Karpaga Vinayagar Temple, Pillayarpatti
Karpaga Vinayagar Koil, Pillayarpatti is one of the oldest Rock Cut Cave Temples of Tamilnadu. The town of Pillaiyarpatti is named after 'Pillayar' - the tamil name for Ganesha, and this ancient temple houses rock cut images of Shiva, Lingodbhavar and others as well as several other shrines. Steeped in the tradition of Agamic textsthe temple bears testimony to the vibrant temple culture of the Tamil people, passed down through centuries.
Karpaka Vinayakar or Desi Vinayaka Pillaiyar is the presiding deity here, and he is portrayed with two arms and a trunk curled towards his right in the Valampuri (Dakshinavarti) mode. This 6 feet tall mammoth image of Ganesha is a bas relief in an excavated cave, off of a hill in the precincts of the temple.
As Vinayagar satisfies the wishes of his devotees like Karpagam tree, he is also known as "Karpaga Vinayagar". Here Lord Vinayaga appears with 2 hands unlike in other places where he is seen with 4 hands. Also he is seen seated without Angusapasam, with his legs folded and stomach not touching the Asanam in the form of "Artha Padma" Asanam.
It is believed that by worshipping Valampuri Vinayagar who is seated facing north, devotees are blessed with prosperity.