Pillayarpatti Karpaga Vinayagar Temple - Karaikudi

Located in the beautiful town of Sivagangai in Tamil Nadu, Karpaga Vinayagar Temple is a must-visit for anyone seeking spiritual solace. Dedicated to Lord Ganesha, the remover of obstacles and the god of wisdom, this ancient temple is steeped in history and culture. The main deity of the temple is a majestic statue of Ganesha, made of black stone and more than 10 feet tall which house in a rock cut cave shrine. The idol is surrounded by other deities like Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvati. Karpaga Vinayagar Temple is famous for its colorful festivals and celebrations which includes the birthday of Lord Ganesha (Vinayaka Chaturthi) also has other important festivals like Pongal, Navratri and Maha Shivaratri. Along with spiritual significance, this temple also has significant ambience as it is surrounded by lush green trees and has a peaceful and serene environment which is a perfect place for meditation and contemplation.

History of Karpaga Vinayagar Temple

Pillayarpatti Karpaga Vinayakar Temple in Sivagangai was built by the Pandyan king Maravarman Sundara Pandyan I in the 13th century. The temple's modern form saw the completion of many additions and renovations 1,600 years ago.

Speciality of Karpaga Vinayagar Temple

The special feature of the Karpaga Vinayagar temple is the unique idol of Ganesha, which is believed to be installed by the saint Adi Shankaracharya. The temple is famous for its architectural beauty and rock-cut idol of the god that is carved out of a single stone.

Temple timings – 6.00 AM – 1.00 AM, 4 PM – 8.15 PM

Dress code

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

How to reach Karpaga Vinayagar Temple Pillayarpatti, Sivagangai?

By Air – Madurai airport is the nearest to reach Karpaga Vinayagar Temple covering 85 km.

By Train – Sivagangai railway station is the nearest junction to reach Karpaga Vinayagar Temple covering 43 km. Madurai railway station is also the best option to reach the temple covering 80 km.

By Road - All road ways in Tamil Nadu are well- connected to reach Nagapattinam through 383B, NH87,


1. In which district is Pillayarpatti located?

Pillayarpatti is located in Sivagangai district.

2. Is Pilayarpatti temple too much crowded?

It is mostly crowded during Ganesh Chaturthi but the incharges make an excellent crowd management

3. Are parking facilities there in Pillayarpatti temple?

Yes there are good Parking facilities in Pillayarpatti Temple.

4. Is there any sightseeing places near Pillayarpatti temple?

There’s an authentic heritage palace known as Chettiyar Palace located 18 km away from Pillayarpatti temple

5. What is the name of Lord Ganesh in Pillayarpatti temple?

Marudeeswarar is the name of Lord Ganesh in Pillayarpatti temple