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Naramuga Vinayagar Temple



Naramuga Vinayagar or Adhi Vinayagar Temple is in Muktheeswarar temple at Thilatharpanapuri which is near by Koothanoor in the Mayavaram Tiruvarur road. It is also known as Sethalapathy. The Vinayagar with human face is known as Adhi Vinayagar. 

The speciality of this temple is the Vinayakar found is named as "Nara Mukha Vinayakar", which means He is found with ordinary human face instead of the elephant face. In this temple devotees are doing Thila Tharpana ritual which is the Hindu custom of Pithur Karmas

The name Thilatharpanapuri comes from the two words 'Thil' meaning Gingely and 'Tharpana' is the hindu custom of performing Pitru karmas to ones ancestors.This temple is considered equivalent to Kasi or Rameswaram. Performing pitru tharpanam at this temple on the day of Amavasya is considered very special and this temple is considered as Mukthishetram.



Swarnavalli sametha Mukthiswarar temple is located at Thilatharpanapuri 2.6kms from Koothanur. Koothanoor is near Poonthottam which is on Mayavaram - Tiruvarur Road. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva with the name Muktheeswarar and goddess Parvathi with the name Swarnavalli.

The shrine for Adhi Vinayakar (also known as Nara mukha vinayakar) is just outside the main temple. Here you can see Ganesha with a human head and hence the Naramukha vinayakar which was considered very special and famous about this temple. The Special pujas and homams to Adhi Vinayakar are done here during the occasion of Chathurthi festivals.

Events / Festivals

Maha Shiva Rathri and Ganesha Chathurthi / Ganesh Puja are the main festivals organized in this temple.

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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