Agasteeswarar, Kuzhaiyur, Nagapattinam

Basic information about the temple

Moolavar:AgasteeswararAmbal / Thayar:Abhirami
Deity:SivaHistorical name:

Age (years):

Timing:10 to 10.30 & 5 to 6.30Parikaram:

Temple group:Vaippu Sthalam
Sung by:

Temple set:



City / town:KuzhaiyurDistrict:Nagapattinam
Maps from (click): Current location Mayiladuthurai (10 km)Kumbakonam (30 km)

Tiruvarur (35 km)Nagapattinam (50 km)


Sthala puranam and temple information

This Tevaram Vaippu Sthalam finds mention in one of the Tiruthandagams of Appar.

The sthala puranam of this temple is connected with Sage Agastyar and the demons Vatapi and Ilvala. The two demons had a penchant for killing brahmins and sages, in a unique way. Vatapi would take the form of a goat and Ilvala would cook it for the brahmins. Once they had eaten, Ilvala would call out to Vatapi, who would then come out, tearing the stomachs of those who had feasted, effectively killing them. When they tried this with Agastyar, before Ilvala could call out to Vatapi, the sage, said a mantra which digested the food. Ilvala, upset with the outcome, tried to charge the sage, but was also put to death for his efforts.

After vanquishing them, the stain of killing stuck to Agastyar, who wanted to get rid of the sin. So he worshipped Siva as Vedapureeswarar at Therazhundur, and came here as well. Since he worshipped Siva here, the Lord is named Agasteeswarar. Since the sage’s actions in killing the demons was for a good cause, he was blessed by Siva and Parvati, and they again showed him their kalyana kolam here.

Today, the temple presents a rather pitiable sight, effectively as a single room, inside which are housed shrines for Agasteeswarar facing east, and Abhirami Amman facing south. The temple has no gopuram. In the prakaram are shrines for Vinayakar, Murugan, Kasi Viswanathar and Visalakshi, and Bhairavar. The nearby Varadaraja Perumal temple serves as the Perumal shrine of this temple.

Other information for your visit

The priest of this temple also looks after the Krupakupeswarar temple at nearby Kuthangudi.


Pattappa Gurukkal: 9943185352, 9442933795

Please do leave a comment

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s