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Sri Vamanapureeswarar temple



Sri Vamanapureeswarar Temple is located at  Tirumanikuzhi in Cuddalore. This Hindu temple is dedicated to Lord Siva and is one among 275 Shiva Sthalams.

The legend has that Lord Vamana was born as the son of Kashyapa and Adhithi.  The main objective of the Personification of Lord Vishnu as Vamana (Dwarf) was to retrieve the mother Earth from the clutches of the demons.   The demon King Mahabali, grandson of Prahblada was a zealous devotee of Lord Vishnu.

He conducted a grand Yagna, there appeared a Brahmachari asking for a peculiar kind of alms.   The Brahmachari's request was a piece of land measured three times by his tiny little feet.  King Mahabali was astounded at the request of the Brahmachari and was immediately ready to offer the land.   

As everyone was witnessing the Brahmachari took a gigantic form and covered the entire Universe with his first two footsteps, when he was asked for where to place his third feet, the righteous King Mahabali bowed his head before him.  

Thus, King Mahabali attained Salvation at the lotus feet of Lord Vishnu.   Further, Lord Vamana arrived on this sacred land, sanctified a Linga at the foothill and worshipped Lord Shiva to get rid of the sin.  so this place hasgot its name "Thirumanikuzhi".

The other name of this temple is Thirumanikuzhi/Uthavi Manikuzhi /Vamanapuri/ Bhimshankar Kshetram/ Indraloka.

Speciality of this Temple:

Those seeking child boon go 11 rounds of the Ambica shrine with wet cloths on New Moon day, offer butter as nivedhana and consume it for 48 days to realize the boon.



Sri Vamanapureeswarar Temple is one of the 275 Thevara Shiva sthalam of Lord Shiva situated  in Cuddalore District, Tamil Nadu.  In this temple Lord Shiva worshipped in the aspects of a self manifested Lingam. 

This is one of the oldest temples of Lord Shiva built during the period of Kings of Chola Dynasty.  The temple inscriptions reveals that the Kings of Pandya and Vijayanagara Emperors are also have made abundance of contributions to this temple.

Presiding deity  :  Sri Vamanapureeswarar

Goddess            :  Sri Ambujakshi Ammai

Theertham         : Swetha Theertham, Kedila Nadhi,

Sthalavruksham  :  Kondrai

Temple Sannidhis :

Lord Ganesha, Lord Nandikeshwara, Lord Subramanya with his consorts Goddesses Sri Valli & Deivayanai, Panchamurthis,  Vishnu Linga, Navagrahas, Lord Bhairava, Lord Surya, Lord Chandra, 63 Nayanmars, Sapthamathas, Yuga Lingas, Goddess Gajalakshmi, Goshtamurtham - Lord Dakshinamurthy, Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu, Lingodhbavar,


Purattasi Navarathri in September-October and Masi Maha Shivrathri in February-March are the festivals celebrated in the 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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