• Shiva

Sri Soundareswarar Temple


The Sri Sri Soundaryeswarar Temple is situated 18 Km from Chidambaram .Tirunaarayur.

About the Temple

The temple is primordial, over 1000 years old. On the entry of the Temple three-tier Rajagoparam is built facing east with the images of gods and devathas beautifully carved in multiple colours. The compound wall of the temple is wonderfully carved with the images of gods.

About the Deity

The managing divinity is Shiva. He is called as Soundaryeswarar. His consort is known as Tiripurasundari. There are consecrated icons for Lord Vinayaka, Lord Muruga, Goddess Gajalakshmi, Navagrahangal mandapam, Sanaisharar, Lord Bhairavar and Sun God.

Legend and Stories

Legend has it that Nambi Andar Nambi gathered and spared the consecrated Thevaram hyms from bugs and altered them. While he was youthful, he watched his dad offering nivedhana to Polla Pillar-Vinayaka. Days after the fact, the time has desired Nambi to assume responsibility of the brotherhood of the sanctuary. He offered nivedhana to Lord. Polla Pillar was so quiet and declined to take the nivedhana. Nambi started to sob. He hit his head on the feet of Lord Vinayaka and cried. Satisfied with his bhakti, Vinayaka acknowledged his offer and expended it. Lord Rajaraja Cholan has learnt of this occurrence and did not trust the marvel. The ruler conveyed another nivedhana and requested that Nambi offer it to Lord Vinayaka. Polla-Pillar at the end of the day denied the nivedhana. Nambi then sang Mani Malai psalms with touching petitions. Master Vinayaka devoured the nivedhana within the sight of all. It is this Nambi who has gathered, assembled all the thevarams composed by 63 Nayanmars and spared them for successors from being demolished by bugs and different bugs. As a result of this, Shiva enthusiast Nambi and King Rajaraja's objects of worship are likewise introduced.


Apart from regular poojas and abhishekams, there are special poojas conducted in this temple like Vaikasi Thiruvadhirai in May-June, 13-day Rajarajan festival and Vinayaka Chaturthi are the main festivals celebrated in the temple.

Prasad and offering

The deity grants all that devotees their wishes.

Thanks giving

Devotees perform abishek to Lord and Mother offering new vastras.

Nearby place to visit

Thillai Kali
Kolanji Appar


Buses are available from Thirunarayur to Chidambaram- Kattumannarkoil Road, which is 650m away from the temple. Local buses run from here to visit the temple. The nearest railway station is Chidambaram Railway Station which is 22 km away. Local buses run from here to visit the temple. The nearest airport is Trichy Airport which is 136 km away. Bus and taxi services are available to access the temple.

Temple Address

Sri Sri Soundaryeswarar Temple,
Kattumannarkoil Taluk,
Tamil Nadu – 608 303.


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

  • Salvation
  • Wealth
  • Relief from diseases
  • Purchase of vehicles
  • Gain Knowledge

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 6.00 am to 12.00 am and from 4.30 pm to 8.30 pm.

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