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Sri Pallavaneswarar temple

Moolavar : Pallavaneswarar
Urchavar : Somaskandar
Amman / Thayar : Soundaryanayaki
Thala Virutcham : Jasmine
Theertham : Janavi and Sangama theertham
Agamam / Pooja : Shivagama
Old year : 1000-2000 years old
Historical Name : Pallavaneswaram, Kaviripoompattinam
City :
District : Poompuhar
State : Tamil Nadu


   The temple is praised by Saint Tirugnanasambandar in his Thevaram hymns. This is the 10th Shiva temple on the northern bank of Cauvery praised in Thevaram hymns.


   Vaikasi Visakam in May-June and Aadi Pattinathar Vizha in July-August are the festivals observed in the temple.

Temple's Speciality:

   This is the birth place of saint Pattinathar. Lord Shiva is a swayambumurthy in the temple.

Opening Time:

   The temple is open from 6.30 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 4.30 p.m. and 7.30 p.m.


   Sri Pallavaneswarar Temple, Poompuhar, Nagapattinam.


   91- 94437 19193.

General Information:

   Lord Anugnai Vinayaka is the main Vinayaka of the temple. The Shiva Linga in the sanctum sanctorum is big in size. Sage Kalava Maharshi had worshipped here. Sage Pattinathar is in a separate shrine facing north. The sculptures of Pattinathar?s wife, Mother and Lord Shiva who grew as his son are on the vimana of this shrine. Brahmmotsavam is not celebrated for Shiva in this temple but for Pattinathar only, known as Adiyar Utsav meaning festival of devotee. Also, there is no flag post-Kodimaram in the temple.


   People pray to Lord Pallavanathar for wise children and cultivating the trait of renunciation.

Thanks giving:

   Devotees perform special pujas to Lord, Mother and Pattinathar on realizing their wishes.

Greatness Of Temple:

   The temple is facing the Bay of Bengal. All the planets in the Navagraha Mandap are facing the Lord-west. Lord Muruga graces with His consorts Valli and Deivanai in the prakara in a standing form. The peacock vehicle is absent in the shrine. There are two Mothers Durga in the Prakara with demon Mahisha not seen under one Durga. There are two Chandikeswaras. River Cauvery enters the sea just near this place, hence the place is named Kaviri Puhum Pattinam. The present name of the place is Poompuhar.

Temple History:

   There lived in this region a Shiva devotee couple Sivanesar and Gnanakamalambikai. They were blessed with a son named Tiruvenkadar. He was a marine trader. At 16, Tiruvenkadar married one Sivakalai but had no issues though years passed by. To grace them, Lord Shiva was born to Siva Sarmar and Suseelai, a poor couple. The child was named Marudavanar. Lord Shiva appeared in their dream and advised them to give Marudavanar to Sivanesar in adoption.

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*Sources from Dinamalar.com

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