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181. Pandanainallur


Location: Pandanainallur near Kumbhakonam, Kutralam
(Chola Naadu -North of Kaveri)
Shiva: Pasupateeswarar
Ambal: Veyurutoliyammai, Venu bhujambika
Vriksham: Sarakkonrai
Theertham: Kadhir Pushkarini
Patikam : Sambandar, Appar
Travel Base: Thanjavur
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Description: This Shivastalam is also known as Konraivanam, Bhanupuram and Tenkayilai. Not too far from here is Gangai Konda Cholapuram. Sambandar is said to have visited Pandanainallur after visiting Tiruppanantaal. Pandanainallur is considered to be the 35th in the series of the Tevara Stalams located in Chola Nadu north of the river Kaveri.

Legend goes that Shiva upon being angered by Parvati's indifference to him, in the middle of a ball game with Lakshmi and Saraswati, cursed her with the form a cow; she was relieved of this curse upon offering worship here, with Murugar as a calf. Kamadhenu, Indra and Vaali are also said to have worshipped here.

The Temple: The remains of a fort and a moat testify to the grandeur of the original construction. . A 7 tiered Rajagopuram adorns the entrance to this temple. The Suryapushkarini tank with a central mandapam is located within the temple. The Mahamandapam in the outer prakaram with the Ambal & Natarajar shrines here is of great beauty.

The Ambal shrine faces North, in accordance with the belief that Parvati faced the Northern direction while engaged in meditation. The Kalyanamandapam in the inner prakaram houses a shrine to Kalyanasundarar. There is a shrine to Sattainathar adjacent to the Dakshinamurthy shrine. (The image above is that of the Sirkazhi temple complex, from the Sattainathar shrine). The Navagrahams are seen enshrined in a straight line here, unlike in other temples. There is also a temple to Adikesava Perumaal in the temple complex.  There is also the Chitrambalam shrine nearby housing Natanapureeswarar & Soundarambikai

Festivals: The annual Bhrammotsavam is celebrated in the month of Maasi.

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