About the temple
The place Pillaiyarpatti got its name from the word Pillaiyar which means Ganesha in tamil. The temple is famous for the huge 6 ft idol of Karpaga Vinayagar. Vinayaga means incomparable leader and here the lord is said to satisfy all the wishes of the devotees like karpagam tree. The Lord is hence called Karpaga vinayaga. Karpaga Vinayaga here appears with just two hands and his truck turned towards the right. The temple is among the oldest rock cut temples of Tamilnadu. There are also lot more sannadhis in the temple complex like Durgai, Saraswati, Lakshmi, Marundeeswarar and so on.
How to reach
The temple is close to Karaikudi and Thirupattur on the Thirupattur-Karaikudi state highway. A small diversion on the highway leads one to the huge temple tank. It is also accessible from Madurai and Pudukottai.
By train, the nearest station is Karaikudi at a distance of 13 kms. Trains from Chennai to Rameshwaram stop at Karaikudi Junction.
By air, the nearest airport is Madurai.
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