275 Thevara Shivasthalam !!Thirukazhippalai Sri Palvannanathar Temple !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!

Jai Shiv Shankar !!

Thirukazhipalai is one of the 275 Thevara Shivasthalam located 13 km southeast of Chidambaram on the river banks of Kollidam.  Later, this temple was completely immersed in the flood water and the idols of presiding deity Sri Palvannanathar and Goddess Sri Vedanayagi moved into Thirunelvoyal.  Sri Palvannanathar is worshipped in the form of a self-manifested Linga alongside with Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati on their wedding attire. 

Presiding deity – Sri Palvannanathar with his consort Goddess Sri Vedanayagi

Mangalasasanam – Appar, Sundarar and Sambandhar sung praising the glories of Sri Palvannanathar and Saint Arunagirinathar sung praising the glories of Lord Muruga in this temple.

Sthala Vruksham – Vilvam

Prathyaksham to – Sage Agasthya

Worshipped by – Sage Valmiki

Festivals – Thaipoosam, Karthikai, Purattasi Navaratri, Aippasi Annabhishekam, Thiruvadhirai Arudra Darisanam, Pournami, Ganesha Chathurthi

Sannidhi – Lord Ganesha, Lord Bhairava, Lord Subramanya with his consorts Sri Valli and Sri Deivayanai, Lord Nandhikeshwara with his consort, Goddess Gajalakshmi, Lord Vishnu, Lord Brahma, Agoramurthi, Kiratha Murthy, Goddess Durga, Nayanmars, Goddess Bhuvaneshwari, Lord Nataraja with his consort Goddess Sivakami.

In this temple Lord Bhairava can be seen without his celestial vehicle dog, skull garlands, serpent on waist and protruding teeth.   Worship of Lord Bhairava in this temple provides equivalent merit of worship of Lord Vishnwanatha in Varanasi.

The legend has that Sage Kapila arrived in this sacred land on his mission of visiting temples of Lord Shiva.  He found this place was abundant of Vilva trees; the surroundings were most pleasing and serene.  Amazingly, the sand deposited in this sacred land was white in color.   Sage Kapila constructed a Linga out of the white sand and started to worship here.  One day the King who was ruled the city while travelling on horse back ran over the Linga placed and got split.  Sage Kapila was disappointed and began to construct a new one to replace the broken Linga.   Soon, Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati appeared before him and instructed Sage Kapila to consecrate the same old Linga as it was worshipped by the divine cow Kamadhenu with her milk.  In this temple daily rituals and worships are carried to this Linga.

It is believed that whoever worships Lord Palvannanathar and Goddess Vedanayaki and consume the milk used for the sacred bath of Linga would get cured of their illnesses and childless couple would be blessed with virtuous offspring. 

This temple remains open from 6.00AM to 11.00AM in the morning and 5.00PM to 7.15PM in the evenings.

Jai Shiv Shankar !!
Jai Sriman Narayana !!

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