Temples around Tindivanam, Villupuram, Ulundurpet, Thozhudur and Perambalur
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Last Updated: 3rd July 2014
Tambaram – Achirupakkam
Covered under the ”Áround Chennai (South)” Directory
Achirupakkam – Tindivanam
Kailasanathar temple at Pallipakkam
At 11 kms from Thozhuppedu (and 11 kms before Tindivanam) and after the Vanniar Sangam Trust College, a 1 km diversion from the Highway to the left side will take us to the temple.
This ancient Shiva temple has got south gopuram and Goddess Kamakshi devi is also facing south. South facing Ambal is considered very auspicious and a parihara sthalam.
Agastheeswarar Temple at Olakkur
At 12 kms from Thozhuppedu (and 10 kms before Tindivanam) and after the Vanniar Sangam Trust College, a 3 kms diversion from the Highway to the right side will take us to this temple with a Swayambu lingam.
Thinthrineeswarar temple at Tindivanam
Significance: Thevara Vaipu Sthalam
Main deity: Swayambu linga known as Thiru Thinthrineeswarar with Maragadavalli amman.
The place was called “Tindirivanam” – “Tindiri” means Tamarind in Tamil and “Vanam” means Jungle.
The linga was under the tamarind tree, hence the name Thinthrineeswarar.
Worshipped by Sages Valmiki, Vyasar, Dwarapalakas (securities) of Lord Shiva Thindi and Mundi, Gilli, Gillali. The place where Thindi worshipped Lord Shiva is called Thindeeswaram (Thindivanam) and the place where Mundi worshipped the Lord is called Mundeeswaram.
Navakkarasar sang hymns on Shiva here.
A big temple with stone work at the bottom and brick work at the top; the vimanam was installed by Sage Vyasar.
Sthala vruksham: Tamarind tree.
Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Temple at Thindivanam
- Here Anjaneya Swamy is with Sangu and Chakram
- Sri Mahalakshmi is sitting in the left lap of Sri Narasimhar in a Praying Posture.
- Importance is given for Sri Mahalakshmi than Narasimhar. That’s why this temple is also called as Narasimha Lakshmi Koil.
- Here Sri Narasimhar is Santha Moorthy.
- Thayar Kanakavalli in separate sannidhi.
Contact: 04147-225 077 / 99432 40662.
Shiva Temple at Gidangai
Tindivanam – Vandavasi
Kailasanathar Temple at Thaniyal
A popular temple 15 kms NorthWest of Tindivanam,
Dhadhapuram / Thadapuram / Rajarajapuram
The town is of great historic significances connected with the lives of Kundavai Devi and great Rajaraja Chola.The Chola Princess Kundavai Devi created this town, Rajarajapuram, in the name of his loving brother Rajaraja Chola. She also constructed the temple for Lord Manickeshwarar and Sri Varadharaja Perumal temple. The temples are rich in architecture with lots of inscriptions that tell the history of the land.
1) Sri Ravikula Manikkeshwar Temple
14 km North-West of Tindivanam with the main deity as Swayambu lingam
3) Jain Temple
1) Prasanna Venkatesa Perumal temple
2) Sundara Varadaraja Perumal temple
3) There is also a beautiful Jain temple at Nallur
Tindivanam – Marakkanam
Located at 10 kms east of Tindivanam, there are two temples, one at the hill base and the other on the hill; Seetha cave on hilltop and a beautiful temple tank at the hill base. Now the place is under the control of Archaeology survey of India (ASI) (ASI should take care of this hillock temple as nearby stone quarries are functioning).
It is believed that Sita devi gave birth to the twins Lava and Kucha here and Kanchi Maha Periyavar got the Deeksha here (not sure).
1) Saleeswarar Temple at the hill base
A Swayambu lingam.
2) Mukthialeeswarar Temple on hill top
Beautiful temple situated at the top of the Perumukkal Hill. This temple which was in brick originally was converted onto stone temple during the period of Vikrama Chola (1183-1235 A.D). The deity of the temple is known Thiruvanmikai Eswaramudayar as well as Perumukkal Udayar in Tamil and Mukthialeeswarar in Sanskrit. The donations made by the Chola, Pandya, Sambuvaraya and Vijayanagara rulers have been recorded in more than 60 inscriptions found on the rocks. A cave found on the western hillock is called seetha cave. There are some carvings and “Vattezhuthu” (Tamil circle letters) inscriptions dating back to 7th century A.D. In the bottom of the hill, nice feet carvings are found. Hence this may be a jain temple earlier. Also a damaged Vinayaga idol is there at the bottom of the hillock.
Jambunatheswarar Temple at Keezh Sevur
A Swayambu lingam; 15 kms North-East of Tindivanam.
Manur located at 4 kms east of Keezh Sevur (There is also a place called Munnur nearby).
1) Bhavaneswari sametha Bhuvaneswarar Shiva Temple
2) Varadharaja Perumal Temple
Athchipakkam Jain Hillock
1.5 km North of Mannur
Located at 14 kms east of Tindivanam, there is an ancient Shiva temple here
This village is about half way between Marakkanam and Tinidivanm, around 20 kms from either side and has two ancient temples built by Pallavas, Cholas and Vijayanagara empire.
1) Sri Aada valleswarar Shiva Temple
The temple facing south is a Guru Parihara Sthalam and has three thayars – Sri Bragannayagi, Easwari and Kamakshi.
2) Sridevi, Bhoodevi Ssmedha Sri Arulala Peruma Temple
In this temple facing West, unusually Lakshmi is in a standing posture as VAISHNAVI as worshipped in North. During the renovation of the temple recently, an idol of YOGA NARASIMHAR was unearthed and has been installed now in the temple during the Samprokshanam which was held in Jan 2011. Kumudham Jyothidam A.M.R, has special interest in this temple.
Contact: 94441 03813, 94440 24751, 98412 12145, 044-22470545
Tindivanam – Pondicherry
To be done
Tindivanam – Villupuram
1) Sri Aadhi Varaha Perumal Temple
It is rare to see Varaha Perumal temple and apart from Srimushnam, Kallidai kurichi and Thiruvidanthai this is another rare one here.
2) Sri Bhuvaneswar Shiva Temple
3) Sri 1008 Bhagwan Adinath Digambar Jain Temple
Thirupura sundhari ambal sametha Yama Dhandeeswarar temple at Alagramam
Location: At Kootteripattu junction, about 10 kms from Tindivanam, turn right and cross the railway line, take the first left and travel further for about 3 kms to reach the temple.
- It is considered that Ganga devi herself is present in the temple tank and Yama bathed here and got his curse cleansed out.
- Mahavishnu is present with Sridevi and boodevi
- Visited by Maha Periyava more than 10 times
- It is said that the breathing in/out of Nandhi is felt/heard by people during the pradhosha times
- It is also said that a strange sound of somebody breathing out from inside water is heard inside the sanctum sanctorum.
- The Pillaiyar here is said to be the oldest in Tamil Nadu. Vatteluthu inscriptions dating back to the 5th century A.D is present on his seat.
- The unique Lakulisa image holding the club is also present before Tripurasundari sanctum. Another Lakulisa image holding the weapon is present in the southern corridor of the main sanctum.
- Square shaped Avudaiyar
- Sathurasra vimanam
- Amman Thirupura sundhara nayahi seems to appear differently on different days.
- Chithra gupthan is also present in the praharam
- A jeeva samdhi of an unknown Siddhar is also present in the paraharam
- This is an appropriate place to conduct Sashtiapthapoorthi, Beemaratha Santhi, Sathabishegam and Mrithyunja homam
- Since Lord Shiva himself is present here as Kala Anugraha moorthy, this is a good place for Kala Sarba dhosha parihrams.
- As in any ancient temple, here also there is no Navagraha shrine.
