The Sri Papavinaseswarar Temple, in Papanasam is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Out of the nine Kailash Kshetras – Nava Kailash – Papanasam is the initially credited to Sun God. Thus, the spot is known as Surya Kshetra and Surya Kailash.
About the Temple
Papanasam Temple is situated at Papanasam town, close Tirunelveli. The directing divinity is Papavinaseswarar (God Shiva), the deliverer of sins. On a Thaipoosam day, God Nataraja conceded darshan to sages Patanjali and Vyakrapatha remaining between the horns of Nandhi the bull vehicle of God Shiva. Recollecting this occasion, extraordinary pujas are performed on the Thaipoosam day with shoe glue to Nandhi. God Nataraja graces from a different place of worship adjoining the fundamental tower – Rajagopuram – in the Ananda Thandava structure (agile moving). He is commended as 'Punugu Sabapathy'. The turmeric water utilized for the abishek of Mother Ulagammai is devoured by ladies in little amount for a glad wedding and youngster help. Ladies likewise trust that this would build the life span of their Mangal Sutra.
Additionally, the River Tambiraparani, springing from Pothigai Hills and moving through the bumpy areas achieve the fields just at Papanasam. Amid the Uchikala Puaja (pujas amid the evening), sustenances (nivedhana) are offered to the fishes in Tambiraparani. It arrives that God Shiva conceded darshan to sages Vyakrapatha and Patanjali remaining between the horns of Nandhi on a Thaipoosam day. Reviewing this occasion, extraordinary pujas are performed to Nandhi every year on this day with shoe glue. There is a beating stone (Ural in Tamil) before the holy place of Mother Ulgammai. Ladies utilization to pound turmeric and make the turmeric water for abishek to the Mother. They expend a tad bit of this abishek water trusting they will be hitched soon and favored with a kid. Hitched ladies trust that this abishek water utilization would likewise build the life span of their Mangal Sutras. Because of the substantial horde of sages at Mount Kailash going to the wedding of God Shiva with Mother Parvathy, Earth lost its parity. God Shiva called Sage Agasthya to go to Pothigai Hills in the South and to adjust the Earth level as his single weight was sufficient for the reason equalling the millions' heaviness of Rishis at Mount Kailash then.
On the first day of Chithirai month (falling just about on April 14 every year), God conceded the Wedding Darshan to Sage Agasthya. God Papanasanatha graces the Wedding Darshan behind the sanctum sanctorum as Kalyanasundarar on His bull vehicle. Sage Agasthya and his wife Lopamudra are in the hallowed place adoring the God.
Sage Romasa looked for the exhortation of his Guru Agasthya to pick places on the banks of Tambiraparani for introducing Shivalingas. The instructor advised the supporter to toss blossoms utilized for Shiva Puja on the waterway, and do the establishments where the blooms came to the shores. Romasa tossed lotus blooms as exhorted on the waterway, nine of which came to the bank at different spots and Papanasam was the first. Planets are nine, accordingly, they were named Nava (nine) Kailash each ascribed to one planet. Sun being the first in the planets, Papanasam is joined to Sun known as Surya Kailash.
God Papanasa Natha graces as Rudraksha in the sanctum sanctorum furthermore under the Mukkila tree in the passage prakara. It is said that three Vedas – Rig, Yajur and Sama – were the Kila trees offering shadow to the God and Atharvana Veda was the space. They venerated the God in these structures. Henceforth, the God is named Mukkila Lingam. Likewise, the River Tambiraparani, springing from Pothigai Hills and moving through the uneven locales achieve the fields just at Papanasam. Amid the Uchikala Puaja (pujas amid the evening), nourishments (nivedhana) are offered to the fishes in Tambiraparani. It arrives that God Shiva allowed darshan to sages Vyakrapatha and Patanjali remaining between the horns of Nandhi on a Thaipoosam day. Reviewing this occasion, unique pujas are performed to Nandhi every year on this day with shoe glue. There is a beating stone (Ural in Tamil) before the place of worship of Mother Ulgammai. Ladies utilization to pound turmeric and make the turmeric water for abishek to the Mother. They expend a tad bit of this abishek water trusting they will be hitched soon and favored with a youngster. Hitched ladies trust that this abishek water utilization would likewise build the life span of their Mangal Sutras.
About the Deity
God Papanasa Natha graces as Rudraksha in the sanctum sanctorum furthermore under the Mukkila tree in the passageway prakara. It is said that three Vedas – Rig, Yajur and Sama – were the Kila trees offering shadow to the God and Atharvana Veda was the space. They adored the God in these structures. Thus, the God is named Mukkila Lingam.
