5 Narasimha temples) in and around Thiruvaali and Thirunagar with Narasimhar in various forms:
  • Panaga prasadam is offered everyday

Contact: Sri Rajendran @ 94430 07412 / Partha sarathy @ 94435 64650
Timings: 9 AM to 11 AM everyday; in addition, 4 to 7 PM on Saturdays.
On New moon days, the temple is kept open all through the day.

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NCN011Swetharanyeswarar Temple at Thiruvenkadu 

Location: This shrine is located near Sirkazhi. In Sirkazhi – Tharangambadi route, at Allivilaham junction, take the route to Thiruvenkadu.


  • One of the 276 Thevara Padal Petra Sthalams
  • Navagraha parihara sthalam for Lord Budhan (Mercurry)
  • One of the 6 temples that are are considered equal in significance to Kasi, the other 5 being Thiruvaiyaru, Chayaavanam, Mayiladuturai, Tiruvidaimarudur and Srivanchiyam.
  • One of the 51 Shakti peetams
  • There are 3 Main deities; 3 Ambals, 3 Temple tanks; 3 Sthala vrukshams

Main Deities: Three are three main deities here – Swayambu linga known as Swetharanyeswarar with Brahama Vidya Nayaki, Natarajar and Agora moorthy.


  • Indra, Airavatam, Vishnu, Budhan, Surya and Chandra are said to have worshipped here.
  • Similar to the legend of Markandeya, a sage by name Swetaketu is said to have been saved from the clutches of death by the grace of Shiva here.
  • Agora Murthi, one of the furious incarnate of Lord Shiva from one of His five faces, Agora, is one of the 3 main Gods in this temple and possibly present only in this temple. Demon Padmasuran meditated on Lord Brahma and got powers but misused it to torture the saints and innocent people. So Lord Shiva took His incarnate ‘Agora murthi’ and killed Padmasuran under a tree (which is now in Thiruvengadu temple, back to the entrance of Agora murthi).
  • It is also said that Shiva in Agoramurthy form, vanquished the demon Maruttuvan, who has misused the “soolam” given as a boon by Shiva. Nandhikeswar suffered injuries in the war and the injury marks all over his body can be seen in the Nandhikeswar in front of the Swetharanyeswarar.
  • Meikkandaar, the author of Shivagnanabodham is said to have been born by the grace of Swetaranyeswarar and there is a shrine to him on the banks of the Agni Theertham
  • Shiva performed 9 Thandavas as follows: Ananda, Kali nirithum, Gowri thandwam, Muni niruthum, Sandhya thandvam, Tripura thandvam, Bujanga lalitham, Samhara thandavam and Byshadanam.

There is a separate shrine for Budhan
There are several shrines of significance in this well visited temple including those to Durga and Kali. The image of Natarajar here is of great beauty. Worship to Aghoramurthy – is said to be of significance on Sunday nights in this temple.
As found in Chidambaram, there is also a shrine for Lord Vishnu near the shrine for Natarajar.
This is called “Aadhi(first) Chidambaram” because before Shiva dancing in Chidambaram He did His first dance here.
Shiva thandavam festival as in Chidambaram is celebrated here.
All the four – Sambandhar, Sundarar, Navukkarasar and Manikkavasakar – sang hymns on this place.

Sthala Vriksham: Vadavala tree, Vilvam and Kondrai.
Theerthams: Surya, Soma and Agni.

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Sri Parama Sivendra Saraswathi Swamigal Adhishtanam at Thiruvenkadu

Location: On the way from Thiruvengadu to Mangaimadam

Close to Manikarnika ghat of Cauvery lies the Adhishtanam of Sri Parama Sivendra Saraswathi Swamigal (1539-1586), the 57th Pattam of the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam, Sidhi Vinayakar Temple and Sri Lakshmi Narayana Perumal Temple marking the beginning of Sarabhoji Agraharam street, which was donated by the Great Maratha Ruler Sarabhoji a few centuries back to the learned Brahmin scholars. Sri Parama Sivendra Saraswathi Swamigal was the guru of Nerur Sri Sadhasiva Brammendhrar. There is an adhishtanam for Sri Sadhasiva Brahmmendrar also here.
Exactly opposite to the Adhishtanam is the house cum Nursery where some rare plants like Rudhraksha, Maha vilva etc., are present. It is the house where Sri Sivan Sir, the brother of Kanchi Maha Periyava lived for 2-3 decades. A strange custom modified cycle is also present here which was used by Sri Sivan Sir.

Contact: Sri Sivarama Krishnan @ 94882 10744

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NCN012 – Aranya Sundareswarar Temple at Keezhai ThirukKaattuppalli

Location: This Shivastalam is located 1 km before Thiruvenkadu while going from Sirkazhi/ Mayiladuthurai.

Significance: One of the 276 Thevara Padal Petra Sthalams.
Main deities: Aranya Sundareswarar and the Ambal Akilandanayaki

Legends: Devas are said to have prayed to Shiva to relieve Indhra of the sin of having slained the demon Vriddirasuran. Bhramma is said to have created 10 Shivalingams here and worshipped Shiva.
Lord Shiva was worshipped by a crab by indhira.

The Temple: The design of the temple is such that it causes a sound resembling the sea to be heard in the Dakshinamurthy shrine (sea is more than 6 kms from here).
There are shrines to Shiva in the form of two Shiva Lingams referred to as Muniyeswarar and Brahmesar.

Theertham: Amuda Poikai; at the four corners sourrounding the temple there are four theerthams.

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DD39 – Thamaraiyaal Kelvan Temple at ThiruParthanPalli

Location: This temple is located 2 kms before Thiruvenkadu near Thirunangur.


  • One of the 108 Divya desams
  • One of the Ekadasa (11) Thirunangur Divya desams associated with Thirumangai Azhwar.

