This temple is in the village of Thiru Nangur and called as Thiru Semponsei Koil.It's about 5 miles (8 kms) away from Seerkazhi. It is one among the eleven divyadesams of Thirunangur Tirupathis.
As per legend, Sri Rama, after killing Ravana came here and stayed with a sage called Thrudanethrar. As Ravana is a brhamin and to overcome the sin of killing a brahmin, Sri Rama made a cow out of gold and donated this to a brahmin as per the sage's advice. The brahmin selling that gold is said to have built this temple, hence known as Sempon sei Koil ( temple made using gold).
An interesting fact is that among the 108 Kshetrams, this is the only divyadesam were the Lord Narayana Himself gave the money to construct his own temple.
As with the other temples in Thiru Nangur, the same legend that says that Vishnu took eleven forms as requeusted by Lord Shiva and have been blessing the devotees.
The Thirumangai Azhwar Mangalasasana Utsavam celebrated annually during the day next of Thai Amavasai (New moon day in mid January) is the major festival called Garuda seva during which the utsavars (festival images) of the eleven Thirunangur Tirupathis are brought on mount designed like Garuda, called Garuda Vahana, to Thirunangur.
MoolavarThe Moolavar of this sthalam is called Sri Perarulaalan. Other names are Hema Rangar for the utsavar, Damodharan and Sem Pon Arangar. The moolavar is in the Nindra Thirukkolam (Standing posture)facing east.
Prathyaksham for Rudhiran (Lord Shiva).
Thayaar in this sthalam is Allimaamalar Naachiyar..
Pushkarani(holy tank) of this place is named as Nithya Pushkarani
Mangalasasanams The temple is revered by the verses of Tirumangai azhwar
Temple Timings It is normally open from 7 am – 10 am and 5pm-7 pm. After the Garuda seva which goes beyond midnight to dawn, the temple may not open on time the next day.
How to reach?
It is situated around 10 kms from Sirkazhi. There are buses from Mayavaram/ Sirkazhi that goes past Thiru Nangur. Direct special buses are available only on special occassions.If you drive your car it is 20 kms from Mayavaram and 10 kms from Sirkazhi. The road leading to this village is narrow and you might miss the turning from the main road if you are not watchful.