Sri Subramanya Swami Temple at Mayilam
Location: At Kootteripattu junction, about 10 kms from Tindivanam, turn left and travel further for about 4 kms to reach the temple.
Main deity: Though this is a Shiva temple with Viswanadhar and Visalakshi ammai, the main deity is Subramanya Swamy
Significances: A popular place of pilgrimage, Murugar got his peacock vahana only here
After the Soora samharam by Lord Subramanya, Soora requested that he be a vahana for Murugar. Soora was asked by Subramanyar to penance at varaha river. Soora took the form of a peacock and started the penance. Subramanyar was pleased and accepted him as a peacock vahana at this place and hence the name Mayilam (Mayil in tamil means peacock). Also the shape of the hill is in the form of a peacock.
It is said that Srilasri Sivagnana Palaya Swamigal was in yoga nishta for 100 years here drinking the milk of Kalli plant and merged with Lord Shiva.
Located on a small hillock with a motorable road to the hill top.
Lord Subramanya is present with four arms in a standing marriage posture with Valli and Deivanai facing East.
Arunagirinadhar sang Thirupugazh on Murugar here.
There is a 5 tier Rajagopuram.
Theertham: Varaha river
Sthala Vruksham: Punnai
Vakra Kali amman temple at Thiruvakkarai
Location: At the center of the triangle formed by Tindivanam, Pondicherry and Villupuram, about 25 kms from each place. Located on the bank of the Varaha river at the base of a hillock.
One of 275 sacred temples glorified by the Thevara hymns.
Parihara sthlam for all vakra dhoshams
Main deity: Swaymbu linga known as Chandramouleeswarar with Goddess Vadivambikai in different sanctums.
Name: Demon Vakrasaran worshipped Lord Shiva here and was killed by Vishnu, hence the name Thiru Vakkarai.
When Lord Vishnu fought with Vakkrasura, blood started oozing out and demons started multiplying in numbers. Vakkra kali was sent to drink the blood without dropping it on the ground. She has baby like form in her right ear. It is said that when she fought with the pregnant sister of Vakkrasuran, out of soft corner, she adorned the baby of womb in her ear.
Main deity Chandramouleeswarar is a huge lingam with 3 faces representing Shiva, Brahmma and Vishnu. This idol is known as Dhanumalayan. (Dhanu -Shiva, Mal-Vishnu and Ayan- Brahma) The three faces are facing three directions, East, North and South.
Opposite to Vakkra kali, linga known as Vakralinga worshipped by Vakrasura is present. During summer this linga is cool and during winter water drops are seen on top of the linga.
Varadaja Perumal, who killed the demon Vakrasura, is standing alone without the company of Sridevi and Bhoodevi and with abaya hastham, sanku and prayoga chakkra in His hands. He is over six feet tall.
There is Sahasra linga also.
The Rajagopuram is 85 feet with 7 tier.
The Samadhi of Kundalini Maharishi is found to the right of the Chandramouleeswara Shrine.
There are many vakra (unusual) depictions in the temple:
Main entrance, Nandi, Dwajasthamba and the main deity are not in a straight line.
Sani graha is different with his vahana crow to the left.
Natarajar has his right leg lifted up and left leg placed on the ground, contrary to the normal posture. Also his hair is tied up and not flowing, like in other temples
Worship Benefits: People who suffer of vakkra grahas can worship in this place and prosper in life.
Sthala Vruksham: Vilvam
Contact: Ph: 0413-2688949, 2680870
Other interests: In and around this village there are a number of petrified tree trunks of fossil (wood becoming stone over millions of years) wood. We can also see change of course of water-ways (rivers !) and mass-burials here.
Bhuvaneshwar Shiva Temple Vikaravandi
Swayambu lingam; Amman Bhuvaneshwari
Another Agastheeswar Shiva temple also at Vikravandi
ThiruValeeswarar Temple at Sathanur
Vaali worshipped Shiva here
NNT20 – Panankatteeswarar temple at Puravar Panankattur (Panayapuram)
Location: Located close to Villupuram; immediately after the Vikravandi tollgate, take the left towards Panruti / Kumabakonam and the temple is located at less than a km from the toll gate.
A Thevara Padal Petra Sthalam.
One of the five Thevara Padal Petra sthalams that are associated with Palm tree.
Deities: The presiding deity is Panankatteesar, a Swayambu lingam, and the Ambal Meyyambal / Satyambika, both facing east
Surya was blinded by Veerabadra for attending the Daksha’s yagna where Lord Shiva was insulted. Surya worshipped Lord Shiva here and got his eye sight restored. Every year, sun’s rays illuminate Shiva’s sanctum and then Parvati’s sanctum for a period of seven days from the 1st of the Tamil New year. Hence, the Lord of this place came to be known as ‘Kan parithu aruliya kadavul’ (the God who blessed the eyes). People worship Lord here for their eye problems.
In order to rescue a pigeon (from a vulture) that surrendered to him King Sibi sliced a portion of his thigh flesh equivalent to the weight of the pigeon and gave as food to the vulture. Goddess Parvati (Satyambigai) was pleased with King Sibi’s sacrifice and righteousness and gave him moksha at this palm grove. The later Cholas are said to be descendants of King Sibi and rightfully they have built a beautiful temple at the spot associated with King Sibi.
Sambandar composed the Pathigam of this kshetram.
In the inner praharam are the sanctums of Vinayaka, Arumuga, Sani Bhagawan, Navagrahas, Sun, the 63 Nayanmars, Saptamaathas, Lord on the Rishaba vahana, Thirumal, Gajalakshmi, Naalvar, Bhikshaatanar, Dakshinamurthi, Brahma, Linghotbavar, Durga, Chantikeswarar, Nataraja, and Somaskandar.
There is a rare image of Thiruneelakantar with his wife, both holding together a staff and praying with folded hands. There is also a rare image of Polla (not sculpted with a chisel) Pillaiyar at the entrance.
Sthala Vriksham: Palm tree
Theertham: Padma Theertham
Contact: Ganesh Gurukkal – 94448 97861
Sanishvaran temple at Koliyanur
The main deity of the temple is Vaaleeswarar, a Swayambu lingam, facing west with Ambal Periyanayahi. The temple is adorned with a 40 feet Rajagopuram and a 30 feet vimanam built fully of stone. Dhandapani Swamigal had sung hymns on this Murugar.
NNT21 – Abhirameswarar Temple at Thiru Aamaathur
Location: This Shivastalam is located at a distance of 6 Kms. from Villuppuram enroute Gingee on the banks of the Pampa river, a branch of the Pennar river.
One of the 275 Thevara Padal Petra Sthalams
The first Kaumara Madam of the world was established here.
The shrines of Lord and the Goddess are such that they face each other and because of this, this temple is believed to unite lovers and improve the intimacy among the couples.
Deities: The presiding deity is Azhagiyanayanar, Abhirameswarar and the Ambal Muthambika.
Once, cows did not have horns and were harassed by wild animals. They prayed to Lord Shiva and were blessed with horns to protect themselves. This happened in this place, Tiru Aa Mathur – Aa-cow. The land is being revered as the Mother House of cows. According to Hindu faith, all Gods including Lords Brahmma, Vishnu and Shiva, Mothers Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswathi and all Devas reside in the body of the cow. As cows worshipped here, the place has additional reputation. Lord Abhirameswarar appears holding the feet of the cow on His head.
Sage Brungi refusing to worship none other than Lord Shiva was cursed as tree by Mother Parvathi. He became the sacred Vanni tree of the temple now standing between the shrines of Lord and Mother.
Shivalingamurthy of Tiruvattaparai is very famously treated here. Per legend, Lord Sri Rama and Sugriva entered into an alliance to fight and kill Ravana sitting at this spot
To cleanse Himself of the sin of killing Ravana, Lord Sri Rama worshipped Lord Shiva here performing abishek with Danda Theertha.