Main deities: The moolavar is Thaamaraiyaal Kelvan also called Parthasarathy, Lakshmi Rangar in a standing posture facing east with the Thayar Thamarai Nayaki. There is an Utsava moorthi of Ramar called Kolavalli Raman with Sankhu, Chakra, Ghadai, bow and arrow.


  • Varuna, the Rain God, once stole the wife of Bhragaspathi, the Devaguru and was caught by the Brahma Hathi dhosam. He got relieved of it by praying to Lord here.
  • As Arjuna, the Parthan, got the dharshan of Lord Narayana here, the Lord is called Parthasarathy.
  • It is said that the meaning of the Sharma sloga, the Gota slogam (“Sharva dharman….”) was got at this place only.

Moolavar and Utsavar are found along with Periya Pirati, Bhoomi piratti and Neeladevi as like Lord Narayana.

Utsavam: Every year during the Tamil Month Thai, on the Pushya Nakshatram day, an utsavam of the pushkarani is celebrated.
Theertham: Sankara Saras Pushkarani, Ganga theertham. As the Ekadasa Rudhiran got dharsan here, the Pushkarani is known as Shankara saras where Shankara means Lord Shiva and as an honour to Ganges which is in the top of Lord Shiva’s head, it is also known as Ganga Theertham.
Vimanam: Narayana Vimanam. 

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Sri Natrunai Nayahi sametha Sri Naganathar Temple (Gnana Temple) at Sempathaniruppu (Allivilaham) 

This is one of the Ekadasa Rudra peeta Shiva temples and is considered as Sarva Peetam
This temple contains nine planets.

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Sirkazhi – Thirumullaivayal

NCN013 – Velvidainathar Temple at Thirukurukavur

Location: This Shivastalam, also known as Velladai is located close to Sirkali.
Significance: One of the 276 Thevara Padal Petra Sthalams.
Main deities: The presiding deity is Velladaiyappar, Velvidainathar, Ratnangureswarar,  Swedha Rishabaeswarar and the
Ambal is Kaaviyankanni, Neelotpala Visalakshi


  • Vishnu is said to have taken the form of a white Rishabham and prayed to Shiva, hence Velvidai, Rishabapuram, and Vishnupuram.
  • It is also believed that Shiva caused Guberan to provide a poor devotee with a gift of gems hence the name Ratnankureswarar.
  • Agni in the guise of a pigeon had tested King Sibi and to regain his original form, created a river and offered its waters in prayer to Shiva, hence Kurukavur.
  • Shiva is also said to have miraculously provided Sundaramoorthy Nayanar with a meal of curd rice and hence this place is also called Daddiyonnapuram.

The Temple:

  • The temple has a single prakaram and has a shrine for Vishnu (Kariamaanikka Perumal) also.
  • The temple was rebuilt (of stone) in the 10th century, during the period of Uttama Chola.
  • Niche images around the sanctum and the ardhamandapam here include those of Vinayakar, Dakshinamurthy,  Lingodbhavar, Brahmma, Durga, Vishnu and Mohini.
  • Inscriptions from the times of Uttama Chola, Raja Raja  Chola, Rajendra Chola and Kulottunga Chola I are seen in this temple.

Velvidai Theertham (a well), where the water is believed to turn white on the new moon day in the month of Thai (Capricorn).

When Sundharar was approaching Thirukkurugaavur, he was quite hungry and tired. Lord Shiva, in the guise of an old man, made a small shelter and waited for him. He received Sundharar and other devotees and made them take rest there. Then the Lord Himself begged food for Sundharar & his team and offered them. When Sundarar wanted to thank the old man he had already disappeared. With tears of thanksgiving and love, he sang this:

“பாடுவார் பசி தீர்ப்பாய் பரவுவார் பிணி களைவாய்
ஓடு நன் கலனாக உண் பலிக்கு உழல்வானே
காடு நல் இடமாகக் கடு இருள் நடமாடும்
வேடனே குருகாவூர் வெள்ளடை நீ அன்றே.”

#பாடல்_விளக்கம்: தலை ஓடே சிறந்த உண்கலமாயிருக்க, உண்ணுகின்ற பிச்சை ஏற்றற்குத் திரிபவனே, காடே சிறந்த அரங்காய் இருக்க, செறிந்த இருளிலே நடனமாடுகின்ற கோலத்தை உடையவனே, திருக்குருகாவூர் வெள்ளடைக் கோயிலில் எழுந்தருளியிருப்பவனே, நீ உன்னை இசைப்பாடலால் பாடுகின்றவரும், பிறவாற்றால் துதிக்கின்ற வரும் ஆகிய அடியார்களது பசியைத் தீர்த்து, நோயைப் பற்றறுப் பாயன்றோ

Four worship services are offered each day here. The event of Shiva blessing Sundaramoorthy Nayanar is enacted on Chitra Pournami and the event of Shiva blessing  Sambandar with water is enacted on Thai Amavasai. The water turns white on this day. Skanda Sashti is also celebrated here.

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NCN007 – Mullai vana nathar Temple at Thenthirumullaivoyal

Location: This Shivastalam is a coastal shrine in the vicinity of Thiruvenkadu and Pallavaneeswaram.

Significance: One of the 276 Thevara Padal Petra Sthalams.
Main deities: The presiding deity is Mullaivananathar and the Ambal Kothaiyammai


  • Indra is said to have worshipped Shiva here.
  • Namachivaya mantram was revealed to Parvati Devi here.
  • An interesting legend being that the mortal remains of a devotee of Shiva turned into gems when they were immersed in the Theertham here.
  • Sambandar and Appar composed the Pathigam.

