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Sarguneswarar Temple


The Sarguneswarar Temple is situated in Karuveli in Tiruvarur, Tamil Nadu. The main deity is Lord Shiva in the form of Saruguneshwarar. Praises of the temple have been sung by the Saivite saint Thirunavukkarasar. This is one of the 275 Padal Petram Sthalams

About The Temple

Sarguneswarar Temple

Legend goes that having been born to a wicked person in the past birth, even the divine Mother had to be born again to get back Her Lord so that she would not have to be born again. Those worshipping in this temple will have the eternal happiness of total salvation. Hence the place came to be known as Karu Illai meaning that there would be no entering into a womb again. In course of time, it got changed as Karuveli which is also an apt name meaning that the place was a fence not allowing a further birth. The place is believed to help one to retain all his/her noble traits forever and also reform him/her completely from previous wicket qualities. The Lord therefore is praised as Sarguna Nather.

About The Deity

Sarguneswarar Temple

Main deity is huge Swayambu Lingam known as Sarguna Nadeswarar and his consort Sarguna Nayaki. Teertham is known as Yama teertham which is seen in front of the temple.

Legend and Stories

According to legend, King Daksha, son-in-law of Lord Shiva conducted a Yagna without inviting the Lord. The celebration went on in the absence of Lord Shiva. However, Dakshayani, daughter of Daksha and consort of Lord Shiva visited the Yagna though prevented by Lord. Daksha humiliated Her. Unable to bear the insult, Mother Dakshayani fell on the Yagna fire and ended Herself.Lord Shiva flew into passion, came to the Yagna spot, carried the body of Dakshayani and began to dance. His furious dance shook all the worlds. People in all the worlds trembled. All went to Sri Narayana – Vishnu – and begged Him to quench the fury of Lord Shiva. Lord Narayana applied His discus, cut Dakshayani’s body to pieces which fell in 51 places and they became Maha Shakti Peetas. Lord Vishnu consoled Lord Shiva and said that she would be born as the daughter of Parvatha Raja on earth and that He would perform their wedding in Mount Kailash. Shiva-Parvathi marriage took place accordingly then.


Mahasivarathiri, Margali thiruvathirai.


Lord Shiva is Swambumoorthy here. Devotees worship Lord to Removes Obstacles in marriage, Child boon and for excellence in education. Devotees Offer Abishek and vastras for Lord and Ambal. Since this temple has favored and profited the marriage of Sarvanga Sundhari Amman with Lord Siva, men and ladies aching for their marriage come and offer requests to God at the temple for an early marriage. Additionally couples who wish to have a kid and understudies who need to score high checks routinely go to the temple.

Near By Temple

Ponvaithanaathar Temple
Swarnapureeswarar Temple
Padaleswarar Temple
Satchinathar Temple
Sarguna Nathar Temple
Kaichinneswarar Temple



The temple is on the Kumbakonam (22 kms) Mayiladuthurai route via Nachiarkoil. The traveler should get down at the Koonthalur Pudupalam bus stop and walk half a kilometer northward to reach the temple. The closest railway is in Poonthottam, and the closest airport is in Trichy.

Temple Address

Sri Sarguneswarar Temple,
Karuveli- 605 501 (Sarguneswarapuram),
Tiruvarur dist


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

  • To remove obstacles in matrimonial plans
  • To be blessed with children
  • For salvation

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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