This is one of the 2 Shivastalams in the ancient Chola seashore capital of of Poompuhaar,
a popular tourist destination, the other one being Tiruchaaikkadu..
Pallavaneeswaram is the 10th in the series of Tevara Stalangal on the
northern banks of the river Kaveri in the Chola region of Tamilnadu. Temples in existence in Puhaar have been mentioned in the ancient
Silappadikaaram. This is a shrine at the confluence of the Kaveri with the ocean.
Poompuhaar was once a hoary port of the Cholas and is now a tourist attraction. The
remnants of Puhar are seen under the ocean. Kovalan and Kannaki of Silappatikaram are said
to have been born here.
The Temple: This is a small temple with a 5
tiered Rajagopuram and a single prakaram. A Pallava king's association with the
temple lends the name Pallavaneswaram. Pattinathaar believed to be an incarnation of
Kubera is closely associated with Pallavaneeswaram and this association is commemorated
during the annual Aadi festival.There is also a separate shrine for Pattinathaar here.
There are also shrines to Surya, Chandra, Saneeswara and Bhairavar
There is also a separate shrine to Sambaapathi Amman, which is believed to have been
worshipped by Madhavi and Manimekalai of the Sangam epics. There is also an image of
Subramaniar, said to have been recovered from the ocean. It is believed locally that this
image is that of Subramaniar at Tiruchendur, which is said to have been carried away by
Dutch sailors in 1648. Interestingly both Pallavaneeswaram and Tiruchaaikaadu
bear similar legends associated with Indra, Sambaapathi Amman and Subramanyar.
Festivals: Five worship services are offered each day here. The
Pattinathaar festival is celebrated in the month of Aadi, while Navaratri and Skanda
Sashti are the other festivals celebrated here. This temple was
renovated in 1995.