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Sri Pralayakaleswarar temple

Moolavar : Pralayakaleswarar ? Sudar Kozhundu Nathar
Urchavar : NA
Amman / Thayar : Azhagia Kadhali, Amodnambal Kadanthai Nayak
Thala Virutcham : Shenbagam
Theertham : Kayilai Theertham, Indira theertham Mukkulam, Vellaru
Agamam / Pooja : NA
Old year : 1000-2000 years old
Historical Name : Pannagadam
City : Pennadam
District : Cuddalore
State : Tamil Nadu


   The temple is praised in the hymns of Saint Tirunavukkarasar ? It is in this temple the saint appealed to Lord Sudarkozhundhu Nathar to inscribe the stamp on him with the symbol of His Trident and of His Nandhi ? Vrushba if He so considered him deserving the honour.? Lord honoured the saint with all His mercy.?? This episode is described by divine poet Sekkizhar in his magnum opus Peria Puranam in touching devotional lines. ? This is the 2nd temple in Nadunadu region praised in Thevaram hymns.


   12 day Chithirai Brahmmotsavam in April-May is a grand festival of temple.

Temple's Speciality:

   Nandhi, the bull vehicle of Lord Shiva, that once turned the other side to prevent floods destroying the place, is still in the same position facing the entrance of the temple. This is the birth place of celebrated saints Kalikamba Nayanar and Meikandar. Also Saint Maraignana Sambandar in the Saivite Guru tradition lived here. There are three windows around the sanctum sanctorum which facilitates darshan of the Lord from all sides.

Opening Time:

   The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and from 5.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.


   Sri Pralayakaleswarar Temple, Pennadam ? 606 105, Cuddalore district.


   91- 4143-222 788, 98425 64768

General Information:

   Virgins (Penn in Tamil), Divine cow (Aa) Kamadenu and Elephant (Gadam) worshipped Lord here, hence the name Penn- aa- Gadam ? Pannagadam which in later changed as Pennadam.


   People pray to Lord of the temple seeking cure from hand ailments.

Thanks giving:

   Devotees perform abishek to Lord Shiva and offer vastras.

Greatness Of Temple:

   The world was once destroyed by Lord Shiva. Barring this place, all parts of the world was submerged in water. Devas rushed to this place and begged the Lord to protect all beings by keeping them here. Lord directed Nandhi to prevent the flood entering here. Nandhi, till then facing Lord Shiva, turned towards the place and diverted the flood and saved the place. Hence, Lord of the place is praised as Pralaya Kaleswarar ? Lord who protected the world. He destroyed and also protected.
Shiva devotee Kalikamba Nayanar used to do Pada Puja ? washing the feet of Shiva devotees ? with his wife, which she once refused for a devotee. In fury, Kalikambar chopped off the hands of his wife for refusing a divine duty, but Lord restored her hands.
Saint Tirunavukkarasar?s Bhakti was one such which could not explained by mere words. He knew nothing but Lord and services to Him. He was ripe in age with all his physical strength failing. He sought a boon from Lord to place on him the stamp of His Trishul and Nandhi if he deserved it, which Lord Shiva granted with His own hands. A Chola King has to worship the Lord from other side of the bank of the river due to heavy floods. Lord acknowledged his worship by raising the ground level. There is a temple within the temple, 30 meters above the ground level remembering the event.

Temple History:

   The reputation of the temple is beyond human imagination.??Indira, the king of Devas needed flowers form Earth to perform Shiva Puja in his place.??He sent two maidens to earth to bring flowers, who found them in plenty but stayed here itself seeing a Shivaling in the garden and began doing pujas.??As they did not return, he sent the Divine cow Kamadenu to bring them back.??Kamadenu found the maidens and only joined them in the Shiva puja by pouring its milk on the Lord.??As it did not return, he sent his white elephant Iravadham in search of the,??The elephant, seeing them in worship also joined the camp by standing in such a way creating a cool shadow so that Sun did not hurt the Shivalinga.??Finally, Indira himself came down, saw the maids, cow and the elephant and also joined them in the worship.?All returned together with the blessings of Lord Shiva.

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*Sources from Dinamalar.com

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