Visited on: 27th August, 2016 and 22nd November, 2016
Thiru Vanparthan Panangkattur is at a distance of about 19 kms from Kanchipuram. From Kanchipuram, first reach Thusi (10 kms) on Kanchipuram to Vandavasi route. After travelling a distance of 6 kms on Kalavai – Venpakkam -Perungkattur route, you can find a beautiful arch at the beginning of the road to Thirupanangkadu. From the arch the temple is at a distance of about 3 kms.
Other Paadal Petra Shivasthalams near Vanparthan Panangkattur are – Kuranganil Muttam (10 kms), Thiruvothur (20 kms), Thirumagaral (26 kms) and Thirumalpur (37 kms).
|Moolavar and Ambal||1. Sri Thalapureeswarar & Sri Amirthavalli|
|Moolavar and Ambal||2. Sri Krupanatheswarar & Sri Krupanayaki|
|Theertham (Holy water)||Jada Gangai tank, Sundarar Theertham|
|Sthala Vriksham (Sacred Tree)||Palm Tree|
|Pathigam (Hymn) rendered by ||Saint Sundaramurthy Nayanar (Sundarar)|
- This is one of the 276 Devara Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalams and 9th Shiva Sthalam in Thondai Nadu.
- There are two main presiding deities in this temple.
- Lord Thalapureeswarar was installed and worshiped by Sage Agasthiyar. This lingam is said to be a Swayambumurthi (self-manifested).
- Lord Krupanatheswarar was installed and worshiped by Sage Agasthiyar’s disciple, Sage Pulasthiyar.
- This is an east facing temple and it has an arch type entrance with two corridors. There is no main tower (Rajagopuram) in this temple.
- The vimanam (roof tower) of both the sanctum sanctorum is designed in a special way that is exclusive to Pallava architecture - the Gaja Brishtam, that looks like the rear of an elephant (Gaja - elephant, brishtam - rear).
- Of the 276 Paadal Petra Shivasthalams, very few temples have Palm tree (Panai) as their Sthala Viruksham. This temple is one of them. Some of the others are Panaiyur, Panankattur, Puravaar Panankattur, Cheyyar, Thirumazhapadi, Thiru Valampuram and Thiruppanandal.
- The last consecration ceremony (Mahakumbabishekam) was conducted in the year 1995.
History of the Temple
It is said that in ancient times this place was full of palm (Panai) trees and hence the place is called Panangkattur and the lord here is named “Sri Panangkatteeswarar”. However, now this place is known as Thirupanangadu.
As per the stone inscriptions installed in the temple, Devakottai Sri A.Ekappa Chettiar’s family had renovated and constructed this temple. The consecration ceremony (Mahakumbabishekam) was also conducted by them in the year 1928. Sri Ekappa Chettiar’s statue can be seen in the main hall of the temple. It is believed that in the year 1915, Ekappa Chettiar who was in a property litigation case, prayed to Lord Shiva for help. Further, after browsing the devaram book he selected the pathigam of this temple and started reciting it. He also committed himself to do something for this temple if the judgement in the legal case fell in his favour. Later, after he won the case he visited this temple and found that it was in ruins. He renovated it using all the money that he had got from the settlement.