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Sirkazhi - Of Religion, Faith And Temples


Sirkazhi, located 10 km off the shore of the Bay of Bengal in Nagapattinam district of Tamil Nadu, is a renowned religious site for many Hindu pilgrims. Sirkazhi is a peaceful South Indian town, which has a historic past, and is now a modern-day, developing site focusing on its tourism and economy while upholding the beliefs and rituals of a traditional South Indian village.

According legends and mythological stories, it is in this village that Lord Brahma had prayed to Lord Shiva (hence, the name Brahmapureeswarar), who has rescued 64 arts during a devastating flood which was about to take over the entire planet.

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It is for this reason that Lord Shiva is worshipped in this village in his various forms and has temples all over, dedicated to each of the forms. Since Lord Shiva used a raft or a boat for the rescue, Sirkazhi is also called Toniappar or Tonipuram; "toni" meaning "boat" in Tamil. Sirkazhi is an important pilgrim spot which is visited by thousands of devotees not only from the state of Tamil Nadu but also from the across the country. January sees the colourful celebrations of Makara Pongal, which lasts up to 3 days.

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Being a town with numerous temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, Sirkazhi sees the largest number of pilgrims visiting it in the month of February, to offer their prayers to the lord on Maha Shivaratri. During Deepavali in October/November, the town lights up with the most joyous spirit of celebrations.

How To Reach Sirkazhi

The place enjoys reasonably good connectivity.

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How to Reach Sirkazhi

  • By Road
    The place is well-connected by road. There are various buses available to reach Sirkazhi. Both state and private buses ply between Sirkazhi and other cities of Tamil Nadu.
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  • By Train
    Sirkazhi has a railway station and the major railhead is about 20 km away at Mayavaram which is connected to major cities like Chennai, Rameshwaram, Vilupuram and Coimbatore. From the railway station, one can either hire a taxi or an auto rickshaw. There are private as well as government bus services available.
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  • By Air
    The nearest airport to Sirkazhi is about 125 km away in Trichi or Tiruchirapalli which is a domestic airport. The closest International airport is the Chennai International airport which is about 235 km away. From the airport, one can hire a private taxi or hope into a bus to reach Sirkazhi.
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