Basic information about the temple
|Moolavar:||Sukshma Pureeswarar||Ambal / Thayar:||MangaLanayaki|
|Timing:||6 to 12 & 4 to 8||Parikaram:|
|Temple group:||Paadal Petra Sthalam (Kaveri Then Karai)||–|
|Sung by:||Temple set:|
|City / town:||Cherugudi||District:||Tiruvarur|
|Maps from (click):||Current location||Mayiladuthurai (19 km)||Tiruvarur (27 km)|
|Kumbakonam (27 km)||Nagapattinam (45 km)|
Cherugudi is located between Mayiladuthurai and Tiruvarur, to the west of Kollumangudi.
Sthala puranam and temple information
Located south of the Kaveri river, Cherugudi or Sirukudi is surrounded by various temples including several Paadal Petra Sthalams. This temple and village are connected with the Kolaru Pathigam, in which Sambandar states that no negative or evil forces – be they planets, stars, diseases, evil people, demons and ghosts, wild animals, various afflictions, etc – can harm him because Lord Siva is with him. Considered spiritually, this is a call to all devotees to not fear any evil or negative force, as long as they have faith in the Lord. Associated with the Kolaru Pathigam, Sambandar is also found seated along with the Navagraham.
Once Lord Siva and Parvati were playing chokkattan and Parvati was winning. Lord Siva suddenly disappeared and could not be located. Upset, the Goddess went in search of Siva all over the universe and finally came over to this place which was a vilva forest. Struck by the serenity and beauty of this place, she made a Lingam out of the river sand (saikata Lingam) and started praying to the Lord. Suddenly Lord Siva appeared and told her that he was only enacting a prank, as she was winning. The Lord’s advise to all is that for a blissful married life the husband should always yield to his wife! As this secret, or sukshmam (in Tamil and Sanskrit) was revealed by Lord Siva, he is called Sukshmapureeswarar. Also, Siva and Parvati are called Mangalanathar and Mangalambikai, with reference to the auspiciousness and bliss associated with married life. As a result, this temple is popular as a parikara sthalam for reunion of estranged couples.
Lord Siva in Lingam form here is considered a santosha Lingam.
This temple is an angaraka parihara sthalam as angarakan (Mars) was relieved from his curse here.
In the prakaram, both Saneeswaran and Suryan are seen side by side, which is a rarity.
This temple is clearly a Chola temple, and the presence of specific koshta devatas suggests it may be an early Chola period temple.
Other information for your visit
Seshapureeswarar temple at Tirupampuram is very close (about 1.5km) from this temple.