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Brahmapureesar Temple



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.

Do & Don't

Do & Don't


  • Do pray your Ishta Devata before pilgrimage to Temple.
  • Do contact Temple Devasthanam information centre for enquiry, temple information and for Pooja details etc.
  • Do reserve your travel and accommodation at Temple well in advance.
  • Do bath and wear clean clothes before you enter the temple.
  • Do concentrate on God and Goddess inside the temple.
  • Do maintain silence and recite your Istamantram to yourself inside the temple.
  • Do observe ancient custom and traditions while in Temple.
  • Do respect religious sentiments at Temple.
  • Do deposit your offerings in the hundi only.

Don't s:

  • Do not come to Temple for any purpose other than worshipping of God and Goddess.
  • Do not smoke at Temple.
  • Do not consume alcoholic drinks at Temple.
  • Do not eat non-vegetarian food in the Kshetram.
  • Do not approach mediators for quick Darshanam. It may cause inconvenient to others.
  • Do not carry any weapon inside the temple.
  • Do not wear any head guards like helmets, caps, turbans and hats inside the temple premises.
  • Do not perform Sastanga Pranama inside the Sanctum Sanctorum.
  • Do not take much time while performing Sparsa Darshanam to God in Garbhagriha.
  • Do not buy spurious prasadams from street vendors.
  • Do not encourage beggars at Temple.
  • Do not spit or create nuisance in the premises of the temple.

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