Nerkuthi Vinayaka temple is found in Theevanur, Viluppuram district, Tamil Nadu state, India. This temple is a Vinayagar Koil and the main deity here is Nerkuthi Vinayaka and Amman (Thayar).
About the Temple
In the temple, Lord Vinayaka can be seen in the form of a Linga, which would be visible only during milk abishek. Three banyan trees, representing three Murthis – Brahmma, Vishnu and Shiva, without hanging stems (Vizhudhu in Tamil) are behind the temple. On his way to the shanty, a pepper merchant stayed in the temple for a night and was asked by the servants there a little quantity of pepper to prepare Nivedhana for the Lord. He lied that he had no pepper and it was Ulund dal in the bag. When he unpacked the bundle after reaching his shanty, to his shock and surprise, it was dal only. The shocked merchant came to the temple and begged His pardon placing his dal before the Lord. The dal became pepper again. Since then, the Lord also came to be known as Poyyamozhi Vinayaka, meaning the Lord will not allow falsehood.
About the Deity
The presiding deity is Nerkuthi Vinayaka and Amman (Thayar).
Legend and Stories
Some shepherds of the region used to steal paddy pads from fields, pound them with stone and used to cook it as their food. One day, when they were searching for a stone, they saw one that looked like the head of an elephant which they thought was useless and went away. When they came back, they saw that paddy was pound; the husk and the waste were separated and were placed properly and they wanted to keep the stone safe. But, the next day the shepherds could not find it and found some bubbles emanating out of the temple water and found the stone in the tank. They decided that they should be more careful in keeping the stone safe, tying it to a tree. In the meantime, the villagers reported to the head of the village about their paddy being stolen. Investigations revealed that the shepherds were the culprits. The village head brought the stone to his house.
Lord Vinayaka, appeared in the dream of the village head, in the form of the stone and said that He was in the stone and that he would become prosperous if he worshipped the stone. He handed over the stone to his brother, who was secular in nature, as the village head was a Vaishnava. His brother built the temple. The people understood the grace of Vinayaka and named Him Nerkuthi Vinayaka (Vinayaka pounding the paddy)
People pray for removal of obstacles in marriage talks and progress in academic pursuits and those seeking wedding knot and child boon go round the banyan threes. Pujas are performed to the trees daily.
Nearby Place To Visit
Aadhi Tiruvarangam Perumal
Theevanur is on Zenji road 13 km from Tindivanam.
Sri Nerkuthi Vinayaka Temple,
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- For removal of obstacles in marriage talks
- For excellence in academic pursuits
Vakratunda Mahakaaya Suryakoti Samaprabha Nirvighnam Kuru Mey Deva Sarva Kaaryeshu Sarvada
Meaning -I pray to thee O Lord, who has a curved trunk and a strong body, the shine of a million suns, to remove all the hurdles that may block me from all the tasks I intend to perform.
Agajaanana Padmaarkam Gajaananam Aharnisham Anekadantham Bhaktaanaam Ekadantam Upaasmahey
Meaning -The sun to Mother Parvati's lotus face, I worship Lord Ganesh, with the elephant face, the one who grants a lot of wishes, the one with the single tusk, I salute thee to grant my wish.
Gajaananam Bhoota Ganaadhi Sevitam Kapitta Jamboophaala Saara Bhakshitam Umaasutam Shoka Vinaasha Kaaranam Namaami Vighneswara Paada Pankajam
Meaning -Oh elephant-faced Lord, who is served by all the Ganas, who consumes the essence of Kapitta and Jamboophala, His favourite fruits, who is Uma's son, who destroys the gloom of His devotees, who handles hurdles, we worship your lotus feet.
Tatpurushaaya Vidmahe Vakratundaaya Dheemahe Tanno Danthihi Prachodayaat
Meaning -We meditate on the great power, we call upon the single tusked Ganesh, who grants wishes.
6 a.m. to 7 p.m.