275 Thevara Shivasthalam !! Thirupathiripuliyur Sri Pataleeswarar Temple !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!

Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!

Thirupathiripuliyur/Panchapuliyur Kshetram is one of the 275 Thevara Shivasthalam of Lord Shiva located in Cuddalore District, Tamil Nadu.  In this temple Lord Shiva worshipped in the form of self-manifested Linga.

Presiding deity – Thiru Pataleeswarar/Kanni Vananathan/Thondrarthunainathan with his consort Goddess Sri  Periyanayaki/Thogaiambikai/Bruhanayaki

Mangalasasanam – Thirunavukkarasar, Sambandhar

Saint Arunagirinathar sung praising the glories of Lord Subramanya in this temple

Thirupathiripuliyur was ruled by the King Mahendra Varman of Pallava Dynasty was a follower of Jainism.  Due to the wrong influence of Jains, King Mahendra Varman ordered to take life of Thirunavukkarasar.    He was tied into a rock and thrust into deep Ocean.  Thirunavukkarasar passionately sung praising the glories of Lord ‘Katrunai Pooti Or Kadalil Paichinum Natrunaiavathu Namachivayamey’, amazingly the rock started to float on the water and safely dropped him on the shoreline.    The entire villagers who were witnessing the remarkable incident were praised Thirunavukkarasar and his devotion to Lord.  In this way, Appar reinstated the glories Shaiva Siddhantha and the belief in Lord Shiva on this sacred land.

Theertham – Shivakara Theertham, Palodai, Kedila and Thenpennai River,

Sthalavruksham - Adhi Pathiri

Worshipped by – Sage Aastya, Sage Vyagrapadha

Significance – Sage Vyagrapadha attained Salvation on this sacred land

Festivals – Vaikasi Vishakam, Masi Makam, Car Festival,  Adi Pooram, Karthikai, Arudra Darisanam, Maha Shivaratri, Pournami,

Sannidhis – Lord Ganesha, Lord Nandikeshwara, Lord Subramanya with his consorts Goddesses Sri Valli & Deivayanai , Goddess Gajalakshmi, Lord Chandra , Thirunavukkarasar,  63 Nayanmars, Vyagra Lingam, Agastya Lingam, Goddess Meenakshi & Sundareswarar, Goshtamurtham-Goddess Durga (the place where Goddess Parvati underwent penance – Arumthava Nayaki)

The legend has that Lord Shiva with his consort Goddess Sri Parvati was occupied in dice game at Mount Kailash, every time Goddess Sri Parvati won over the Lord.   Most irritatingly Lord Shiva declared himself as the winner of the game.  At this moment, Goddess Sri Parvati playfully closed the eyes of Lord with both the hands.  As a result, the entire Universe doomed into darkness and all the activities were frozen.  Goddess Sri Parvati repented at her act and requested Lord for forgiveness.    Lord Shiva pacified Goddess Sri Parvati,   instructed her to worship Lord in all the sacred lands and was sent down to Earth.  The kindhearted Lord also advised that her left shoulder and left eye would flutter as a positive sign   during her worship of Lord in a particular place on the Earth and that would be the place where the divine couple unites once again.  Goddess Sri Parvati visited many sacred lands on the Earth and finally arrived at the dense forest of Pathiri.  She experienced the positive symptoms as per   the divine instruction of Lord and settled on this sacred land.   Goddess Parvati underwent severe austerities and worshipped Lord in her formless nature (Aroopa - without any particular form).   Lord Shiva was pleased at the devotion of Goddess Sri Parvati and gracefully accepted her. 

This temple remains open from 6.00AM to 11.00AM in the morning and 5.00PM to 7.00PM in the evenings.

Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!

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