Before marching on Surapadma, Lord Muruga worshipped Lord Shiva and Mother Parvathi here and was blessed with the Vel weapon.
Vinayaka, Muruga, Parvathi, Sri Rama, Mother Sita, Lakshmana, Maharshi Naradha, Sages Vysa, Romasa, Madanga Muni, Ashta Vasus, Kamadhenu had worshipped Lord Shiva in the temple.
Inscriptions reveal that a Chola King had provided a grant for the benefit of several blind people to learn the Thevara hymns and sing them in traditional tunes. This temple was built originally by the Pallava rulers, while the Chola rulers made several endowments, as seen in inscriptions from the days of Parantaka, Raja Raja Cholan and Kulottunga Cholan. There is an image of Achyuta Raya who is said to have effected renovations here.
Lord Shiva, a swayambu murthy is facing east. Mother Muthambika, installed by Sri Adi Sankara is facing west. Here, Lord Shiva and Mother have their own temples facing each other which is a rare one. There is a hole between the two temples through which Lord and Mother see each other. Because of this, this temple is believed to unite lovers and improve the intimacy among the couples.
There are two prakarams in this temple which covers an area of under 3 acres; There is a rare image of Shiva and Parvati facing each other in the Updesa posture. The Amman gopuram is about 80 ft in height.
Sambandar and Appar composed the Pathigam; Ramalinga Adigalar and Arunagirinathar have also sung of this shrine.
Sthala vriksham: Vanni
Theertham: Kadamba river
Contact: Shri. Arunachala shivachariyar and Shri.A Mahesha gurukkal at 04146 223319 and cell: 9842022544 / 9976887652
Sri Vaikunda vasa Perumal Temple
This is considered to be the Nadu nattu Vaikundam. Three of the Mudhal Azhawars and Thirumangai Azhwar visited this temple. Near the entrance to the Thayar shrine, there is a 1200+ years old Kotravai sculpture with eight hands standing on top of the head of Mahishan.
Sri Periyanayahi Sametha Sri Abiramieswarar / Kailasanathar Temple
The Nandhi mandapam is a Vijayanagara Architecute.There is a 40 pillar front mandapam with Nayakkar period sculptures on each pillar. The Ardha mandapam is of Chola architecture.
Villupuram is the birth place of Kanchi Maha Periyavar and so the Sankara Madam here is of great significance.
Sri Kottai Vinayagar Temple
Villupuram was once a battlefield with forts and this Kottai Vinayagar stands as a symbol of that.
Sri Navadurga Amman Temple
It is one of the famous temples in Villupuram at about 3 kms from the Villupuram Railway Station along the Pondicherry road towards east.
Sri Anjaneyar Temple
Sri Adhi Valeeswarar Temple
Located at Ponthottam behind the old bus stand, this is an ancient heritage treasure and the oldest temple of Villupuram containing the important heritage informations on Villupuram.
Sri Meenkashi Sundareswarar Temple at Maharajapuram (East Villupuram)
Chokkanathar Temple at Anangur
Located at about 5 kms South East of Villupuram, the main deities are Chokkanathar and Meenakshi amman.
Villupuram – Gingee
Listed under ‘Thiruvannamalai’ directory
Villupuram – Thiruvannamalai
SiddhanathaSwamy Temple at Veeramur
Located at about 12 kms North West of Villupuram
Kandachipuram (Kanda Rajitha Cholapuram)
The temple is located at about 26 kms North West of Villupuram. The legend is that the Shivalingam is made up of sand and was installed by Lord Rama during his tenure in the forest.
Aadhinathar Shiva Temple at Veerapandi
Villupuram – Thiruvennainallur – Thirukkoyilur
Tirumundeeswaram village was also known as Mouli-Gramam and now simply as Gramam. It is located on the southern bank of the Pennaar river, now known as Malattaar at 3.5 kms from the Arasur Cross road at Chennai – Trichy National Highway.
1) NNT19 – Sivalokanathar Temple at Thirumundeeswaram
Significances: A Thevara Padal Petra Sthalam
Deities: The presiding deity is Mundeeswarar, Sivaloka Nathar and the Ambal Kaanaarkuzhali, Soundara Nayaki.
Brahma and Indra are said to have worshipped Shiva here.
A king Chokkalingam by name came here in Dwapara Yuga for hunting and found a strange lotus flower in a tank. His men were not able to pick up the flower as it began to circle around the tank. The king shot an arrow on the flower and the tank became red. The king then realized it was a Shivalinga and immediately built a temple on the bank of the tank. Based on this, the name of the place, as in the scriptures is Mouli Gramam – Mouli meaning Head or crown. The lingam still has a scar on its head.
It is also said that the Lord presented king Veerapandiyan a Pokkalam-bag of sacred ash (Vibhuthi) and hence known as “Pokkalam Kodutha Nayanar”.
Dwarapalakas (securities) of Lord Shiva are Thindi and Mundi and the place where Thindi worshipped Lord Shiva is called Thindeeswaram (Thindivanam) and the place where Mundi worshipped the Lord is called Mundeeswaram.
Also as the temple is on the bank of a river (Aaru), He is also known as ‘Aattruthali Mahadeva’.
Lord Dakshinamurthy is seated on His Rishaba Bull vahana on a hill instead of under the Kallala tree.
The Rajagopuram is facing east.
Lord Vinayaka and Lord Muruga have changed positions at the entrance.
Lord Muruga’s left hand shows the Naarasa Mudra.
The temple is of Somaskanda design as the shrine of Lord Muruga is in between those of Lord and Mother.
Appar composed the Pathigam; One of the temples glorified by the Thiruthandaga Thiruppathigam by Thirunavukkarasar.
Festivals: Appar Vizha is celebrated in the Tamil month of Chittirai and Arudra Darisanam during Margazhi.
Special Prayers: Those desirous of mastering music and dance pray to Mother.
Sthala vriksham: Vanni
Theertham: Mundaka Theertham
2) AadhiKesava Perumal Temple at Thirumundeeswaram
Location: It is 20 km from Viluppuram en route Thirukkoyilur.
1) NNT14 – Sri Krupapureeswarar temple
One of the 275 Thevara Padal Petra Sthalams
It is known primarily for its association with the attainment of sainthood by Sundaramoorthy Nayanar. Here he sang his first hymn ‘Pithaa Pirai Soodi’.
The Lord of this temple is believed to bless the devotees with oratory skill and excellence in education. Those dumb pray to Him to gain speech skill.
The birth place of Sadayappar, the patron of Kambar, the greatest Tamil poet and the author of the Tamil Epic Kamba Ramayanam
Meikkanda Devar the author of Sivagnanabodam lived here.
Deities: The presiding deity is Thaduttaatkonda Nathar, Kripapureeswarar as Swayambu lingam and the Ambal Verkanniyammai, Mangalambikai – both facing east.
During the period when the Lord consumed the poison, Parvati devi is said to have penanced here with Panjakni (five faced deepam) in the midst of a fortress made of butter (Vennai) and hence the name Thiruvennainallur. It is also said that She penanced to get back Her normal face from an angry face She got after killing Mahishasura. It is here Mother bathed in the river to cool Herself off from the fury of destroying demon Mahishasura.
Shiva is said to have danced here to enunciate the details of the Natya Sastram.
The Vedas in the form of bamboo are said to have worshipped Shiva, hence the name Venuvanam. They were granted darshan in the form of Fire as requested by them and became a swayambu linga.
It is here Arjuna cleansed himself off from the guilt of interfering in the privacy of his brother Dharma with Panchali and sought child boon.
In the Bitchadanar story, the Rishis of Tharukavana were forgiven by the Lord and hence the name of the Temple ‘’Thiru Arul Thurai’’ (Place of Blessings). As He showered His Krupa (forgiveness), the Lord is praised as Krupapureeswarar.
