Karpaga Vinayagar koil at Pillayarpatti is a historic temple dating back at least 1600 years. The presiding diety is Pillayar or Ganesha. The word Vinayaga means "Incomparable Leader". Here Lord Vinayaga appears with 2 hands rather than the more common form with 4 hands. He is represented in the valampuri form where his trunk is curved rightward. It is believed that devotees worshipping Valamburi Vinayagar seated facing towards north will be blessed with wealth.
The three Lingams Thiruveesar, Marudheeswarar and Senchadeswarar, and the three Goddess Sivagami amman, Vadamalar Mangaiamman and Soundara Nayaga amman all appear together at the same place.
The temple is presently managed by the Nagarathaar Trust. One of the few temples that has an official website.
How to get to Pillayarpatti?
Pillayarpatti is situated between Pudukkottai and Karaikkudi.
Nearest Railhead : Pudukkottai (32 kms by road) and Karaikudi (12 kms by road). Rameswaram Express and Kamban Express from Chennai go to both these railheads.
Nearest Airport : The nearest airports are at Tiruchirappalli (72 kms), Madurai (100 to 108 kms) and Chennai (International, 400 kms).
Note: During Thaipoosam and Sabari malai Festival (November to
Janauary 20) the temple will be open from 06.00 a.m to 08.30 p.m.
Places to Stay
Hotels In Pillayarpatti : The temple trust provides accomodation at Pillayarpatti. They have about 45 cottages including few Airconditioned cottages.
You could reach the trust at firstname.lastname@example.org or at email@example.com
Hotels Near Pillayarpatti : Karaikudi is the closest main town to Pillayarpatti. There are many hotels suiting a variety of budgets. You could get details about these hotels at http://www.karaikudi.com/hotel.htm
Main Utsavams (Festivals) of the Temple
VINAYAGAR CHATURTHI" celebrated every year on Aavani is the important festival of this village. This festival is celebrated for 10 days. Cultural programs are conducted from 6th day onwards.
Silver Muueshika Vahanam
Siver Rishaba Vahanam
Silver Elephant Vahanam upto Kagamugasura Samkaram and then in Golden Bandicoot Vahanam
Silver Peacock Vahanam
Car, Elephant Vahanam
Theerthavari will be celebrated in the morning. During night the Procession of five Lords seated in silver and golden Vahanam will take place.
During Thiruvadhirai, Sivakama Sundari Samedha Natarajaperuman is taken around the streets in procession.
A 10-day festival for kongunachiamman village Goddess is celebrated in the month of vaikashi.
Other temples near Pillayarpatti
Thirumayam (23 kms) on the Pudukkottai - Pillayarpatti Road has ancient Shiva and Vishnu cave temples.
Kunrakudi (10 kms from Karaikudi) has a Shanmuganathan (Lord Muruga) temple that was built around 1000 AD.