Abodes of lord Shiva

74. Arulmigu Soundaryanayaki sameda Pushpavananathar Temple - Thirupoonthuruthi

Moolavar   Pushpavanathar, Adipuranar, Poyyiliar
Thayar   Soundaryanayaki, Azhagalamarndha Nayaki
Theertham   Surya Theertham, Kasyapa Theertham
Pose & Direction  
Sthala Vruksham   Vilwa Tree
Paadiyavar   Thirunavukarasar, Sambandar
Travel Base   Thiruvaiyaru
Nearest Railway Station   Thanjavur



Mela Thiruppoonthruthi village is 3 km from Kandiyur and at a distance of less than 2 Kms. from Tiruvaalampozhil on the Thanjavur-Tirukattupalli-Kallanai route. The temple is situated on the southern bank of Kudamurutti River.Buses are available from Kandiyur (Kandiyur is 3 Km from Thiruvaiyaru). It is located 3 Km from Kandiyur on the way to Tirukattupalli. The place is called as Mela Poondthuruthi.



Indra and Kasyapar, Vishnu and Lakshmi are said to have worshipped Shiva here. Thirunavukarasar is said to have spent a good part of his life here. He is said to have composed several Patikams here, and is also said to have borne Sambandar in a palanquin. The Nandi is said to have moved, to allow Shiva to look at the sight of Appar and Sambandar arriving together at the shrine. Appar's Patikams Angamaalai was composed here. Indira, king of Devas in the celestial world, worshipped Lord Aiyarappar, took the Cauvery further east and made places fertile. On this run, Kandiyur was the first on the way, and then came Poondthuruthi with river sand. There was banyan tree on the western side at a higher level. This place was soft as flower (poo in Tamil), the place came to be known as Poondthuruthi. This is mentioned in Thevaram hymns. Places between rivers are called Thuruthi. There is also such a Thuruthi called Kuthalam in the eastern side. It is a popular story that Indira was cursed by Rishi Gautama to have 1000 ugly signs on his body for his immoral desires. While he was passing through many Shiva shrines for remedy from the curse, he came here, worshipped Lord Shiva with flowers and got the total relief. As Indira worshipped the Lord with fragrant flowers, the place was so named, according to another story. It is in this sacred place Thirunavukarasar bore on his shoulders the palanquin of Gnanasambandar. Also he established a mutt here. Saint Thirunavukarasar did his services called Uzhavarathondu here. He was holding a tool in his hand called Uzhavaram with which he was removing the thorny bushes on the way to Shiva temples to make the path comfortable for the devotees to walk safely. When Saint Gnanasambandar was hesitant to step on the soil serviced by Thirunavukarasar, Lord Shiva asked his Nandhi to move away to give darshan to him, according to the Sthalapuranam.



Thiruppoonthruthi is also known as Tiruppanturutti. This temple is located in between the rivers Kaveri and Kudamurutti and is considered to be the 11th in the series of Tevara Stalams in the Chola kingdom located south of the river Kaveri. This is the 128th Devaram paadal Petra Shiva Sthalam and 11th Sthalam on the north of river Cauvery in Chozha Nadu. Thirunavukarasar has sung hymns in praise of Lord Shiva of this temple. According to scriptures, Cauvery was born from the Kamandalam water (pot carried by rishis) of Sage Agasthya when a crow put it upside down. It flowed eastward through Sendalai, Andili, Vellambiyur, Arcot, Kandiyur, Tiruchotruthurai, Tirupazhanam, Tiruvaiyaru, Tiruneithanam and up to Sathanur and became stagnant as a sea. Places in between as Karuppur, Konerirajapuram, Nadukaveri, Tiruvalampozhil, and Tirupoonturuthi were submerged. Dakshinamurthy is portrayed with a veena, 'Veena Dhara Dakshinamurthy'. The image above is that of the stucco image of Dakshinamurthy from the vimanam at the Tirumagaral Shivasthalam in Thondainadu. Moorthys of Thirunavukarasar, Sundarar with his two wives Paravai Nachiyar and Sangiliyar, Saptha maathakkal are in the prakaram. All Nava grahas are facing Suryan. Paintings of Tirunavukkarasar’s biography are depicted on the walls of outer prakaram. Separate Sannadhi for Durgambigai, Kashi Viswanathar. Shiva Lingams of associated temples in the outer prakaram and it is believed that to worship the Shiva Lingams here equivalent to worshiping Shiva Lingams without going there.

Arulmigu Soundaryanayaki sameda Pushpavananathar Temple
Thirupoonthuruthi , Thanjavur - 613103
Phone: 4365 - 322290, 9486576529
Temple Timings : 6.30 am to 11.30 am, 4.30pm to 8.30 pm