Abodes of lord Shiva

79. Arulmigu Soundaryanayaki sameda Pasupatheeswarar Temple - Thirupullamangai (Pasupathikoil)

 
Moolavar   Pasupatheeswarar, Pasupathinathar, Brahmmapureeswarar, Alandurainathar
Utsavar  
Thayar   Soundaryanayaki
Kshethram  
Theertham   Cauvery, Kudamuruti, Kamadenu Theertham, Siva Theerthangal
Pose & Direction  
Vimanam  
Sthala Vruksham   Aala Maram (Banyan Tree)
Paadiyavar   Sambandar
Travel Base   Kumbakonam
Nearest Railway Station   Pasupathikoil
 

 

Location

This is a village 14 km on the Thanjavur-Kumbakonam road. The temple can be reached from the Pasupathi Koil bus stop. The temple is 1 km from the road branching towards south.

 

History

Lord Shiva here is also known as Alandurai Naathar or Vatatheertha Nathar, and Ambal, his consort is Alliyankothai. The name Alandurai is related to Shiva's drinking the poison from the churning of the milk ocean. Parvati, or Alliyankothai, is said to have taken the form of a Chakravaha bird, coming here to worship Shiva. These seven temples were worshipped by the Sapthamadhas Ariamangai, Chakkara Mangai, Shoola Mangai, Nandhi Mangai, Pasu Mangai (Pasupathi temple), Thazha Mangai and Pulla Mangai and also the Saptha Rishis (seven sages). This temple was worshipped by the Divine Cow Kamadenu. This is depicted in a sculpture.

 

Architecture

Pullamangai is located on the outskirts of Pasupathi Koil, Papanasam Taluk in the Thanjavur District of Tamilnadu. It is home to an early Chola temple of extraordinary grandeur, which is visited by throngs of pilgrims and tourists annually. Known as Sri Brahmapurisvara Temple, Thiruvalanthurai Mahadevar Temple, or Tirupullamangai Temple, it was built during the early years of Chola king Parantaka Choladeva-I, and is the 16th temple in the group of Tevara Sthalams. Brahmapurisvara is the presiding deity of Pullamangai. Although the temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, the Chola sculptures on the interior and exterior of the temple include a number of beautiful images of Lord Brahma, who is parivara Devata here. Because the sculptural images of Lord Brahma are so exceptional, this temple is often cited as a Brahma temple. There are a great many sculptures of other divine personalities, including a beautiful Durga Ma and a rare collection of Shiva's ganas, who are depicted in a fascinating range of expressions and poses. The temple Vriksham (holy tree) is Aalamaram, and the theertham is Shiva Theertham.

Arulmigu Soundaryanayaki sameda Pasupatheeswarar Temple
Pasupathikoil, Thanjavur - 614206
Phone: 9791482102, 8056853485
Temple Timings : 6.00am to 11.00 am, 4.00 pm to 8.00 pm