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Sri Agneeswaraswami temple

Moolavar : Agneeswarar
Urchavar : NA
Amman / Thayar : Karundharkuzhali
Thala Virutcham : Punnai
Theertham : Agni theertham
Agamam / Pooja : NA
Old year : 1000-2000 years old
Historical Name : Thirupugalur
City : Thirupugalur
District : Nagapattinam
State : Tamil Nadu


   Lord of the temple is praised by Saint Tirugnana Sambandar in his Thevaram hymns.? This is the 75th Lord Shiva temple on the southern bank of Cauvery praised in Thevaram hymns.


   10 day Vaikasi Poornima Brahmmotsavam in May-June with an event of Lord granting darshan to Agni Bhagwan,; 10 day Appar Baktha Utsav in Chithirai beginning on Sadaya Star day in April-May; small festivals each month and on pradosha days of the month, Deepavali in October- November; Pongal-Makara Sankranthi falling almost on January 14 and Tamil and English New year days are the festivals celebrated in the temple.

Temple's Speciality:

   Lord Shiva is Swayambumurthi in the temple. Saint Tirunavukkarasar, also known as Appar attained salvation in this place. Muruga Nayanar, one among the 63 celebrated Saivite Nayanars was born here. Agni Bagwan graces in the temple with 7 Jyoti lines, five hands and three legs, an idol too rare.

Opening Time:

   The temple is opened from 5.30 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.


   Sri Agneeswaraswami Temple, Thirupugalur- 609 704, Nagapattinam Dist.


   91- 4366-237 198, 273 176, 94431 13025, 94435 88339

General Information:

   The Agazhi (a deep and broad water body letting crocodiles inside specially constructed around castles and palaces to prevent easy access to enemies) dug by Banasura still exists here.? Vinayaka of the temple is praised as Lord Gnana Vinayaka.


   Vasthu purity is an important basis for constructing buildings.? This is a science that deals with the designing of the apartments in a particular direction ? Kitchen, bathrooms, main hall, bedrooms etc. ? at appropriate sides.? This would avoid any invisible troubles entering then.

Thanks giving:

   Devotees offer Kalyana Malai-wedding garland and vastras to Lord and Ambica for the wedding boon. They also perform abishek with milk, cosmetic powders, turmeric, sacred ash, oil, milk etc. and dress Ambica with sandal paste. Devotees distribute the nivedhana to other devotees and contribute for temple renovation fund.

Greatness Of Temple:

   This is the sacred land where Saint Tirunavukkarasar respectfully known as Appar Adigal attained salvation after serving the Lord by cleaning Shiva temple grounds and paths to enable devotees to walk comfortably with an instrument in his hands called Uzhavaram.? This land is praised as Salvation Centre.? Appar festival begins 10 days before Chithirai Sadayam Star dayin April-May.? The events includes his home coming from the Jains, the greatness of his Uzhavaram, dance of Deva women and his merging with Lord at the midnight of the fourth day festival.? Every devotee would be moved to see this episode only with tears in his/her eyes.

Temple History:

   Banasura belongs to the demon community.? His mother was Madhiniar.? She was a staunch Lord Shiva devotee.? To facilitate his mother?s Shiva puja, Banasura was bringing many swayambu Lingas.? He once came to Tirupugalur and found countless Lingas.? He found a Swayambulinga but could not move it.? He dug a deep and vast Agazhi around the temple and tried to move the Linga again but in vain, except that the agazhi was full of water springing from the ground.??

Special Features:

   Miracle Based:?Lord Shiva is a swayambulinga. Agni Bhagwan in the temple has 2 faces, 7 hands, 7 jwala sparks, 4 horns and 3 feet.?

*Sources from Dinamalar.com

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