Monday Jun 17, 2024

Thiruvetriyur Sri Valmeekanatha Samentha BagampiriyalAmman Temple- Sivagangai


Thiruvetriyur Sri Valmeekanatha Samentha BagampiriyalAmman Temple- Thiruvetriyur & Post, Thiruvadanai Taluk, Sivagangai District, TamilNadu – 623 407.


Sri Valmeekanatha Amman: Bagampiriyal


Thiru vetriyur is a small village in Ramanathapuram district of Tamil Nadu. The God presiding over the temple here is Lord Shiva with the name Valmeekanathar and Goddess Parvathi is called Avirbaktha Nayagi and also called as Bagam Piriyal. The Temple is believed to be 1000 years old. It is one of the shrines of the Vaippu Sthalams sung by Tamil Saivite Nayanar Sambandar and Sundarar In the Prakaram shrines of Vinayaka, Subramania, Bairava, Sanisvara and Navagraha are found.

Puranic Significance

Emperor Mahabali was noted for his valour and generosity. He was loved by his subjects. This made him proud of his political status. He began to show no respect for Gods and Devas. Maharshi Naradha met Lord Shiva at Mount Kailash and wished his action against Mahabali. Lord said that once when a lamp in his temple was about to extinguish, Mahabali, in the form of a rat moved the wick properly and made the lamp burn continuously. Lord rewarded Mahabali with the rule of 56 kingdoms. As such, it would be unjust to destroy Mabali in his present birth, said Lord Shiva to Naradha. Naradha went to Lord Vishnu to punish Mahabali for his arrogant character. Lord went to Mahabali as a Vamana – dwarf – sought 3 feet land, measured the worlds in two footsteps and demanded the third. Unhesitatingly, Mahabali offered his head for the third. He was pressed into Padala Loka – world below the earth. Mother Dharma – Dharma Devatha – lost her illustrious son and reached Lord Shiva. As Mahabali was unjustly punished, Lord Shiva cursed Lord Vishnu with cancer on the foot that pressed Mahabali’s head. When Vishnu sought for relief, Lord Shiva told Him to bathe in 18 holy theerthas, worship Lord Aadhi Rathneswarar in Thrivadanai, bathe in the Vasuki spring in Tiruvettriyur south of Thiruvadanai and worship the Linga embracing Him for total cure. Lord Shiva also called Mother Ganga and asked her to pacify Darmadevatha. Lord Vishnu came to Tiruvettriyur. His cancer disappeared. Lord Shiva in the temple is praised as Pazham Puttru Nathar and Ambica who never parts with the Lord is praised as Baagam Piriyal – one who never parts with Lord.


Mother Baagam Piriyal is respected as the mother of all people of the place. They consider their assets belonging to Mother. While writing the will to daughters, they use to write it as if from Mother to daughter. Those suffering from cancer, pray to Mother for total cure consuming the theertham Prasad offered in the temple. Devotees perform abishek and archanas to Mother and offer vastras

Special Features

The faith of people in the mercy of Mother Baagam Piriyal is such that they are certain about the end of their sorrows totally replaced with a bright future. She is believed to be the final medical destination for cure from cancer. She is all alluring to her devotees. The experience of the devotees is that Mother rewrites their bad stories to good.


Navarathri in September-October and Fridays of Aadi month (July-August) and Fridays of Thai month (January-February) are the festivals celebrated in the temple.


1000 Years old

Managed By

Hindu Religious & Charitable Endowments Department (HRCE)

Nearest Bus Station


Nearest Railway Station

Sivagangai Station

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