Abodes of lord Shiva

1. Arulmigu Ulagammai sameda Kailasanathar Temple - Papanasam

Moolavar   Kailasanadhar, Paapavinasar
Thayar   Ulagammai
Theertham   Tamarabarani River
Pose & Direction  
Sthala Vruksham   Vilvam
Travel Base   Tirunelveli
Nearest Railway Station   Papanasam



The temple is located 25kms from Cheranmahadevi and 45 kms from Tirunelveli. There are plenty of buses from Tirunelveli via Chenamahadevi. Temple is located at foot of the Agasthiyar Hills on the west shore of River Tamarabarani just opposite to the River. This is the place where the River reaches the plain. No much facilities available there. We have stay either at Tirunelveli or Ambasamudram and visit this temple. This temple can be approached in two ways from Tirunelveli. One is via Cheranmahadevi and the other one is via Mukkoodal.



This temple is one of the Nava-Kailaayam Temples around Tirunelveli on the banks of Tamarabarani River representing Sun God. Sage Agasthiyar guided his disciple Sage Uromacha to have a bath at the confluence of Tamabarani River, float nine flowers in the River and worship Lord Shiva at the places where the each flower stops to attain Mukthi. On the first day of Chithirai month (falling almost on April 14 each year), Lord granted the Wedding Darshan to Sage Agasthya. Lord Papanasanatha graces the Wedding Darshan behind the sanctum sanctorum as Kalyanasundarar on His bull vehicle. Sage Agasthya and his wife Lopamudra are in the shrine worshipping the Lord. Indira, the king of the Devas had Dwashta, son of Sukracharya (Venus planet- the Guru of the demons)) as his Guru. Indira came to know that Dwashta was performing a Yagna for the demons and killed him and thus incurred the sin called Brahmmahati dosha. In order to cleanse himself of the sin, Indira wandered among the various Shiva Kshetras worshipping the Lord for relief from the dosha. Guru, planet Jupiter advised him to go this place and worship Lord Shiva. Even as Indira was entering the borders of this place, he got relieved from his sin. Hence, the place came to be known as Papanasam meaning destroying sins and the Lord as Papanasanathar.



Arulmigu Ulagammai sameda Kailasanathar Temple
Papanasam, Tirunelveli - 627425
Temple Timings : 6.30 am to 12.00 pm, 5.00 pm to 7.00 pm