'Thirumana Thiruthalangal', is a book written by Ms.Meera Nagarajan, the Managing Director and CEO of the company. The published chapters from the book narrate the importance on worshipping at various temples that are known to bless for an early marriage to a bride or groom.

Pushparadeswara temple – Gnayiru

Pushparadeswara temple – Gnayiru

The Chola king was surprised at the sight of a shiny lotus among the many lotuses in the tank. When he tried to pluck that flower, the flower moved away from him! And, it kept moving away from him as he continued his efforts! Frustrated, the king cut the flower with his sword. Blood splashed out of flower and the king lost his vision when he looked at the blood. The king, realizing his mistake prayed to Lord Siva and the Lord answered his prayer. The king got back his power of vision. The king installed the lingam in the lotus on the bank of the tank and built a temple also there for Lord Siva. The sthala where this incident took place is Gnayiru. The deity of the temple is called Pushparadeswara.

History of the temple

Sanjana Devi, the wife of Sun God is the daughter of Viswakarma. Though she was happy with her husband, at one stage she felt that she couldn't bear his heat any longer. So she left him after leaving her duplicate in her place whom she created from her own shadow. When Sun God realized the truth, he prayed to Lord Siva to unite him again with his wife. The Sun God came to Gnayiru and saw the divine tank, blessed by the Lord. Many of the lotuses in the tank had petals exceeding thousand in number. The Lord revealed His presence in one of the lotuses to the Sun God and blessed him with a happy life with his wife. The lingam, which the Sun God worshipped, was left behind in the lotus itself. Later, it was brought out by the Chola king who built the temple. As the lingam was found in a 'Pushpam' (flower), the deity was named Pushparadeswara. The Lord is portrayed along with His consort Sornambika. The place got the name Gnayiru, another name for Sun God, because the Sun God worshipped the Lord here.

Pushparadeswara temple – Gnayiru


As we enter, the majestic five-tier Rajagopuram welcomes us. On entering, we see the sannidhi of Goddess Sornambika, located to the right of the sanctum. As a chakra has been established before the sannidhi, special prayers and pujas are done. A statue of Sun God has been installed at the mandap before the sanctum and it is believed that the Sun God is still continuing his worship of the Lord here. On the sacred body of the 'moolavar' Pushparadeswara, we see a scar. A special feature at this temple is that during the first seven days of the Tamil month of Chithirai, the rays of the sun fall on the 'moolavar'. Devotees believe that this is an indication that the Sun God is paying obeisance to the Lord.

There's no sannidhi for the Navagrahas at this temple. Nagalinga tree is the sthalavritcha. The temple tank is situated at the backside. The Vinayaka here is called Pallava Vinayaka. It is believed that by praying to Him, we can get rid of unwanted desires in life. Those suffering from long-term diseases and eye problems get relief by worshipping the Sun God here, the devotees say. The estranged couples are reunited if they perform archana to the Sun God and offer wheat preparations as nivedhana.

Pushparadeswara temple – Gnayiru

Sangili Nachiya

The sthala has the glory of being the place where Sangili Nachiya, the wife of Sundara, a close friend of Lord Siva was born. The temple has a separate sannidhi for Nachiya also. When Nachiya was staying in Thiruvotriyur and rendering worship services to Lord Siva, she met Sundara. Both liked each other and wanted to marry. Lord Siva appeared under a tree here and conducted their marriage, the Thiruvotriyur sthalapurana and Sundarar's biography say.


The sthala is situated at 10 km distance from Senkundram (Red Hills) in Chennai. Buses ply from Paris Corner to Gnayiru through Madhavaram & Sengundram route.

The temple is open from 7.30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 4.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.

You all can go and pray to Pushparadeswara for relief from diseases and problems and for blessings for a life of prosperity.