Nallinakeswarar Ezhichur

Nallinakeswarar, Ezhichur

Sriperumbudur Saivite Temples


Nallinakeswarar, facing east


Deivanayaki, facing south

Other Deities

Vazhithunai Vinayakar, Muruga with consorts, Naalvar, Surya, Chandran, Kannimoola Ganapathi, Chandramouleeswarar, Gajalakshmi, Vallalar, Kalabhairava, Navagraha. Sanctum Niches – Rathina Ganapathi, Dakshinamurthy, Mahavishnu, Bhairava, Durga, Chandikeswara

Nallinakeswarar Ezhichur is a beautiful recently rebuilt temple. The entrance is from the north past the banks of the beautiful temple pond. The large campus houses all the shrines and the Sanctum Sanctorum in a single Prakaram. The Nandi in the front is a new, large and beautiful idol aptly named Ezhil Nandi. Going past the doors into the Mantapam Lord Muruga on his peacock mount and consorts, facing north, is on your left. This is a large and beautiful idol about 4 feet tall. To your right facing south is Goddess Deivanayaki. Straight ahead is Lord Shiva as Nallinaka Easwarar, about 2.5 feet tall on a large base (Aavudayar). Circumambulating outside you reach the Kannimoola Ganapathi shrine and the shrine of Chandramouleeswarar, said to be over the resting place of Sri Vyasachala Mahadevendra Saraswati the 54th Pontiff of the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam. To your left is a large shrine facing north dedicated to Saint Vallalar (1823 – 1874 CE). Passing these shrine you come to the Gajalakshmi Shrine and the temple tank to the north. Just before the Gajalakshmi shrine is the temple tree, Palmyra Palm, with lot of little cradles hung on it by devotees desiring children. The other temple tree here at Nallinakeswarar Ezhichur, Eranjil (Ankola – Alangium salviifolium) is said to have a peculiar property of its seeds getting attracted to the trunk after falling down. Outside this temple adjoining the pond is a temple for Shanmuga Vinayaka. A little way to the west is a small temple dedicated to the Gramadevata of this village. Taking a right onto the main road leading north there is a small Amman temple opposite under a Neem Tree is an ancient carving of Sapta Madhar standing, facing Lord Shiva with his consort on the Bull, Lord Muruga on his peacock mount and Lord Vishnu on Garuda.

Holy Water (Theertham) – Surya Pushkarini – Temple Pond

Sacred Tree (Sthala Vriksham) – Palmyra Palm (Borassus sps), Vilwam (Aegle marmelos), Eranjil (Ankola – Alangium salviifolium)


Nallinakeswarar Ezhichur is said to have been built by the Cholas and later developed by the Vijayanagara Kings. During this time (15th Century CE) this temple and another one at Vennagaram were presented to Shri Vyasachala Mahadevendra Saraswathy the 54th pontiff of the Kanchi Kamakoti Mutt. This is learnt from stone inscriptions and Copper Plates in possession of the Kanchi Mutt and also verified recently by the Archaeological Survey of India. Once upon a time, Nallinakeswarar Ezhichur is said to have had a Rajagopuram, lot of patronages and was a thriving place. The temple was in bad shape till some time back when it was noticed by the Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam and with the support and involvement of locals and well wishers taken up and renovated.


The holy tank here at Nallinakeswarar Ezhichur is believed to have been created by Surya, the Sun God when he came to pray to the Lord. Nallinakkam in Tamil means good things, habits, speech and performance of good deeds to all and thus the name of the Lord here is Nallinakeswarar.


Nallinakeswarar Ezhichur is 6 kilometers southwest of Oragadam. On the road going towards Walajabad take a left at about 3 kilometers after the flyover, again take a left towards the south and drive on for 2.5 kilometers to reach Ezhichur cutting. Here take a left and the temple is reached by taking another right. Refer to our map below for the exact location.

Stay and Food

None locally. Closest are Oragadam and Walajabad.

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