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Sri Sivanandeswarar temple
Moolavar: Sivanandeswarar, Pranaveswarar
  Urchavar: Peranaweswarar
  Amman / Thayar: Mangalambikai
  Thala Virutcham: Vanni
  Theertham: Mangala Theertham
  Agamam / Pooja : -
  Old year: 1000-2000 years old
  Historical Name: Thirupenuperundurai
  City: Tirupandurai
  District: Thanjavur
  State: Tamil Nadu
  Saint Tirugnana Sambandar had sung the glory of Lord of the temple in his Thevaram hymns.  This is the 64th Lord Shiva temple on the southern bank of Cauvery praised in Thevaram hymns.  
  The temple celebrates Lord Muruga related festivals as Thai Poosam in Jauary-February; Vaikasi Visakam in May-June; Aipasi Skanda Sashti in October-November and Tirukarthikai in November-December.  
 Temple's Speciality:
  Lord of the temple is a swayambumurthy.  
Opening Time:
  The temple is open from 8.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.  
  Sri Sivanandeswaar Temple, Tirupandurai, Nachiarkoil post, Kumbakonam Taluk, Thanjavur district-612 602.  
  +91- 435-244 8138, 94436 50826. 
 General Information:

The temple had worshipful devotees as Lord Brahmma, Mother Umadevi and Lord Muruga.  The small Rajagopuram is facing east.  The temple also has a flag post-Kodimaram, Nandhi and the Balipeeta.  Lord Vinayaka, celebrated four saivite saints, Chola king and his queen are in the prakara.  On the outer prakara also there are shrines for Vinayaka, Lord Muruga, Mother Gajalakshmi and Navagrahas the nine planets.  There is an ancient idol of Lord Muruga in Shiva shrine.


Those unable to speak, suffering from stammering bathe in the Mangala Theertham and perform abishek to Lord Muruga with honey for 48 days to gain speech skills.

Thanks giving:
  Devotees do the usual abishek and aaradhanas to Lord and Mother and offer vastras. 
 Greatness Of Temple:

Though a Shiva Temple, Lord Muruga occupies all dominance in the temple.  He is before the sanctum sanctorum as Lord Dandayuthapani showing a Chinmudra, eyes closed in meditation.  His ears are long.  From the vimana-tower above sanctum sanctorum - Arthanareeswara Dakshinamurthi and Veena Dakshinamurti grace the devotees.


There are two Vinayakas at the entrance of the temple – Guha Vinayaka and Sakshi Vinayaka.  It is said that they came as escorts to Lord Muruga when He came here for penance and chose to stay here itself then.

  Temple History:

Lord Brahmma, Creator of the world could not answer a question posed by Lord Muruga – the meaning of Ohm Pranava Mantra.  Mocking at Him, Muruga also put him in jail.  Lord Shiva condemned Muruga’s action.  This resulted in the stoppage of creation. Lord Muruga simply said that Brahmma could start His work after learning the meaning of the OHM Pranava Mantra.  Lord Shiva demanded Muruga to explain the meaning to Him.  Lord Muruga did it perfectly as a Guru and Shiva was an obedient student then.  This event took place at Swamimalai.


This supremacy promotion made Lord Muruga proud.  To punish Him Lord Shiva made Him dumb.  Lord Muruga came to Tirupandhurai, made a Shivalinga and worshipped to regain His skills.  Pleased Shiva granted the speaking skill to His divine Son.  Hence, Lord is praised as Pranaveswarar – Lord of Pranava Mantra.

Special Features:
  Miracle Based: Lord Shiva is a swayambumurthi.
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