Gokilambal Thirukameswar Temple

At a distance 8km from Pondicherry bus stand and 750m from Villianur Railway Station. The temple is popularly temple known as Villianur Temple. This temple was built by Chola king in the 12th century CE. According to the history, the king was suffering from leprosy and worshipped Lord Shiva in this temple and got cured. The King built a town in this place which was earlier a forest of Vilwa (Bel) trees and constructed the temple and named it Vilwanallur which gradually changed to Villianur.

Dedicated to Lord Shiva in the form of Thirukameshwara, the goddess of this temple is known as Gokilambal. The lingam is made of mud so the lingam is covered with brass armor before abhishekas.  The Nandi in this temple is called Prasava Nandi and women pray the bull before their pregnancy delivery, which is a significant feature of the temple. The rays of the Sun fall on the presiding deity in the month of Panguni (March/April).

Two majestic towers, exquisitely designed and sculptured in this temple.  Several beautiful pillars with carved images in the temple. Annual temple car festival is very famous festival celebrated in this temple for ten days in the month of May to June. Devotees offering curd, sandal and buttermilk to the god.  In a 15mtr tall chariot the God is taken out for the procession. Devotees believing that pulling the chariot will be fulfilled their wishes.

Timings: 6AM – 12PM and 4PM – 9PM.

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