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Sri Sundararaja Perumal temple
Moolavar: Sundararaja Perumal
  Urchavar: -
  Amman / Thayar: Sri Bhoomi, Neeladevi
  Thala Virutcham: -
  Theertham: -
  Agamam / Pooja : -
  Old year: 500-1000 years old
  Historical Name: -
  City: Vempathur
  District: Sivaganga
  State: Tamil Nadu
  Vaikunda Ekadasi in December-January is the important festival in the temple.  
 Temple's Speciality:
  Perumal appears majestically tall.  
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 Sundararaja Perumal Temple, Sivaganga, Sivaganga district.  
  +91- 4575- 236 284, 236 337 97903 25083 
 General Information:

Lord 2008 Vinayaka graces the devotees from a shrine at the border of the place.  There are shrines for Lords Lakshmi Narayana, Lakshmi Narasimha, Lakshmi Hayagriva and Lakshmi Bhuvaraha.  It is noteworthy that all four Lords grace together.  It is said that worshipping the Lords together brings in freedom from financial problems, good education and poetic skills.  There are also shrines for Vinayaka, Karuppannasami, Garuda Baghwan, Sri Anjaneya, and the ten avatars-murthys of Sundararaja Perumal with His consorts Sridevi and Bhoodevi.


Perumal of the temple belong to a very ancient age.  Praying to this Perumal ensures high academic achievements and poetic skill to the devotees, it is strongly believed. Devotees pray here before admitting children to general schools, Vedic schools and colleges for higher education.  They also pray for job opportunities commensurate with their education.

Thanks giving:
  Realizing their wishes, devotees perform Tirumanjanam to Perumal and Mother offering vastras. 
 Greatness Of Temple:

The idol of Perumal is made before the advent of sculpture arts and used stone only as instruments.  Lord welcomes the devotees with His left hand and blesses by the right.  Though Perumal is said to be the Lord of Wealth, He is Lord of both wealth and wisdom.  There are epigraphic evidences showing that Kavichakravarthi Kamban and Poet Kalamega worshipped this Perumal.  It is also note worthy that renowned Sangam poets had dedicated their verses to Perumal – Vembathur Kumaranar the 157th verse in Agananooru and the 317th verse in Purananooru, Vembathur Kannan Koothanar the 362nd verse in Kurunthogai are in worship of Perumal.


Inspired poet Kaviraja Pandit worshipped this Perumal and rendered the Tamil version of Ananda Lahari and Soundarya Lahari of Bagwan Sri Adi Sankara.  With the blessings of Perumal, he had also authored Manamadurai Ananda Nayaki Malai, Gnana Ula on Mela Kodumanur Lord Muruga.  Honouring his poetic Mastery, Mother Meenakshi served the Pandit as his daughter when he visited Kasi.  He belongs to 11th Century.  Devotees may note that Vembathur Perumal blesses them with such mastery in poetry with such honour that Meenakshi Herself offers Her services to them.

  Temple History:

There was severe drought in Pandya kingdom during the rule of Kulasekara Pandian due to failure of monsoon.  His wife was the daughter of Chola king.  Finding that Chola region was too fertile and green, he asked his chola father-in-law the secret of his country’s prosperity and sought his advice to make his kingdom rich.  Chola king suggested that he should bring 2008 Brahmins from Kasi and perform a yajna for rains and restoration of prosperity. Pandya followed the advice.  2008 Brahmins were brought from Kasi and the Yajna was conducted as per rules.  Rains poured in and the country recovered from the drought.  When Pandya offered lands to the Brahmins in their own name and presented the pattas, the last Brahmin Ganapathy by name was found absent.  The king was sad.  After a short while, Lord Vinayaka Himself appeared there in the guise of the Brahmin and accepted the patta.  That piece of land is Vembattur.  It is believed that this 2008 Ganapathy is teaching Vedas from his shrine on the bank of a tank here.  Majority of the people in the place are well educated and are scholars in Vedas and medical science.

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