Presiding Deity: Pataleeswarar
Holy tree: Pathiri
Holy spring : Sivakarai
Hymn : Thevaram
Scriptural name: Kadaignazhal
Devotees come here with prayers for mental peace, remedy for ailments suffered, children, family welfare and other benefits. Every prayer is responded by the Lord. Undertaking a fasting and bathing in the Sivakarai holy spring offer all that the devotee think of. Cradles are placed in the temple by those seeking a child.
Abishek is offered to the Lord in oil, cosmetic powders, milk, curd, fruit juice, tender coconut, Panchamirtham, sandal, rosewater, sacred ashes.
During the Karthikai month (November-December) on Mondays the abisheks are performed with conch and a bowl called Kalasa. The Lord is decoraded with gold for which the devotte is charged Rs. 500. Dhoti is offered. For the Goddess Abishek is offered with turmeric powder water and offered Sari. Special abishek is performed for Kalabhairava on new moon days.
In almost temples, the Lord comes to the Palli room. As the Goddess performed penance here in an invisible manner and wedded the Lord, She comes to room herself in this temple. Here the Lord appears too handsome, the Goddess performed the penance to get him. There will be no weapons in the hands of Vinayaka but 1000 Pathiri flowers, a scene nowhere could be seen.
Thirunavukkarasar reaches the shore:
When thrown into the sea by king Mahendravarma (AD 600-630) binding him with a stone, Saint Thirunavukkarasar in his hymn firmly said that the Lord will come to his rescue when his name was chanted even when thrown into the sea. The hard rock turned into a boat and brought the saint to the shore. The people in the shore were wonderstud when the miracle happened. Thirunavukkarasar came to the Thirupathiripuliyur temple and prasied the Lord in his hymns as his Father and Mother. The particular place where the saint landed is named as Karaieravittakuppam, meaning the place that brought the saint to shore.
Siva was Siddha here playing and placed his hand on the sand where Sivakarai holy spring appeared. The other speciality is that this spring is in the Northeast direction (Eesana corner) according to Vasthu rules.
This is the only temple where Thirunavukkarasar – Appar Adigal could be seen in a sitting posture. Of the 22 shiva shrines in Nadu Naadu region, Thirupathiripuliyur is the 18th.
Madyanandana Rishi prayed for tiger legs that would be convenient to climb the Pathiri tree to pick up flowers for his Shiva Puja. Saint Gnansambandar greeted Appar Adigal here. Saint Arunagiriyar sang in praise of Lord Muruga here. Sage Agasthya, Vyakrapatha, Mangana rishi, st Railway station is Thirupathiripuliyur and airport Trichy.
Upamanaya, Adhiraja worshipped the Lord in this temple. Vyakarapatha, the tiger legged Muni attained salvation here, hence the name Thirupathiripuliyur. The temples of Sapthamadhas are very near the temple. The temple was very famous among the devotees even before the period of Thirunavukkarasar and Thirugnanasambandar. The Lord is also known as Thondrathunainathar. According to historians the temple is 1300 years old.
The temple is in the midst of the town itself. Thirupathiripuliyur is 50 kms from Villupuram, 22 from Pondicherry and 50 from Chidamabaram.
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The Lord comes in procession in Silver Rishab Vahana, Golden Kailash Vahana on the Vaikasi Visakam festival days-10 days. The fifth day of the festival is called Theru Adaichan – He who occupies the whole road – because the car is too wide occupying both ends of the road. Thousands throng the road to enjoy the Lord’s procession. On Masi Makam and Thai new moon day, Sea visit festival takes place in Devanampattinam. Adi Pooram, Navarathri and Arudra Darshan are also celebrated in a grand manner. Poornima Panchaprakara utsav, pradosha days are observed devotionally.
All the four saivite saints had praised the Lord in their hymns. Arunagiriyar had praised Lord Muruga in this temple in his Thirupugazh.
The Lord is also known by other names, Pataleeswarar, Kannivananathan, Thondrathunainathan. Kadaignazhaludayaperuman, Sivakozhundeesan, Utharesan, Patalanathan and Karaiyettrumpiran. The Goddess is also known as Perianayaki, Thogaiambikai, Arundavanayaki, Bruhannayaki.
The Vinayaka in the temple is seen with Pathiri flowers on hand helping his mother to perform the Shiv Puja. Hence called Kanni Vinayaka. He is in the Western side of the temple.
Other holy springs in the temple are Brahmma theertham (sea water), Sivakara theertham (in the tank), Palodai, Kedila river and Thenpennai river.
Lord Shiva thought of playing a game for the benefit of the beings of the world. He played dice with the Goddess and successively lost. But the Lord claimed that he was the winner. Devi covered Lord’s eyes with her hands and the whole world became dark. Realizing her mistake, she begged the pardon of the Lord. The Lord asked her to go to Earth and perform penance and assured that He would join her in a place where she feels a twinkling in her left eye and the shoulder. After having the darshan in various Shiva shrines, when the Goddess came to Thirupathiripuliyur, she experienced the feeling in her left eye and the shoulder. Invisibly to others, She performed penance here and got the Lord back. Lord himself was here in a Siddha guise and eliminated the hardship of the beings.