Saturday, October 16, 2021

Pasupatinathar Temple, Tiruppandanainallur

Location of the templeTiruppandanainallur, near Kumbakonam
Lord Shiva known asPasupatinathar
Female deity known asVeyurutoliyammai
PathigamThirunavukarasar, Sambandar
How to reachThis temple is located at about 20 Kms. from Mayiladuthurai. It can also be reached from Kumbakonam. Bus services are available from Kumbakonam and Mayiladurhurai. One can also reach Pandanianallur from Kuththalam which is on the Mayiladuthurai - Kumbakonam route.
Temple addressArulmighu Pasupatinathar Temple
pandanainallur Post
Kumbakonam Taluk
Thanjavur District
PIN 609807
pandanainallur map
Map showing location of Pandanainallur temple from Mayiladuthurai
Map courtesy by: Google Maps

According to the legend, God Shiva once cursed Parvati to become a cow and live on the earth due to indifference shown by her towards him. With her son Murugan as a calf, Parvati worshipped Shiva at this Sthalam and got relieved of the curse. Devendiran, the king of Devaas and Kamadhenu are said to have worshipped the God Shiva here.

The temple with a 7 tier Gopuram (Tower) houses the shrines for Sattanathar, Natarajar and Dakshinamurthy. The female deity's shrine faces north. Inside the temple, there is also a shrine for Adhikesava Perumal. The Navagraha images are kept in a straight line unlike in other temples where they are kept in a 3 x 3 matrix.

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