Ancient Ganesh Temple


Karpaga Vinayagar Temple – An ancient Ganesh temple at Pillayarpatti , TamilNadu.

Karpaka Vinayakar Temple is loacted at pillaiyar patti, Thiruppatthur, Tamil Nadu. This is one of the ancient rock-cut shrine dedicated to lord Ganesh. According to Agama texts found on stones of the temple, it might be build between 1091 to 1238. However there are different inscriptions which date further back to 4th century AD, so there is no exact date when this temple was build as we find different aspects like vimanams, rajagopurams,
inscriptions etc. stating diffent time period. Pillaiyar is the Tamil name of lord Ganesh (lord of wisdom).

Lord Vinayagar is portrayed with his trunk curled towards right and with two arms unlike 4 arms, overall 6 feet image. As this is stone cut and is located in cave, there is no provision of doing pradikshana (circumambulation) Whole idol is coated with gold, it is only when holy bath is performed one can see original form.

Pillayarpatti Karpaga Vinayagar Temple
Sivagangai District, Koothadipatti, Pillayarpatti, Tamil Nadu 630207