A Brahmin got relief in this temple from the sin of using a pregnant cow for sacrifice in a yagna, by bathing in the ‘’Arul Thurai’’ sacred spring.
The episode of ‘’Pitha Pirai Soodi’’:
Sundarar was in his wedding attire ready for the related rituals at Thirunavalur. Suddenly, an old man intervened and claimed that Sundarar had been assigned to him as his attendant by his forefathers and proved his case. After verification of all the documents produced by the old man, the panchayat men asked Sundarar to go along with the old man as his servant. Sundarar in his fury, called the old man a lunatic (Pitha). The old man took Sundarar to Tiruvennainallur and disappeared at the sanctum sanctorum leaving His footwear (Padukas) at the entrance (The Padukas are still in the temple for the darshan of the devotees). Sundarar was shocked and came to realize that the old man who demanded his service was none other than the Lord Shiva Himself. He cried apologetically and Lord asked him to sing His praise. When Sundarar asked how he could without any knowledge, Lord asked him to start with the word Pitha (lunatic). The first song of Sundarar – Pitha Pirai Soodi – thus came into being. He was one responsible for the resurgence of Saivism in south challenged by rival faiths then.
What is noteworthy in this episode is the procedure followed in settling a dispute. Divine poet Sekkizhar in his Periapuranam describes the scene. Heated arguments were exchanged between the old man and Sundarar. The judicial system in deciding a dispute should be under three main principles – Aatchi (tradition), Aavanam (documentary evidence) and Ayalar Kaatchi (eye witness). The episode is long but quite interesting and spiritually enjoyable.
The Panchayat Mandap where the case was argued by Lord Shiva and Sundarar still exists on the north of the right side of the entrance. The pillar on which the old man was leaning during the panchayat proceedings is still warm. People use to collect the sand in the mandap and keep it in their puja rooms.
Mother Mangalambikai graces with all features of Mother Mahalakshmi with Sanga Nidhi, Padma Nidhi and also with Sri Chakra. She is in a standing posture with with Her four hands.
Lord Vinayaka of the temple is praised as Polla Pillayar – non chiseled.
The Jyoti Linga woshipped by the Navagrahas the nine planets is in this temple.
There are three lingams in the temple – the Vijaya lingam worshipped by Arjuna seeking child boon, Sundara lingam worshipped by Devendra and Sankara lingam worshipped by Lord Vishnu.
Lord Muruga granted darshan to saint Arunagiriar in a dancing form with His peacock vahan in this temple.
God of Dharma (righteousness) himself is believed to be in the temple in the form of Nandhi (bull vehicle)
Sundarar started his hymns from here and the great Saivite Acharya Meikanda Thevar was taught by the Lord when he was 5. So the Lord of this temple is believed to bless the devotees with oratory skill and excellence in education. Those dumb pray to Him to gain speech skill.
It is when Sundarar was ready for his marriage he was taken over by the Lord. It is the staunch belief of the devotees that their wedding plans would be successful if they worship Nandhi, the bull vehicle of Lord Shiva, with a garland also wearing one themselves.
Sthala vriksham: Bamboo (Moongil)
Theertham: Pennai river, Dhanda theertham
Contact: Gurukkal Ravi – 7708638986
2) Sri Vaikunda vasa Perumal Temple
Located by the side of the Shiva temple
3) Meikandaar Jeeva Sammathi Koil
Meikkanda Devar, the author of Sivagnanabodam lived here and said to have been taught by the Lord when he was 5. His Jeeva Samathi is present at the back of the temple.
Sri Vedapureeswarar Temple at Emappur
3 kms North of Thiruvennainallur
Durgai Amman temple at Chinnasevalai
Kambar worshipped the Durgai here and so the temple is called “Kamban Vazhipatta Kaali”. Every Sunday Ragukala pooja at 4.30 – 6 PM is special here.
Sri Sokkanathar Temple at Sirumadurai
Goddess is Meenakshi amman
NNT13 – Sri Idaiyatru Nathar temple at Thiru Idaiyaru
Location: The temple is located between South Pennai and Malattaru rivers and hence the name Idaiyaru (between the rivers).
Deities: The main deity is the Idaiyatru Nathar, Marudheesar as a Swayambu lingam and the Ambal Sitridai nayaki, Gnanambika.
On a Swathi star day, Shiva gave dharshan to Sukha Brahma rishi and taught astrology to him here.
Sukha Brahma Rishi is an expert in changing forms and once he changed into a parrot. He flew to Kailayam where he saw Lord Shiva was preaching ‘Shiva secrets’ to Parvathi devi and Sukhar wanted to know the secret. So he flew in between Lord Shiva and Parvathi Devi. Parvathi Devi got angry and cursed him to be in the Parrot form itself. Sukhar then pleaded pardon and Shiva gave some relief to be in human form but with Parrot face. Sukhar penanced here. Sukha Brahma Rishi is a devotee of Lord Rama as well and he got Ramar’s dharshan at the Yoga ramar temple at Nedungunam in the Chetpat – Polur road
The Lord and the Goddess are in the marriage posture facing each other. While Shiva is facing west the Ambal is faceing East,
West facing 3 tier Rajagopurm
There is Agastheeswarar lingam worshipped by Sage Agasthiar and also there is a shrine for Agasthiar.
Sundarar composed the Pathigam.
MaraiGnana Sambhandhar was born here and the Vinayagar who blessed him is in a separate temple in the midst of fields.
Sthala Vruksham: Marudha tree
Theertham: Penna river, Sitridai theertham (well)
Contatct: 04146 216045 / 206515; Mobile: 9442423919 / 98847 77078
Adhikesava Perumal Temple at Thiru Idaiyaru
Villupuram – Mambazhapattu – Mugaiyur – Thirukkoyilur
Location: Perumbakkam is 7 km from Villupuram
1) Sri Venkata Varadaraja Perumal Temple
This temple is associated with several Jeeyars of the Ahobila Mutt. According to legend, Lord Varadaraja appeared in the dream of a Vedic scholar and directed him to retrieve the idols buried in his land called `Thoramaniam’ and build a temple. Accordingly, the idols of Venkata Varadaraja Perumal with Sridevi and Bhoodevi were retrieved and the temple was built. As per the inscriptions, the main shrine was constructed in the year 1605 A.D., and other shrines for Perundevi Thayar, Andal, Bashyakarar, Nammazhwar, Vedantha Desikar, Adivann Satakopa Yathindra Maha Desikan, the founder and the first Jeeyar of Sri Ahobila Mutt and the front mandapam were added later.
Perumbakkam has the unique distinction and honour of being the venue for choosing Sri U. V. Gopalacharya Swami as the 37th Peetathipathi of Sri Ahobila Math, by convening a sadas when the 36th Jeeyar, Srivann Satakopa Sri Srinivasa Yathindra Mahadesikan passed away without nominating a successor in 1898 when he camped here for nearly an year and performed Mangalasasanam to Sri Venkata Varadaraja Perumal. Sri U. V. Gopalacharya Swami assumed the thirunamam, Srivann Satakopa Sri Veeraraghava Satakopa Yathindra Maha Desikan. A staunch devotee of Sri Venkata Varadaraja Perumal, he adored Him as the replica of Kanchi Sri Varadaraja, on whom he has composed several slokas. Even though this Jeeyar adorned the peetam for only 11 months, he stayed in the village and worshipped Sri Venkata Varadaraja Perumal.
2) Sri Vedanta Desikar temple
This is just opposite the Venkata Varadharaja Perumal temple. Sri Yoga Hayavadhanar is also present in the temple (or is it a separate temple?)
3) Srinivasa Perumal Koil on Kullakkarai
This small temple is on a kulakkarai (on the bank of a pond) and the Perumal is present with Prayoga Chakram. He liberally grants boon.
