thiruppazhanam

periyanaayagi sametha aabath sahaayeswarar temple , thiruppazhanam

thirupparanam   is a small village on the northern banks of cauvery river about 2 kms to the east of thiruvaiyaru in thanjavur district. about 15 kms from thanjavur old bus stand.

it is the second temple in the saptha sthanam heritage. temple is normally open from 8 to 11 and 4 to 7 pm. visitation however is very less.

Nearby Town : thanjavur
Railway Station : thanjavur
Contact Details : 04362 326668 , 999 438 9328

temple is a big one and  beautifully located off the main road towards kumbakonam.

one of the salient features is that venugopala swamy adores the place which  normally belongs to lingothbavar.

overall architecture and layout can be seen from the photos in the photos section below.

 

sthalapuranam

worshipped by chandran , kousika rishi , kuberan , vishnu and indran . one of the 278 thevaram temples. it is said kousika rishi made a lingam with his share of amirtham ( amrut ) mixed with sand to be installed here.

sucharithan

a small brahmin boy named sucharithan who lost both parents came from gouthama nathi banks of northern india and stayed here for a night. in the night lord yama , responsible for separating one’s soul from body appeared in his dream and told that he would lose his life five days from then.

a terrified child prayed to the lord here who suggested to him that he would be unharmed if he went to thiruvaiyaru. the boy did and escaped death. shiva who helped the child during distress times is praised as aabath ( danger ) sahaayar ( helper ). 

thevara padal petra sthalam

thirupparanam is the 104th  padal petra sthalam in the thevaram temple list. it is categorized as a temple belonging to cauvery north bank.

thirunavukkarasar , sundharar and gnana sambandhar sung songs in praise of the god here. so we can assume the temple existed even before 6th century a.d. 

saptha sthaanam

one of the 7 sapthasthana temples. sapthasthanam means 7 places where shiva himself took out nandhi and his wife on a marriage procession after he performed nandhi’s marriage in thirumazhapadi. this festival is a grand festival that is performed on the chitra month visakam natchathram.

other temples which form the saptha sthanam heritage are thiruppoondhuruthi , thiruvedhikudi , thiruvaiyaru , thillaisthanam , thiruchchotruthurai and kandiyur

a tamir sthalapuranam is available as a slide show if you can read..

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