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Sri Krupapureeswarar Temple



Sri Krupapureeswarar Temple is located in Tiruvennai Nallur, Viluppuram , TamilNadu. This Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is one among 275 Shiva Sthalams. This Temple is one among Naadu Nadu Shiva Sthalams.

Lord Shiva is a swayambumurthy in the temple. It is in this historical temple that Lord Shiva appeared as an old man claiming Sundarar his attendant on his wedding day. After a long dispute and a Panchayat on the issue, Lord took Sundarar to his home in Tiruvennainallur and disappeared near the sanctum sanctorum of the temple leaving His footwear-Padukas- at the entrance.

The Padukas are still in the temple for the darshan of the devotees. What is noteworthy in this episode is the procedure followed in settling a dispute. Divine poet Sekkizhar in his Periapuranam describes the scene. Heated arguments were exchanged between the old man-Lord Shiva and Sundarar. The judicial system in deciding a dispute should be under three main principles

Lord Shiva blesses the devotees with total mental peace, oratory skill and excellence in education, above all His full blessings.  Polla Pillayar in the temple is not a man-made idol but a swyambu.

The Rishis of Tharukavana grew proud of their penance and conducted a yajna to destroy Lord Shiva.  But the Lord absorbed their evil designs and kept them under His control.  The Rishis realized their folly, performed penance and were forgiven by the Lord.

This is also a story behind the name of the name of the Temple TiruArul Thurai ? Place of Blessings.  As He showered His Krupa-forgiveness, the Lord is praised as Krupapureeswarar.



Sri Krupapureeswarar Temple is located inTiruvennainallur, Tirukovilur taluk, Villupuram district.The temple is called Tiru Arul Thurai ? Home of Divine Blessings.  Mother Mangalambikai graces from the sanctum sanctorum with Her four hands in a standing form. 

The mandap where the panchayat took place between old man Shiva and Sundarar still exists in the temple.  Lord Vinayaka of the temple is praised as Polla Pillayar.


Aadi Swathi star day in July-August with a two day festival for Sundarar is celebrated grandly. 10 day Panguni Uthiram with flag hoisting and float festival in March-April; Arudra darshan-Margazhi Tiruvadhirai in December-January; Aavani Puttu-pudding festival in August-September; Skanda Sashti in October-November are other festivals devotionally celebrated in the temple.

Moolavar     : Krupapureeswarar

Amman_thayar : Mangalambikai, Verkanni Amman

Temple_tree   :  Bamboo

    :  Pennai River, Neeli, Sivaganga, Kama, Arul Thurai, Dandu, (Sivnarkeni), Pandava, Vaikunda and Veda theerthams.

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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