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Sri Padikkasunathar temple


Padikasu Nathar Temple is a Hindu temple located at Alagaputhur in the Thanjavur district of Tamilnadu, India. The presiding deity is Shiva. The temple dates to the Chola period. This place is also called Arisil Karai Puthur. The Lords name is Swarnapureeswarar and also Padikasu alitha Nathar. The goddess is called Alagammai. All the Saiva Saints have sung Hymns in praise of this Lord (Sambandar, Sundarar and Appar).

About the Temple

Lord Shiva in the temple is a swayambumurthy. The Sthalavruksham is vilva. The temple has a three tiered Rajagopuram. Images of Surya and Chandra are seen at the Rajagopuram entrance. The shrine to Shanmukhar is highly revered and it is believed that worshippers are cured of poisonous bites. The temple is situated on the southern side of River Arasalaaru. As a rule, Sun and Moon in the Navagraha shrine are seen facing east. In this temple, they are face to face. There are nine small pits opposite the shrine. It is believed that planets are in the form of Vayu in these pits. Those unable or failing to do the rituals regularly to their ancestors, perform pujas to Sun and Moon in this Navagraha shrine and light lamps in the pits. There are shrines to Gajalakshmi, Bhairavar, the Navagrahas, Pugazhthunai Nayanar, Shiva, Vishnu and Murugan. The idol of Shiva is a swayambumurthy.

The tower above the sanctum sanctorum is of a three tier design. Lord Vinayaka of the temple is praised as Swarna Vinayaka blessing from a separate shrine. According to tradition in the temple, people worship this Vinayaka first before going to Lord Shiva. Pugazh Thunai Nayanar appears in the front mandapa with his wife Lakshmi. Saint Sundarar with his spouse Paravai Nachiar is nearby. There are two Bhairavas in the temple. Swamimalai is 10 km from this place. The Uniqueness of this temple is that the Lord Subramanya is giving darshan with Chakra and Conch in his hands like Vishnu. In all his ten hand, He holds the respective Weapons and in the remaining two hands, he has Sudarshana Chakra and Sankham. This roopam of the Lord Subramanya is very rare indeed. The prayer offered to this Deity brings down any poison inflicted by the bites of any reptiles. Lord Muruga is sitting on the Indira Peacock with his consorts Valli and Deivanai; He is praised as Kalyana Sundara Shanmuga Nathar. The Tiruvatchi – a metal frame made aesthetically around the deity – is of OHM letter shape. Shrine of Mother Mahalakshmi is nearby. It is rare that Mother Mahalakshmi and Muruga are next to each other in a Shiva Temple the heirs of Pugazh Thunai Nayanar are the priests of this temple generation after generation. Devotee’s place two coins at the feet of Lord Padikasu Nathar and take one back with them.

About The deity

The Main Deity of this temple is Swarnapureeswarar and his consort at this temple is Alagammai.

Legend and Stories

During His visit to Mount Kailash, Lord Brahmma bypassed Lord Muruga and proceeded. Muruga intercepted Him and asked who He was. Brahmma introduced Himself to Muruga and said proudly that He was the creator of the world. Muruga asked him under what Mantra power He was doing it, Brahmma replied OHM. Lord Muruga demanded the meaning and explanation of the Mantra which Brahmma could not. Lord Muruga hit Brahmma on the head and terminated His job.

Coming to know of the incident, Lord Shiva asked Muruga to return the job to Brahmma which Muruga respectfully declined. Lord Shiva demanded the meaning and explanation from Muruga which He offered perfectly. Then at the direction of Lord Shiva, Muruga returned Brahmma His post. Though He was right, Lord Muruga regretted that He punished an elder and to make amends, he performed penance in this place. Lord Shiva appeared before Muruga and said that it was right to question anyone when he/she commits a mistake but wrong to punish them.


Masi Magam and Maha Shivrathri in February-March; Nayanmar Guru Puja on Kruthika and Aslesha – Aayilam in Tamil – star days are the festivals celebrated in the temple.


Devotees praying here will have the courage to fight injustice and a sense of tolerance to bear hardships. Those facing problems in their wedding proposals and concerned about the safety and welfare of their children pray to Lord Muruga on New Moon day offering pujas and milk porridge – Paal Payasam in Tamil – for relief.

Nearby Place To Visit

Andalakkum Aiyan Temple
Gajendra Varadhan Temple
Hara Shaba Vimochana Perumal Temple
Appakudathan Temple
Adhivaraha Perumal Temple
Neelamega Perumal Temple


Azhagaputhur is 6 km from Kumbakonam on the Tiruvarur route. Bus facilities are available. The closest railway station is in Kumbakonam and the closest airport is in Trichy.

Temple Address

Sri Padikasu Nathar Temple,
Thiru Arisil Karai Puthur,
Thanjavur district
Pincode – 612 401,


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

  • For courage
  • Relief from hardships

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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