Moolavar: Thalapureeswarar(Panangattu Easwarar), Krubapureeswarar
Amman / Thayar: Krubanayaki, AmirthavalliSthula Komala Pathaambal,
Thala Virutcham: Palm tree
Theertham: Jada Ganga, Sundarar Theertham
Agamam / Pooja: Shivagama
Old year: 1000-2000 years old
Historical Name: Van Parthan Panangatur
Sri Amirtavalli Sameda, Sri Thalapureeswarar & Sri Kirupanayaki Sameda Sri Kirupanathaeswarar Temple is an old historic temple located in Thirupanagadu. This paadal petra sthalam is located 16 Kms from Kancheepuram. Bus facilities from Kancheepuram are available.This temple is close to Kanchipuram. On the way to Kalavai,Vembakkam and Perungkattur you can find Thirupanangadu cross (Junction). The temple is 2 KM from this point. Small and beautiful temple in 19 Cent land.
When we reached this temple, There is three tier Rajagopuram, when you enter the temple we can see one unique thing, two Dwajasthambam & Nandi, Outside Prahara, Selva Ganapathi on the south side & Dhandapani Anadavar on North both facing east.
The Entrance to inner prahara we can see Kirupanathaeswarar facing east & also Thalapureerswarar facing east. There is two Sanctum Sanctum also two Ambals facing south Amirthavalli & Kirupanayaki. On the south side of hall way we can see the revered four & 63 nayanmars. On the South west corner Ganesh & North west his Brother Arumugan. In the north side Natarajar Sanidhi & in the North east Bhairavar facing south & Opposite to the Sanctum Sanctum its Surya & Perumal idol is there.Near the Sthala Viruksham Kodai Muneeswarar shrine is there.
Out side the Prahara we can see Palm tree one on the North side(Male) & South Side(Female). Temple Tree is (Thala Viruksham) Palm Tree. As Palm trees were around this place and as the sthala viruksham is also Palm tree this place named Thirupanangattur. As this place is closer to Vempakkam ( Vanparthan ), this is called Vanparthan Panangattur. There is one other place (Padal petra sthalam) called Puravar Panangattur in Nadu Naadu.
The Sanctum is Gajabrushta (Half Round) depicting its a Chola Era Temple.Behind the Thalapureeswarar its Lingeswar, depicting he is Endless in top & bottom, Vishu in Vraha avatar & Brahma in bird to know his end pointsBehind the Kirupanathaeswarar its typical siva Temple with mahavishnu.
On the inside Prahara we can see pillars all in Equal size distributed & also nice carvings on the pillars. All the pillars sculptured with lot of carvings,One important thing noticed is One pillar carved with two monkeys fighting depicting Valli & Sukriva, In a pillar outside prahara we can see Rama Holding a bow & Arrow, When we see from Rama's pillar we can clearly see Valli & Sukriva but when we see from the Valli's pillar we can see only the Bow.
There are two presiding deities, Thalapureeswarar (Panangattu Easwarar) and Krubapureeswarar in the temple. The Dwarapalakas (securities) in Krubapureeswarar shrine are standing on a lotus shaped peeta. A Nandhi on Sun God, a crescent moon on Moon himself, Aiyappan on elephant appear different from traditional forms.
10 day Masi Brahmmotsavam for Lord Thalapureeswarar
Aipasi Annabishekam in October-November
Margazhi Arudra Darshan in December-January are the festivals celebrated in the temple.
Those seeking child boon pray to Lord offering palm fruit and consume it then. People also pray for prosperity and for healing eye related diseases. They also circumambulate these trees and pray to Lord Shiva for removal of adverse aspects affecting wedding proposals.Devotees perform abishek, archanas and offer vastras to Lord and Mother.
The temple is praised by saint Sundarar in
his Thevaram hymns. Describing the glory of Panangattur Lord Shiva,
Sundarar says that what people could think of if they fail to think of Lord
Shiva who holds in Him those free from cunnings, the Great Mother as His part
and having Pananangattor His abode. This is the 19th Shiva Temple in
Thondaimandalam region praised in Thevaram hymns. There are shrines for Lords
Nataraja, Tirupathi Venkatachalapathy, Meenakshi Chokkanathar and Mahalingam.
While Sage Agasthya installed Thalapureeswarar, his disciple Pulasthya installed another one nearby namedKrubapureeswarar on a square peeta. Both are revered as the presiding deities as one Shiva. Thalapureeswarar, worshipped by sage Agsthya is worshipped as the first and prominent deity. The main entrance is opposite Krubapureeswarar shrine. Both are under Gajabrushta vimana means roof above the sanctum sanctorum. On the wall of Thalapureeswarar sanctum are Lingodhbava, Mother Durga. Lord Vishnu is behind the sanctum of Lord Krubapureeswarar with Chandikeswara on the left. There is only one Palli room. Mother-Goddesses for the Lords are in separate shrines facing south. Mother Amirthavalli is slightly taller than Mother Krubapuri Ambal.
Lord Dakshinamurthy appears differently with His left leg folded with Nandhi below Him. In the Vinayaka shrine, there is a serpent deity left of Lord Vinayaka shrine while another Vinayaka on the right has Mother on His lap. Planet Saturn means Sani Bhagwan is under the Vanni tree outside the temple. People use to do archanas to him with vanni leaves for relief from the planet?s adverse effects. Nearby is Saint Yogananda Muneeswarar in a separate shrine under the neem tree. Before worshipping Lord Shiva, devotees worship Muneeswarar.
Saint Sundarar was on his way to this place from Kancheepuram. When it was midday, he and his followers were hungry and became tired. Lord Shiva came there as an old man and served them food. Sundarar asked him for water. The old man said that he and his men would have it and moved. A spring came up there with sweet water. When Sundarar asked him who he was, the old man simply disappeared saying he was a resident of Panangadu who earlier stopped his marriage. Sundarar, with the privilege of a friend sang in praise of the Lord in funny words.The spring created by the Lord is a little away from the temple. It never goes dry. Special pujas are performed here as Kattamudhu during the Brahmmotsavam festival.
Sri Vinayaka of the temple is praised as Big Vinayaka means Peria Vinayakar. The Vimana is of Gajabrusha design.
During his journey in south, Sage Agasthya desired to worship Lord Shiva in this place and did so with his mind set on the Lord. Lord told the sage through a voice that He was there as a Swayambu Linga nearby under a neem tree. He saw another sage in meditation. When enquired about the Linga, the Sage showed Agasthya the Linga and turned into meditation again. But Agasthya had no water to perform the puja. Knowing the Sage?s difficulty, Lord poured the Ganga water on His head which also became a holy spring named Jada Ganga Theertham means spring that came from the tuft of Lord. When Agasthya wanted fruits to offer the Lord for nivedhana, Lord dropped the palm fruits. Pleased with the pujas of Sage Agasthya, Lord granted darshan to him. As Lord dropped palm fruits, He is also named Thalapureeswarar, Thalam means Palm tree.