Visited on: 17th September, 2016
Panayapuram is at a distance of about 12 kms from Villupuram and 3 kms from Mundiambakkam. It is on the Pondicherry to Mundiambakkam route. The temple is hardly one km away from the Vikravandi tollgate on the Panruti / Kumabakonam route.
Other Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalams near Panayapuram are: Thiruvamathur (13 kms), Thiruthuraiyur (24 kms) and Thirumundeeswaram (Gramam) (29 kms).
|Moolavar||Sri Panangatteswarar, Sri Nethrotharaneswarar,|
Sri Kannamarntha Nayanar
|Ambal||Sri Sathyambikai, Sri Meyyambikai, Sri Puravambikai|
|Theertham (Holy water)||Padma Theertham|
|Sthala Vriksham (Sacred Tree)||Palm tree (panai)|
|Pathigam (Hymn) rendered by||Saint Thirugnanasambanthar|
- This is one of the 276 Devara Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalams and 20th Shiva Sthalam in Nadu Naadu.
- Lord Shiva in this temple is a Swayambumurthi (self-manifested).
- This is one of the few temples that has palm tree is its “sthala viruksham”.
- This temple has two corridors and its main tower (Rajagopuram) has 4-tiers.
- The last Consecration ceremony (Maha Kumbabishekam) took place on 02.06.2004 and prior to that in the year 1971.
History of the Temple
This temple is believed to have been built by the Chola King Kulothungan-I.
It is believed that once this place was densely populated with palm trees. This place is called “Puravaar Panangkatur” because “Puravaar” in Tamil means forest and Panangkatur means full of palm trees. Saint Thirugnanasambanthar has also mentioned this place as Puravaar Panankatur in his hyms.
Of the 276 Paadal Petra Shivasthalams, very few temples have Palm tree (Panai) as their Sthala Viruksham. This temple is one of them. They are - Thiru Panaiyur, Thiru Vanparthan Panankattur, Thiru Puravaar Panankattur, Thiru Cheyyar, Thiru Mazhapadi, Thiru Valampuram and Thiruppanandal.