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Gnayiru Gramam Pushparatheswarar Temple


Gnayiru Gramam Pushparatheswarar Temple is dedicated Lord Shiva. It is Located at Gnayiru( also called as Nayur), Tiruvallur District, Tamil Nadu State.

Legends and Stories

The Chola king was surprised at the sight of a shiny lotus among the many lotuses in the tank. When he tried to pluck that flower, the flower moved away from him! And, it kept moving away from him as he continued his efforts! Frustrated, the king cut the flower with his sword. Blood splashed out of flower and the king lost his vision when he looked at the blood. The king, realizing his mistake prayed to Lord Siva and the Lord answered his prayer. The king got back his power of vision. The king installed the lingam in the lotus on the bank of the tank and built a temple also there for Lord Siva. The sthala where this incident took place is Gnayiru. The deity of the temple is called Pushparadeswara.

History of the temple

Sanjana Devi, the wife of Sun God is the daughter of Viswakarma. Though she was happy with her husband, at one stage she felt that she couldn’t bear his heat any longer. So she left him after leaving her duplicate in her place whom she created from her own shadow. When Sun God realized the truth, he prayed to Lord Siva to unite him again with his wife. The Sun God came to Gnayiru and saw the divine tank, blessed by the Lord. Many of the lotuses in the tank had petals exceeding thousand in number. The Lord revealed His presence in one of the lotuses to the Sun God and blessed him with a happy life with his wife. The lingam, which the Sun God worshipped, was left behind in the lotus itself. Later, it was brought out by the Chola king who built the temple. As the lingam was found in a ‘Pushpam’ (flower), the deity was named Pushparadeswara. The Lord is portrayed along with His consort Sornambika. The place got the name Gnayiru, another name for Sun God, because the Sun God worshipped the Lord here.


Tamil New Year day Puja for Sun God falling almost on April 14 or a day before or after occasionally in some years; Thai Pongal falling almost on January 14 and Navarathri in September-October are the festivals celebrated in the temple.


There was small pond the water in this pond is said to be having medicinal power which will cure skin and eye related diseases.

How To Reach Sri Pushparadeswarar Temple, Gnayiru


The nearest airport is at Chennai Airport.


The nearest railway stations are Ponneri, Egmore Railway Station.


Sengundram is 20 km from Chennai Koyambedu. Going further 13 km from Sengundram, the devotee can reach Gnayiru. Buses are available at an interval of one hour from here.

Temple Address

Gnayiru Gramam Pushparadeswarar Temple,
Arumandai Gnayiru Road, Gnayiru Gramam,
Tiruvallur, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, Pincode – 600067.


Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-

  • To get rid of unwanted desires in life
  • To get cured of long-term diseases and eye problems
  • To prosper in life

Kailaasarana Shiva Chandramouli Phaneendra Maathaa Mukutee Zalaalee Kaarunya Sindhu Bhava Dukha Haaree Thujaveena Shambho Maja Kona Taaree

Meaning -Oh Lord Shiva who is seated on Mount Kailash, where the moon decorates his forehead and the king of serpents crown his head, who is merciful and removes delusion, You alone can protect me. I surrender to thee.

Aum Trayambakam Yajaamahey Sugandhim Pusti Vardhanam Urvaarukamiva Bandhanaath Mrutyor Muksheeya Maamritaat

Meaning -We worship the fragrant Lord Shiva, who has 3 eyes and who cultivates all beings. May He free me from death, for immortality, as even a cucumber is separated from its bond with the vine.


The temple is open from 7.30 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and from 4.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. On Sundays the temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m

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