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Lakshmipureeswarar temple is at Thiruninriyur.  Thiruninriyur is about 6.5 Kms from Vaitheeswaran Koil on the way to Mayiladuthurai or Mayavaram. This is a Padal Petra Sthalam.  This is an East facing Mada temple, meaning it is built over a raised platform.  The main deity is Lakshmipureeswarar and his Consort is Ulaganayaki.  The Lingam here is one of the 64 Swayambhu Lingams. Lakshmi and Vishnu have worshipped Lord Shiva here.  Lakshmi was granted the boon of winning Vishnu’s heart, hence the name Lakshmipureeswaraar.  Lord Shiva here is known as Mahalakshmeesar also. There are separate shrines for Vinayakar, Murugan, Mahalakshmi, the Navagrahas, Bhairavar, Chandran and the Shivalingam worshipped by Parasurama.

The Sanskrit name for this place is Varthi Nirvapanapuram, which means Tirininravur in Tamil.  Tiri means wick and ninravur means place where it was put off.  A Chola King used to pass through Thiruninriyur every night after worshiping at Sirkali.  As he was passing through this village, the lamps carried by his entourage used to go off. Intrigued, he wanted to check it out and went to the same place in the morning.  He saw Kamadhenu descending into the forest.   He proceeded to the spot where Kamadhenu had descended. He cleared the bushes with his sword and made his way through the thicket.  While doing so, his sword hit something and he saw blood sprouting from  that particular spot.  He spotted a Shiva Lingam in the undergrowth, from which the blood was oozing.  The hole that the Chola King inadvertently made on top of the Shiva Lingam is still seen.  He built a temple at the same spot which is now Lakshmipureeswarar Temple at Thiruninriyur.

This temple is to be visited for gaining Kubera Sampathu or prosperity. While Kubera is the Lord of Wealth and is responsible for the distribution of the same, Goddess Lakshmi is the creator of wealth.  In other words Kubera is the treasurer while the Goddess is the CFO.  Goddess Lakshmi is one of the most worshipped deities. She is the Goddess of prosperity, wealth, purity, generosity, and the embodiment of beauty, grace and charm.

Lakshmi is usually seen sitting or standing on a lotus in the ocean of milk symbolising purity, peace and prosperity. Her four arms signify Purity, Prosperity, Perfection and Freedom from bondage.  The gold coins flowing out of her hand signifies prosperity. Her right hand is in abhayahastha mudra or hand held in the posture of blessing.

This temple is one amongst the temples dedicated for each of the 27 Nakshatrams or Birth-stars.  This temple is dedicated to Anusham.  People born under this star greatly benefit by worshiping here at least once every year.

This temple has very few visitors and is relatively unknown.  The temple is maintained by the Dharumapuram Adhinam.

Lakshmi Gayatri Mantra

Om Maha Lakshmicha Vidmahe

Vishnu Patnicha Dhimahi

Tanno Lakshmi Prachodayat

Lakshmi Moola Mantra

“Om Shri Maha Lakshmyei Namah”

“Aum Gum Shreem Maha Lakshmiyei Swaha”

“Om Shrim Maha Lakshmiyei Swaha”

“Om Shrim Siddayei Namah’

“Om Shreeng “

“Om aing shreeng hreeng kleeng aing kamalvasinayae swaahaa”

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Vaitheeswaran Koil



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This temple is located at a distance of about 6.5 Kms from Vaitheeswaran Koil, on Vaitheeswaran Koil Mayiladuthurai Road.

Boarding & Lodging:

This is a very small village.  Have your travel base as Vaitheeswaran Koil or Mayiladuthurai.

Temple Timings:

6AM to 12.00 Noon and 4 PM to 8 PM

Temple Contact




Phone: 04364-320520

Thirupungur is a small village about 2 kms from Vaitheeswaran Koil.  This place was once surrounded by Pungu trees and hence the name Thirupungur.

The Shiva lingam is one of the 64 Swayambhu (Self manifested) lingams and is supposed to have come from an anthill.  The Nandi here is also a Swayambhu. The presiding deity at this temple is Shivalokanathar and His consort is Soundaryanayaki.  Vinayakar is supposed to have dug a tank here for nandanar on Lord Shiva’s orders and is known as Kulam Vettiya Vinayakar. Devotees offering their prayers to Kulam Vettiya Vinayakar have all their wishes fulfilled.

