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Abodes of Shiva

 Arulmigu Parvathi sameda Pallikondeeswarar Temple, Suruttappalli


Mulavar   Pallikondeeswarar
Ambal   Parvathi
Sthala Vruksham    
Travel Base   Chennai
Nearest Railway Station   Tada
Continent   Tondai
Circle   Puthur
District   Chittor
State   Andhra Pradesh


Suruttappalli is a small village located around 60 kms (approx.) in the north of Chennai and just 8 kms from Puthur if you are en route to Thirupathi. If you are traveling from Chennai, after Poondi once you cross Oothukkottai and enter the Andhrapradesh by road you can reach the temple within 1-2 kms.


This is the only place where one can get dharshan of Lord Shiva in human form (around 6 feet) that too reclining in Anantha Sayana position on the lap of Godess Parvathi. He is holding his Conch and Deer in his hands and is surrounded by Rishis like Markandeya, Sanakathi Rishis, Lord Muruga, Lord Ganesha and Nandhikeswara playing Veena. The Godess here is known as Madhuravalli.


According to mythology, when Devas and Asuras churned the mighty ocean (Paarkadal) Alakala Poison got generated from the ocean. To save the universe from the poison, Lord Shiva Himself drank the whole poison. After consuming the poison, as He was feeling a bit dizzy with the power of Alakala, it is said that He rested in Suruttuppalli. Once he woke up the following day, he saw all Devas, Rishis and other Parivars surrounding him with happiness and relief. And that day is celebrated as pradhosham by devotees. It is said that Pradhosham worship originated from this temple.


Pradhosham is celebrated in a big way here. Hundreds of people from various places gather here for Pradhosham festival.