Note: There is also Kailasanathar temple at Perumbakkam
Saneeswara Bhagawan temple at Mambalapattu
Location: 14 km from Villupuram en route Thirukkoyilur
The 21 feet Saneeswara Bhagavan called as Yoga Saneeswarar is in a standing posture with merciful eyes, left leg on the ground and the right on the gigantic crow vehicle.
This popular temple is present in a calm and serene ashram environment and was built by His Holiness Brahammananda Swamigal of Kalpattu Sri Swayam Prakasha Avadhutha Ashramam to commemorate the 50th Maha Samadhi celebrations of Sri Swayam Prakasha Saraswathy Avadhutha Swamigal.
There are also shrines for the Uchishta Ganapathi, 11 feet tall Panchmukha Easwarar (Bhuvaneswarar), Bhuvaneswari, Gopalakrishnan, 18 feet tall Ashtadasabhuja Durga (Mother Durga with 18 hands), Panchamukha Anjaneyar, 8 feet tall Dandayuthapani. Every idol is large in size with exquisite sculptural beauty.
The Pranava Ganapathi at the entrance was found from a tank nearby and believed to have been worshipped by Desingu Raja. The Vinayaka in the temple is Valampuri Vinayaka
There is no hundi, no archana in any personal name or any other commercial activities here. Everything including accommodation is free in the Ashramam. Since the inception from November 4, 1998 free annadhanam is being offered continuously. All activities are purely through voluntary donations only. During every Sanipeyarchi (Saturn’s transit) more than 200,000 are fed with prasadhams.
It is a known fact that one leg of Planet Saneeswara is impaired. Ravana wished that his son should have a longevity that never ends and that death should not come to him. He performed such penance of intensity to gain this boon for his son. Already planets were under the control of Ravana. Saturn could not cast his aspect on the child. Devas were afraid. Maharshi Narada told Saneeswara to do his best to cast his look on the child and the planet did it successfully and the child-Indrajit was born. Frustrated Ravana broke the planet’s leg and the planet became lame. Hence the idol is made with the planet’s leg on the crow – his vehicle- to cover up this disability.
Villupuram – Ulundurpet
Agastheeswarar Temple at Maragathapuram
The temple with Lord Shiva as Swayambu lingam is located at 10 km Southwest of Villupuram on the northern bank of Ponnaiyar river.
Thirumoolanathar Shiva Temple at Perangiyur
This is a heritage monument with rare and unique sculptures under the maintenance of ASI. There is an underground passage with ancient scripts on the walls. There are many myths and mysteries about this Shiva temple. The temple is NOT under worship.
Sri Mannaatheeswarar Temple at Veliambakkam
Sri Lakshmi Narasimhar temple at Parikkal
At 1 km before the Gedilam junction on the National highway, we can see a huge Anjaneya sudai sculpture standing on the left side facing west (Anjaneya is facing the Parikkal temple). From here, 3 kms west ward diversion is the Parikkal temple.
Significance: This is a highly popular and powerful Prarthana Sthalam for the major worries of human beings – Debts, Enemies and Diseases.
Deities: Sri Lakshmi Narasimhar and Kanagavalli Thayar in separate shrines
Vasantharaja ruled this place with his capital at Vriddachalam and wanted to build a temple for Lord Narasimha. Constantly troubled by Parakalasura (said to be a relative of Hiranyakashipu), Vasantharaja undertook a penance here as directed by his Guru. Answering his prayers, Lord Narasimha is said to have appeared here and killed the Asura. Having seen only the destructive (angry) mood of Narasimha, Vasantharaja invoked the blessings of Goddess Lakshmi to provide darshan with the Lord displaying His soft form. Kanakavalli Thaayar is said to have sat on His lap, cooled Him down and provided darshan to Vasantharaja, the Devas and the Rishis at this place.
This place was named after the asura who provided the king with the opportunity of the Lord’s darshan. Hence, this place was referred to as ‘Parikala’ puram, which became ‘Parikkal’ later.
As the temple is situated between the two rivers Thenpennai and Garuda, it is considered very holy like Srirangam.
The presiding deity, Lakshmi Narasimha with His Consort, seated on His left lap is said to be a Swayambu Murthi and according to some scholars, was installed by Vyasaraja. The Anjaneya idol, found inside the sanctum sanctorum, was also installed by him and is one of the 732 idols installed by the saint all over the south.
An interesting feature at this temple is the presence of two Anjaneya idols, Bhakta Anjaneya and Veera Anjaneya, in the same shrine. Unlike other temples, Anjaneya gets the 2nd right of Thirumanjanam after Lord Narasimha, even before the Thaayar.
Unlike in most of the Narasimha temples, the Utsavar idol here is also that of Narasimha in standing posture with Sridevi and Bhoodevi on either side.
Sthala Vriksham: Magizham
Note: This is one of the three Narasimha Swamy temples in the Villupuram – Pondy segment, people visit on a single day; the other two being Singirikoil in the Pondy-Cuddalore route and Poovarasan kuppam in the Villupuram-Panruti segment.
Sri Koothandavar Temple at Koovagam
This is the only temple for eunuchs whose family deity is the “Koothandavar”. A fifteen day Chitrai festival based on Mahabaratha is celebrated every year in grand style. According to the Mahabaratha, Rajakumaran, a eunuch was born to Arjuna and Naga Kannigai. The Pandavas, decided to sacrifice a human to ensure victory in the war and Rajakumaran was made the sacrificial goat. His last wish was to get married but no one came forward to marry Rajakumaran. Lord Krishna appeared as a female and married him. The next day he was killed. To signify this, the marriage is held the previous night and breaking of the ‘thali’ the next morning is done every year as a ritual.
Aadhikesava Perumal temple at Poongapalayam
NNT08 – Bhakta Janeswarar Temple at Thirunavalur
At Gedilam junction on the National Highway, 1 km after the Anjaneya statue for Parikkal diversion, take the left (East) for another 2 kms to the temple. There is an over bridge at the Gedilam junction and you have to take the service road under the bridge.
A Thevara Padal Petra Sthalam
Birthplace of Sundaramoorthy Nayanar and a place that should be visited by every shaivaite.
Star temple for ”Pooradam”
Worship here to get relief from Sukra dosham
The temple is considered as the one that was present even before the 4 yugas
The presiding deity is Naavaleesar, Bhakta Janeswarar as Swayambu lingam and the Ambal Manonmani, Sundaranayaki both facing East.
Parvati, Brahmma, Vishnu, Chandikeswarar, Sukran, Indhran, AshtathikBalahars, Suryan, Saptharishis and Garudan worshipped Shiva at this kshetram.
Sukran worshipped the Lord and the Goddess as per the advice of the Goddess and got his Vakra dhosham cleared off. This lingam, as Bargaveeswarar, is present in the temple. There are special poojas to this lingam on Fridays.
Parvathi devi worshipped and married Lord Shiva here.
Sivapriyar worshipped Shiva and got his Chandikeswar post here; Images depicting the life of Chandikeswarar are seen carved in the temple.
By praying to Shiva here, Garuda got cleared off his poisonous blue colour that he got due to the spit of poison by Aadhiseshan
Maha Vishnu worshipped Shiva here and got the power to take the Narasimha Avatar to kill Hiranyan. There is a separate shrine for Varadaraja Perumal in this temple.
There are lingams worshipped by Vishnu in Girutha yugam; Chandikeswar in Thretha yugam; Brahmma in Dwabara yugam; and Sundarar in Kali yugam.
Goddess is seen in meditative posture with loose hair.
Dakshinamurthy is portrayed in a standing posture with the left hand bearing scriptures and the right hand placed on a rishabham portrayed behind.
A separate shrine for Sundaramoorthy Nayanar with Sangili Nachiyar and Paravai Nachiyar is inside the temple.
The bronze images of Natarajar, Bhikshatanar and Sundaramoorthy Nayanar are noteworthy.