Kulam Vettiya Vinayakar

Kulam Vettiya Vinayakar

Nandanar was a devout Shiva Bhaktha.  He was born into a low caste family and as a result was denied entry into any temples. His ambition was to visit the temple at Chidambaram.  He was working in the fields of a Brahmin Landlord. He would always put off Nandanar’s request to visit Chidambaram. Nandanar used to tell everyone that he will visit “Chidambaram tomorrow” (Thiru Nalai Poven). He was telling this over a period of time to everyone and he came to be known as “Thiru nali Povar”.

Nandanar's Shrine

Nandanar's Shrine



However, one fine day, he told Nandanar that he would be granted the wish if Nandanar were to achieve the impossible task of tilling all the forty acres of the paddy field overnight.  A disappointed Nandanar prayed to Shiva to grant him the wish of visitng Chidambaram.  Lo and Behold!! The next morning, the Landlord and Nandanar were both astonished to see that all the forty acres of the field had been ploughed!!!  The Brahmin immediately realised his folly and prostrated before Nandanar and pleaded forgiveness.  Nandanar set out to Chidambaram and on the way he stopped at Thirupungur to have a darshan of the Lord.  Nandanar was not able to have the darshan as Nandi was blocking his view.  He started singing in praise of Lord Shiva.  Lord Shiva wanted to know who the devotee was.  The dwarapalakas informed Him that it was Nandanar.  Immediately, Lord asked Nandi to move to a side to facilitate Him to have a clear view of Nandanar.  You can see the Nandi at this temple is shifted to a side.  Also the Nandi is not hanging out the tongue as is usually the case.  You can also see the dwarapalaks craning their necks as if to see in the direction of the entrance.

Nandi gritting his teeth in anger

Once, there was debate between Shiva and Parvathi as to who was more charming.  They sought the opinion of Vishnu, who in turn asked Brahma to play the Judge.  Brahma rolled a dharba grass and threw it.  He said that an answer would be available wherever the grass fell.  The grass fell at Thirupungaur and became Pancha Lingam.  When Shiva and Parvathi came here, Shiva looked very handsome to Parvathi and Parvathi looked very beautiful to Shiva.  Their dispute was thus amicably resolved.  It is a belief that marital problems will be solved by worshipping at this temple.  Separated spouses will be reunited after visiting the temple.

Pancha Lingam at Thirupungur

Pancha Lingam at Thirupungur

Brahma Lingam at Thirupungur

Brahma Lingam at Thirupungur

According to archaeological evidence, Rajaraja Cholan had gifted twelve velis (measures) to this temple.  During his reign there was severe drought that resulted in famine and the king prayed to Lord Shiva to bring rain. Lord Shiva came in his dream and asked him to do special poojas for Sivaloganathar. Sundarar was present at the temple when the King came to offer his prayers.  The King requested Sundarar to sing in praise of the Lord and bring rain. Sundarar agreed on the condition that the King would donate twelve velis (measures) of land to the temple. Sundarar sang in praise of the God and there was a heavy downpour threatening to cause heavy damage to the country.  The King requested Sundarar to stop the rain.  Sundarar again laid the same condition.  The king gifted the land and immediately it stopped raining.


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This place is just 3 kms away from Vaitheeswaran Koil.  There are regular bus services from Mayiladuthurai, Vaitheeswaran Koil etc.

Other temples nearby:

Adhi Vaidhyanatha Swamy Temple

Vaitheeswaran Koil,

Thiruninriyur Lakshmipureeswarar

Boarding & Lodging:

This is a very small village and you can’t expect any facility here.  Vaitheeswaran Koil is the nearest place where you can find good hotels to eat and stay.  If you have to rest a couple of hours before you visit the next temple, there are choultries at Vaitheeswaran Koil that allow you to use their facilities for a nominal payment of Rs 50/- or Rs. 100/-.

The temple for Saraswathy located at Koothanur is believed to have been gifted to Ottakkoothan by Raja Raja Chola II and hence the name. This small temple has only one praharam (Cicumambulatory corridor) around the sannidhi (sanctum) of Goddess Saraswathy.  Though small, this temple is very important one because temple for Goddess Saraswathy is very rare.

