Visited on: 31st March, 2018.
Thiru Penu Perunthurai (Thirupandurai) is situated at a distance of about 11 kms from Kumbakonam on the Kumbakonam to Karikkal (Via Nachiyar Koil – Eravancheri) route. It is about 2 kms away from Nachiyar koil.
Other Devara Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalam near this place are –
Kalayanallur, Karukkudi, Sivapuram, Kudavasal, Naraiyur Siddheecharam, Thirucherai, Arisirkarai Puthur, Thalaiyalangaadu, Peruvelur, Karaveeram, Nalur Mayanam, Kaduvaikarai Puthur (Andankoil) and Thiru Kollamputhur.
|Moolavar||Sri Pranaveswarar, Sri Sivanantheswarar|
|Ambal||Sri Mangalambigai, Sri Malai Arasi Ammai|
|Theertham (Holy water)||Mangala Theertham|
|Sthala Vriksham (Sacred Tree)||Vanni tree|
|Pathigam (Hymn) rendered by||Saint Thirugnanasambanthar|
- This is one of the 276 Devara Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalams and 64th Shiva Sthalam on the Southern bank of the river Cauveri in Chozha Nadu (Thenkarai).
- Lord Shiva in this temple is a Swayambumurthi (self-manifested).
- This east facing temple has a single corridor and its main tower (Rajagopuram) has 3-tiers.
History of the Temple
This ancient temple is located on the southern banks of the river Arisilaru. Hence this place gets the name Perunthurai (“periya” means big and “thurai” means river bank in Tamil).
The historical name of this place is Penu Perunthurai but now it is known as Thiruppanthurai.There are five stone inscriptions in this temple which date back to the periods of Karikal Cholan, king “Madurai konda” Parakesari, Raja Raja Cholan and King Veera Pandiyan. As per these stone inscriptions, this temple was rebuilt in granite during King Karikal Cholan’s period.
In the stone inscriptions, the lord’s name is referred to as “Sri Penu Perunthurai Mahadevar” and the goddess’s name as “Sri Malai Arasi Ammai”.
This temple is under the administrative control of the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department of Government of Tamil Nadu (HR&CE).