This Shivastalam is located in the Tiruppaambani area of the town of Mannargudi, home to the famous Rajagopala temple and is also known as Paataalam (as in the hymns of Sambandar). This shrine is regarded as the 104th in the series of Tevara Stalams in the Chola Region south of the river Kaveri.Saint Gnanasambandar had sung the glory of the Lord of the temple in his Thevaram hymns. This is the 104th Shiva temple on the southern bank of Cauvery praised in the hymns. Vaikasi Brahmmotsavam in May-June; Thai Poosam Theerthavari in January-February; Aipasi Skanda Sashti in October-November; Margazhi Tiruvadhirai in December-January and Maha Shivrathri in February-March are the festivals celebrated in the temple. Four worship services are offered each day. The yearly Bhrammotsavam is held in the month of Vaikasi. Different fesivals incorporate Arudra Darisanam, Kartikai Deepam, Aavani Moolam, Aadi Pooram, Navaratri, Skanda Sashti and Vinayaka Chaturthi.
About the Temple
This temple with 2 prakarams has an artistically decorated sanctum, and a few other mandapams in its premises. Inscriptions from the period of Rajaraja Chola I, and Rajaraja Chola III, and Jatavarman Sundara Pandyan are seen here. Bhramma Theertham, Dhenu Theertham, Rudra Theertham, Neeladwaja Theertham and Naaga Theertham are the theerthams here. (The image above is that of the Paatala Linga shrine at Tiruvannamalai). Amirtha Nayaki hallowed place is at the first's privilege passageway of the temple. Going through the inward tower spellbind, the lover will have the darshan of managing ruler. There are hallowed places for Lords Moola Vinayaka, Muruga, Sastha, Kala Bhairav, Sun, Moon, Sani Baghwan, Navagrahas the nine planets, Sage Durvasa, and Mother Gajalakshmi in the prakara.
About the Deity
As the Divine Serpent Adisesha came to earth from the world beneath Padala Loka to love Lord Naganatha, the spot is named Tiru Padaleswaram. There is a place of worship for Adisesha with human face and snake body. Adisesha is the eight's leader Nagas – Anandhan, Vasuki, Dakshan, Karkodakan, Sangabalan, Kulikan, Padman and Mahapadman and planets Rahu and Ketu. It is the staunch confidence of the lovers that they would be eased of every single unfavorable part of snake planets on the off chance that they adore Adisesha lighting ghee lights. It is likewise critical that no abishek is performed on Lingas made of sand, however the one made of ant colony sand by Adisesha is a special case. The spot and temple is additionally noted for alleviation from Saturn issues as Lord Bhairava and Saturn together effortlessness the aficionados. Maha Maham celebration is praised in commitment to Guru-Jupiter when He enters the Leo-Simha sign in the zodiac hover once in 12 years. As Lord Dakshinamurthi, power for Jupiter planet is gracing in this temple sitting on four lions, those loving here the Lord are honored ones. Supporters of Lord Dakshinamurthi once went to Vaikundam for darshan of Lord Vishnu, however they were denied affirmation by the Dwarapalakas-securities. The devotee sages reviled the securities and consequently caused a dosha for being imprudent. They adored Pamani Naganathar and Simha Dakshinamurthi and got diminished of the doshas. Every one of those having a place with Leo, Kumba, Cancer, Saggitarius, Aries, Scorpio signs are encouraged to love Simha Dakshinamurthi to understand a serene and cheerful life. As Adisesha himself looked for this spot to love Lord Naganathar, the spot is viewed as vital to all including those affected by planet Mars and all planets.
A challenge emerged in the middle of Adisesha and Vayu Bhagwan about their ability. Adisesha squeezed the Meru Mount with its head and snaked it around. Vayu couldn't move the mount and in this way was crushed. Vayu with all his fierceness controlled the air which prompted suffocation of all creatures undermining their lives. As asked for by Devas, the challenge occurred once more. Devas marginally decreased the force of Adisesha. Three of his heads got to be powerless. Vayu broke three crests. Disheartened by its annihilation, Adisesha, for mental peace, resulted in these present circumstances spot, made a Shiva Linga of ant colony sand and venerated Lord. The Linga is as an ant colony.
Four worship services are offered each day. The annual Bhrammotsavam is held in the month of Vaikasi. Other fesivals include Arudra Darisanam, Kartikai Deepam, Aavani Moolam, Aadi Pooram, Navaratri, Skanda Sashti and Vinayaka Chaturthi.
Lord Shiva of the temple is a swayambumurthi. People pray to Divine Serpent Adisesha by lighting ghee lamps for relief from adverse aspects of serpent planets as Rahu and Ketu and those under the Kalasarpa dosha. Those belonging to Simha, Kumba, Danus, Mesha and Vruchika signs pray to Lord Simha Dakshinamurthi for a peaceful life. Devotees perform special abishek and pujas to Lord and offer vastras.
Tiruvarur is well connected with all places in Tamil Nadu by road. Buses are available from all major places to access the temple.
Nearest railway station in Tiruvarur is Tiruvarur Railway Station. From here private autos are available to access the temple.
Nearest airport is Trichy Airport which is 124km away. From here Bus and taxi services are available to access the 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.
The temple is open from 5.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.