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Ponvaithanaathar Temple


Sri Ponvaithanaathar temple is located in the city of Chithaaimur(Thiruccirremam), Tiruvarur, Tamil Nadu and is about 1000-2000 years old. Appar, Sampantar Thevaram Vaanaarthinkal vaanmuka maatharpaata vaarcataik Koonaarthinkal cootiyoraatalmeya kolkaiyaan Thenaarvantu panceyum thiruvaarun cirremathaan Maanaarvizhinan maathotum makizhnthamaintha nallane. (Tirujnanacampantar) This is the 106th sacred spot in the southern banks of Kaveri, celebrated by Thevaram. The individuals who implore here for ordinary conveyance are certain to be honored. It is said that according to the solicitation of the chettiar young lady and on account of the beauty of Ambal, ladies around there and the individuals who beg have just typical conveyance. This is the sacred spot where the Lord favored the chettiar young lady with gold coins to wipe out her destitution thus the conviction is, if Lord Ponvaithanaathar is loved a man gets to be rich. Vaikaasi visaakam is the critical celebration. All celebrations identified with Lord Siva are led in an excellent way.

Legend and Stories

In the Chetti Street of this spot carried on a man, Sankaran, an extraordinary enthusiast of Lord Siva. His wife was Anbirperiyaal. A couple of days after the marriage, her spouse went to the neighboring nation on business. Amid those days with her spouse, she had gotten to be pregnant. Regular this woman used to range and wipe the temple's floor, and keep it clean. She additionally arranged laurels for the divinity. The cheerful Lord fulfilled by her administration, put a gold coin each day on the temple's doorsteps, for her costs. Consequently, this Lord came to be known as 'Ponvaithanaathar'. Following a couple of months, individuals came to think about her pregnancy. None thought about the Lord giving her gold coin. Her spouse was out of station. At that point, how could she have been able to she have cash for her costs? How could she have been able to she get to be pregnant? – Individuals started questioning her. In this way, they shunned her. This pure, striking lady surrendered herself to the Lord and stayed in the temple itself. The due date was nearing. She had none to help her. She appealed to the Lord to spare her. The Great Mother, Goddess Akilandeswari, the Mother of all made creatures, directed the conveyance for this surrendered lady. The infant was conceived; her spouse who went on business likewise returned. The place's residents let him know that they questioned his wife's character. Tormented by these words, he enquired his wife about this charge. Yet, she completely answered that the Lord was the witness for her immaculateness. Her spouse put unusual conditions to her: "In the event that you are a genuine individual, the shut entryways of the temple ought to open on its understanding. The Arthajaama pooja (the midnight pooja) ought to happen all alone course of action. The conciliatory peetam behind the Nandi picture ought to be set before the Nandi statue. The consecrated tree behind the temple ought to develop before the temple". The stunned lady profoundly petitioned the Lord, who wholeheartedly acknowledged her requests to God. Appropriately, in the general population's vicinity the shut temple entryways opened, the conciliatory peetam moved before the Nandi, the consecrated tree additionally developed before the temple and the midnight pooja happened without the minister. The astonished residents comprehended that these wonders were performed by the Lord Himself thus honored the lady. Indeed, even today we can see the Nandi statue outside the temple and the holy place before the Nandi.


Vaikaasi visaakam is the important festival. All festivals related to Lord Siva are conducted in a grand manner.


The Lord of this spot shows up as a swayambu murthi. Long back, sage Brahma rishi was obediently performing the 'arthajaama pooja' (midnight adore). Once, the entryways of the temple were shut before he arrived. Thus, he took the type of a honey bee, experienced a little gap and venerated the Lord. Alternate rishis additionally in like manner adored the Lord. Indeed, even today, we can see the bee sanctuaries in the ardha mantapam of the temple. Poojas are performed consistently for these bee sanctuaries. The individuals who beg here for typical conveyance are certain to be honored. The conviction is that if one reveres the Lord Ponvaithanaathar, he will turn out to be absolutely rich. At the point when their supplications to God are satisfied, the enthusiasts perform abhishekam to the Lord and Ambal and wear them with new garments.



The Nearest Airport is Trichy.


The Nearest railway station is Tiruvarur.


By traveling 20 kms from Tiruvarur in the Tirutturaippoondi bus, getting at Aalathampaadi stop, we should go to Chithaaimur by autorickshaw.

Temple Address

Arulmigu Ponvaithanaathar Tirukkoil,
Chithaaimur – 610 203, Tirukkuvalai taluk,
Nagapatinam District.


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

  • Normal delivery
  • Wealth

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.


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