Kailasanadar Villupuram

Kailasanadar, Villupuram

Saivite Temples, Villupuram District


Kailasanadar, facing east


Brahanayaki, facing west

Other Deities

Muruga with consorts, Navagraha, Anjaneya, Arumuga, Saneeswara, Somaskandar, Vinayaka, Balavinayakar. Sanctum Niches – Ganesha, Dakshinamurthy, Lingotbavar, Brahma, Durga, Chandikeswara

Kailasanadar Villupuram is an ancient east facing temple with a large 5 tier Rajagopuram on the west. The large temple has a single spacious Prakaram that houses all the shrines and the Sanctum Sanctorum. As you enter from the west through the Gopuram on the left comes Muruga with his consorts in a small shrine, followed by the goddess shrine and Navagraha. A large Mantapa with more than 40 pillars many of which are huge and beautiful with some very fine carvings. On the south of this Mantapam is a shrine for Arumaga (6 faced Muruga) facing north. The walls of this shrine are filled with carvings of Fishes, Nandi, Swan, Peacock and other figures. Dwarapalakas are present at the entrance to the sanctum and a place for Saneeswara who is standing open. A copper-plated Nandi is inside in the Mantapam looking at the Lord. The Shiva Lingam is a large one. There is a Nandi in the outer Mantapam also. The floor of the entire ancient stone Sanctum Sanctorum has been mindlessly raised and paved with floor tiles. However, the outers and the portions above the floor retain the old elements. As you come out of the sanctum Somaskanda and Vinayaka shrines are there. The outer Prakaram is then completed with a shrine for Bala Vinayaka. A large temple tank seen in the town a little distance away from the temple could probably have connections with the temple.

Holy Water – Temple Tank

Holy Tree – No information


Kailasanadar Villupuram is an ancient temple built by the Cholas (Rajendra Chola). There are several inscriptions all around the Sanctum Sanctorum and the details of these are not available to us as of now. The construction of the temple is said to have been abandoned due to some battle or other incidents. From the carvings of the horses and riders on the large Pillars and other elements, it is clear that Vijayanagar Kings or their allies finished the temple and also installed the Goddess.


No information


Kailasanadar Villupuram is in the center of town, northwest of the railway station.

Stay and Food

Villupuram has several hotels for stay and good food.

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