The Thirupunturuthi temple is one among a group of seven, collectively known as the Saptha Sthaanam temples. These temples are unique, for they are related to the marriage of Shiva’s foremost attendant, Nandi, and the part that Shiva played in this marriage.
Nandi was born to Siladha Maharshi and performed great penance to his favored deity, Siva. Siva was so pleased with his worship, he not only made Nandi his prime attendant, He also got him married. The marriage itself took place at Thirumazhapadi near Thiruvaiyaru, and Shiva took his devotee around these seven temples as part of the Sapthapadi. Every year, this occasion is celebrated in April/May with the idol of the Lord starting out in a beautifully decorated glass-encrusted palanquin from Thiruvaiyaru, and taking a round of these seven villages. At each village he is received at one boundary by the Lord of that village and accompanied by him to the next village, where he is received by the next one. In such a way, he completes a full circle and returns to Thiruvaiyaru.
All these temples are situated around Thiruvaiyaru and it is possible to visit all these temples within 4 hours.
The Seven Temples are:
Before 6 th century. Appar had sung in Dhevaram.
Name of deity
Sthala Theertham: Kudamuruti
This is the place where Lord Shiva collected Flowers for Nandhi's Marriage.
A Chola king had offered Thuruthi flowers to Lord Shiva here, hence this place is called as Poonthuruthi [Poo = Flower Thuruthi: name of the flower] Later, it came be called as Thirupunthuruthi.
Appar Peruman had made a lot of voluntary services to this temple. He trimmed the grass and removed garbages on his own. Here he got the inspiration of visiting Kailash.
This is the place where Thirunavukarasar was called as Appar by Thirugnanasambanthar.
It is said to be that Goddess Durga stood in one leg and made tapas towards Lord Shiva for relieving the sin against Mahishasuran Samhar.
Indira, Vishnu, Mahalakshmi, Suriyan had worshiped here.
Here Kasyaba rishi brought Ganga water with his tapas and made Abishakam to lord Shiva.
It is Poonthuruthi Kadava Nambi's birth place. Another interesting thing about this place is that there are seven gopurams in all, and all of them can be seen from one particular point on the outer pragaram.
|Gopuram of the Temple|
Koshtamoortham Vinayagar, Murugan, Mahalakshmi ,Veena Dhakshinamoorthy, Durga and chandikeswarar are seen.
Nearby the sanctum somaskanthar mandapam, Natarajar sabai and iinside the premises Appar's work, Vinayagar, Nalvar, Sapthamatharkal Paintings are seen.
7 am to 12 pm and 4.30 pm to 8 pm
Temple Telephone Number:
Archakar : +91 9791480824
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