She is the consort of Lord Brahma and is the Goddess of wisdom and learning. She is the one who gives the essence (sara) of our own self (swa). She is the embodiment of all knowledge. She is always seen wearing a pure white sari and seated on a white lotus. Goddess Saraswathy carries a Veena which represents mastery over the physical organs and actions where the veena is symbolic of life and strings are symbolic of feelings. The Vedas (ancient scriptures) she holds in her hand represents Knowledge. The 50 Beads Spatik Mala (Necklace made of Quartz beads) symbolises transparency. Each of the beads represents a Sanskrit alphabet. Her four hands represent the mind, intellect, alertness and ego – all of which influence learning. Some consider this to represent the four Vedas.  The Swan is supposed to have the ability to separate milk from water and drink only the former and hence epitomizes her discrimination between good and bad. The all-white appearance signifies Her chastity and purity. The peacock changes its mood as the weather changes and represents the unstable mind.  It reminds us that we should not let these mood swings to affect our decision-making ability.  We should make every effort to overcome our fear, anger, indecision and fickleness.

Just consider this and think it over.  There are not many temples dedicated to Her. And yet, there is no dearth of her devotees.  She has been worshipped for ages and will continue to be worshipped as long as the virtues of knowledge, intelligence and wisdom are more sought after than merely being rich and powerful.

An old Sanskrit saying goes thus;

Swadeshey pujyathey raaja

Vidhwan sarvathra pujyathey

Which means, “A king or a powerful and rich man is revered only in his own land, whereas a learned man is revered everywhere”

Temples dedicated to Her are rare but she is widely worshipped during festivals like the Navaratri. On Saraswathy Pooja day of Navaratri, pilgrims throng Koothanur in big numbers. On Vijayadasami, hundreds of people flock the shrine for the Aksharabhyasam/ Vidyarambham of their children. Not surprisingly, She is very popular among the student community.  The young students place pen, pencil and books at the feet of the Goddess and seek Her blessing.

According to Legend, Koothanur is associated with the mingling of the three holy rivers – Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswathy. These rivers merge here as the Arasalar river.  It was a time when Dakshayini had been reborn to Parvatharajan as Parvathi. On attaining the age for marriage, she pleased Shiva with her severe tapas (penance) in a Vilva forest (Vilvavanam). Ganga was separated from Him in order to facilitate Lord Shiva marry Parvathi. The place where Ganga merged with the Arasalar River came to be known as Rudragangai.

Saraswathy & Brahma had an argument which escalated beyond control and culminated in both cursing each other. As a result, they were born to a Brahmin named Punyakeerthi, as daughter (Shraddha) and son (Bagukanthan). It was when they were of marriageable age and their father was looking for suitable matches, that Brahma and Saraswathy realised who they were. They prayed to Shiva to save them from this complex situation and got papa vimochanam (absolution of sin).  Saraswathy mingled as a river in Arasalar and was blessed to have a shrine on the bank of the river as the Goddess of Knowledge. Brahma, who had already been cursed, was deprived of a shrine. However, Lord Shiva blessed him to have poojas in the rituals performed towards departed souls. Brahma Pooja, if performed here has a special significance.

Yamuna was suffering from the doshas (sins) of the people who bathed in her; Krishna suggested that she be relieved of them by bathing in the Arasalar River and meditating on Shiva. With the confluence of Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswathy into the Arasalar River, the place came to be known as Dakshina Triveni Sangamam.

The vinayakar in this temple is a swayambhu (self manifested). There are separate sannadhis (shrine or sanctum) for Valampuri Vinayaka, Baladandayuthapani, Nagar, Brahmma, Brahmmapureeswar & Swan.

Those who perform rituals for the ancestors here on the banks Arasalar river, during the tamil month Thai (January-February) gain great benefits from the blessing of their elders like; employment, improvement in business and career advancement. The benefits also include matrimonial harmony. Estranged couples are united after worship here.

Saraswathy Mantra
Saraswathy Mantra


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Koothanur is near Poonthottam which is on Mayavaram – Tiruvarur Road.

Boarding & Lodging:

There is a Sankara Mutt at Koothanur which offers accommodation to the pilgrims at a nominal charge.  If you want a very comfortable stay, have your travel base as Kumbakonam, Mayiladuthurai or Tiruvarur.

Temples Nearby:

Temples for the other two forms of Shakthi – Durga as Lalithambigai at Thirumeyachur and Lakshmi as Swarnavalli at Thilatharpanapuri are located nearby.

Temple Phone Number: 04366 273 050

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