Sthala Vriksham: Mullai
Theertham: Chandra Theertham 

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Sri Pandurangan Koil at Pachaiperumanallur

Location: Pachaiperumanallur is located between Kadaval & Madanam at 4 KM from Thruumullaivsal cross Road.
The temple is called as South Pandaripuram

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Sri Thirumaludayar Shiva Temple at Pachaiperumanallur

Location: An ancient temple located at the back side of Sri Pandurengan Temple at about 100 meters distance.
Main deities: Sri ThirumalUdayar with Ambal Sri Mangalambal.
Contact: Mr.V.R.Sreeraman / Chennai:  9840227816 

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Kollidam – Achalpuram – Mahendrapalli

Kollidam is 11 kms from Sirkazhi and 8 kms from Chidambaram in the Sirkazhi-Chidambaram route. The Kollidam – Achalpuram – Mahendrapalli route is to the east of Sirkazhi-Chidambaram road just before the Kollidam bridge when you go from Sirkazhi. 

NCN005 – Shivaloka Thyagesar temple at Thirunallur Perumanam (Achalapuram) 

Location: This shivastalam is located at about 5 kms from Kollidam.


  • One of the 276 Thevara Padal Petra Sthalams.
  • Thirugnana sambandar attained mukthi during his marriage ceremony itself along with the entire gathering. So, only in this temple we can see Thirugnana sambandar as a married person. Thirugnana sambandar sang his last pathikam here.
  • Considered to be a great mukthi sthalam.

Main deities: The presiding deity is Shivalokatyagar as Swayambu lingam with the Ambal Thiruvennetru Umaiyammai (Vibudhi prasadamiga), Swetha Viboothi Nayaki.
Urchavar: ThirugnanaSambandhar


  • Sambandhar- Sthothrapoornambigai marriage took place here in the presence of Thiruneelakka Nayanar. When Sambandhar was circumbulating the Agni with his wife by singing a Pathikam, Shiva appeared in Agni form and invited Sambandhar to merge with Him (Agni) along with the entire gathering. Enchanted with Shiva’s dharshan, Sambandhar sang his last Pathikam and merged with Shiva in the Agni jyothi along with the entire gathering and attained salvation. So, only in this temple we can see Thirugnana sambandar as a married person.
  • This is considered to be a great mukthi sthalam. This is the one and only temple, where 4 Nayanmars – Thirugnanasambandhar, Thiruneelanakka Nayanar, Thiruneelaganda Yazhpaanar, Muruga Nayanar – have attained Mukthi.
  • Achal, Ayal are the names of Ambal. Since the Ambal Herself gave vibudhi prasadam to the entire marriage gathering, the Ambal is called Thiruvennetru Umaiyammai and this place is called Achalpuram. So, as a unique feature of this temple, Vibudhi prasadam is provided also in the ambal shrine. This Vibudhi is considered very sacred & special and a cure for many human problems.
  • Parasarar, Vashishtar, Bhrigu and Jamadagni rishis were blessed with a vision of Shivalokam after their arduous meditation here (hence Shivalokatyagar).
  • Vishnu, Brahmma, Indhran, Chandran and Ganga devi are also believed to have worshipped Shiva here.
  • Sage Kagabujandar travelled to this place by walking over his head since he considered this place so sacred and didn’t want to walk through legs and meditated in the Niruthi direction.


  • The temple is east facing with a 5 tier Rajagopuram
  • A separate shrine for Sambandhar–Sthothrapoornambigai is present.
  • Ambal shrine is like a separate temple itself and She too owns a vahana of Nandhi (instead of lion).
  • Large sized Dwarapalakas, made of special sand (Sudhai), are seen both in swami and ambal shrines.
  • The shrine of RUNAVIMOCHANA LINGAM (one who destroys all our debts) is present here. It is present only in three temples. Worshipping Him on Mondays free people from debts.
  • On completion of our circumbulation (prakara vala), a miniature of Narthana Ganapathy is carved in the wall itself. The specialty is a separate temple-like sculpturous work done for Him.
  • Durga with 8 hands is there in the temple.
  • The event of Sambandar’s wedding where the entire gathering was blessed by Thiruvenneerammai – Parvati, and attained salvation is commemorated every year during the moola star of tamil month Vaikasi.

Timings: 6 AM to 12 PM and 4 to 8 PM
Contact: 04364-278272
Sthala Vriksham: Mango tree
Theertham: Panchakshara, Brihu, Aswa, Vasishta, Athiri, Samathkani, Vyasa Mirukandu Theerthams. 

1) Thirugnana Sambandhar Madam 
is present by the side of the temple
2) Naadi Vakkiyar Saint Kakabhujandar temple is also nearby, He lived and worshipped Lord Siva in this village

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Sri Sundara Kothandarama Perumal Temple at Nallur

This is a 350 Year old temple enshrining Sri Rama along with Seetha, Lakshmana and Hanuman, located at about 2 kms from Achalpuram en route Mahendrapalli. 

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NCN006 – Thirumeni Azhagar Temple at Mahendrapalli

Location: While going from Kollidam to Achalpuram, we have to travel further in the same route for about 7 kms from Achalpuram to reach this Shivastalam. This is a small sea shore temple renovated very recently and is surrounded by lots of fishermen houses. So going to this temple after 7 pm is not advisable. Also if you want to buy any archana materials, get it from Achalpuram or Chidambaram/Sirkazhi itself.

Significance: One of the 276 Thevara Padal Petra Sthalams.
Main deities: The presiding deity is Thirumeni Azhagar, Somasundareswarar and the Ambal Vadivambikai

Shiva is said to have given the dharshan of his Cosmic Dance to the sages, Surya, Chandra, Indra and Brahma who worshipped Him.
It is in the pond (pushkarini) of this temple, Shri krishna conducted Tharpanam before Gurukshetra war and created BODHAYANA AMAVASYA. Both sun and moon are facing each other in this temple. Surya, Chandra and Indra have prayed this lord.

The prime diety is a small shiny lingam (Meni azhagar) – an apt name. The ambal Vadivambigai is also equal in beauty.
This temple is also famous for its “SOORYA POOJA” in the month of Panguni.
Sambandar composed the Pathigam.

