Brahmapureeswarar, Tirupattur, Tiruchirappalli
Basic information about the temple
|Moolavar:||Brahmapureeswarar||Ambal / Thayar:||Brahmanayaki, Gauri|
|Timing:||7 to 12 & 4 to 8||Parikaram:|
|Temple group:||Vaippu Sthalam||–|
|Sung by:||Temple set:|
|City / town:||Tirupattur||District:||Tiruchirappalli|
|Maps from (click):||Current location||Perambalur (30.8 km)||Tiruchirappalli (35.6 km)|
|Ariyalur (43.5 km)||Thanjavur (61.4 km)|
Tirupattur (not to be confused with the towns with the same name near Vellore and near Karaikudi) is located about 30 km from Trichy, off the NH45, on the west.
Sthala puranam and temple information
Brahma became proud of his role as Creator of life, and began to consider himself as being more powerful than Siva. As a result, his fifth head was cut off by Lord Siva (that in turn is associated with the story of Bhikshatanar, which you can read about here). As penitence, he undertook a pilgrimage where he prayed to Lord Siva at various temples, including this one. He also installed twelve lingams around the temple here. Taking pity on him, Parvati pleaded with Siva on his behalf, and so Brahma was pardoned and also given a separate shrine at this temple. It is believed that Lord Siva gave Brahma the instruction and power to rewrite the fates of devotees who worship at this temple. Devotees first worship Brahma here before worshipping the moolavar.
From the entrance of the temple to the garbhagriham, there are 7 steps, said to represent the 7 days of the week.
The separate shrine for Brahma is in the inner prakaram, with a 6 foot tall idol of Brahma who is always dressed in manjal-kaappu (anointed with turmeric paste). It is considered especially beneficial and auspicious to worship at this temple on Thursday, the day being special to Guru.
There is also a separate Kailasanathar shrine in the temple complex, built by the Pallavas in the style of the Kanchipuram Kailasanathar temple. This shrine has a beautiful Nandi outside it, and is not to be missed.
Other information for your visit
Trichy is the nearest major city, and is served by an international airport. Being in roughly the geographical centre of Tamil Nadu, Trichy is well connected by trains to the rest of the state and with other destinations as well.
There are several accommodation options in Trichy across all budgets.
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