Karpaga Vinayagar Temple, Pillayarpatti is a 7th-century cave temple in the Sivagangai district of Tamil Nadu.
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.
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.
The Railway station nearest to Pillayarpatti is Karaikudi. It is at a distance of 15 km from Pillayarpatti.
Madurai Airport which is at a distance of 70 km.
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.
Pillayarpatti Temple was built by Narasimha Varma of the Pandya dynasty in the year 650 CE.
It is one among the nine ancestral temples of Nattukottai Chettiars.
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