Visited on: 12th June, 2018.
Thiru Pugalur is situated at a distance of about 7 kms to the west of Sannanallur. Sannanallur is 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 Vardhamaneecharam, Ramanadeecharam, Thirumarugal, Thiru Sathamangai, Nannilam, Thiru Kondeecharam, Thiru Panaiyur, Thiru Payatrur and Thiru Chenkattangudi.
|Moolavar||Sri Agneeswarar, Sri Konappiraan,|
Sri Saranyapureeswarar, Sri Punnagavana Nathar
|Ambal||Sri Karuntharkuzhali, Sri Choolikambal|
|Theertham (Holy water)||Agni Theertham, Bana Theertham|
|Sthala Vriksham (Sacred Tree)||Punnai tree|
|Pathigam (Hymn) rendered by ||Saint Thirugnanasambanthar-2,|
Saint Thirunavukarasar (Appar)-5,
Saint Sundaramurthy (Sundarar)-1
- This is one of the 276 Devara Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalams and 75th 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 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 east facing temple has 2 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).
- This temple is famous for performing “Vastu” pooja.
- The last consecration ceremony (Maha Kumbabishekam) took place on 27.03.2003.
History of the Temple
There are two Devara Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalams in the same complex - Thirupukalur and Thiru Pukalur Vardhamaneecharam.
The historical names of this place are Punnagavanam, Saranyapuram and Rakthaaranyam.
There are 67 stone inscriptions in this temple which date back to the periods of various Chola kings like Raja Rajan, Rajendran, Kulothungan-I and Kulothungan-III. It is believed that this temple was originally built by Raja Raja Cholan-1.
This temple is under the administrative control of (Thiruppugalur) Velakurichi Adheenam and HR&CE.