275 Thevara Shivasthalam !! Thiruarathaipperumpazhi/Aridhwaramangalam Thiru Pathaleswarar Temple !!

Jai Sriman Narayana !!
Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!
Thiruarathaipperumpazhi/Aridhwaramangalam / Pancharanya Kshetram is one of the 275 Thevara Shivasthalam of Lord Shiva located in Kumbankonam, Thanjavur District, Tamil Nadu.  In this temple Lord Shiva worshipped in the form of a self-manifested Linga.   The five prominent temples located in the same vicinity of east side of river Cauvery are widely known as Pancharanya Kshetrams  and they are Thirukkarukavur/Mullaivanam, Thiruavanivanallur/Pathirivanam, Thiruaranthai Perumpazhi/Vannivanam,  Thiruirumpunai/Punnaivanam and Thirukkollamputhur/Vilvavanam respectively.  It is believed that Thiru Gnana Sambandhar visited this sacred temples in the same order mentioned above.


Presiding deity – Thiru Pathaleswarar / Pathalavaradar with his consort Goddess Sri Alankaravalli


Mangalasasanam – Thiru Gnana Sambandhar


Theertham – Brahma Theertham


Sthalavruksham – Vanni


Sannidhis – Lord Ganesha, Lord Nandikeshwara, Lord Subramanya with his consorts Goddesses Sri Valli & Deivayanai,  Sage Patanjali & Vyagrapadhar, Kasi Vishwanatha & Visalakshi, Lord Saneeswara, Lord Bhairava, Lord Surya, Lord Chandra, Sambandhar, Sundarar, Lingodbhavar, Sapthamathas, Lord Natarajar & Sivakami,



Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu had an argument about their supremacy. Lord Shiva appeared in the form of a huge Linga to resolve the issue between the two deities. Lord Brahma took the form of a swan and dived into sky and Lord Vishnu turned out a wild boar and plunged into the Earth with an intention to find the beginning and the end of huge Linga. Shortly, Lord Brahma returned with a wrong witness Ketaki ( screwpine) flower and Lord Vishnu came out with his sincere remarks. Lord Shiva cursed the Ketaki flower and lost its presence in all the rituals forever. Later, the most compassionate Lord blessed Ketaki flower that her presence would be permissible only on the day of Mahashivratri rituals.  This is the sacred land where Lord Vishnu dived under the Earth/Patal  Loka to locate the beginning of the massive Linga appeared before them.


This temple remains open from 6.30 AM to 12.00PM in the morning and 4.30 PM to 8.00 PM in the evenings.
Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara !!
Jai Sriman Narayana !!

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