Tiruppatirippuliyur, located at Cuddalore near Chidambaram
is a shrine of great significance associated with Tirunavukkarasar, and a
large temple with ornate gopurams and mandapams. The name Paatiri comes from the
Paatirivriksham while Puliyur comes from the association with Vyagrapadar. Arunagirinathar
has glorified this shrine with his Tiruppugazh. This is the 19th of the
22 Tevara Stalams in the Nadu Naadu region of Tamilnadu.
Vyagrapadar (the saint with tiger's
claws and feet) is said to have worshipped here, as in Omampuliyur,
and Perumpatrappuliyur (Chidambaram).
Appar, is said to have been rescued from death by drowning here, by the grace of the
presiding deity. The famous 'Sotrunai Vediyan' - Namachivayappatikam was composed here.
The Temple: A lofty rajagopuram and spacious prakarams, mandapams with
pillars bearing images of warriors on horses adorn this shrine.Several works in Tamil and
Sanskrit have been composed on/at this shrine. There are several inscriptions seen in this
temple. The paatiri tree is covered with metal plates.
Festivals: Appar's having been saved from drowning is commemorated in
the month of Chittirai. (Aries - Anusham).