Soundarya Raja Perumal Temple – Nagapattinam

Soundarya Raja Perumal Temple

Soundarya Raja Perumal Temple is a famous Hindu temple located in Nagapattinam. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is considered one of the 108 Divya Desams, the sacred places of Lord Vishnu mentioned in the writings of the 12 ancient Tamil poets Alvars. The architectural style and religious significance of the temple make it an important pilgrimage site for devotees of Lord Vishnu. It consists of towering gopuram (ornate entrance tower) and detailed sculptures make this a beautiful place to visit. The beautiful building of the temple is very pleasing to the eyes and offers a glimpse into the beautiful architecture of the past. The main deity is depicted in a standing representation, holding a disk (chakra) and a conch (Shankar) in his right hand, while performing abhaya mudra (sign indicating protection) and varada mudra (expression of bestowing boon) with his right hand. This idol is adorned with attractive jewels and garlands during festivals and ceremonies.

History of Soundarya Raja Perumal Temple

The history of the Soundarya Raja Perumal temple dates back centuries. According to legend, this temple was built by the Pandya kings in the eighth century. It is believed that King Varaguna Pandiyan built this magnificent temple in memory of Lord Vishnu, who is worshiped here in the form of Soundarya Raja Perumal.

Speciality of Soundarya Raja Perumal Temple

The Speciality of Soundarya Raja Perumal Temple is its history. This temple is believed to have existed in all four Yugas (Ages) this belief is based on the idea that holy places and temples are eternal and transcend the boundaries of time and space. In this context, it is believed that this temple has existed since the beginning of time and will continue to exist forever.

Temple timings – 7.00 AM – 12.00 PM, 4 .00 PM – 8.00 PM

Dress code

It is suggested to wear traditional dress like saree, kurti for women and dhotis, shirt for men.

How to reach Soundarya Raja Perumal Temple?

By Air – Trichy airport is the nearest to reach Soundarya Raja Perumal Temple covering 146 km.

By Train – Nagapattinam railway station is the nearest junction to reach Soundarya Raja Perumal Temple. Mayiladuthurai railway station is also the best option to reach Soundarya Raja Perumal Temple at the earliest as possible covering 60 km.

By Road - All road ways in Tamil Nadu are well- connected to reach Nagapattinam through NH 83, 45, and 32.


1. Who is the other main deity in Soundarya Raja Perumal Temple?

The other main deity in Soundarya Raja Perumal Temple is Soundaravalli.

2. What is the first Dhivya Desam in Tamil Nadu?

The first Dhivya Desam temple in Tamil Nadu is the Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple.

3. In which book is Soundarya Raja Perumal Temple Mentioned?

Soundarya Raja Perumal Temple Mentioned in the collection of Tamil Verses called Divya Prabandham

4. Is there beach near Soundarya Raja Perumal Temple?

Yes, Nagapattinam beach is located 4 km away from Soundarya Raja Perumal Temple.

5. Is Soundarya Raja Perumal Temple famous for Margazhi festival?

Yes, Soundarya Raja Perumal Temple is famous for Margazhi festival