Karpaga Vinayagar Temple, Pillayarpatti

Karpaga Vinayagar Pillayarpatti

How old is Pillayarpatti?

Karpaga Vinayagar Temple, Pillayarpatti is a 7th-century cave temple in the Sivagangai district of Tamil Nadu. 


Why is Pillayarpatti famous?

Pillayarpatti is famous for its Karpaga Vinayagar Temple. It is a cave temple of the seventh century with a six-foot Vinayagar carved out of rock inside the cave. In addition to Vinayagra, there is also a rock-cut Shiva Lingam and another bas-relief of Ardhanarishvara which is also considered as that of Harihara. 


What is special about Pillayarpatti Vinayagar?

  • Usually, Vinayagar has four hands; in Pillayarpatti, he has two hands.
  • Usually, Vinayagar holds his Modaka patra in his right hand; here, he holds it in his left hand.
  • Usually, Vinayagar’s right tusk is broken; here, his left tusk is broken.
  • In Pillayarpatti, Vinayagar’s trunk is turned towards the right. 


What are the benefits of worshiping Karpaga Vinayagar?

Karpaga Vinayagar is famous for showering wealth upon his devotees. Pillayarpatti is the ancestral temple of Nattukotai Chettiars, one of the most affluent business communities. 


Pillayarpatti Vinayagar temple Timings

  • Darshan: Morning - 6.00 am to 1.00 pm. Evening - 4.00 pm to 8.30 pm.
  • Thiruvandal Abhishekam: 6.00 am to 6.30 am. 
  • Kaalasanthi Abhishekam: 8.30am to 9.30 am. 
  • Uchaikalam Abhishekam: 11.30 am to 12.00 noon.
  • Malaisanthi: 5.00 pm to 6.30 pm.
  • Iravusanthi: 7.45 pm to 8.30 pm. 


Which Railway station is nearby Pillayarpatti?

The Railway station nearest to Pillayarpatti is Karaikudi. It is at a distance of  15 km from Pillayarpatti.


Which Airport is nearby Pillayarpatti?

Madurai Airport which is at a distance of 70 km.


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What devotees say

  • Temple maintenance - really neat and good. The priests here treat the devotees nicely.
  • Parking space - excellent.
  • Lodging facilities - Devasthana rooms are available for a minimum of rent. The rooms are simple and good.
  • Lord Karpagamoorthi did a lot of changes in my personal attitude also I learned so many things from Pillayarpatti.
  • There is no access to the back side of the idol since it is carved out of the mountain. You can not do pradakshinam.
  • Your prayers are answered. 
  • A divine place that people visit with a lot of faith.
  • Feel so blessed and peaceful by going there.
  • An awesome experience. Watching the deity being bathed and adorned. The whole process makes you feel at peace in a trance.
  • The 6 feet rock-cut idol of Vinayagar is truly magnificent.
  • Great peaceful place to visit, with a nice positive vibe inside the sanctum. Peaceful temple, with a minimal crowd on weekdays.


Avataras of Vinayagar

Just like Perumal’s ten avataras, Vinayagar also has eight famous eight avataras.

Vakratunda -  Vinayagar took this avatara to destroy an asura called Matsarasura. His vehicle during this avatara was a lion.

Ekadanta - He took this avatara to destroy Madasura. His vehicle in this avatara was mooshaka.

Mahodara - This avatara was taken to destroy Mohasura, again the vehicle is mooshaka.

Gajanana - Vinayagar took this avatara to destroy Lomasura, vahana is mooshaka.

Lambodara - This avatara was taken to destroy Krodhasura and his vehicle was mooshaka.

Vikata - Vinayagar destroyed Kamasura in this avatara. His vehicle was a peacock.

Vighnaraja - The purpose of this avatara was to destroy Mamatasura; the vehicle was Adishesha.

Dhumravarna - Abhimanasura was destroyed when he took avatara as Dhumravarna, again the vehicle in this avatara was a mooshaka.


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Who built Pillayarpatti temple?

Pillayarpatti Temple was built by Narasimha Varma of the Pandya dynasty in the year 650 CE.

What is Pillayarpatti temple’s connection with Nattukottai Chettiars?

It is one among the nine ancestral temples of Nattukottai Chettiars.


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