275 Thevara Shivasthalam !! Thirusemponpalli / Semponnar Kovil Thiru Swarnapureeswarar Temple !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!
Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!


Thirusemponpalli/Semponnar Kovil / Lakshmipuri / Indrapuri / Kandhapuri / Madakkovil is one of the 275 Thevara Shivasthalam of Lord Shiva located in Tharangampadi, Nagapattinam District, Tamil Nadu.  This is one of the prominent temples of Lord Shiva built by the King Ko-Chengan Chozha of Chozha dynasty.  In this temple, Lord Shiva worshipped in the form of a self-manifested Linga.


Presiding deity – Sri Swarnapureeswarar with his consort Goddess Sri Maruvar Kuzhaliammai/Sugandhavana Nayaki


Mangalasasanam – Thirunavukkarasar , Thiru Gnana Sambandhar


Sthalavruksham – Vilvam, Vanni


Theertham –Surya Theertham , Indra Theertham, Cauvery,


Sannidhis – Lord Ganesha, Lord Subramanya with his consorts Goddess Sri Valli & Deivayanai, Lord Nandikeshwara, Nalvar, Sri Srinivasa Perumal, Navagrahas, Indra Linga, Surya Lingam, Bikashadaneswara, Sapthakanyakas, Viswanathar & Visalakshy, Vana Durga, Balasubramaya, Goddess Sri Gajalakshmi, Jyeshta Devi, Veerabhadra, Surya, Bhairavar, Goshtamurtham – Lord Ganesha, Ardhanareeswar, Goddess Durga, Lord Dakshinamurthi,


Festivals - Maha Shivaratri, Masi Makam, Thiru Karthikai, Navaratri, Panguni Uthiram, Arudara Darisanam, Aippasi Annabhishekam, Chithirai, Amavasya, Vaikasi Visakam,


Worshipped by – Goddess Sri Mahalakshmi, Lord Indra, Lord Subramanya, Lord Vishnu, Sage Agasya, Lord Brahma, Rathi Devi, Naga Kanyakas, Sage Vasishta, Ashtadikpalakas, Cauvery,


Goddess Sri Mahalakshmi worshipped Lord Shiva and attained blessings to wed Lord Vishnu.

Lord Indra worshipped Lord Shiva and underwent severe austerities to eradicate the sin for attending the Yagna conducted by Dakshaprajapathi, attain Vajrayudham to behead the demon Vruthasura

Lord Subramanya worshipped his father and undergone austerities to vanquish the demon Daruka.

Sage Agastya worshipped Lord Shiva and attained eternal wisdom (Sakala Purushartha)

Lord Brahma worshipped Lord Shiva and attained the responsibility of Creation.

Rathi Devi worshipped Lord Shiva and attained Lord Kamadeva as her husband.

Nagakanyakas worshipped Lord Shiva and attained virtuous companions.


The legend has that Dakshaprajapathi conducted a grand Yagna without welcoming Lord Shiva and daughter Dakshayani/Goddess Sri Sati. All the deities and Sages were invited with due honor and respect except Lord Shiva. Dakshaprajapati approached Lord Vishnu and Goddess Sri Mahalakshmi at Sri Vaikundham and requested their presence for the Yagna. Lord Vishnu & Goddess Sri Mahalakshmi describes the significance of Trinities and discourages Dakshaprajapathi from his very intention to offend Lord Shiva. But, Dakshaprajapathi subtly persuade Lord and reminded the boon he had obtained from Lord Vishnu, subsequently his promise to protect the fire sacrifices of Dakshaprajapathi.




Goddess Sati was deeply hurt at the unpleasant act of her father Dakshaprajapathi and requested Lord Shiva to accompany her to witness the Yagna. Lord Shiva reveals his unwillingness to take part in the Yagna with proper justifications and revealed his intention not to create any intolerable incidents by paying visit to his father. Lord Shiva narrates to Goddess Sati about the principal role of worshipper for the performance of Yagna. The performance of fire sacrifice requires utmost faith, devotion and tranquility of mind to serve its purpose. Subsequently Goddess Sati had a heated argument with Lord and left Mount Kailash with Nandikeshwara heavy heartedly. She arrived at the Yagna arena, she was not received with any honor or respect; instead she was totally ignored and humiliated by Dakshaprajapathi. Finally, Goddess Sati in a mounted rage sacrificed her life in the fire of Yagna.




Lord Shiva furiously instigated a vicious form Lord Veerabhadra after visualizing the disastrous end of Goddess Sri Sati. Lord Veerabhadra arrived on the Yagna arena with an unruly frenzy and beheaded Dakashaprajapathi. All the deities and sages eulogized the glories of Lord and brought Lord Veerabhadra in a composed state. Subsequently, Dakshaprajapathi got his life back and his head was replaced with the head of a goat. Soon, Dakshaprajapathi turned out a passionate devotee of Lord Shiva and worshipped on many sacred lands on Earth. This illustrious incident was taken place at Thiruppariyalur/Parasallur.



Dakshayani/Goddess Sri Sati was lamented at her birth as the daughter of Dakshaprajapathi who was disregarded Lord Shiva and committed severe sin.   Goddess Sri Sati underwent strict penance on this sacred land, standing in the middle of Panchagni praying to Lord Shiva for the eradication of the sin committed.   Lord was pleased at the devotion of Dakshayani and relieved her from the curse; eventually she had attained equal status with the Lord.


This temple remains open from 6.30 AM  to 11.30 AM in the morning and 4.30 PM to 8.00 PM in the evenings,

Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!
Jai Sriman Narayana !!

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