Thirupunthurithi – Sri Pusphavananathar Temple

Name of the Temple

Sri Pusphavananathar Temple

Period of origin

Before 6 th century

Name of deity

Moolavar: Puspavananathar

Ambal: Sowndaryanayaki

Sthala Theertham: Kudamuruti

Stalavriksham: Vilvam

Dhevaram: Thirunavukarasar


This is the place where Lord Shiva collected Flowers for Nandhi’s Marriage

This is one of the Saptha sthana Sthalam and sixth in order

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 was 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 Thirugnanasampanthar.

When Thirugnanasampanthar visited this temple he was afraid to place his foot inside as Appar peruman done sanitation with his hand. Hence he stood outside the premises and worshiped Lord Shiva. The Lord himself ordered Nandhi to stay apart to show darshan to Thirugnanasampanthar.

It is said to be that Goddess Durga Stood in one leg and made tapas towards Lord Shiva for relieving the sin against Mahisasuran 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.

This temple has five stages Rajagopuram, five prahar, Panjamoorthy mandap, Nandhi, Kodimaram, Vasantha Mandap, Balipedam and a separate shrine for Ambal.

Koshtamoortham Vinayagar, Murugan, Mahalakshmi ,Veena Dhakshinamoorthy, Durga and chandikeswarar are seen.

Nearby the sanctum somaskanthar mandap, Natarajar sabai and iinside the premises Appar’s work, Vinayagar, Nalvar, Sapthamatharkal Paintings are seen.

Temple Timings:

7 am to 12 pm and 4.30 pm to 8 pm

Temple Telephone Number:

Archakar : +91 9791480824

Temple Address:

Sri Pusphavananathar Temple
Thirupunthurithi (P.O)
Kandiyur (via)
Thiruvaiyaru (Taluk)
Thanjavur (Dist)

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