Thirupugalur – Sri Varthamaneeswarar Temple

Name of the Temple

Sri Varthamaneeswarar temple

Period of origin

Before 2000 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Varthamaneeswarar

Ambal:  Manonmani

Sthala Theertham: Agni Theertham

Sthala Virksham: Pinni

Devaram: Tiruganasambanthar


This temple is temple within temple concept here saint Tiruganansambanthar had sung dhevaram here. Hence this temple is called as Tirupugalur Varthamaniswaram. Lord Shiva graces in the temple as a Swayambumurthi. Sri Agni Bhagwan (God of Fire) in the temple appears with two faces, 7 hands, 7 flames, 4 horns and three feet.

As per legend Banasura belongs to the demon community. His mother was Madhiniar. She was a staunch Lord Shiva devotee. To facilitate his mother’s Shiva puja, Banasura was bringing many swayambu Lingas. He once came to Tirupugalur and found countless Lingas. He found a Swayambulinga but could not move it. He dug a deep and vast Agazhi around the temple and tried to move the Linga again but in vain, except that the agazhi was full of water springing from the ground. He decided to end himself in frustration. A voice from the sky told Banasura, “I will make myself present for your mother’s Shiva puja”. Lord in the name of Konapiran with Punnai flowers on His head, appeared before his mother. After the puja was over, Lord returned to Tirupugalur.

Vasthu purity is an important basis for constructing buildings. This is a science that deals with the designing of the apartments in a particular direction – Kitchen, bathrooms, main hall, bedrooms etc. – at appropriate sides. This would avoid any invisible troubles entering then.This is a temple noted for Vasthu prayer. Before beginning the construction, people use to bring the bricks to the temple, perform archanas and take them back for the building work. Pregnant women worship Ambica for safe delivery. According to the Sthala Purana, Ambica Herself as a midwife took care of a woman in labour pain and ensured safety to both mother and child. prasad oil is offered in the temple for the purpose. Devotees worship Lord Agneeswarar for mental peace. They are blessed with boons of wedding, child, and job opportunity, progress in trade, promotions and welfare.

10 day Vaikasi Poornima-Brahmmotsavam in May-June with a special programme showing Lord Chandrasekhara granting darshan to Agni Bhagwan – God of Fire according to the history of the land (sthala purana), 10 day festival for Saivite saint Tirunavukkarasar in April-May commencing before Sadayam star day and monthly Pradosha days (13th day from New Moon or Full Moon days), Deepavali in October-November, Pongal almost falling on 14th January each year and Tamil and English New Year days are celebrated in the temples besides special puja performace days each month. The crowd is huge in the temple on such festival occasions.


Tirupugalur is 10 km far from Nannilam on the Nagapattinam bus route. Bus facilities are available from Nagapattinam and Mayiladuthurai also. The place is 20 km from Tiruvarur, 10 from Nannilam, 33 from Mayiladuthurai and 25 from Nagapattinam.

Temple Timings:

5.30 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.

Temple Telephone Number:

04366-237 198, 273 176, 94431 13025, 94435 88339

Temple Address:

Sri Varthamaneeswarar Temple,

Thirupugalur- 609 704,

Nagapattinam Dist.


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