Generally the Sun of Navagrahas will face East but here he faces West, facing the Lord.
From 23 to 27 of the Tamil month Panguni, Sun rays fall directly on the main deity.
Five tier Rajagopuram with two praharams.
Arunagiri nathar sung on Murugar of this temple
The significance of this place is fully described in Seekizhar’s Periya puranam.
Sthala Vriksham: Naaval
Theertham: Gedila river, Komugi
Contact: Chandra sekara Hurukkal / Sambandha Sivacharyar: 9943359480 / 94436 24585
Note: There is a madam nearby at the birth place of Sri Sundaramoorthy Nayanar.
Abath sahayeswarar Temple at Senthamangalam
After 1.5 kms from the Gedilam junction on the National Highway, about 700 meters South ward (left) diversion from the highway.
A place with lot of heritage importance.
The place that saw the very last battle of Chola regime. After this war, the chola regime came to an end.
This massive 3 prahara temple is part of the Kopperunchingan kadavarayan King’s fort. It is being renovated / excavated by ASI for many years but in daily pooja. The lingam is very huge. The Dakshinamoorthy is sitting on a rishabam and the Murugar here is having six faces and six hands (normally he will have 12 hands).
Just opposite the temple, there is an abandoned (musical) stone horse on the bank of the temple tank, which will emanate different musical notes when you strike on different places. Unfortunately it is lying uncared in a place that is being used as a public toilet by the villagers.
Sri Prasanna Venkatesa Perumal at Padur
Location: 8 kilometres before Ulundurpet and further 4.5 kms from the Senthamangalam diversion on the Chennai-Trichy highway and 1 km diversion to the North (right side).
Deities: Sri Prasanna Venkatesa Perumal in standing form with Alarmelmangai thayar
Pooja: Vaikasana Agamam
Sri Prasanna Venkatesa Perumal was enshrined by Dehaleesa Perumal (Aayanar) of Thirukoyilur. Hence, the temple is referred to as “Abhimana Khestram”. To the North of the temple, “Sesha Nadhi” and “Garuda Nadhi” flow, which are considered similar to “Viraja Nadhi” of Sri Vaikuntam.
This ancient temple rose to cultural and religious glory during 932 A. D. under the reign of Rashtrakuta King, Krishnan II. The Chola King Kulothunga established Chaturvedamangalam at Padur. The temple was constructed by the Chola king Kopperunchingan.
The Lord bestows grace on people in the form of Lord Srinivasa of Thirumala and Lord Varadaraja of Kanchi. Both Perumal and Thayar face east. The temple is equivalent to the Pancha Krishnaranya kshetras. The other deities worshipped here are Navaneethakrishnan, Sudarsanaazhwar, Aanjaneyar, Andal, Nammazhwar, Thirumangaiazhwar, Ramanuja, Swamy Desikan, Aadivann Satagopa Yathindra Mahadesikan (the first Jeer of Sri Ahobila Mutt). There is also Veera Anjaneya Swamy, which was taken from the dilapidated Fort (not in existence now) of the King Kopperunsingan who ruled this area.
The Jeeva Brindavan of the 36th Jeeyar Azhagia Singar Vansadagopa Srinivasa Mahadesikan Swami is in this temple.
The rays of Sun fall on the feet of the Lord of the temple from Avani 7 to 12 – August September.
Special Thirumanjanam is performed to Mother on Fridays with kumkum archana when people pray for child boon and reunion of separated husband and wife.
Contact: Sri. S. Vijayaraghava Iyengar @97519 84402
The temple priest lives next door to temple.
Agastheeswaramudaiyar Temple at padur
A heritage Chola temple with lots of inscriptions
Goddess Unnamulai amman is smiling; Vinayagar is in a different posture
Sri Sarada Ashram
Sri Sarada Ashram, a wonderful spiritual centre, is located conveniently on the Chennai-Trichy highway. The ashram is managed by ascetic sisters, the disciples of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Sri Sarada Devi and Swami Vivekananda.
Sri Saradha Ashram, New Edaikal, Trichy Trunk Road, Ulundurpet 606 107
Ph:04149-220432 Mob:9487481452, 9487475432 Email: email@example.com
Mashapureeswarar Temple at Ulundandarkovil
UlundandarKovil is named after the main Shiva temple in the village. It also has a Durga temple. It has three ponds and it was an important town during the medieval times. The nearby Ulundurpet was a suburb of this village for a long time. After the Chennai – Trichy NH road was built, Ulundurpet gained over Ulundandarkovil
Perumal temple at Ulundurpet
Jinagiri Theerth Jain Temple
It is 25 km away from Ulundurpet, managed by Shri Parshwanath Bhagvan Jain Mandir, is a beautiful three-pinnacled temple built during the period of Chola dynasty. The deity is the black-colored (original stone color) idol of Bhagvan Parshwanath in the Khadgasana posture. There is also another idol of Bhagvan Chandraprabh Swami in the temple.
Appandai nadhar Jain temple at Thirunarungondai
Thirunarungondai Appandai nadhar temple is situated between Ulundrupet – Thiruvennainallur near kalamarudhur. It is 16 km Northwest of Ulundurpet and 21 km East of Thirukkoilur. This temple is one of the oldest tamil jain temples. The appandai nadhar is sculptured in the rock inside the cave. The moola gopuram is built on top of the same rock. Cave served as the monastery of the monks of Virasangha in the 8th – 9th century A.D. Rich collection of bronze images found in the temple.
Ulundurpet – Salem
NNT10 Swarnakadeswarar Temple at Neivanai, Thirunelvennai
Location: 15 kms North-West of Ulundurpet
Significances: One of the 275 Thevara Padal Petra Sthalams
Deities: Venneiyappar, Swarnaghateswarar, Porkudam Koduthu Aruliya Nayanaar as swayamu lingam and the Ambal Neelamalarkkanni.
Once the place was very fertile with paddy fields and people were happy and prosperous which made them forget God. Lord directed Varuna, the God of rain, to pour his power incessantly and lakes, tanks and all water resources began to breach. Heavy floods began to threaten the safety of the people and they ran to Lord for safety. Lord came as a youth, asked them to bring all the paddy bags from their homes and built a dam preventing further calamity. Though the people lost their possessions, they praised the youth as their saviour. The young man gave them pots of gold (Swarna) and advised them to recover the loss by using it and disappeared. When the villagers were wonderstruck, Lord appeared before them as Swaymabu and people built the temple then.
As the Lord gave them Swarna-gold, He is praised as Swarnakadeswarar. Since Lord Shiva Himself built the dam (Anai in Tamil) with paddy (Nel in Tamil) the place was named Nel Anai which later changed as Neivanai.
Sanakar, sananthanar, sanathanar and Sanatkumarar worshipped Shiva here
It was dark when Saint Gnanasambandar reached this place during his pilgrimage. He had difficulty in tracing the path. Lord sent Ambal to guide Sambandar to the temple. The place from where Mother called the child saint is called Ethalavadi nearby. In his excitement, Sambandar danced and sang the praise of Lord. The idol of Gnanasambandar is designed in a dancing form beautifully with the other saints Appar-Tirunavukkarasar and Sundarar nearby.
Lord Shiva in the sanctum sanctorum is seated under a Rudraksha Pandal (roof).
Lord Shiva, as a procession deity is in a standing form in the middle of a trident symbolizing the oneness of Shiva and Shakti and the Arthanareeswara form.
Lord Mahavishnu graces from the front Mandap with Mother Mahalakshmi on His lap in a worshipping form as Lord Lakshmi Narayana. Both look with closed eyes as if in meditation.
There is a separate shrine for Lord Nataraja. There are shrines for Lord Muruga with His consorts Valli and Deivanai, Navagrahas, Lord Kasi Viswanatha, Mother Visalakshi in the prakara. Special pujas are offered to Sri Bhairava on new moon days.
