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Text by Lalitha Venkat
The ancient Vinayaka temple in Thiruvalanchuzhi (about 8km from Kumbakonam) is noted for its great dimensions and architectural grandeur.

The idol is white in color and hence the name Sweta Vinayaka. According to legend, the Devas did not worship Vinayaka before churning the Ocean of Milk to get nectar, so they got poison instead of nectar. When reminded of their negligence, they made an idol of Vinayaka from the foam of the sea. Hence the white color of the deity.

Believers attach great importance to the white vinayaka with the trunk turned right.
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