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Thiruppalathurai Palaivananathar Temple

Palaivananathar Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located in Papanasam, Tamil Nadu, India. It is a Paadal Petra Sthalam and is considered to be the 19th in the series of Thevara Stalams in the Chola kingdom located south of the river Kaveri.
Thiruppalathurai Siva Temple
Papanasam Shiva Temple
Thiruppalathurai Shiva Temple
The Thirupalaithurai temple with 2 prakarams (outer courtyard) occupies an area of 3 acres, and its entrance is crowned with a 5 tiered Rajagopuram. Inscriptions from the Chola and Vijayanagara Empire periods are seen in this temple. The main God of this temple is Lord Shiva known as Paalaivananathar and Goddess as Dhavala Vennakaimangai.

This temple is One of the 21 sacred ‘Thurai’ sthalams. Thiru Pali Thurai is one of the 21 Sacred ‘Thurai’ Sthalams on the banks of Cauvery. Some of the others include ‘Maliyadu’ Thurai, ‘Maan’ Thurai, ‘Aavadu’ Thurai, ‘Poon’ Thurai, ‘Sen’ Thurai and ‘Then Kurankadu’ Thurai.
Devara Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalam Papanasam
Devara Paadal Petra Sthalam Tiruppalathurai
Papanasam Palaivananathar Temple
Vanni Maram - Vanni Tree
Significance of the temple:
v  This is one of the Devara Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalam and 19th siva sthalam on the south side of river Cauvery in Chozha Nadu.
v  The temple is reverred in the verses of Tevaram, the 7th century Tamil Saiva canon by Thirunavukkarasar (Appar).
v  Papanasam Palaivananathar Temple is located on the  Southern Banks of Kudamurutti River (a tributary of Cauvery River)
v  Vasishtar , Rama, Sita, Lakshmana, Arjuna are said to have worshipped the Tirupaalaitturai Paalaivananathar.
v  There is also a world-famous Granary (Store House of paddy, NerKalanchiyam)  constructed by Nayaks in 1600 - 1634.
Tirupalathurai, Papanasam - Sri Palaivananathar Temple
திருப்பாலைத்துறை பாலைவன நாதர் திருக்கோவில்
Main Deity
Lord Shiva
Sri Palaivananathar (பாலைவன நாதர்)
Goddess Name
Sri  Dhavala Vennakaimangai
Thiruppalathurai - Papanasam
Old Names


One of 275 Devaram Padal Petram Sthalams,
19th of 127 Devaram Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalam in Southern bank of River Cauvery,  One of the 21 sacred ‘Thurai’ sthalams
2000 years old
Travel Base
 There is another Shivastalam by name 108 Shivalayam nearby. where daily worship is offered to all of the 108 Shivalingams enshrined. Rama is believed to have installed these 108 Shivalingams. It is the 108 Shivalayam temple that is related to the name Papanasam, ie. Where Rama worshipped Shiva to expiate the sins that he had committed by killing the demons Karan and Dhooshanan.
Thiruppalathurai  Temple NerKalanchiyam

Granary : இக்கோயிலில் தஞ்சை நாயக்க மன்னர்கள் காலத்தில் அமைக்கப்பெற்ற 12 ஆயிரம் கலம் நெல்லை சேமிக்கும் அளவு கொண்ட மிகப்பெரிய நெற்களஞ்சியம் உள்ளது. வட்ட அமைப்பில் கூம்பு வடிவக்கூரையுடன் ஏறத்தாழ 36 அடி உயரத்துடன் செங்கற்களால் இக்களஞ்சியம் கட்டப்பெற்றுள்ளது. ராஜகோபுரத்தை அடுத்து கோயிலின் இடப்புறத்தில் இந்த நெற்களஞ்சியம் அமைந்துள்ளது.   

Thiruppalathurai Granary
Thiruppalathurai Palaivananathar Temple
How To Reach : Palaivananathar Shiva Temple is sitauted 2 Kms from Papanasam on the Thanjavur - Kumbakonam road, Papanasam is 15 kms away from Kumbakonam and 25 kms from Tanjore.

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