Sambandar composed the Pathigam
Each year, in the early morning of Maha Shivrathri day, the rays of Sun prostrates at the feet of the Lord when the Lord appears in different colours blue, green, white and red. This is a rare darshan to the devotees.
Sthala Vruksham: Punnai
Theertham: pennai river
Contact: Ph: 4149 291786, Mob: 94862 82952.
Ardhanareeswarar Temple at Elavanasurkottai (Pidagam).
A big temple with 150 feet Rajagopuram and 5 praharams
Swayambu lingam, Goddess: Periyanayahi
Nandhi is facing west
Indhran, Sage Mirugandu worshipped here.
As per inscription, when Rajaraja Chola came for hunting, he found this lingam and built the temple in the midst of the forest
Chailanatha Easwar Temple at Kunjaram
Swayambu lingam, more than 1000 years old ancient Temple
Ulundurpet – Veppur
Sri Mangalanayahi amman Temple at Mangalampet
Mangalampet is 6.5 kms south of Ulundurpet and 4.5 kms diversion from the highway
Perumal Temple at Kattuparur
Nallanaygar temple at Nallur
It is located at 10 kms North East of Veppur and around 6 kms diversion from the National Highway.
This ancient Chola temple with heritage importance and lots of inscriptions is very popular. It is located in a beautiful environment surrounded by five rivers manimutha, mura, gomugi and other two rivers.
It is said that Pancha Pandavs were staying in this village
Unnamalaiyar udanurai Annamalaiyar Shiva Temple
7 kms north of Veppur and 3 kms diversion from the Highway, this temple is suggested as a special prayer temple for people with stammering problems.
Thirukkaranthondeeswarar Temple at KattuMayilur
4 kms north of Veppur, a Swayambu lingam on the southern bank of the Manimuthar river
Villvaneshvarar Temple at Veppur
Arunagirinathar sang a hymn on this Murugan
Note: There is also Varadharaja Perumal temple in Veppur
Veppur – Thalaivasal (Athur – Salem)
Shiva Temple at Ulagiyanallur
Built by Veera Rajendra Cholan at 1184 CE, the legend of the competition between Saraswathi and Lakshmi on which one of wisdom or wealth is better than the other (Remember “Saraswathi Sabatham” tamil movie) is said to have taken place here.
Thozhudhur – Veeraganur (Athur – Salem)
Tholeeswarar Temple at Thiruvalanthurai
A Swayambu lingam at about 8 kms west ward diversion from Thozhudur
Thozhudhur – Thittakkudi- Pennadam
Arunachaleswarar Temple at Arangur
Vaithyanatha Swamy Temple at Thittakkudi
Vasishtar worshipped here.
There is also Ranganatha Swamy Perumal Temple at 1 km from here.
Karuppanar Swamy Temple at Kottaram
Thittakudi is a 13 kms East ward diversion from Thozhudur and this temple is located at 7 kms east of Thittakudi en route Pennadam. Karuppanar came and did the delivery service to a pregnant lady – so he is called ‘Sirai Meetta Karuppanar’ since he released the baby from the jail of stomach. The neighbouring villagers took the Karuppanar idol to conduct a festival but refused to return it back. When this was brought to the court, Karuppanar came in a horse and entered the court and it was adjudged to belong to Kottaram.
Poomalaiappar Temple at Neivasal
This is a big and popular temple in a nice location at 8 kms east of Thittakkudi en route Pennadam.
NNT01 – Theerthapureeswarar Temple at Thiruvattathurai
Location: 9 kms east of Thittakkudi en route Pennadam. In the Thittakkudi – Pennadam route take a diversion at Kodikkalam for 1 km towards South.
One of the 275 Thevara Padal Petra Sthalams
Considered to be the sthalam to visit to get fame, recognition and position.
One of the seven ‘Thurai’ (bank of a river) temples associated with Saptha rishis.
Deities: The presiding deity is Aratturai Naathar, Theerthapureeswarar, Anandeeswarar as Swayambu lingam and the Ambal Thripurasundari
The Saptha rishis called and brought the Vellar river by addressing as ‘Nee Vaa’ (meaning, you come here) and worshipped Lord Shiva at 7 holy places on the banks (thurai) of the Vellar river. These are called ‘’Thurai’’ temples and the other 6 are: Aadhi thurai (Kariyanur), Thiruvalanthurai, Thirumanthurai, Thiru Aduthurai, Thiruvattathurai (Thittakudi) and Thirukkaranthurai.
Sage Vasishtar penanced here and got the title as ‘Rajarishi’ from Lord Shiva. On the basis of this title he was appointed as the ‘Kula Guru’ (family teacher) of their families by Manu, Dasarath and Sriram. As the Guru of Sriram, Vasisht gave a collection of advises which was written down and codified as the ‘Jnana Vasishtam’. This is like the Geetha advises to Arjuna by Lord Krishna.
Aadhi Sesha worshipped Shiva here and hence the name Aravatturai, which became Aratturai. Thirunelvayil Arathurai is another name of this place.
Vellar river is on the southern side of the temple.
To avoid ravages during flooding, Nandhi turned its head towards the river and the floods receded. Hence, the head of the Nandhi is seen turned to a side.
There is an entrance at the left side of the sanctum sanctorum known as Magam Vasal. Women, who had lost their husbands, after one year of their demise, bathe in the river nearby and enter the temple through this gate, worship the Lord and return the same way.
Sambandar, after worshipping at Pralaya Kaleswarar at Pennadagam stayed overnight at Eraiyur or Thirumaranpadi. From there, he was coming to this temple and on the way, he was tired and exhausted. The Lord then asked a rich man in Thiruvattathurai to send a palanquin (Muththu Chivigai) lined with pearls and a MuthuKondai (Pearl Umbrella) for Thirugnana Sambandhar. They met Thirugnana Sambandar at a place called “Koodalur” (Or Gudalur). From there on, Thirugnana sambandar travelled to many places in Muththu Chivigai. This is considered to be the sthalam to visit to get fame, recognition and position. The incidences of Sambandhar getting the palanquin and Sage Vasishtar getting the ‘’Rajaguru’’ title vouch this,
Sambandar, Appar and Sundarar have composed the Pathigam.
Arunagirinathar had sung Thirupuugazh on this Murugan.
Sthala Vriksham: Banayan tree
Theertham: Neelamalar Poikai, Vada Vellar river
Contact: Swaminatha Sivacharyar 04143 – 246467 / 246303
Annapoorani Samedha Thaakam Theertha Pureeswarar Temple at Eraiyur or Thirumaaran Paadi
This is very near to Thiruvattathurai and the other name of the place is Thirumaran Padi. Eraiyur, or Irai (God) + Oor (Village), means God’s village.
Though this temple was not sung by moovar (excluding Maanikkavaasagar), the young Thirugnana Sambandar stayed in this temple overnight.
When Thirugnana Sambandar was visiting the temples, he stayed at Eraiyur one night. He was hungry and the Goddess came to him and gave food. When he was eating he got hiccups. It is then the Lord Shiva appeared and created a pond for him to drink (This is the pond just in front of ASHS School in Eraiyur and now a part of the pond is taken over by the Co-Operative Society for its building). Because the Goddess gave food She is called “Anna Poorani” and because the Lord Shiva gave water and quenched his thirst, He is called “Thaakam Theertha Pureeswarar”.
Thirumaran Padi is mentioned in Periya Puranam atleast in 4 places.
NNT02 – Pralayakaleshwarar Temple at Pennagadam
Pennadam is 26 kms east of Thozhudhur on the Chennai-Trichy National Highway; 18 kms South-West of Vridhachalam
One of the 275 Thevara Padal Petra Sthalams
Thirunavukkarasar appealed to Lord Sudarkozhundhu Nathar to inscribe the stamp on him with the symbol of His Trident (Trishul) and Nandhi (Vrushba)
Nandhi is facing the other side
Birth place of Kalikamba Nayanar and Meikandar, the pioneer of Saiva philosophy.
