Visited on: 12th June, 2018.
Thiru Pukalur is situated at a distance of about 7 kms west of Sannanallur junction on the Thiruvarur to Peralm route.
It is about 33 kms away from Mayiladuthurai, 20 kms away from Karaikkal, 20 kms away from Thiruvarur and 10 kms away from Nannilam.
Other Devara Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalams near this place are –
Thiru Pukalur, Thirumarugal, Nannilam, Thiru Kondeecharam, Thiru Panaiyur, Ramanadeecharam, Thiru Payatrur and Thiru Chenkattangudi.
|Moolavar||Sri Vardhamaneswarar, Sri Nikazhkaala Nathar|
|Ambal||Sri Manonmani Ammai|
|Theertham (Holy water)||Agni Theertham, Bana Theertham|
|Sthala Vriksham (Sacred Tree)||Punnagam (Punnai) Tree|
|Pathigam (Hymn) rendered by||Saint Thirugnanasambanthar-1|
- This is one of the 276 Devara Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalams and 76th Shiva Sthalam on the Southern bank of the river Cauveri in Chozha Nadu (Thenkarai).
- Lord Shiva in this temple is a Swayambumurthi (self-manifested).
- Saint Thirunavukkarasar (Appar) attained salvation (“Mukthi”) and sang his last pathigam here.
- This is one of the 44 Paadal petra sthalams where the “Moovar” (the three saints - Saint Thirugnanasambanthar, Saint Thirunavukarasar (Appar) and Saint Sundaramurthy (Sundarar) had rendered their Pathigams.
- This is the birthplace of Saint Muruga Nayanar, one of the 63 Nayanmars.
- This temple has two corridors and its main tower (Rajagopuram) has 5-tiers.
- Visiting this temple is considered auspicious for those born under the influence of “Sadhayam” nakshatram (star).
- The last consecration ceremony (Maha Kumbabishekam) took place on 27.03.2003.
History of the Temple
It is interesting to note that this temple (Thiru Pukalur Vardhamanecharam) is situated inside Thiru Pukalur temple’s complex. Thiru Pukalur itself is another Devara Paadal Petra Sthalam where the main deity is Lord Agneeswarar.
This temple’s main deity is Sri Vardhamaneswarar’s and the lord’s shrine is located adjacent to the sanctum of Lord Agneeswarar.
The historical names of this place are Punnagavanam, Saranyapuram and Rakthaaranyam.
The Moovars (three saints) have rendered a total of 9 pathigams here. Out of this, 8 are about Thiru Pukalur and the remaining one is about this temple. The pathigam about this temple was rendered by Saint Thirugnanasambanthar.
It is believed that when the demons were terrorising the devas and the sages, they sought asylum in this place. Hence, this place gets the name “Pukalur” (“pukal” means asylum and “oor” means village in Tamil).
This temple is under the administrative control of (Thiruppugalur) Velakurichi Adheenam and HR&CE.