68_big, Karuppariyalur Kutram Porutha Naathar Temple, Nagapattinam
68_big, Karuppariyalur Kutram Porutha Naathar Temple, Nagapattinam

Karuppariyalur Kutram Porutha Naathar Temple, Nagapattinam

Date built:
Deity:Karuppariyalur Kutram Porutha Naathar
Architectural style:Dravidian architecture
Major festivals
Address:Arulmigu Kutram Porutha Naathar Tirukkovil,
Thalaignaayiru – 614 712; (Thiruk karuppariyalur)
Nagapattinam District
Phone+91- 4364 – 258 833

Karuppariyalur Kutram Porutha Naathar temple is a Hindu temple located at Thalaignaayiru in Nagapattinam district of Tamilnadu, India. The historical name of is Karuppariyalur or Karmanaasapuram. The presiding deity is Shiva. He is called as Kutram Porutha Naathar (Aparaathakshameswarar). His consort is Kolvalai Naayaki.

It is one of the shrines of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalams – Shiva Sthalams glorified in the early medieval Tevaram poems by Tamil Saivite Nayanars Tirugnanasambandar and Sundarar. This is the 27th place of the holy places situated in the northern banks of river Kaveri, celebrated by Thevaram. This temple is located about 8 kms from Vaitheeswaran koil. The other names for this sthalam are Thiru Karuppariyalur, Melaikkazhi and Kallar kottai.

Temple Opening Time

The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m. and again from 5.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.


On the Thirukarthigai and Thiruvathirai days, the Lord goes on procession. All festivals related to Lord Siva are celebrated in a grand manner.


Those with no issues, persons whose babies die in infancy due to curse, devotees who pray for male issues or female issues worship the deity of this holy place. When the prayers are fulfilled, the devotees perform pooja to Lord Dakshinamurthi of this place.


Legend / Local stories

Story behind the name Kutram Porutha Naathar:

Meganaathan was the son of Ravana.  Since he won Lord Indra in the war, he was known as ‘Indrajit’. Once, Indrajit was flying in his Pushpaka vimanam across the sky. Suddenly the flight of the vimanam was impeded. When he looked down he understood that he was flying over Siva’s temple and so this impediment had happened to him. Indrajit was sad and he worshipped the deity of this place after taking bath in the sacred theertham.

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He also tried to shift this wonderful Lingam to Lankapuri. But he could not and fell unconscious in the process. Ravana came to know about this incident. He surrendered to the Lord’s feet, pleaded to him to pardon his son and bestow blessings on him. The kind Lord did so. Hence, the deity of this sacred place is called ‘Kutram Porutha Naathar’.

Another version of the story behind the name Kutram Porutha Naathar:

According to the legend, Indiran, the king of Devas, is said to have attacked Shiva with his Vajrayutham and Shiva is said to have forgiven him for his hasty act of aggression. Hence Lord Shiva is known here as Aparadha Kshameswarar in Sanskrit and is referred as Kutram Porutha Nathar in Tamil.

King Vichitraangan blessed with Children by praying here:

King Vichitraangan with his wife Suseelai came to this place and worshipped to beget issues. He was blessed with a child and the happy King erected this beautiful temple – so says history.

Surya worshipped Shiva here:

Since Sun god worshipped in this place, this place came to be known as ‘Thalaignaayiru’.

Brahma informed Vasishta about the importance of this Temple:

Lord Brahma informed the sage Vasishta that all the good deeds performed in this holy place would multiply tenfold. The legend states that sage Vasishta installed a Lingam here, worshipped it and blessed with highest wisdom.

72 maharishis attained ‘Mukthi’ here:

72 maharishis have attained ‘Mukthi’ or liberation after worshipping the deity here.


Those who come and worship here will not be in the mother’s womb in the next janma are the belief.  That is, they will not be born again. The traditional belief is that they will reach the feet of Lord Siva.  Hence, this holy place is called ‘Karuppariyalur’.

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Relief of Hanuman’s dosham or curse:  

Lord Rama, in order to be relieved off the dosham of killing Ravana during the war, wanted to perform Siva pooja. He asked Hanuman to bring a Sivalingam in a few hours time. Hanuman accepted the command and went towards the northern side. Since he did not return within the stipulated time, Lord Rama created a Lingam in the sand, installed it and worshipped. Where Lord Rama performed pooja to Lord Siva became ‘Rameswaram’.

Hanuman was sad to know that the Lingam was installed before he returned. And he also pulled that Lingam by binding it with his tail, but could not do so. Because of his action, Hanuman was penalized. Lord Rama advised him that if he performed tapasya to Lord Siva, he would get rid of the penalty.

Accordingly, Hanuman did tapasya and Lord Siva appeared before him and said: “Hanuman! You go to Kanmapuram also called Thalaignaayiru and worship. You will be relieved of this curse.” Thus the Lord graced him. Hanuman, as directed by the Lord, came to Thalaignaayiru, worshipped the deity and got free of his curse. Surprised at the immense benevolence of Lord Siva, he installed a Lingam in his own name at the North-eastern part of this sacred place and began worshipping it. Now, this place is known as ‘Thirukkurakkaa’.

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How to Reach:

This temple is located at about 10 Kms from another Paadal Petra Shivasthalam Vaitheeswaran Kovil. It is better to engage an auto from Vaitheeswaran Kovil to visit this temple as it is situated away from the main bus route. Thalaignaayiru is on the Manalmedu route. Nearest Railway Station is located at Mayiladuthurai and Nearest Airport is located at Trichy.

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Contact Details

Arulmigu Kutram Porutha Naathar Tirukkovil,
Thalaignaayiru – 614 712; (Thiruk karuppariyalur)
Nagapattinam District
Phone: +91- 4364 – 258 833

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