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Sri Palaivaneswarar temple

Moolavar : Palaivaneswarar
Urchavar : NA
Amman / Thayar : Thavalavennagaiyal (devotees endearingly call Her Thavalambigai and Thavalambal
Thala Virutcham : Palm tree and Palai; Palai is not in existence now
Theertham : Vasishta theertham, Indira theertham and Yama theertham. In books only Cauvery is mentioned.
Agamam / Pooja : NA
Old year : 1000-2000 years old
Historical Name : Tirupalaithurai
City : Papanasam
District : Thanjavur
State : Tamil Nadu


   The temple is praised in the hymns of Ganasambandar. Adored with sacred ashes, holds velWearing the sacred thread, cares for meResides in Pattrurai blooming with Madhavi flowersHe is the Lord for me. - Gnanasambandar This is the 19th Shiva temple praised in Thevaram hymns on the southern bank of Cauveri.


   Mahasivarathri in Masi (February-March), Margazhi Tiruvadhirai in December-January and Aipasi Annabishekam in October-November are the festivals celebrated in the temple.

Temple's Speciality:

   Lord Shiva is a swayambumurthy in this temple. Lord Sri Rama installed 108 Shivalingas and worshipped here.

Opening Time:

   The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.


   Sri Palaivaneswarar Temple, Tirupalaithurai, Papanasam Taluk and Post ? 614 205, Thanjavur district


   91-94435 24410

General Information:

   There are 11 epigraphic details in the temple belonging to Kulothunga I, Vikrama Cholan, Rajarajan II, Rajarajan III and Kulothungan III. The Lord of the temple is mentioned as Tirupalaithurai Mahadevar. There is huge paddy storage built in bricks in a conical shape with a capacity of 12 Kalams, a measuring form followed those days. It is not in use now.


   People pray for removal of obstacles in marriage talks, for child boon, progress in education etc.

Thanks giving:

   Devotees perform abishek with vastras to the Lord on realizing their ambitions.

Greatness Of Temple:

   The Lord and Mother grace the devotees in their wedding robe and garlands. Vinayaka, Oordhvathandava (a form of Lord Shiva dancing ferociously), Dakshinamurthy, Brahmma, Durga and Chandeswara or in the corridor (prakara). The place is called Palathurai as it has the Palm tree as the holy tree of the temple on the banks of Kudamurutti river.

Temple History:

   Some wicked sages in Tharukavanam performed a Yagna with evil mantras targeting Lord Shiva and created a tiger to kill him. Lord Shiva killed the man-eater and used its skin for his dress. The event happened in this place. The place is called by many names as Brahmmavanam, Palaivanam, Arasavanam, Punnahavanam etc. This is one of the Sapthasthanas around Tirunallur.

Special Features:

   Miracle Based: The presiding deity, Lord Shiva is a swayambu murthy.

*Sources from Dinamalar.com

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