Palunkanda Nathar Temple is a temple in the village of Thiruvaipadi near Thiruppanandal in the Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu, India .This Shrine is located at a distance of 11 km from Aaduturai near Kumbhakonam. This temple is said to have been located on the banks of the Manniyaru before it changed its course. Several natural springs are seen in the temple during the monsoon months. It is considered to be the 40th in the series of the Tevara Stalams located in Chola Nadu north of the river Kaveri.
About the Temple
The temple is praised by Saint Tirunavukkarasar in his Thevaram hymns. This is the 40th Lord Shiva temple on the northern bank of Cauvery praised in Thevaram hymns. The front Mandap of the temple is designed as the forehead of bats. Mother’s shrine at the right is facing south. The shrines of Lord Bhairava, Sun God, Sani Bhagwan are in the Mahamandap handikeswara among the 63 Nayanmars is the only one with Easwara title. Seignalur near this place is his birth place. Tiruvaipadi is the place where he installed Linga and worshipped and attained salvation. His shrine is close to the sanctum sanctorum
About the Deity
The presiding deity is Shiva. The temple is associated with the life of Chandeshvara Nayanar, one of the 63 Nayanmars or Saivite saints.
Legend and Stories
Visara Saruman was the son of a Brahmin Echathan and Pavithra. He learnt all arts in his young age. His Upanayanam-sacred thread ceremony was performed when he was seven. He had no thoughts in mind but Lord Shiva alone. He saw a shepherd beating a calf that attempted to hit him. Visara Saruman took the job from him and cared for the cattle. As he was as kind as a mother, the cows produced plenty of milk.As Visara Saruman was always drowned in Shiva thoughts, he made a Linga with the sands of Manniyar River, installed it under an Aathi tree and performed pujas and abishek with the milk he got from the cows. The cows also gave high measures of milk to their owners too. Those who saw Visara Saruman performing abishek to Lord with the milk of the cows, complained that he was wasting the milk meant for yajnas. His father too saw him doing pujas abishek from a hiding. The angry father beat him and upset the milk pots. As Visara Saruman was deep in his worship, not knowing the person upsetting the milk pots, attacked him with a stick, still continuing his worship. The stick turned into an axe and cut the legs of the father. Lord along with Mother Parvathi granted darshan to Visara Saruman and said that he cut his father’s legs because of his devotion and thenceforth He would be his father and honoured with Kondrai flower garland He was wearing then. Lord also named him Chandikeswara.As the Lord was happy to accept the milk - Paal in Tamil, He is praised as Paal Ukantha (accepted) Nathar-Lord, Paal Ukantha Nathar. As Visara Saruman grazed the Aas-Cows, the place came to be known as Aipadi.
Lord Chandeswarar Brahmmotsavam is celebrated the new moon day following Shivrathri in February-March.
Devotees offer vastras to Lord and Mother and contribute to temple renovation funds.
Nearby Place To Visit
Hara Shaba Vimochana Perumal
Tirupanandal is 18 km from Kumbakonam on the Chennai road. Tiruvaipadi is near Tirupanandal. The closest railway station is in Aduthurai, and airport is in Trichy.
Sri Palukanda Nathar Temple,
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- To pray for promotions in their jobs
Kailaasarana Shiva Chandramouli Phaneendra Maathaa Mukutee Zalaalee Kaarunya Sindhu Bhava Dukha Haaree Thujaveena Shambho Maja Kona Taaree
Meaning -Oh Lord Shiva who is seated on Mount Kailash, where the moon decorates his forehead and the king of serpents crown his head, who is merciful and removes delusion, You alone can protect me. I surrender to thee.
Aum Trayambakam Yajaamahey Sugandhim Pusti Vardhanam Urvaarukamiva Bandhanaath Mrutyor Muksheeya Maamritaat
Meaning -We worship the fragrant Lord Shiva, who has 3 eyes and who cultivates all beings. May He free me from death, for immortality, as even a cucumber is separated from its bond with the vine.
6.00 am to 12.00 pm 3.00 pm to 8.00 pm