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Sri Swarnapureeswarar temple
Moolavar: Swarnapureeswarar
  Urchavar: Somaskandar
  Amman / Thayar: Suguntha Kundalambikai
  Thala Virutcham: Vanni, Vilwam
  Theertham: Surya Theertham
  Agamam / Pooja : Karana Agama
  Old year: 1000-2000 years old
  Historical Name: Lakshmipuri, Indirapuri
  City: Semponnarkoil
  District: Nagapattinam
  State: Tamil Nadu
  Lord of the temple is praised by Saints Tirugnana Sambandar and Tirunavukkarasar in their Thevaram hymns.   Says Gnanasambandar, “No miseries would peep in to the life of those worshipping my Lord gracing from Semponpalli with Mother on His left and holding in His hand the Mazhu (axe) and His long hair glittering as golden thread.      This is the 42nd Shiva temple on the southern bank of Cauvery praised in Thevaram hymns.  
  The rays of Sun fall on the presiding deity for 12 days in Chithirai (April-May) in the morning hours when special pujas are performed in the temple. On the ninth day a car festival is celebrated called Soura Mahotsav.  
 Temple's Speciality:
  The rays of Sun fall on the presiding deity for 12 days in Chithirai (April-May) in the morning hours when special pujas are performed in the temple. On the ninth day a car festival is celebrated called Soura Mahotsav. Shivalinga in the temple is on a 16 petal lotus designed Avudayar-the peeta. Lord is a swayambumurthy. Rays of Sun fall on the Lord in Chithirai month from 7 to 18.  
Opening Time:
 The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and from 5.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. 
  Sri Semponnarkoil Swarnapureeswarar Temple, Somponpalli – 609309, Nagapattinam district.  
  +91-99437 97974 
 General Information:

It is noteworthy that Sri Mahalakshmi performed penance on Lord Shiva of this temple to have the hands of Vishnu as Her Lord.   Hence, the place has the name Lakshmipuri.  It is also called Indirapuri as Indira worshipped Lord Shiva here to get the weapon Vajrayutha to kill demon Vruddhasura.  The third name of the place is Kandapuri as Lord Muruga worshipped Lord Shiva to destroy demon Tharakasura.


The devotee is at liberty to appeal to Lord for any boon he/she needs.  Those practicing Yoga pray here.

Thanks giving:
  It depends on the devotees’ limitations. Generally devotees offer vastras. 
 Greatness Of Temple:

A story goes that when Lord Shiva refused to receive Mother Parvathi back after visiting Her father’s Yajna against His advice, Lord Muruga came to the Mother in the form of Shiva and imparted good advices in this place.  Based on this story, Lord Muruga appears in the temple with an Akshamala.  Shiva appeared in this place only as Veerabadra.  Rathi worshipped Lord Shiva here to get back her husband Manmatha.  Lord Vishnu too had worshipped Lord Shiva here.


Mother Sugantha Kundalambica is praised by many names -Pushpalaki, Dakshayani, Suganthalaki, Suganthavana Nayaki and Maruvar Kuzhali.  It is advised that a dip on the new moon day in Chithirai and Vaikasi Tamil months – April-May and May-June, the devotee can wash off all his/her sins.

  Temple History:

Daksha, son of Brahmma gave his daughter Dakshayani to Lord Shiva in marriage.  Yet he intentionally failed to invite Lord Shiva for a yajna he performed.  Mother Dakshayani wanted to correct Her father by visiting the yajna.  But clouded by arrogance and pride, Daksha humiliated his own daughter and Her Lord.  Furious Dakshayani cursed her father that his yajna would not go on.  She also begged Her Lord to destroy the yajna.  Lord Shiva created Veerabadra, Badrakali and others to destroy the yajna along with Daksha.  Dakshayani to wash off Her sin as the daughter of a Shiva opponent performed penance here sitting around five types Agni-fire.  Lord, pleased with Her penance named Her Sugantha Kundalambikai and took Her to bless devotees along with Him in the temple.

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