Sthala vriksham: Vilvam
Theertham: Mahendra Pushkarini

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Note: On the way to the Shiva temple, there is a beautiful Ramar temple located in the bus stand of Mahendrapalli. There is only one shrine with 6 ft tall Rama, Sita, Lakshmana and Anjaneya. This temple has also been recently renovated. 

Vaitheeswarar koil – Kadalangudi – Panthanallur – Kurichi (West of Sirkazhi)

NCN020 – Shivalokhanadhar temple at Thirupunkur

Location: This temple is located at a distance of 3 kms from Vaideeswaran koil.

  • One of the 276 Thevara Padal petra sthalams;
  • Nandhi is huge and stays few steps away from its original position to give a good view of the Lord to Nandanar from outside.

Main Deities: Swayamu linga known as Shivalokha nadhar with Sokkanayaki amman, Soundaranayaki.


  • Nandanar was born in Mela Adhanur village in a low-caste family but was a great Shiva Bhakta. He was working as a ‘Coolie’ in the nearby paddy field and devoting most of his time with pure devotion to Lord Shiva. He was keen to worship Lord Shiva at the famous Chidambaram (Nataraja) temple and waiting for the right opportunity to go there. However, he did not get permission from the land-owner who kept on postponing Nandanar’s holy trip everyday. This earned him the ‘nick name’ of “Thiru nalaikku povar” – meaning “he will go tomorrow”. Finally he was granted permission one day and came to Thirupungur enroute to Chidambaram. He was stopped at the entrance itself because of his ‘outcaste’. So he decided to worship Lord Shiva from outside itself but Nandhi was obstructing the view. Brushing aside that, he sang hymns and prayed to the Lord. Shiva directed Nandhi to step aside to allow him to see without hindrance. With tears rolling out on his cheeks, Nanadanar took a full darshan of the Lord Shiva.
  • Indhra, Agasthyar, Bhrama, Surya and Chandra, Patanjali & Vyagrapadar, the Sapta Kannikas and the Vanaras who had gone in search of Seetha devi (in the Ramayanam) are said to have worshipped here.
  • Sundarar is said to have miraculously brought rain to provide much needed relief from a prolonged drought upon request by Kalikkaama Naayanar of Tirupperumangalakkudi a village nearby. It is believed that Sundarar had to further sing hymns to stop the deluge that threatened the village following his rendition of hymns.
  • One of the temples where Agasthiar got the dharshan of Shiva’s marriage with Parvati.
  • It is also believed that the Punka theertham was excavated by Nandanaar with the blessings of Ganesha.
  • It is believed that the two of the three vain asuras of the Tri-Purams after their defeat became dwarapalakas and the third one became Nataraja’s drummer here. The Nataraja image here is of great beauty and in this shrine is an image of a celestial playing the Panchamukha Vadhyam.
  • PANCHA LINGAMS: The legend goes that once upon a time, there was an interesting debate between Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi as to who looks more charming. Lord took out a Darbhai and made three ‘knots’, throwing down the earth, saying wherever this Darbhai falls, He will make a statement on Her beauty. The Darbhai fell on the ground and got converted as ‘Pancha lingams’. These ‘Panchalingams’ are situated in this temple is something special to worship. According to legends, worshipping these Panchalingams removes marriage problems, serpent related sins.


  • This temple is called Thirupungur because the temple was surrounded by Punga trees and Shivlingam and Nandi surfaced from an anthill (small mud mountain) [Putru]. Everyday at 8.30 pm, even today, a special pooja is performed by dalbing Punugu chattam to the Lord, worshipped by many.
  • Nandhi is huge and stays a few steps away from its original position to give a good view of the Lord to Nandanar from outside since he was not allowed inside.
  • In most of the temples Nandhi will have tongue out but in this temple Nandhi has pulled its tongue inside.
  • In all the temples, Dhwarabalakas at the entrance will be standing straight, but here Dhwarabalakas’ face is slightly tilted and positioned diagonal. This is so because Dhwarablakas inform the Lord that “Nanadanar has come to have a darshan and is waiting outside to see you”.
  • Mahaganapathi is called “Kulam vettiya Vinayagar” (The God who dug pond), and the pond is believed to have been dug up by Lord Ganesh by using his Gana-boothas overnight for Nandanar to take bath.
  • There is a sculpture of Nandhanar with a bowl in his hand, near the gate.
  • Removing Naga dosha and poorva janma sins are achieved by praying sincerely in this temple.
  • A Panchamukha lingam, representing Shiva’s appearance before Brahmma is seen under the stalavriksham in the Prakaram.

Sthala Vruksham: Punga tree
Theertham: Rishba theertham

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NCN028 – Kuntaleswarar temple Kurakkukka

Location: This Shivastalam is located at around 7 kms west of Sirkazhi.

Significances: One of the 276 Thevara Padal Petra Sthalams

Main deities: The presiding deity is Kuntaleswarar and the Ambal Kuntalalambika

Legend: This temple is very closely associated with Thalaignayiru (Karuppariyalur) temple nearby, where Hanuman is believed to have worshipped Shiva seeking pardon for the offence of having tried to uproot the Shivalingam at Rameswaram. Shiva is said to have blessed Hanuman at Karuppariyalur, and Hanuman is believed to have built a temple for Shiva at Kurakkukka. It is said that even now, during the Tamil months of Chittirai and Vaikasi a group of monkeys enter the sanctum and make offerings of flowers to the deity.
Appar composed Pathigam.

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NCN027 – Kutram Porutta Nathar temple at Thalaignayiru (Karuppariyalur) 

Location: This temple is located about 8 kms from Vaitheeswaran koil. The other names for this sthlam are Thiru Karuppariyalur, Melaikkazhi, Kallar kottai.


