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Sri Pallavaneswarar temple
Moolavar: Pallavaneswarar
  Urchavar: Somaskandar
  Amman / Thayar: Soundaryanayaki
  Thala Virutcham: Jasmine
  Theertham: Janavi and Sangama theertham
  Agamam / Pooja : Shivagama
  Old year: 1000-2000 years old
  Historical Name: Pallavaneswaram, Kaviripoompattinam
  City: Poompuhar
  District: Nagapattinam
  State: Tamil Nadu
  The temple is praised by Saint Tirugnanasambandar in his Thevaram hymns.  This is the 10th Shiva temple on the northern bank of Cauvery praised in Thevaram hymns.  
  Vaikasi Visakam in May-June and Aadi Pattinathar Vizha in July-August are the festivals observed in the temple.  
 Temple's Speciality:
  This is the birth place of saint Pattinathar. Lord Shiva is a swayambumurthy in the temple.  
Opening Time:
  The temple is open from 6.30 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 4.30 p.m. and 7.30 p.m.  
  Sri Pallavaneswarar Temple, Poompuhar, Nagapattinam.  
  +91- 94437 19193. 
 General Information:

Lord Anugnai Vinayaka is the main Vinayaka of the temple.  The Shiva Linga in the sanctum sanctorum is big in size.  Sage Kalava Maharshi had worshipped here.  Sage Pattinathar is in a separate shrine facing north.  The sculptures of Pattinathar’s wife, Mother and Lord Shiva who grew as his son are on the vimana of this shrine.  Brahmmotsavam is not celebrated for Shiva in this temple but for Pattinathar only, known as Adiyar Utsav meaning festival of devotee.  Also, there is no flag post-Kodimaram in the temple.     


Pattinathar festival is celebrated for 12 days in Aadi month-July-August.  The 10th day covers the event of Lord Shiva granting salvation to saint Pattinathar, celebrated in a very grand manner.


Lord Shiva as Marudavanar, Shiva Sharma and Suselai couple who brought Him up, Pattinathar, his disciple Badragiriar, Nayadiar and Mother Guhambica with Lord Muruga on Her lap are the procession deities in the temple.


People pray to Lord Pallavanathar for wise children and cultivating the trait of renunciation.

Thanks giving:
  Devotees perform special pujas to Lord, Mother and Pattinathar on realizing their wishes. 
 Greatness Of Temple:

The temple is facing the Bay of Bengal.  All the planets in the Navagraha Mandap are facing the Lord-west.  Lord Muruga graces with His consorts Valli and Deivanai in the prakara in a standing form.  The peacock vehicle is absent in the shrine.  There are two Mothers Durga in the Prakara with demon Mahisha not seen under one Durga.   There are two Chandikeswaras.  River Cauvery enters the sea just near this place, hence the place is named Kaviri Puhum Pattinam.  The present name of the place is Poompuhar.

  Temple History:

There lived in this region a Shiva devotee couple Sivanesar and Gnanakamalambikai.  They were blessed with a son named Tiruvenkadar.  He was a marine trader.  At 16, Tiruvenkadar married one Sivakalai but had no issues though years passed by.  To grace them, Lord Shiva was born to Siva Sarmar and Suseelai, a poor couple.  The child was named Marudavanar.  Lord Shiva appeared in their dream and advised them to give Marudavanar to Sivanesar in adoption. 


Marudavanar, now the adopted son of Tiruvenkadar continued the marine trade of the family.  Returning from his business travel one day, Marudavanar gave a box to the mother and left out.  Tiruvenkadar anxiously opened the box to see the wealth brought by the son but was shocked to see the box containing a dung cake made with husk.  Throwing it in anger he found written on the cake, “even a broken needle would not accompany the soul during the last journey.”  Tiruvenkadar learnt the truth and renounced his family life at once.   He prayed to Lord Shiva to bless him with salvation.  Lord appeared before him and assured that his wish would be granted at an appropriate time.  Known as Pattinathar then as he was born in Kavirpoom Pattinam, he attained salvation in Tiruvottriyur.

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