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Sri Padagalinga Swami (Padaga Pillayar) temple



Moolavar : Padagalingam, Mahalingam
Urchavar : NA
Amman / Thayar : Padagalinga Nachiar
Thala Virutcham : Vilwa
Theertham : Padagalinga float ? Padagalinga Theppam
Agamam / Pooja : NA
Old year : 500 years old
Historical Name : NA
City : Malayankulam
District : Tirunelveli
State : Tamil Nadu

Singers:

   NA


Festival:

   Aavani Onam in August-September and Panguni Uthiram in March-April are the festivals celebrated in the temple.


Temple's Speciality:

   There are two Shivalingas ? Mahalingam and Padagalingam both small in size in the sanctum sanctorum. There is also a small Nandhi the bull vehicle of Lord Shiva nearby.


Opening Time:

   The temple is open from 10.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays. On other days the timing is from 8.00 a.m. to 10.00 a.m. only. Those coming to the temple during other hours are advised to contact the priest on the telephone in advance.


Address:

   Sri Padagalingaswami (Padaga Pillayar) temple, Malayankulam, Tirunelveli district.


Phone:

   91- 4634 - 254 721, 93603 12580.


General Information:

   Two Shivalingas ? Mahalingam and Padagalingam both small in size are in the sanctum with a small Nandhi nearby. Behind the Lingas are Mother Padagalinga Nachiar and Chitrputra Dharma Sastha. Vahans elephant, horse and Nandhi are in front of the sanctum. Vinayaka of the temple is also called after the name of the Lord as Padaga Pillayar. Though the presiding deity is Lord Padagalingaswami, the temple is more known as Padaga Pillayar Kovil.
Those who do not know their family deity, consider Dharma Sastha as their family deity. Special pujas are performed to Him on Wednesdays and Saturdays by the devotees.
There are also guardian deities in the temple ? Sangili Bhoothathar, Thalavai Madan, Thalavai Madathi, Vana Pechiamman, Brahmmaratchi, Gangadevi, Pechiamman, Vidu Madan, Vidu Madathi, Thakkarajan, Sudalimadan, Thambiran, Chinnathambi, Karuppasami, Thundimadan, Palavesakaran, Bommakka, Thimmakka and Pattavarayan. Naga (serpent) idols are placed in the form of Navagrahas the nine planets. Those facing adversary planetary effects pray here.


Prayers:

   Those concerned about the welfare of children and wedding matter astrologically pray to Brahmmaratchi offering Pottuthali (mangalsutra) and a tilak on Her forehead called Manjanai made of a mixture of kumkum, turmeric, borneol (pachaikarpuram), saffron, rose water and castor oil for relief from the adverse effects.


Thanks giving:

   Devotees execute their prayer commitment to the guardian deities with Padayal ? Pudding-Pongal.


Greatness Of Temple:

   Onam is celebrated in the temple for 3 days as the temple was built by a Kerala king and also as Sastha was born to Shiva and Vishnu when special pujas are performed in the temple including an event of inviting Mother Padagalinga Nachiar from the spring nearby. Special Alankaras are offered to Mother.
There were seven brothers in this region living together with their only sister. A youth belonging to a different caste wanted to marry her. The brothers did not agree to the proposal. The youth came to this temple with the girl chased by the brothers. Sri Chitraputra Sastha appeared before them and suggested a compromise not acceptable to the brothers. The deity simply changed them into statues then. Seven brothers, their sister and the youth are in the temple as statues. One of them is seen with his hand on the head.


Temple History:

   The queen of a Chera king wanted to have a round in the jungle here alone. After a long walk, she felt thirsty. She found a spring. Before stepping into the spring, she left her anklets-padagam or Thandai ? an ornament worn by women at the feet ? on the bank. After drinking water, she could not come to the bank and cried in fear. People working there informed the king who came and rescued the queen. The anklets left by the queen on the bank were stuck on a bamboo tree near by. The king cut the bamboo to take the anklet. It bled. The king left the place in fear.
He returned the next day with his Guru. He found two Shivalingas in the place of the anklets. A voice said and asked the king to build a temple. The king built the temple. Lord Shiva granted darshan to the king and wife and also directed them to stay there. They obeyed and spent their days serving the Lord. After sometime, they merged with the Lord. Idols were made for the king and his wife also and installed in the temple. As they were worshipped by the villagers here as guardian deities, the king was named Chitraputra Dharma Sastha and the queen Padagalinga Nachiar.


Special Features:

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*Sources from Dinamalar.com




 
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