Karpaka Vinayakar Temple is a famous rock cut temple of Lord Ganesha located at Pillaiyarpatti in Sivaganga district of Tamil Nadu, India. Also known as Pillaiyarpatti Pillaiyar Temple, the shrine enshrines a 6 feet tall bas-relief carved out of an excavated cave. The idol of Lord Ganesh is enshrined in Valampuri posture facing north, the direction of Lord Kubera. It is believed that worshiping Valampuri Ganapati (trunk curled towards his right) is very beneficial for attaining wealth and prosperity.
The temple has a Lord Shiva shrine where Mahadev is worshiped as Arjunapureeswarar. Lord Ganapati is locally known here as Desi Vinayaka Pillaiyar. Here Ganesha idol is seen with two hands only in meditation posture with Shiva Lingam at his right hand. Hence Ganesha is also called Yoga Vinayagar. It is believed that Kubera, the God of Wealth, has worshiped Pillayar at this place. The sculpture of Pasupatheeswarar – a cow worshipping Lord Shiva linga by offering its milk – is another special feature of the temple.
Morning – 6 AM to 1 PM
Evening – 4 PM to 8.30 PM
One of the tallest idols of Lord Ganesha
Karpaka Vinayakar idol in Valampuri posture facing north
One of the ancient rock cut temples in India, around 1600 year old
Important Days and Festivals
Sankatahara Chaturthi aND Shukla Chaturthi of all months are considered auspicious days to worship Ganesha. Vinayaka Chaturthi Festival is the major festival celebrated for 10 days in the Tamil month of Aavani (August – September). On the 9th day of Ganesh Chaturthi, car festival and Santhana Kappu (sandal covering of Ganesha idol) takes place.
The temple trust maintains around 47 cottages for pilgrims. Devotees can book cottages by contacting the trust over phone.
Karpaka Vinayakar Temple is around 72 km from Madurai and 12 km from Karaikudi on the Thirupathoor – Madurai road. Frequent bus services are available from Madurai to Pilliarpatti via Tirupputtur.
Train – Nearest stations are Karaikudi Junction Railway Station and Pudukkottai Railway Station
Flight – Tiruchirapalli Airport and Madurai Airport
Contact Phone Numbers – 04577-264240, 04577-264241, 04577-264182, 04577-264797