Keezhperumpallam Kethu Temple

Temple History:

The temple has been in existence from time immemorial. The presiding deity is a self-manifested one . The temple has been built by the Cholas and the renovations and expansions have been done during the reigns of different rulers over the centuries. Lord Shiva is worshipped as the presiding deity here based on the Saivaite philosophy that Lord Shiva is pervading everywhere and Lord Kethu is worshipped primarily.

When there was a contest between the Celestial Gods Devas and the Demon Kings Asuras, Lord Shiva ordered the serpent Vasuki to be used for taking the Nectar out of the Ocean of Milk. After few hours, Vasuki became very tired and it emitted the poison. In order to prevent the poison from mixing into the Ocean, Lord Shiva engulfed the poison. Vasuki pleaded to Lord Shiva to forgive her mistake and He granted the boon and agreed to reside at Keezhaperumpallam,blessing His devotees with the name Naganatha Swamy. So is the sacred temple very popular among the devotees across the country.

Greatness of Temple:

This temple is one of the Navagraha Temples where Lord Kethu is worshipped. Kethu is the symbol of knowledge and wisdom. Devotees throng this temple throughout the year to worship Lord Kethu. They offer multi colored clothes and cereals and pray to the God to protect them from the planetary transitions.

Temple Specialty:

In this temple, Lord Kethu is present in the form of Human body and serpent head. He will always make his devotees flourish once he transits into their zodiac sign. Though Lord Shiva is present here as the presiding deity, Lord Kethu is worshipped first and then only the devotees visit the sanctum to get blessings from Lord Naganathaswamy and His consort Soundharyanayagi.


Transit day of Lord Kethu from one Zodiac sign to the other which happens every two and a half years is celebrated in a pomp manner with lakhs of devotees worshipping Him to protect them from any ill effects. Mahasivaratri, Ippasi Annabhishekham and Vaasuki Utsavam in Panguni are the major festivals celebrated in this temple besides the regular poojas and rituals. Car festivals are celebrated only during the transition of Kethu from one sign to the otherand the deity is taken in procession around the temple and streets.

How To Reach Keezhaperumpallam:

By Road

Keezhaperumpallam is at a distance of 22km from Mayiladuthurai and Sirkazhi.

By Rail

The nearest railway station is at Mayiladuthurai. You can prefer to travel by road from either Tanjore  or Mayiladuthirai

By Air

The nearest airport is at Trichy. From there, you can reach the temple in less than Four hours.

Best time to visit:

All through the year

Nearby Tourist Attractions:

Temples in Chidhambaram, Mayilduthurai, Sirkazhi


Related Places

Padmanabhapuram Palace

Arjunas Penance

Rock Fort Temple

Tanjavur Palace

Subramaniyaswamy Temple

Palani - Sri dhandayuthapani swamy temple

Tiruchendur Temple

Vinayagar chathurthi

Pazhamudhir Solai

Tiruttani Temple

Swamimalai Temple

Madapuram Kali Temple

Kulasekarapattinam Temple

Veerapandi Gowmariamman Temple

Vandiyur Mariamman Temple

Janakai Mari Amman Temple

Woraiyur Vekkali Amman Temple

Samayapuram Mariamman Temple

Kottai Mariamman Temple

Shri Agnipureeshwar Temple

Sri Agneeswarar Temple

Shri Brahammagnana Pureeswarar

Shri Brahmapureeswarar

Kaartha Sundareshwarar Temple

Shri Piravi Marundeeswarar

Shree Edaganathar Temple

Inmayil Nanmai Tharuvar Temple

Shri Varadharaja Perumal

Ratha Vallabha Perumal

Shri Adi Narayana Perumal

Shri Pandava Thoothar Perumal

Narasingam Perumal Temple

Tirupur City Tourist Places

Salem City Tourist Places

Madurai City Tourist Places

Kanyakumari City Tourist Places

Kanchipuram City Tourist Places

Dharmapuri City Tourist Places

Cuddalore City Tourist Places

Coimbatore City Tourist Places

Chennai City Tourist Places

Chidambaram Natyanjali Festival

Mamallapuram Dance Festival


Chithirai or Alagar Festival

Maha Shivaratri


Gangaikonda Cholapuram

Thai poosam

Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple


St. Mary’s church

Parthasarathy Temple

Kalakshetra Foundation

Chennai Museum

Kapaleeswarar Temple

Valluvar Kottam

Arignar Anna Zoological Park

Madurai Meenakshi Temple

Nachiyar Koil

Dakshinachitra Museum

Chidhambaram Natarajar Temple

Ramanatha Swamy Temple - Rameshwaram

Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal - Madurai


Thiruvannamalai Arunachaleshwar temple

Pongal Festival in Tamilnadu

Uthirakosamangai Temple

Kodaikanal tourist place

Thiruvenkadu Budhan temple

Suriyanar Koil

Chandra Baghwan Koil

Angarahan Temple (Mars – Sevvai)

Doddabetta Peak

Government Botanical Gardens

Nilgiri Mountain Railway

Ooty Lake & Boat Club

Government Rose Garden

Avalanche Lake

Emerald Lake

St. Stephen's Church

Pykara Falls

Kodai Lake in Kodaikanal

Green Valley View

Mukurthi National Park

Thunder World

Tiger Hill

Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary

Pillars Rocks

Thalaiyar Falls

Guna Cave

Berijam Lake

Silent Valley View

Silver Cascade Falls

Devil's Kitchen

Coakers walk

Kurunji Temple

Brayant Park

Alangudi Guru Baghawan Temple

Kanjanur Sukran Temple (Venus)

Keezhperumpallam Kethu Temple

Thirunallar Saturn Temple

Thirunageshwaram Raghu Temple

Chennai City Travel Guide

Ekambareshwarar Temple

Rameshwaram City Tourist Places

Ooty City Tourist Places

Vellore City Tourist Places

Tiruvanamalai City Tourist Places

Isha Yoga Center