A view inside the temple premises at Sri Arulmaakadal Perumal Temple (Sthalasayana Perumal Temple)
A view inside the temple premises at Sri Arulmaakadal Perumal Temple (Sthalasayana Perumal Temple)

Sri Arulmaakadal Perumal Temple, also called as ‘Sthalasayana Perumal Temple’, one of 108 Divya Desam temples is located at Sirupuliyur, Nagapattinam district of Tamilnadu, dedicated to Lord Vishnu and this place named as ‘Thiru Sirupuliyur’. This temple is also known as ‘Sirupuliyur Permual Temple’. Sri Arulmaakadal Perumal Temple is built in a Dravidian style of architecture and has a four-tiered Rajagopuram (temple tower). Sri Arulmaakadal Perumal Temple is surrounded with granite walls and presently under the administration of Hindu Religious and Endowment Board of the Government of Tamil Nadu.

The mythology was that Lord Shiva is said to have asked the sage Vyaghrapada to perform penance at Srirangam pleasing Lord Vishnu to give him a boon to get a place in the holy abode of Vaikunta. On his journey to Srirangam, the sage Patanjali also joined sage Vyaghrapada. And due to their poor eyesight they lost their way to Srirangam and reached Tirusirupuliyur (Krupa Samudram) instead. They requested Lord Vishnu to come to Srirangam and bless them.

And it is said that Lord Vishnu gave Dharshan to them at Tirusirupuliyur as Ranganatha (the form who is at Srirangam). And because of their poor eye sight they could not able to see the huge image of Lord Vishnu clearly. And hence it is believed that Lord Vishnu appeared in the form of Bala Sayanam, smaller form in a sleeping posture and blessed them. The saint was said to be in the form of tiger and since Lord Vishnu gave Dharshan in the form of Bala Sayanam (smaller form), hence this place is called as Sirupuliyur.


The presiding deity of this Arulmaakadal Perumal Temple is Lord Sthalasayana Perumal (Lord Vishnu) and the Goddess is Thirumaamagal Naachiyar (Goddess Lakshmi), the consort of Lord Sthalasayana Perumal. The presiding deity is seen here in Sayana kolam (sleeping posture) facing towards the south. Only in two of the Divya Desam temples, Lord Vishnu is seen in sleeping posture. The other temple where Lord Vishnu is seen in Sayana kolam is Srirangam Ranganathaswamy temple.

The festival deity of this temple is Lord Kruba Samudra Perumal and Goddess Dhaya Naayagi, the consort of Lord Kruba Samudra Perumal. It is said that Garuda, the vehicle of Lord Vishnu does not fly over this temple. The idol of the sage Vyaghrapada is also found in this temple. Sri Arulmaakadal Perumal Temple is glorified in Nalayira Divya Prabandham, the Vaishnava canon and hymns were sung by the saint Thirumangai Azhwar. The Pushkarani (temple tank) of Sri Arulmaakadal Perumal Temple is called as Manasa Pushkarani.

Pooja Timings

  • Ushathkalam Pooja – 7:00 a.m.
  • Uchikalam Pooja – 12:00 p.m.
  • Sayarakshai Pooja – 6:00 p.m.
  • Ardha Jamam Pooja – 7:30 p.m.


  • Brahmotsavam festival – May or June
  • Masi Shukla – February or March
  • Margazhi Vaikunda Ekadasi – December or January
  • Rama Navami – March or April
  • Krishna Jayanthi – August or September
By Road

Nagapattinam is connected by two national highways, NH 45A to Villupuram and NH 67 to Coimbatore and Gundlupete in Karnataka state. And it is connected with Chennai, Coimbatore, Tiruchirapalli, Karaikal and other major towns of Tamil Nadu. The State Express Transport Corporation operates long distance buses connecting Nagapattinam to Bangalore, Thiruvananthapuram and Marthandam.

By Train

Nagapattinam railway junction connects Thiruvarur in the west, Nagore in the north, Velankanni in the south and Karaikal in the east and for every major cities. There is a daily express train to Chennai via Mayiladuthurai and Ernakulam via Coimbatore.

By Air

The nearest Airport is Tiruchirapalli Airport, located 145 km (90 mi) away from the town.

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