Kaduvaaikaaraiputhur (Andankoil) – Sri Swarnapureeswarar Temple

Name of the Temple

Sri Swarnapureeswarar Temple

Period of origin

Before 2000 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Swarnapureeswarar

Ambal: Swarnambikai, Sivasekari

Sthala Theertham: Trishoola Gang

Sthala Virksham: Vanni

Devaram:  Tirunavukkarasar


It was the time when emperor Mushukunda was building a temple for Lord Thiagaraja in Tiruvarur.   His minister Kandadevar went to the foot hills to get stones.  It became dark then.  He would not have his dinner without Shiva darshan.  So he simply sat on the side path to relax and slept.  Lord Shiva appeared in his dream and said that He was near the Vanni tree there and advised him to have the darshan and have his food.  The minister found a Shivalinga near the Vanni tree. Immediately, he began to collect one stone and one spoon (Karandi in Tamil) lime (cement) from each cart going to Tiruvarur and built this temple.

Later, the minister told the story to the king and requested him to pay a visit to his temple.  After seeing the temple, the king demanded the minister to pay him the cost incurred and also the Dharma he earned in building he temple back to him. The minister replied that he could not part with the dharma he had earned in building the temple though willing to give his life.  The king said that the temple was built with funds stolen from him and ordered his men to behead the minister in front of the temple itself.   Mushukunda’s men executed the order.  While falling, the head cried ‘Andava’ – My Lord .  The king realized that he had killed a true Shiva devotee and wanted to pay for his sin by stabbing himself.  Lord appeared before him saying that king and minister should be like husband and wife and restored the minister to life back.  Hence, the place is named Andavankoil.

Raajagoepuram has 5 stages. A beautiful pond is on the left side before the entrance. Vinaayagar and Murugan sannidhis are on both sides. Kodi maram , Nandi and Bali Peedam are present once you enter. On the left all vaahanas are present inside a gated mandapam. The level where the gods are situated is a couple of feet higher than the temple level. God and Goddess are at an ever higher ground. We could see people growing vegetables on the south prakaram. Thirisoola gangai is the name of the temple pond.

Maha Shivrathri in February-March; Margazhi Tiruvadhirai in December-January and Panguni Uthiram in March-April are the festivals celebrated in the temple.


Valangaiman is 10 km from Kumbakonam on the Mannargudi route. Andankoil is 3 km from Valangaiman.

Temple Timings:

8.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 5.00 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.

Temple Telephone Number:

04374-265 130.

Temple Address:

Sri Swarnapureeswarar Temple


Valangaiman Taluk,

Tiruvarur district – 612 804.

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