  • One of the 276 Thevara Padal Petra Sthalams
  • It is believed that acts of goodness committed at this kshetram, multiply manifold.

Main deities: The presiding deity is Kutram Porutta Natheswarar, Aparadha Kshameswarar and the Ambal Kolvalainayaki, Vichitra Balambika.

Indra, the king of Devas, is said to have attacked Lord Shiva with his Vajrayutham and Shiva is said to have forgiven him for his hasty act of aggression, hence the name Aparadha Kshameswarar to the Lord and Karma naasa puram for the kshetram.
Hanuman is believed to have worshipped Shiva seeking pardon for the offence of having tried to uproot the Shivalingam at Rameswaram and Shiva blessed him.
Vasishta rishi is said to have worshipped Shiva upon the advice of Brahma.
Sambandar composed the Pathigam.
It is believed that acts of goodness committed at this kshetram, multiply manifold.

Sthala vriksham: Kokutimullai
Theertham: Indhra Theertham

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NCN029 – Manikka Vannar Shiva Temple at Thiruvazhkoli puthur

Location: The place is now called as Thiruvazhaputhur and is 11 kms west of Vaitheeswaran koil.

Significances: One of the 276 Thevara Padal Petra Sthalams

Main deities: The presiding deity is Manikka Vannar and the Ambal Vandaar Poonkuzhali, Bhramarakundalambika
Pandavas and Draupadi worshipped Shiva here.
Goddess Durga is said to have slained Mahishasuran at Kadaattalaimedu nearby.
Serpent Vasuki is said to have resided in a snake hill – Putru, and worshipped Shiva here.
Shiva is said to have blessed Arjuna and revealed His Self.
Durga is being worshipped first, in this temple. The Navagrahams are notably absent in this shrine.
Sambandar and Sundarar composed the Pathigam.

Sthala vriksham: Vaagai tree
Theertham: Bhrama Theertham

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NCN030 – Neelakandeswarar Temple at Thirumannippadikkarai / Pazhamannipadikkarai / Iluppaippattu

Location: This place is now known as Iluppaippattu and is 16 Kms west of Vaitheeswarankovil near Manalmedu.
Significances: One of the 276 Thevara Padal Petra Sthalams
Main deities: Neelakandeswarar, Padikkarai Nayagar, Paramesar with Mangala Nayagi, Amuthavalli

Legend: This shrine is associated closely with the Mahabharatha characters. Yudhishtra worshiped Neelakantar; and Arjuna worshiped Padikkarai Nayakar. Duryodhana is said to have poisoned the Brahma Theertham and Shiva is said to have converted the poison into celestial nectar. It is believed that the Pancha Paandavas installed 5 Shivalingams at this Sthalam and worshipped Lord Shiva after they escaped from the poison pond (Natchupoigai). As such, Lord Shiva is seen here in 5 forms as 1. Padikkarai Nayagar, 2. Neelakandesar, 3. Muktheesar, 4. Paramesar and 5. Magadeesar. Lord Brahma is also believed to have worshipped Shiva here.
Appar composed Pathigam on this kshetram.

Sthala vriksham: Iluppai tree
Theertham:  Brahma Theertham also known as Amrita Theertham or Nachchuppoikai 

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Sri Varadharaja Perumal Temple at Kadalangudi
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Sri Brahmma Pureeswarar Temple at Vilathotti
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Sri Kathyayini Amman Temple at Marathurai
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Sri Sundareswarar Temple at Neikuppai
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1) Sri Varadharaja Perumal Temple
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2) Sri Chokkanathar Shiva Temple
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Sri Idumeswararn Shiva Temple at Sri Rangaraja Puram, Karuppur
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NCN035 – Pandhanallur

Location: The temple is 8 kms north east of Thiruppananthal and 7 kms north of Kathiramangalam

  • One of the 276 Thevara Padal Petra Sthalams
  • Nethra dhosha (eye sight problem) parihara sthalam
  • The lingam is white in colour since milk was poured by Kamadhenu cow.

Main deities: The presiding deity is Pasupateeswarar and the Ambal Veyurutoli Ammai, Venubhujambika.
This Shivastalam is also known as Konraivanam, Bhanupuram and Thenkayilai.
Shiva, upon being angered by Parvathi devi’s indifference to Him in the middle of a ball game with Lakshmi and Saraswati, cursed her to be born as a cow. She was relieved of this curse upon offering worship here with Murugar as a calf.
Kamadhenu, Adhikesava Perumal, Indra and Vaali are also said to have worshipped here.
King Kombojan worshipped here and got back the eyesight of his son – this is the Nethra dhosha (eye sight problem) parihara sthalam.
The Temple:
The lingam is white in colour since milk was poured by Kamadhenu cow. Since the lingam is of sand, it is always covered and abhisheham is done only with the cover.
Aadhi kesava Perumal with Parimala valli thayar is present in a separate shrine.
Parvathi devi is in penance and so Kali and Ayyanar are present in protective form for Her.
The Navagrahams are seen enshrined in a straight line here, unlike in other temples. There is also the Chitrambalam shrine nearby housing Natanapureeswarar and Soundarambikai.
Sambandar and Appar composed the Pathigam.
Sthala vriksham: Sarakkonrai
Theertham: Kadhir Pushkarini

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Mayiladuthurai – Manalmedu (North of Mayiladuthurai)

NCN021 – Sri Arulsomanathar Temple at Thiruneedur

Location: This is located at a distance of 1 km from the Needur railway station and 4 kms north of Mayiladuturai.
Deities: The presiding deity is Arulsomanathar, Somanathar and the Ambal Veyurutoliammai, Adityapradambika.

