Pillayarpatti Karpaga Vinayagar Temple Location
Pillayarpatti Karpaga Vinayagar Temple is one of the oldest Cave Temples (Rock Cut) of Tamilnadu and situated at Pillayarpatti, Which is between Pudukkottai and Karaikudi. Pillayarpatti is situated at a distance of 71kms from Madurai and 12 kms from Karaikudi on Thirupathur – Karaikudi State Highway.
The village gets its name from the temple.
Karpaga Vinayagar Temple Festivals
Vinayagar Chathurthi festival during August-September is the main festival of the temple. It is celebrated for 10 days in a grand manner. Sankata Hara Chathurthy every month is also celebrated with a festival look. Unlike other places the three Lingams Thiruveesar, Marudhesar and Senchadeswarar and the three Goddess Sivagami amman, Vadamalar Mangaiamman and Soundara Nayagiamman all appear together at the same place and bless the devotees. Cottages maintained by the trust are also available which can be booked in advance.
Pillayarpatti temple Address
P.K.NK.TRUST, Koil Road, Koothadipatti, Pillayarpatti, Tamil Nadu 630207 Telephone Numbers : 04577 – 264240, 264241, 264182, 264797
Pillayarpatti temple Dharshan timings
Hours might differ
Monday : 6am–8pm
Tuesday : 6am–8pm
Wednesday : 6am–8pm
Friday : 6am–8pm
Saturday : 6am–8pm
Sunday : 6am–8pm
Pillayarpatti Karpaga Vinayagar Pooja timings
Thiruvanandal Abhishekam ( 30 mins ) 06.00 A.M – 06.30 A.M
Kaalasanthi Abhishekam (60 mins) 08.30 A.M – 09.30 A.M
Uchikalam Abhishekam (30 mins) 11.30 A.M – 12.00 P.M
Maalaisanthi or Sayaratsai (01:30 hrs) 05.00 P.M – 06.30 P.M
Iravusanthi or Arthajaman (45 mins) 07.45 P.M – 08-30 P.M
Sabari Malai or Thaipoosam Seasons (01-Nov to 20-Jan) (14:30 hrs) 06.00 A.M – 8.30 P.M
Pillayarpatti Karpaga Vinayagar Temple History
This is an ancient rock cut temple. Scholars says that Lord Vinayaga is the Lord of wisdom, As Vinayagar satisfies the wishes of his devotees like Karpagam tree, he is also known “Karpaga Vinayagar”. Here Lord Vinayaga appears with 2 hands unlike in other places where he is seen with 4 hands. Also he is seen seated without Angusapasam, with his legs folded and stomach not touching the Asanam in the form of “Artha Padma” Asanam. The word Vinayaga means “Incomparable Leader” Devotees worshipping Valamburi Vinayagar seated facing towards north, will be blessed with all wealth.
The deity of this temple is known as “Marudeeswarar” as Marudha tree (In Sansscrit Arjuna Virutcha, The Botanical name is Termanalia Arjuna) worship is followed in this temple which indicates that this temple in an ancient temple. The sculptur of pasupatheeswarar, “A cow worshipping Lord Siva by offering his milk” is the special feature of this temple. Also kubheran the Lord of wealth had worshipped at this temple.
Also adding to the sprituality Goddess Laxmi, Saraswathi and Durgai are found together at the same sport.
Unlike other places the three Lingams Thiruveesar, Marudheesar and Senchadeswarar and the three Goddess Sivagami amman, Vadamalar Mangaiamman and Soundara Nayaga amman all appear together at the same place and bless the devotees.
It is believed that by worshipping Kathyayini amman at this temple women get relived from sevvai dosham which prevent them from getting married. “Sabda Madhar” whom importance due to changing time are provided with a seperate sannidhi known as Sakthi sannidhi at this temple.
Antiquity: Over 15 inscriptions are found within the temple, that help establish the age of the temple. The Stalapuranam published by the temple classifies the growth of this temple into three distinct stages.