Deities: The presiding deity is Sudarkozhuntheesar, Pralayakaleswarar as Swayambu lingam and the Ambal Gadantai Nayaki, Aamodanambikai, Azhagiya Kadhali
The world was once destroyed by Lord Shiva. Barring this place, all parts of the world was submerged in water. Devas rushed to this place and begged the Lord to protect all beings by keeping them here. Lord directed Nandhi to prevent the flood entering here. Nandhi, till then facing Lord Shiva, turned the other side to swallow the waters of the great deluge and saved the place. Hence, Lord of the place is praised as Pralaya Kaleswarar – Lord who protected the world. He destroyed and also protected.
Nandhi, which turned the other side to protect the place from the deluge is still in the same position facing the entrance of the temple.
Indira, the king of Devas needed flowers form Earth to perform Shiva Puja in his place. He sent two maidens to earth to bring flowers, who found them in plenty but stayed here itself seeing a Shivaling in the garden and began doing pujas. As they did not return, he sent the Divine cow Kamadenu to bring them back. Kamadenu found the maidens and only joined them in the Shiva puja by pouring its milk on the Lord. As it did not return, he sent his white elephant Iravadham in search of them. The elephant, seeing them in worship also joined the camp by standing in such a way to create a cool shadow for the Shivalinga. Finally, Indira himself came down, saw the maids, cow and the elephant and also joined them in the worship. All returned together with the blessings of Lord Shiva. Since Virgins (Penn in Tamil), Divine cow (Aa) and Elephant (Gadam) worshipped Lord here, the name of the place was called “Penn- aa- Gadam – Pannagadam” which later became Pennadam.
It is in this temple Thirunavukkarasar appealed to Lord Sudarkozhundhu Nathar to inscribe the stamp on him with the symbol of His Trident (Trishul) and Nandhi (Vrushba) if He so considered him deserved for the honour. Lord honoured the saint with His own hands in all His mercy. This episode is described by divine poet Sekkizhar in his magnum opus Peria Puranam in touching devotional lines.
A Chola King had to worship the Lord from the other side of the bank of the river due to heavy floods. Lord acknowledged his worship by raising the ground level. There is a temple within the temple, 30 meters above the ground level remembering the event.
The place is referred to as Tunngaanai Maadam in scriptures.
This is the birth place of celebrated saints Kalikamba Nayanar and Meikandar, the pioneer of Saiva philosophy. Also Saint Maraignana Sambandar in the Saivite Guru tradition lived here.
Shiva devotee Kalikamba Nayanar used to do Pada Puja – washing the feet of Shiva devotees – with his wife, which she once refused for a devotee. In fury, Kalikambar chopped off the hands of his wife for refusing a divine duty, but later Lord restored her hands.
A five-tiered gopuram adorns this temple.
The sanctum is built in the form of an elephant, with three windows on three sides which facilitates dharshan of the Lord from all sides.
Sambandar and Appar composed the Pathigam
Shala Vriksham: Shanbaga tree
Theertham: Kapila Theertham, Kayilai Theertham, Indira theertham, Mukkulam, Vellar
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Note: Sri Vedavalli Sameda Vedanarayana Temple is also present in Pennadam
Thittakkudi – Veppur
Sri Muthaiya Temple, Perumulai
A popular temple
Sri Pachai Amman Poomalai Temple, Komarai
Thirumandhurai – Agaram Sigoor
Marudhanandheeswar Temple at Pennakonam
5 kms East ward diversion from the National Highway at Thrumandhurrai
Abaratha Ratchagar Shiva Temple at Aduthurai
A huge and ancient temple on the bank of river Vellarau
Amirthakadeswarar Temple at Ogalur
Apart from the Amirthakadeswarar Shiva temple, there is also a Buddha temple here who is worshipped as the ‘Dubai God’. More than 500 people from here work in West Asia, helped, they believe, by their much-garlanded Buddha. As thanksgiving, dinar-enriched Gulf returnees have erected a nice podium where the ancient Buddha now sits. The Buddha is estimated to be between 800 and 1,200 years old.
Vadamaaleeswarar Temple at Athiyur
Thozhudhur – Vaalikandapuram
Jotheeswarar Shiva Temple at Thirumanthurai
Thirumakkatteeswarar Temple at Peraiyur
An ancient temple with a Swayambu lingam located at 4 kms West ward diversion from Thirumandhurai on the National highway.
Brahmmapureeswarar temple at Vaalikandapuram
Deities: Brahmmapureeswarar, Vaaleeswarar with Goddess Brahannayahi, Valambihai
Legend: Brahmma and Vaali worshipped Shiva here
This temple is of Parantaka Chola period
This big temple has 7 tier Rajagopuram with praharams
There is a beautiful mandapam with 255 pillars
Bala Dhandayuthapani and Arumugar shrines are present. Lord Muruga is very much tall, possibly taller than Swamimalai Nathan.
Arumugar is seen sitting on His peacock vahana and Arunagirinathar had sung Thiruppugazh on this Bala Dhandayuthapani.
Sthala Vruksham: Mavilangai
Theertham: Saravan Theertham
Note: Nearby are ruins of another temple.
Vaalikandapuram – Perambalur
Sengunam is located at 6 kms before Perambalur to the left (east) of the highway and there are many ancient temple here:
1) Murugan Temple on the hill – Location
2) An ancient Rajendra Chola period Shiva temple – Location
3) An ancient Perumal temple – Location
Sri Kamba Perumal Kovil at Bramma Rishi Hill at Elambalur
The holy Brahmma Rishi hill is located at 6 kms before Perambalur to the right (west) of the highway. Three famous saints’ (sidhas) samathis are in the area: Sri Valaiguru Swamikal, Sri Ganapathy Swamikal and Sri Mahalinga Swamikal. In 1995, another Sidhar called Thalayaadi Sidhar samathi was also established near Brammarishi hills. Karthikai Deepam is a very famous celebration held every year in Brammarishi Hills.
Sri Thirumangali Amman Temple near Elambur
The ancient and popular Sri Thirumangali Amman Kovil is situated at 2 kms before Perambalur to the right (West) of the highway. She is a powerful as well as very kind. It is believed that this temple was constructed by traditional Tamil kings 500 years ago.
The temple will be opened for devotees only on Mondays and Fridays.
Perumal Temple at Perambalur
Brahmmadheeswarar Shiva Temple at Perambalur
Alambadi Perumal Temple
There is a Perumal temple (Kundusatti Perumal) here. The legend is that the Perumal idol is nothing but a stone, which has Sangu-chakra inside it. The speciality of this stone is that it is a part of the Lord Venkatachalapathy idol at the Thirumala-Thirupati temple. So worship at this temple is considered the equivalent of going to the Thirumala-Thirupati temple.
Perambalur – Kunnam
Azhageswarar Temple at Perali
Veerappa Swamy Temple at Sithali
Akilandeswar sametha Aadhi Kumebeswarar Temple at Kunnam
Perambalur – Athur
Sornambihai sametha Sornapureeswarar Temple at Venbavur
Tharapureeswarar Temple at Vengalam
Pazhamalainathar Temple at Venganur
Popular Shiva Temple
Perambalur – Thuraiyur
Pancha Nadheeswara Temple at Kurumbalur
This was built by the ancient Chera kings. The Same God is also residing at the most famous Thiruvarur.
Lakshmi Narayanar temple at Kurmbalur
Built by the Chera kings
Murugan Temple at Ammapalayam
The temple is on a hillock
Meenkahsi amman sametha Ekambareswarar Temple at Siruvayalur
Visalakshi sametha Viswanathar Temple at T.Kalathur
Perambalur – Trichy
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