Significances: One of the 276 Thevara Padal Petra Sthalams

Indra, Surya, Chandra and Kaali are said to have worshipped here. Indra is believed to have made a Shivalingam out of Cauvery river sand.
Shiva is also known as Karkateswarar and this name comes from the belief that a crab had worshipped Lord Shiva here.
Needur has been mentioned in ancient Sangam literature (Akanaanooru), and its richness and natural wealth have been described by Sundarar and Appar. It is believed that this shrine will remain indestructible through the great deluge (hence the name Needur).

There is an imposing shrine to Bhadrakali – Aalaalasundari and Surya here. On Sundays special worship is being conducted to Sun God in his shrine.

Sthala vriksham: Magizhamaram (Bakula)
Theertham: Senkazhuneerodai 

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The village of Anandathandavapuram is located 5 Kms north east of Mayiladuthurai. It has a railway station in the Mayiladuthurai – Chidambaram train route. The place is also called Kayatharu or Kanjaru. The village is having many temples such as Anandha ThandavareswararTemple, Varadharaja Perumal temple, Ganapathi temple, Veeran koil, Mariyamman koil, Chinna Mariyamman Koil, Sapthamatha temple (Selliamman temple) etc.
The Srijayanthi Utsavam (during Krishnashtami) is being celebrated every year for more than 200 years. In Thiruvarasamurthy Ayyanar temple, the Panguni Uttiram is celebrated in a grand scale with Thrikalyana utsavam. Every year Radha Kalyanam is being celebrated during the month of January.
Gapalakrishna Bharathi lived in this village.
Information courtesy: Mr. R. Vaidyanathan

Anandha Thandavareswarar Temple 


  • one of the Thevara Vaipu Thalams
  • this is the place of Manakancharar, one of the 63 nayanmars


  • Manakancharar, one of the 63 nayanmars was very much attached to Lord Siva. He fixed his daughter Punyavardhini ’s marriage with another nayanmar called Kalikamar. On the marriage day Lord Siva appeared before Mankancharar, as Kapaliga Bhairagi (olden days Siva bakthas who offer sacrifice to the Lord and eat meat etc), and begged for the hair of the bride. Manakancharar offered the bride’s hair to the Kapaliga Bhairagi without any hesitation. Then the Kapaliga showed his real form of Lord Shiva and blessed Manakancharar and his family. The form of Kapaliga Bhairagi of Lord Siva is known as “Jadanathar”, which is a unique form of Lord Siva with two hands Abhaya and Kapala.
  • His Holiness Appar peruman referred this village as Kancharur in his Vaipu sthala pathigam.
  • Once a Rishi known as Ananda Maha rishi lived in Rameswaram. He used to visit daily the temple of Lord Nataraja at Chidambaram during Arthajama (night 10 pm) by his yogic power through the sky. One day there was a heavy rain at that time, he could not reach Chidambaram and landed at this place. He decided to commit suicide as he could not get the dharsan of Lord Nataraja. The Lord gave His dharsan in the posture of Anandathandavam and saved him. Anandathandavam is a unique posture, keeping the left leg thump in line with the nose. The Nataraja of this temple is in the Anandathandava posture.
  • It is considered that Ramayana happened once in 4 yugas which is one Kalpa. In one of the kalpas the Ramayana took place in south India. The Chidambaram is known as Chirtrakoodam, Vaitheeswaran koil is known for Jadayu Vadam; Ponmasanallur, Thambiku nallan pattinam, kollumangudi etc – all near Anandathandavapuram – are all connected to Ramayana. As per the Sthala puranam the present Anandathandavapuram was known as Panchavadi and the main deity was known as Panchavadeeswara.

The main deity is known as Panchavadeeswara with two Ambals known as Berugannayaki and Kalyansundari. The temple was built by Chola dynasty. The Lord was known in various names like Kailasanadha, Bharadhwajaswara etc., during various yugas.

The huge tank before the temple is known as Bindu theertham or Amirtha bindu saras which can cure many diseases. Once Garuda, the King of birds carried Amirtha (bindu) in a kumba (pot) and a drop of it dropped here, hence the name.

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Perumal Temple 

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Sri Sokkayi amman temple (Ayyanar temple) 

Sri Sokkayi Amman sameda Thiruvarasamurthi Ayyanar temple is one of the very important temples in the village. It is located 1 KM east of the residential area of the village. In the puranic age, Lord Sastha from Achankoil (Neelamalai near Sabarimali) used to visit Kollidam River (branch of Cavery river known as uttara Cavery) with his consort Poornadevi. A devotee of Sasta known as Vaduganathar (reincarnation of Lord Bhairava) with his spiritual power made him to stay in the bank of Kollidam river. Lord Thiruvarasamurthy first arrived at Vadrangam (village near Sirkali), then stayed at the places known as Kumarakshi, Meyyathur and Arcadu and finally settled at Anandathandavapuram. There is an old saying ‘Vandhadu Vadarangam, Kuthithathu Kumarakshi, Kudikondathu Meyyathur, Aatkondathu Arcadu and Amarnthathu Anandathandavapuram’. This puranam is prior to the Mankancharar Charithiram. In the Manakancharar Charithiram, after giving the hairs of Punyavardhini, the mother of Punyavardhini prayed Lord Thiruvarasamurthy to grant the hair to her daughter. Lord Thiruvarasamurthy appeard before her and gave the hair once again to her daughter. As the Hair has been given back even after a shave, it is known as ‘Aramudi’. Since the Lord Thiruvarasamurthy has given the hair back, He is known as ‘Aramudiswarar’. There is a temple separately near the Panchavadeeswara temple for ‘Aramudeeswarar’. The Thiruvarasamurthy Ayyanar was in a small abode in the bank of a tank and in the early 1900s, a temple was constructed.

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NCN026 – Veeratteswarar Temple at Thirukkurukkai

Location: Thirukkurukkai is located 8 km northwest of Mayiladuturai


  • One of the 276 Thevara Padal Petra Sthalams
  • One of the 8 Veeratta Stalams.


