Thiruchopuram Thyagavalli Temple


Paadal Petra Sthalams - Cuddalore District


Thiruchopuranadar, Mangalapureeswarar, facing west, suyambu


Velnedunganni, Sathyadatchiammai, Thyagavalliammai, facing south

Other Deities

Vinayaga, Muruga, Veerateswarar, Gajalakshmi, 63 Nayanmars, Nataraja, Perumal, Brahma

Thiruchopuram Thyagavalli Temple is a large west facing temple. The temple has 2 Prakarams and the outer one has a lot of sand around since it is near the seashore. The temple is said to have been covered by sand and rediscovered a few hundred years ago. Till some decades back you had to cross a tributary of the Gedilam River in a boat to reach the temple. The temple tank is located east of the temple.

Holy water (Theertham) – Chopuratheertham, Brahmatheertham (sea)

Sacred Tree (Sthala Vriksham) – Kondrai


Thirugnanasambandar (7th Century CE) has rendered Thevaram hymns for the lord at Thiruchopuram Thyagavalli Temple. Much later this temple was totally buried by sand and the Kalasam was said to have been noticed jutting out by a Sage from Madurai called Ramalinga Sivayogi, who approached some prominent people in Cuddalore with whose help the temple was excavated.


Sage Agastya is believed to have installed this Lingam here at Thiruchopuram Thyagavalli Temple. A queen of Thirubhuvana Chakravarthy, Thiyagavalli is said to have served this temple and thus the name Thyagavalli for the place and goddess.


Thiruchopuram Thyagavalli Temple is about 30 kms from Cuddalore on the Chidambaram road’s eastern side. Take a left a little after the railway gate (near Aalapakkam Railway Station) and drive straight down towards the sea and the temple is on the main road.

Stay and Food

Closest is Cuddalore and Chidambaram. None locally

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