Brahmapureesar Temple is located in Sirkazhi, Nagapattinam , TamilNadu. This Hindu Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva . This Temple is one among 275 Shiva Shatalam.
Sirkazhi, known for the famous temple for Lord Shiva known as Brahampureesar, is also associated with the birth of Tirugnanasambandar, one of the 3 most revered Nayanmars of that time.
When Sambandar as a 3 years old child was crying on the banks of the temple tank, Goddess Parvati appeared in person and fed him with Gnanapaal, (wisdom of milk). Thereafter, Sambandar started singing in praise of the God Shiva with his first and famous Pathigam "Thodudaya Sevian".
Accoding to mythology, when the great deluge (pralayam) started submerging the whole earth, God Shiva carried the 64 arts in a Thoni (boat) with him and landed at Sirkazhi which was not submerged in the great deluge.
God Brahma is worshipped here after worshipping Shiva, started afresh his job of creating life forms. Because Brahma worshiped Shiva, he is known here as Brahmapureesar and also as Thoniappar for carrying the 64 arts with him in the Thoni (boat).
This sivasthalam temple is one of the oldest and one among the 70 Maadakovils built by Ko Chenkat Cholan. The shrine of presiding male deity is facing east and that of presiding female deity is facing south.
Manmadhan is said to have worshipped in this sthalam. There is a shrine for Vinayakar who is known as Padikkasu Pulliar. Other shrines are for Paathaleswarar on the north side and Punnagavareswarar under the Punnai tree.
The Shiva temple at Sirkazhi is a big complex and there are 3 separate shrines for God Shiva here - Brahmapureesar, Thoniappar and Sattnathar. The main shrine for Brahmapureesar is on the banks of temple tank facing east.
The shrine for Thoniappar is situated on an elevated site to the west of the main shrine. The Sattanathar shrine can be reached from the southern side pathway of Thoniappar shrine by climbing a few steps. The shrine for Tirugnanansambandar is located on the outer prakram.
The female deity Thirunilaianayagi's shrine is situated adjacent to Sambandar shrine.Brahma, Murugan, Kali, Guru, Indiran, Chandran, Suryan and Sage Vyasar are believed to have worhsipped the god Shiva at this place.