  • Thirukkurukkai is associated with the destruction of Manmathan by Shiva. Various towns around here bear names of incidents connected with Manmathan’s tryst with Shiva. Eg. Kaalvalaimedu, Kanganamputhur, Vedanallur, Villiyanallur.
  • After the slaying of Kaama, Shiva is said to have brought him back to life – in flesh and blood form for the sake of Rathi; and in a formless state for others, hence the name Kama Anga Naasan.
  • Shiva is said to have been in a state of meditation under the Kadukkai tree after the destruction of the vain Daksha’s yaagam, hence the name Yogeeswarar.
  • The Pazhavaaru river to the north of this town is known as Gnaana Theertham, as it is believed that the tears of joy that flowed out of Shiva in a state of meditation merged with this river.
  • A rishi by name Deergavahu performed the ritual of visiting several Saivite shrines, invoking the Ganges through Yogic powers and offering the waters to Shiva; It is said that his arms shrunk as he did the same here, hence Thirukkurukkai.

This temple covers an area of about 2.5 acres A nine tiered Rajagopuram adorns this temple with 2 prakarams. Natarajar’s Sabha here is known as Kaamaanganaasini Sabha and the Taandavam here is Veera Natanam.

Links: Location Weblink

NCN022 – Abathsahayeswarar Temple at Thiru Anniyoor / Ponnur

Location: This Shivastalam is located close to Mayiladuthurai and now this village is called as ‘Ponnur’

Significances: One of the 276 Thevara Padal Petra Sthalams
Deities: The presiding deity is Aabatsakayeswarar and the Ambal Periya Nayaki, Bragan nayaki.

Manmathan is believed to have restored back his physical form when his wife Rathi, worshipped Shiva at this kshetram.
Shiva is also said to have given dharshan to Agni under the lemon tree, which is the sthala vriksham here, and hence the deity is also called Vrikcharanyeswarar.
The Pandavas are also believed to have visited this shrine.
Shiva is said to have blessed Harichandra here, and hence the name Aabatsakayeswarar.

The sun’s rays illuminate the sanctum for five days from the 24th day of the Tamil month of Panguni and hence this shrine is referred to as a Bhaskara stalam.
Sambandar and Appar composed the Pathigam.
Lemon is the Sthala Viruksham here so it is called as ligusaranyam

Theertham: Varuna Theertham 

Links: Location Weblink

Points of Interest:

  • If you are looking for some calm lodging slightly away from the town (I always do), this one at Mayiladuthurai has variety of rooms from 6 bedded to double bedded a/c and non a/c. No food facilities. Located just outside the Parimala Ranganathar temple (Divya desam) and next to the temple tank itself! (unfortunately we found it only at the end of our stay and we’re yet to stay there).
    Viswam Guest house / ADP Cottage at 04364 227228 / 75986 71123 / 75986 72123
  • For food, the New Kaliyakudi Restaurant is very nice
  • Hotel PAMS is the popular lodging based on google rating but this is NOT the place for the TEMPLE GOERS. Pls be aware 1) it’s a “A unit of SULTAN Enterprises” 2) They have separate Veg and non-Veg restaurants and they say there are separate kitchens (I don’t believe it). The agony is they proudly display the non veg restaurant as “HALAL”. Know what is Halal before opting your stay here. The word “HALAL” was disturbing throughout my stay there.


  1. Sir, you are doing a great service. We are truly blessed to read your blog. Your reading brings to life the divinity of the place. I have had the privilege of darshanam of close to 50 divya desam temples. I hope to cover the rest with the guidance of your blog. Keep up the good work 🙏🙏🙏

  2. to sri raju…please try to visit narthampoondi near tiruvannamalai
    it is said to be older than t v malai itself

    this is a shiva temple

    the palce is originally called naradhan poondi where Naradha muni performed tapas.

    i am also being guided by your travelogues….


  3. Thanks a lot for valuable information I am given to understand that there is a Tirupuarsundari sametha Tirumenieswarar temple at Natham, near Tirunenriyur(NCN019) enroute to vaitheeswaran koil. THis temple is located in a nandavanam which has ramdari trees. Is anybody can throw some light on this temple. I am going to Mayladuthurai on 10Jan2016-rgds-9341898809

  4. Thanks for the information.I am unable to find information about Sugandha Kundalammba temple.please can you send me the website details if you can.

    • Its given under the Temples in Thanjavur region

      Sri Matsyapureeswarar Temple at Thiruchelur (Pandaravadai / Kovil Devarayan pettai)

      Location: The temple is located next to Devarayanpettai near Papanasam – Pandaravaadai at around 4.5 kms from ayyampettai and 4 kms from Papanasam.

      Main Deities: Sri Machapureeswara (Matsyapureeswara) with Sri Sugandha Kundhalambika Ambal

      This temple gives relief to parents and children who are estranged, parents and children that argue with each other. It helps those who are distressed by such troubled relationships.
      Offer sambrani dhoopam throughout this temple and worship amidst these fragrant vapors. Such worship will get you out of the grip of any bad habits and vices.

      Links: Location

  5. Its really a very good effort. For people like me who want to plan short trips to holy places with a view to cover more number of temples, your guidance is of immense help. Continue your good work. This is service to God.

    With Best Wishes,

    P. Sukumar

  6. you have done a great job thankyou,i need a help i want to know the temple in tamilnadu which is in dense forest.surrounded by water and the dietie is a gadesses who is very ugram.

