Papanasanathar Temple, Papanasam, Tirunelveli

Sri Papanasanathar temple is located in the main village referred as Papanasam, in the district of Tirunelveli, in the state of Tamil Nadu in South India. The commanding deity of this temple is Papanasanathar (Lord Shiva) and his consort is Ulagammai.

The holy tree of this temple is Vilwa. The holy water of this temple is well water. The agamam or pooja of this temple is known as Karanagama. This temple is about 1000-2000 years old in this region. The historical name of this spot is Papanasam.

The main festival of this temple are 10 day Brahmmotsavam in Chithirai, Maha Shivrathri in February-March;  the Agasthya wedding festival on the first day of the same month (April-May), Panguni Uthiram in March-April, Thaipoosam in January-February, Purattasi Navarathri in September-October,  Mondays of Karthikai Tamil month covering November-December, Thai Poosam in January-February, Margazhi Tiruvadhirai in December-January, Pongal, Deepvalli, Vinayaka Chaturthi,  Margazhi Tiruvadirai in December-January, Vaikasi Thiruvadhirai in May-June, Maha Shivrathri in February-March and Aipasi Annabishekam in October-November are celebrated in the temple.

The temple is open for all the Hindus from 6.30 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. and 6.30 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. Lord Shiva facing west is a swayambumurthy in this shrine.  According to the local legends, “of the nine Kailash Kshetras – Nava Kailash – Papanasam is the first attributed to Sun God. Hence, the place is known as Surya Kshetra and Surya Kailash. On a Thaipoosam day, Lord Nataraja granted darshan to sages Patanjali and Vyakrapatha standing between the horns of Nandhi the bull vehicle of Lord Shiva. Remembering this event, special pujas are performed on the Thaipoosam day with sandal paste to Nandhi”

Address – Sri Papanasanathar temple, Papanasam, Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu

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