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Sri Sundareshwarar temple

Moolavar : Sundareshwarar
Urchavar : Vedamurthy
Amman / Thayar : Shantha Nayaki
Thala Virutcham : Punnai
Theertham : Devatheertham
Agamam / Pooja : Karanagama
Old year : 1000-2000 years old
Historical Name : Punnagavanam
City : Tiruvettakudi
District : Pondicherry
State : Tamil Nadu


   Lord of the temple is praised in the Thevaram hymns of Saint Gnana Sambandar.This is the 50th Shiva temple on the southern bank of Cauvery mentioned in Thevaram hymns.


   The temple is praised in the Thevaram hymns of saint Tirungnanasambandar. This is the 49th Temple on the southern bank of Cauvery praised in Thevaram hymns.

Temple's Speciality:

   Three day Masi Magam and Shivarathri in February-March and Tirukarthikai in November-December are the festivals celebrated in the temple.

Opening Time:

   It is a pleasing darshan to the devotee to see the procession deity Vedamurthy (as a hunter) and Mother as the wife of the hunter with a pot on Her head. When Lord Shiva came here as hunter, He brought Lord Muruga too with Him. Hence, Lord Muruga too is holding the bow and arrow as a hunter boy. He graces darshan to the devotees with four hands (instead of 12 hands) with His consorts Valli and Deivanai. It is a double luck for devotees to have the darshan of both Lord Shiva and Lord Muruga with


   The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.


   91- 4368 - 265 693, 265 691, 98940 51753.

General Information:

   There are shrines of Lords Nataraja, Subramania and Aiyappan accompanied by Mothers Poorana and Pushkalai.


   Devotees pray for faithful friends, freedom from opponents and conquering ego.

Thanks giving:

   Devotees perform special abhishek to Lord offering vastras.

Greatness Of Temple:

   During a conversation in Kailash, Mother Parvathi said to Lord that He alone could not protect the beings on earth individually without Her contribution. Lord felt that Mother was growing proud. He cursed her to born in the fishermen community in Earth. Born as ordained, Mother performed penance and got Her Lord back in marriage. Celebrating this event during the Masi festival, Lord is invited to the fishermen colony here, welcoming Him as their Mappillai-Son-in-law. Those facing problems in wedding proposals pray to Lord for happy ends.

Temple History:

   When war between the Kauravas and Pandavas became imminent, Sage Veda Vyasa advised Arujuna to meditate upon Lord Shiva to get the Pasupatha Missile to fight the enemies. Arjuna came to this place and performed penance on Lord Shiva. Duryodhana sent demon Mookasura in the guise of pig to disturb Arjuna?s penance but was shot by an arrow by Arjuna. A hunter came there with his wife and claimed the pig was shot by him and tried to take it. Arjuna refused to part with the animal. A war of words took place between the two. Lord disclosed His self to Arjuna and blessed him with Pasupatha he required to defeat the enemies in the war. Mother Parvathi raised a doubt about Arjuna?s eligibility for the boon. Lord told Ambica that Arjuna had the Matsya Rekha-a lucky line in the palm and deserved the boon. Arjuna obediently showed his palm to Mother and got Her approval too. Arjuna begged the Lord that He shall be there to bless the devotees.

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*Sources from Dinamalar.com

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