  7. dear sir,
    what a nice job you have done with this! even mayiladuthurai is my native, but just today i could realize that my knowledge about the temples mentioned here is too less. may the almighty gives you a long happy life. Pl. explore more temples in the surroundings mayilduthurai to kumbakonam road also. Thanking you..,

  8. Dear Sri Raju,
    Thanks for your Blogs covering all important and ancient temples with upto date details,photos,legends etc. Your hard & painstaking work deserves praise.I find no words to laud your great service to ASTHIKAS. May GOD bless you & your family and give more opportunity to cover the rest of famous temples.Regards,V.Radhakrishnan

  9. Thank you very much Sir for submitting very useful information
    about the Temples in and around Mayuram. I belong to Nannilam.
    Yet the information which I read over here are really useful to
    everyone. I enjoyed it.

    Balasubramanian NR

  10. Please write about the temple in Pinjai (off Sembanarkovil) towards Kidarangondan and inscription of 12th cent. in the temple. Kidarangondan is famous because it celebrates the victory of Chola raja on kedaram (Malaysia). Kalyanaraman

  11. Can anyone reply where is Irattai Anjaneyar Temple near Mayavaram or Mayiladurai? Is it there? I heard that but I don’t know where it si exactly and how to reach from Chennai.. Pls lemme know.. It will be greatful!!!

  12. Hello Sir,
    I’ve been visiting a lot of temples based on your blog. And I’m planning to visit Thiruvenkadu this weekend. You’ve mentioned about dip in 3 theerthams & 17 pradakshanams. Can you please let me know where to find the correct procedure/process of worship in this temple?


  13. Vadarangam is close to Sirkazhi. One can reach this place by taking a bus from Sirkazhi. (The bus terminates at Vadarangam). It can also be reached from Chidambaram or Vaidyeeswaran koil by taking a taxi or auto. The place is 14 km. from Chidambaram.

  14. Thank you very much for very informative blog on temples.
    As in Mayuranathar Temple, legend says that Parvathi prayed Siva in peacock form at Arudra Kapaliswara shrine in Erode. Agasthiyar got Siva’s marriage darshan here also.
    Thank you.

  15. Wonderful presentation worth preserving. Kindly include Vatarangam (Vadarangam) Perumal temple and Jambukeswara (Shiva) temple adjacent to it. These temples are considered to be the northern Srirangam and Thiruvanaikkovil temples. The temples were in ruins as they were washed off by a flood in Kollidam river in 1924 or so. Through the good efforts of late Shri. Narayanan (of Goodyear) and his friends (including me) these temples were rebuilt at Vadarangam village close to Sirkazhi. This temple is situated in the island formed between Kollidam and Rajan Vaikkaal (Hence the name Vadarangam (north Rangam). The sthala vriksha of this temple is Banyan tree.(Vata vriksha).
    I can provide all details about this great temple (including Sthalpuranam) after my return to India in November. My E-mail i.d. is :

  16. The new look of your web site is most appllicable and informative. Thanks for all your efforts. Mannai Pasanthy

  17. This is a wonderful compilation. My suggestion is mention about (i) hotel facilities and (ii) transport facilities such as whether buses ply to the temples or one should take an auto etc. I feel such information will make the posts complete. Please examine.

  18. Dear Raju,

    Excellent job. This really helps people like me, who wanted to visit the PADAL PETRA STALANGAL with out any hassle . Appreciate your effort and keep up the good work. Thanks


  19. Dear Raju

    The way you have collated and presented these for the benefit
    of all of us speaks volumes about your nobility and your innate desire
    to share good things with others. Your efforts to do this the first part
    oui of two (as mentioned by you) are laudable and will benefit posterity/

    I know you have taken this as mission in life and wish you
    all the best in your endeavours/

    With my sincere Blessings


  20. Thirumulaippal Urchavam is on the second day of Brahmotsavam of Sirkali temple and not in Thiruthalamudiyar temple as mentioned. On this day the Utsavamoorthy of Thirugnana Sambandar is taken to Thiruthalamudaiyar temple wherein the Golden Cymbals presented by the Lord and The Amman giving it the sound is symbolically celebrated and Sambandar brought back in flower decorated palanquin( Poo PallakkU)

  21. A very nice compilation of temples around Mayiladuthurai. Please permit me the following for your kind notice. Your description on Mayiladuthurai sounds as if the name is something that has been translated from Sanskrit word recently. I would like you to note, Thirugnanasambandar’sThevaram uses the word Mayiladuthurai (Thiru Mayiladuthurai). There are many places which have sanskrit names perhaps the influence of later dynasties which have ruled.

  22. What a great service you are offering to the spiritually longing minds. Thanks is a simple word I can wirte for your sincere efforts to spread the message ! I remember a story about Duriyodana becoming jealous about Karna’s charity mind and asks Krishna about how to overcome this. Krishna to teach him a lesson created two mountains one made of gold and the other made of silver and asked eack of them to donate to their hearts content. Duriyodana gave each small stone in the mountain to many people and yet not exhausted giving while Karna gave one mountain each to two people and asked Krishna what next to give. ? ! So you are like Karna !!!

    • Thanks Mr.Chandrasekar for your comment. It is really soul satisfying when I find that my work is so useful to somebody. I thank God for keeping me in a position to receive such accolades. More importantly God has given me interest and capacity to do this and I enjoy it. Otherwise, it wouldn’t have come.

  23. Dear friend,
    It is another feather on your cap to have cocered the temples around mAyUram. I witnesssed the Vedupari utsavam at Vedarajapuram, enacted annually the night prior to Panguni uthiram. At Nagari, around 12 midnight some persons will report that a newly married couple are crosssing the jungle nearby. Thirmangai mannan will start the hunt on his horse along with assistants and dheevattis (lamps) to the spot. When the hunter attempts to steal and bite the gold ring from the toe of Lakshmi and Vishnu, they bless him with self-realisation, with ashtaksharam, “Om namO nArAyaNAya”. Mangai mannan becomes then Thirumangai Azhwar.
    It is a wonderful scene energised by the presence of Divine couple and the merged and submerged devotees. Every one feels that he/she has been blessed by the Divine Dhampathi.
    Vaazhga valamudan, Naagarazan R S

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