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Swarnapureeswarar, Alagaputhur, Thanjavur

Basic information about the temple

Moolavar:SwarnapureeswararAmbal / Thayar:Soundara Nayaki
Deity:SivaHistorical name:Tiruarisirkaraipputthur

Age (years):

Timing: to & to Parikaram:

Temple group:Paadal Petra Sthalam (Kaveri Then Karai)
Sung by:

Sambandar, Appar, Sundarar

Temple set:



City / town:AlagaputhurDistrict:Thanjavur
Maps from (click): Current location Kumbakonam (6.4 km)Tiruvarur (33.8 km)

Mayiladuthurai (35.4 km)Thanjavur (44.7 km)


Alagaputhur is located 7km southeast of Kumbakonam, on the way to Nachiyar Koil.

Sthala puranam and temple information

Muchukunda Chakravarti was building the Thyagaraja Temple at Tiruvarur, and had deputed his minister to arrange for stones and lime for the purpose. Kandadeva was a staunch devotee and would not eat without undertaking Siva puja. One day it had become dark and he could not get a Lingam for prayers. He slept on the side of the road without eating. Later Lord Siva appeared in his dream and told to look for a Lingam near the Vanni tree where Kandadeva was resting, and undertook the pooja. Kandadeva was overwhelmed looking at the Lingam and started building a temple. He used to take one stone and one spoonful of lime from each cart going to Tiruvarur.

On completion of the temple he invited the King to the temple to pray. The King was upset that the temple had been built without his knowledge and asked Kandadeva to pay for the building materials and the merit he had earned. Kandadeva regretted his inability to do this, which angered the King who ordered Kandadeva’s head to be severed.

When his head was being cut, Kandadeva shouted Andavane (Lord) and fell down.  Lord Siva appeared and brought Kandadeva back to life. The Lord also advised that a King and his Minister should be like husband and wife and rule in harmony.

Praying at this temple is said to help get rid of financial problems as well as women’s health concerns.

Other information for your visit

Kumbakonam is a temple town, and there are a number of temples in and around Kumbakonam. Please visit the pages on Kumbakonam, Near: Kumbakonam, and Near 25: Kumbakonam, for more information on these.

Kumbakonam and its outskirts have several accommodation options for all budgets, including some resorts.



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