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Pathanchalinathar Temple



Kanattampuliyur Pathanchalinathar Temple is a Hindu temple located at Kanattampuliyur in Cuddalore district of Tamil Nadu, India. The historical name of the place is Tirukanattumullur.  The presiding deity is Shiva. He is called as Patanjaleeswarar. His consort is known as Kola Valai Kai Ambicai.

It is one of the shrines of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalams - Shiva Sthalams glorified in the early medieval Tevaram poems by Tamil Saivite NayanarSundarar.

Lord Maha Vishnu graces from ghoshta (wall around the shrine) in standing form while Lord Muruga with His consorts Valli and Deivanai is just the opposite as if paying His respect to Uncle Mahavishnu.  Valli is wearing the hanging ear ornament called Pambadam or Thandatti, an ornament usually worn by elder women commonly seen in Tirunelveli district.  

Lord Dakshinamurthy is without the banyan tree traditionally related to Him.  There are also shrines for Lord Kasi Viswanatha, Lord Nirudhi Vinayaka, Mother Gajalakshmi.  In the front hall Lord Kirshna graces between two serpents (nagas) and a Linga among serpents.


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Amman / Thayar: Kola Valai Kai Ambicai Ambica with beautiful bangles in hands 
Thala Virutcham: Erukku 
Theertham:Surya Pushkarini 
Agamam / Pooja:Shivagama



The temple on the banks of River Kollidam is known as Madhukavanam.  Lord Shiva graces in the form of a small Shivalinga in the sanctum sanctorum.  On the Tamil New Year day Sun God spreads His rays on the Lord worshipping Him. 

When the sages of Dandakaranya came here to worship Lord Shiva, every particle of sand appeared to them as a Shivalinga, they worshipped the Lord from outside.  Hence, the sand of the place is considered very sacred which is carried by devotees and kept in their houses believing that it would bring them all welfare and prosperity and cleansing them of their sins.

Lord Nataraja appears with His left leg forward and the body slightly backward which is attributed to His pleasing Sage Patanjali who is opposite to the main shrine along with Nalvar  the celebrated saivite saints and authors of Thevaram and Tiruvasagam hymns.  Those seeking relief from adverse effects of serpent planets pray to Sage Patanjali for relief. Omampuliyur temple, where Sage Vyakrapada worshipped Lord Shiva is nearby.  It is noteworthy that three Shiva temples in Chidambaram, Kanattampuliyur and Omampuliyur are in a row.


in February-March, Tirukarthikai in November-December, Aipasi Annabishekam in October-November and Tiruvadhirai in December-Janary are the festivals celebrated in the temple.

Opening time:

The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m and from 5.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. Those visiting the temple during other hours may contact the priest.

Do & Don't

Do & Don't


  • Do pray Your Ishta Devata before Pilgrimage to temple
  • Do Contact Temple Devasthanam information center for inquiry ,temple information and for pooja details etc.
  • Do Do reserve your travel and accommodation at temple well in advance.
  • Do bath and wear clean clothes before you enter the temple
  • Do concentrate on God and Goddess inside the temple.
  • Do maintain silence and recite your Istamantram to yourself inside the temple.
  • Do observe ancient custom and traditions while in Temple.
  • Do deposit your offerings in the hundi only
Don't s:
  • Do not come to Temple for any Purpose other than worshiping of God and Goddess
  • Do not smoke at Temple.
  • Do not consume alcoholic drinks at Temple
  • Do not Eat Non Vegetarian food in the Kshetram
  • Do not approach mediators for quick Dharshanam. It may cause inconvenient to others
  • Do not carry any weapon inside the temple
  • Do not wear any head guards like helmets ,caps ,turbans and hats inside the temple premises

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