Thirupurantakar Sirukarumbur

Thirupurantakar, Sirukarumbur

Saivite Temples - Vellore District


Thirupurantaka Swamy, facing east


Sundara Kamatchiambal, facing east

Other Deities

Vinayaka, Dakshinamurthy, Vishnu, Brahma, Sage Pathanjali, Sage Vyagrapadar, Veerabadra, Muruga with consorts, Anjaneya, Saraswathi, Lakshmi, Kaala Bhairava, Navagraha

Thirupurantakar Sirukarumbur is a small north facing temple with entrance from the east. From the outside you cannot gauge the beauty and importance of this ancient temple, but once you enter it is a treasure trove of sculpture. The sanctum sanctorum of the lord is in the form of a sitting elephant (Gajaprashta Vimaanam). The great saint of Kanchi who visited this temple in 1974 was mesmerized by the beautiful standing deity of the goddess that he spent 3 days inside meditating. The rare intertwined trees of Vilwa and Neem resembles a Trishul in form and reminds one of the embracing God and Goddess. Anjaneya idols is with a banana in hand. A unique form of Valli and Devayanai in a single body is found here. The headlocks of Dakshinamurthy has 63 Lingams carved representing the 63 Nayanmars. The Goddess shrine is created from green granite stones. The Veerabadra idol has a Lingam carved in the forehead. Aadhi Shankara is said to have installed the Sri Chakra with the Ashtadik Balahars in it, in front the Goddess.

Holy Water (Theertham) – No information

Sacred Tree (Sthala Vriksham) – Sara Kondrai (Cassia fistula)


Thirupurantakar Sirukarumbur dates back beyond the 10th Century CE. Ancient inscriptions from the times of Rajaraja Chola (mentioning the contribution of a metal idol of Uma Parameswari) have been discovered here along with various other inscriptions and an Aavudayar. The temple was buried in sand by the locals during the raids of Malik Khafur and later was excavated in 1958 by Mr.Bhaskara Thondaiman, then collector of Vellore.


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Thirupurantakar Sirukarumbur is about 25 kilometers west of Kancheepuram. After crossing the Ocheri Junction take a forking left to reach Sirukarumbur. There is a Perumal temple further down and further away is another Shiva Temple.

Stay and Food

None locally. Closest is Kancheepuram.

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