Paadal Petra Sthalams - Cuddalore District


Sivakozhundeesar (also Sivangareswar, Thiruntheeswarar), facing east


Neelayathatchi ( also Oppilanayagi, Karundhatankanni, Ilamkombannal), facing south

Other Deities

Vinayaka, Muruga, Naalvar, Veerasena Mannan, Bhairava, Surya, Nataraja, Navagraha, Dakshinamurthy, Brahma, Perumal, Durga, Chandikeswara

Thiruthinainagar is a large temple with a solid and wide 3 tier Rajagopuram at the entrance. The goddess shrine is separate. The Sthala Purana is beautifully depicted in the form of stone carvings. The main deity is a Swayambu.

Holy Water (Theertham) – Jambava Theertham (Pond)

Sacred Tree (Sthala Vriksham) – Kondrai (Cassia siamea)


Sundarar (8th Century CE) has visited and sung Thevaram Hymns for the lord here at Thiruthinainagar.


The lord appeared as a commoner and asked for food to Periyaan, a devotee, who stopped work and went home to fetch food. When he came back his field was already filled with Thinai (Foxtail Millet) crop and the lord revealed his true form and blessed Periyaan. Hence the name of the place is Thiruthinainagar.


Thiruthinainagar is about 25 kilometers south of Cuddalore. At about 20 kilometers from Cuddalore on the Chidambaram road take a right to reach Thanoor where there is a Perumal temple. from there continue on to reach Theerthanagiri where the temple is.

Stay and Food

None locally, closest is Cuddalore and Chidambaram.

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