Magnificent Pillayarpatti Vinayakar Paintings

We have a few masterpiece collections of Pillayarpatti Vinayakar on our website for you. But how many of you know that the Pillaiyarpatti is a small town situated about 12km from Karaikudi in Chettinad, on the Karaikudi – Madurai road? The Pillaiyarpatti Karpaga Vinayagar temple is a highly popular rock – cut temple raised by the early Pandya rulers on a hillock. The famous 2-handed Karpaga Vinayagar, which measures 6ft., is carved out of a single stone. The stone carving also bears its sculptor’s name Ekkattur Koon Peruparanan which is on display even today in the shrine. The signature is in the form of an ancient Tamil script that was active between 2nd and 5th century AD. Therefore, the belief that the temple must be at least 1600 years old is rife among the locals, with the statue of Karpaga Vinayagar said to be carved around the 4th century.


The fourteen stone inscriptions in the Pillayarpatti Vinayakar temple, made between 400 AD and 1238 AD, brings to light that the place was known as Ekkattoor, Maruthangudi, Thiruveenkaikkudi, and Rajanarayanapuram before it got the present name of Pillaiyarpatti.

Vinayak or Vinayagar, the God of Victor, is the principal deity here and people here fondly call him as ‘Karpaga Vinayagar’. Lord Ganesh here is also known as Valamburi Vinayagar when its trunk curls towards his right side. Hindus believe that Vinayak is all-powerful who can make his devotees’ vows come true, like the mythical Karpagam tree. Karpaga Vinayagar, as Lord Ganesh is popularly known here, is usually placed facing north. Hindus commonly believe that if they worship Valamburi Vinayagar seated facing north they will be endowed with abundant wealth. That is why this temple is frequented by people who are reeling under a financial crunch.

Also, people pray to Goddess Karthiyayini here whom women believe can relieve them from the ill effects of mangal dosham or sevvai dosham and guarantee wedlock. Other deities of the temple include Nagalingam (who blesses childless couples with children); Pasupatheeswarar (who proffers wealth and fame to the believers) and the God of wealth, Kubera.