Paadal Petra Sthalams - Cuddalore District


Sishtagurunadar (also Pasupatheeswarar), facing west


Sivaloganayagi (also Poongothainayagai), facing North

Other Deities

Vinayaka, Narthana Vinayaka, Adikesava Perumal, Muruga with consorts, Balavinayaka, Navagraha, Kalabhairava, Surya Lingam, Surya, Ayyappa, Rama Lingam, Bheema Lingam, Sage Agastya, Agastya Lingam, Gajalakshmi, Durga, Chandikeswara, Brahma, Lingotbavar, Dakshinamurthy, Ganesha, Naalvar, Ashtabhuja Bhadrakali, Sundarar, Somaskanda, Nataraja

Thiruthuraiyur is a paadal petra Sthalam. The temple is a large west facing structure with entrance from the west through a gateway. The rare position of north facing goddess shrine is on your right as you enter the main gateway, opposite this is the Sthala Vriksham (Holy Tree). The river Pennar which flows north of the temple today used to flow south in ancient days and Sundarar is said to have reached from that side and delivered his hymns to the lord from the banks as the river was in spate. This river in the south which branches off from Pennar a little way ahead is called Malattar. There is a small temple at this site. The scene of Lord Shiva providing Thavaneri (Rules of Penance) to Sundarar is depicted as a carving behind the sanctum sanctorum along with Vinayaka as a witness. The Ashtabhuja Bhadrakali shrine is outside the main temple. The monument for Arunandhi Sivacharya (Disciple of Meikanda Nayanar – one of the 63 Nayanmars) who lived and attained salvation here is also opposite the temple. It is his descendants who are continuing the regular rituals at the temple. A large temple tank is also opposite the temple on the west.  During Pradosham days (13th day from new moon and full moon fortnights) a flag with Nandhi symbol used to be hoisted here, a practice which still exists in the Shiva Temples of Sri Lanka.

Holy Water (Theertham) – Surya Theertham

Sacred Tree (Sthala Vriksham) – Kondrai (Indian Laburnum)


Thiruthuraiyur has been visited and sung upon by Sundarar (8th Century CE). Stone inscriptions refer to this place as Rajaraja Valanattu Thirumunaipadi Thiruthuraiyur.


The lord at Thiruthuraiyur has been worshiped by Sage Narada, Vasishta, Agastya, Bheema and Surya. The Lord met Sundarar on the banks of the River Pennar, (Malattar today) which was in spate, in the form of an old man, conducted him across to the temple in a boat, where the lord was then called Pasupatheeswarar, and disappeared. Sundarar requested the obliging Lord to instruct him on Thavaneri here and hence the lord is called Sishta Guru Nadar.


Thiruthuraiyur can be reached from the Chennai to Thiruchirapalli highway by taking a left after Villupuram, after crossing the River Pennar and River Malattar at Arasur Junction. From here drive on in the road that goes to Panruti for about 12 kilometers and take a left to reach Thiruthuraiyur temple (mentioned as Thiruthalur). While going from Vikravandi side, take a right at about 20 kilometers and go for about 4 kilometers to reach Thiruthuraiyur temple.

Stay and Food

None locally. Closest is Panruti and Villupuram.

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