275 Thevara Shivasthalam !! Thirupennagadam Sri Sudarkozhutheeshwarar Temple !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!

Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!

Thirupennagadam is one of the 275 Thevara Shivasthalam of Lord Shiva located located on the river banks of Vennar in Kadaloor District, Tamil Nadu.

Presiding deity – Sri Sudarkozhutheeswarar/Pralayakaleswarar with his consort Goddess Sri Amodhambal/ Pralayakaleswarar

Mangalasasanam – Appar, Thiru Gnana Sambandhar

Thirunavukkkarasar worshipped Lord Sudarkozhtheeswarar in this sacred land.  He solemnly prayed to Lord, regretting the life he had spent in the beliefs of Jainism and exposed his desire not to live with the impure body.  He sorrowfully prayed to Lord and revealed his yearning to live with the symbols of Lord Shiva on his body.  He authoritatively sang praising the glories Lord.   Soon, Appar could visualize the divine symbols on his shoulders and remained  in a total bliss.

Sthalavruksham – Sembakam

Worshipped by – Maidens of Indra Loka, Gajendra, Kamdhenu, Lord Indra

The King of Choza dynasty arrived on this sacred land to worship Lord Sudarkozhuntheeswarar .  Unfortunately the river was overflowing with torrential downpour; the King was deeply distressed at the thought of leaving this place without worshipping Lord.  He earnestly prayed to Lord, the most compassionate Lord Sudarkozhuntheeswarar raised his seat from the ground level, thus the Choza King had the dharshan of Lord from the river bank itself.

Theertham – Kayilai Theertham, Parvati Theertham, Indra Theertham, Mukkulam, Velaru.

Sannidhis – Lord Ganesha, Lord Nandikeshwara, Lord Subramanya with his consorts Goddess Sri Valli & Deivayanai, Sapthamathas, Lord Nataraja with his consort Goddess Sivakami.

The legend has that Lord Indra instructed maidens of Indra Loka   to come down to Earth to collect flowers for his Shiva Pooja.  They came down to Earth and admired the tranquility of this place.    They resided here, underwent severe austerities and immersed in the worship of Lord Shiva.  Lord Indra was surprised to find the delay in return of maidens of Indra Loka,  so  he assigned this duty to Kamadhenu.  The same was repeated by Kamadhenu.  So Lord Indra sent his celestial Vehicle Gajendra, needless to say that Gajendra also found this place fascinating and absorbed in the worship of Lord Shiva.  Finally, Lord Indra arrived on this land and got attracted to the serenity of this place and followed others in  worshipping Lord Sudarkozhutheeswarar.

Another legend has that the whole Universe was submerged in deluge, surprisingly this sacred land remained unaffected.  All the deities approached Lord Shiva to save the living beings on Earth, agreed to accommodate them on this land.  Lord Shiva instructed Nandikeshwara to protect this land from any  further destruction.  Instantly, Lord Nandikeshwara changed his seating position opposite to Lord and protected this land from deluge.  Thus, the presiding has got his name ‘Pralayakaleswarar’ in this temple.

This temple remains open from 6.00AM to 11.30AM in the morning and 4.00PM to 8.00PM in the evenings.

Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!

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