Uthiradam  – Sri Brahmmapureeswarar temple

Name of the Temple

Sri Brahmmapureeswarar temple

Period of origin

Before 1000 years

Name of deity

Moolavar: Brahmmapureeswarar

Ambal: Brhamma Vidyambikai

Star: Uthiradam


Even as a boy, you understand the realities of life. You therefore develop a mature outlook comparatively early. You are careful to present your family in the best light possible. You will experience a mixture of good and bad luck. However, you will progress steadily in the field in which you participate. You will make decisions after careful thought and with the advice of those you trust. You will not be excessively demonstrative or affectionate. Your life is organized and systematic. You are careful and deliberate in your speech and mannerisms. Your great regard for the well being of others may serve to ruin your own chances for getting ahead. Try to maintain a mental equilibrium. This is especially true since you find it hard to deal harshly with others. The barriers to a life may be caused by the ill health of your wife, or the actions of your children.


You are primarily a self made individual, though you do not lack a network of friends and family who look to your interests. You enjoy travel and various modes of transportation. You may decide to settle down in a place far from the town in which you were born. As a child you may face a lot of seemingly insurmountable difficulties, but adulthood will provide you with the strength and the tools to overcome many of your problems. You have a purity of intent and a genuineness of purpose that is clear even to those who come to your attention. You are generally self- disciplined and believe in the necessity of law and order. You are pleasant and optimistic. You rarely get disheartened. You will do well by tenacious dedication to a profession. You consult others before making important decisions. Be more dynamic and forceful. You have a tendency to allow others, especially men, to take advantage of you. Don’t let your gentle heart cause you to become involved in relationships and situations that you may regret later.


According to scriptures, Brahamma had five heads as and equal to Lord Shiva. Since Brhamma was also handling the Creation, He thought that He was superior to Lord Shiva.  To teach Him a lesson, Lord Shiva took off one of Brahamma’s head.  Having committed wrong to Lord Shiva, Brahmma wandered to all Shiva temples for remedy including this temple.  As Brahmma worshipped Shiva here, the Lord is praised as Brahmmapureeswara.  Mother is praised as Brahmmavidyambikai and also as Poongudiyal. The original temple was reduced to ruins in course of time and was built completely anew.  Lord and Mother were named Sundareswarar and Meenakshi respectively.

Aadam means that which existed first.  Of the 27 stars, Uthiradam is the seniormost star.  Hence, all deities of other 26 stars perform Padapuja-worshipping the feet of Poongudiyal heading the Uthiradam star.  The starrers are advised to pray here on these days.  Special abisheks are performed to Lord Shiva.

Special pujas are performed to Lord Shiva on Poornima days-full moon days. Panchamurthis are taken procession this day.  Also Homas are performed early in the morning.  The wedding festival is celebrated in this temple, the same day when Meenakshi Kalyanam is celebrated in Madurai.  On Margazhi Tiruvadhirai day pujas are performed with heaps of flowers at night.  This is a temple with five tier tower. The tank is opposite the temple.

Lord Nataraja graces from a separate shrine as if readying Himself for a dance dressing up His Hair.  Pujas are performed to Lord Bhairava on Ashtami falling in new moon fortnight. Special pujas are performed to Lingodhbava behind the Shiva shrine on Karthika day and on third part of the night of Shivrathri.

Chithirai Tirukalayanam-wedding festival in April-May, Vaikasi Visakam in May-June, Purattasi Navarathri in September-October, Skanda Sashti and Deepavali in October-November, Abishek with conches on Karthikai Mondays in November-December, Margazhi Tiruvadhirai and Koodaravalli fasting in December-January, Thai Poosam in January-February, Masi Magam and Shivrathri in February-March and Panguni Uthiram in March-April are the festivals celebrated in the temple.


Okkur is 13 km on the Sivaganga-Karaikudi road. Poongudi is 3 km from the road branching at Okkur. Auto facility is available. People know the temple only as Meenakshi-Sundareswarar temple. Direct bus facility from Madurai (45 km) is available once in two hours.

Temple Timings:

7.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and from 5.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m

Temple Telephone Number:

+91 99436 59071, 99466 59072

Temple Address:

Sri Brahmmapureeswarar Temple,

Keezha Poongudi – 630 552,

Sivaganga district.

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