Legend and Stories
Indira, the lord of the Devas had Dwashta, child of Sukracharya (Venus planet-the evil spirits' Guru)) as his Guru. Indira came to realize that Dwashta was performing a Yagna for the evil presences and executed him and therefore brought about the wrongdoing called Brahmmahati dosha. To wash down himself of the wrongdoing, Indira meandered among the different Shiva Kshetras revering the God for help from the dosha. Master, planet Jupiter prompted him to go this spot and worshipped God Shiva. Indeed, even as Indira was entering the outskirts of this spot, he got soothed from his transgression. Henceforth, the spot came to be known as Papanasam – significance devastating sins and the God as Papanasanathar.
Another story goes such that, In the Golden world, the Karpaga trees showered blooms, the sages discussed the Vedas, the Angels remained on both sides and fanned, the round umbrella gave shade, Urvasi and a few young ladies moved and God Devendran was sitting with Indrani on the throne. Kosarar who was a commanding voice in playing Veena was begging at the feet of God Siva. He sang in recognition of Kailaya Mountain, Mameru Mountain and some different mountains. God Indira felt cheerful and gave them what they required. At that point he asked his Guru God Viyazha for what valid reason that artist sang in recognition of just a couple of Mountains. He got an answer saying that he sang in commendation of Mountains which were honored by God Siva. Naradha Munivar who caught wind of the popularity of these Mountains came and told that Podhigai, Saiyamalai and Tharuthamalai ought to worship God Shiva, Naradhar likewise requested to adore Sivalingam, arranged in favor of Mukala Virutcham. At that point the three Mountains rose up, had shower in the Veda Theertha according to the requests of Naradha and did Archana to God Siva. Regardless of the possibility that a man is conceived in a perfect, decent family, in the event that he doesn't do Sivapuja, he won't flourish. Regardless of the fact that a man is conceived in a low family, on the off chance that he performs Siva puja as per ceremonies, he turns into an individual from a high family, where Naradha said this, the Mountains Podhigai Saiyam, Tharuthram controlled the five faculties and appealed to God Parameswara. God Siva showed up as Jothi on Sivarathri Day as splendid as million suns together. The heavenly place of Papanasam contains numerous authentic truths. Among them are Vairasalingam scene, moksha given to Virattu, The Vedas changed into Thala Virutcham, the scene of Raja Pandiyan who was reviled and Sundaran's contrition. The devotees of God Siva say – If individuals go to this heavenly Podigai Mountain with earnestness, they will be soothed of their wrongdoings and would be honored with flourishing.
Legend has it that a Pandya ruler who had changed over to Buddhism tormented those of his subjects who did not consent to change over. A vigorous aficionado of God Shiva, not able to endure any more provocation, left the state with his child and little girl. The family was gotten in some strife, and the youngsters got isolated from one another. After quite a while, they touched base in Varanasi, where the kids, now adult, met one another and got hitched without understanding that they were kin. At the point when at last they understood their wrongdoing, they began hunting down methods for exculpation. They were encouraged to wear dark and bathe in all the hallowed waters of India. At the point when their dark garments turned white, they would be reclaimed. It was at Papanasam that this at long last happened. The waterway Thamiraparni that streams by the temple abounds with fish. Fans trust that these are recovered souls, and hurting them would bring requital. A large number of pioneers come here consistently to bathe in the sacrosanct stream. Agasthiyar temple bordering the falls named Agasthiyar falls is found most of the way to Panatheertham, which is at a separation of 4-km from Papanasam Shiva temple. One can achieve the Agasthiyar falls and temple by trekking a separation of 3-km. Customary transports are accessible to these sanctuaries.
10 day Brahmmotsavam in Chithirai and the Agasthya wedding festival on the first day of the same month (April-May) and Thaipoosam in January-February are the festivals celebrated in the temple.
The turmeric water used for the abishek of Mother Ulagammai is consumed by women in small quantity for a happy wedding and child boon. Women also believe that this would increase the longevity of their Mangal Sutra.
Devotees perform abishek to Lord Shiva and Mother Ulagammai and offer vastras.
This is one of a handful couple of sanctuaries where Sage Agasthya and his wife Lopamudra have a different Shrine.
People approach this temple to venerate Lord Shiva in this temple is accepted to reclaim all Sins conferred by the enthusiast. People approach the temple for salvation, wealth, relief from ailments and purchase of vehicles.
The closest airport is in Madurai.
The closest railway station is in Tirunelveli.
Papanasam is 50 km from Tirunelveli with convenient bus facilities.
Sri Papanasanathar temple,
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Relief from diseases
- Purchase of vehicles
- Gain Knowledge
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.
6.30 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. and 6.30 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.