Papanasam Arulmigu Papanasa swamy Temple :

God and Godess :

  • Arulmigu Papanasa swamy
  • Ulagamman (Parvathi Devi)

Location :

Papanasam Arulmigu Papanasa swamy Temple,
Papanasam Area, Ambasamudram(Taluk),
Tirunalveli / Tirunelveli district – 627425

Timings :

  • Morning 6.30 AM – 1.00 PM
  • Evening 4:30PM – 8:00PM
  • On Last Fridays & Special days – 6:00AM
  • On Kala pooja Function days
  • Morning 6.30 AM – 1.00 PM
  • Evening 4:30PM – 8:00PM

Temple History :

Papanasam Shiva Temple in Tirunelveli is a famous temple situated on the banks of Thamiraparni River in Tamil Nadu, India. Lord Shiva is the presiding deity here as Papanasa Swamy or Papavinaseswarar, the redeemer of sins. Parvati Devi is worshiped as Goddess Ulagammai. The temple was built around 1000 to 2000 years old and is believed to be the place where Lord Indra got relived for the Brahmmahati dosha for killing Dwashta, the Guru of Devas and son of Sukracharya.Here Shiva blesses his devotees as Papanasanathar and destroys all sins. Taking bath in the Thambirabarani river in front of the temple is equivalent to taking bath in Kasi. The Shivalinga here is known as Mukkila Lingam and Lord Shiva graces his devotees as Rudraksha in the sanctum sanctorum and also under the Mukkila tree in the corridor-prakara. Lord Nataraja is enshrined in Ananda Thandava form in a separate shrine adjacent to Rajagopuram.

Due to the heavy crowd of sages at Mount Kailash attending the wedding of Lord Shiva with Mother Parvathi, Earth lost its balance. Lord Shiva called Sage Agasthya to go to Pothigai Hills in the South and to balance the Earth level as his single weight was enough for the purpose equaling the weight of the millions of Rishis at Mount Kailash then.On the first day of Chithirai month (falling almost on April 14 each year), Lord granted the Wedding Darshan to Sage Agasthya. Lord Papanasanatha graces the Wedding Darshan behind the sanctum sanctorum as Kalyanasundarar on His bull vehicle. Sage Agasthya and his wife Lopamudra are in the shrine worshipping the Lord.Also, the River Tambiraparani, springing from Pothigai Hills and flowing through the hilly regions reach the plains only at Papanasam. During the Uchikala Puja (pujas during the afternoon), foods (nivedhana) are offered to the fishes in Tambiraparani. It is here that Lord Shiva granted darshan to sages Vyakrapatha and Patanjali standing between the horns of Nandhi on a Thaipoosam day. Recalling this event, special pujas are performed to Nandhi each year on this day with sandal paste.There is a pounding stone (T Ural in Tamil) in front of the shrine of Mother Ulgammai. Women use to pound turmeric and make the turmeric water for abhisheka to the goddess. They consume a little of this abhisheka water hoping they will be married soon and blessed with a child. Married women believe that this abhisheka water consumption would also increase the longevity of their Mangal Sutras.

The greatness of this temple: Indira, the king of the Devas had Dwashta, son of Sukracharya (Venus planet- the Guru of the demons)) as his Guru. Indira came to know that Dwashta was performing a Yagna for the demons and killed him and thus incurred the sin called Brahmmahati dosha. In order to cleanse himself of the sin, Indira wandered among the various Shiva Kshetras worshipping the Lord for relief from the dosha. Guru, planet Jupiter advised him to go this place and worship Lord Shiva. Even as Indira was entering the borders of this place, he got relieved from his sin. Hence, the place came to be known as Papanasam – meaning destroying sins and the Lord as Papanasanathar.
Land of Sun:

Sage Romasa sought the advice of his Guru Agasthya to choose places on the banks of Tambiraparani for installing Shivalingas. The teacher told the disciple to throw flowers used for Shiva Puja on the river, and do the installations where the flowers reached the shores. Romasa Maharshi threw lotus flowers as advised on the river, nine of which reached the bank at various places and Papanasam was the first. Planets are nine, therefore, they were named Nava (nine) Kailash each attributed to one planet. Sun being the first in the planets, Papanasam is attached to Sun known as Surya Kailash.
Mukkila Lingam:

Lord Papanasa Natha graces as Rudraksha in the sanctum sanctorum and also under the Mukkila tree in the corridor-prakara. It is said that three Vedas – Rig, Yajur and Sama – were the Kila trees offering shadow to the Lord and Atharvana Veda was the space. They worshiped the Lord in these forms. Hence, the Lord is named Mukkila Lingam.

Festivals :

  • Brahmotsavam
  • Therthiruvizha (Panguni Month)
  • Toppathiruvizha (Panguni Month)
  • Chithirai Agasthiar Perumal Wedding
  • Margalai
  • Urchavam
  • Navaratri Vizha
  • Kanthar Sasti
  • Polathira Urchavam
  • Maha Shivaratri

Ticket price for rituals, darshanams & special sevas :

  • Thiruvanathal pooja – 6:30AM
  • Sirukala sandhi pooja – 7:00AM
  • Kala Sandhi pooja – 8:30AM
  • Uchikalam (Noon) pooja – 11:00AM
  • Sayaratchai pooja – 6:00PM
  • Ardhajama pooja – 8:00PM
  • Pooja – Cost
  • Sangasgara Naman Archanai – Rs 5
  • Tirumana Kattanam – Rs 150
  • Special Darshan(Normal days) – Rs 5
  • Special Entry (Function days) – Rs 10
  • Mudi Kanikkai – Rs 10
  • Panner Sadhutal – Rs 1
  • Ashtotram – Rs 2

Nearest Temples Around Papanasam Arulmigu Papanasa swamy Temple :

  • Tenkasi – Kasi Viswanatha temple – 33.5 km
  • Sankarankovil – Sankaranarayana temple – 73 km
  • Kadayam – Vilava Vananatha temple – 18 km
  • Kalugumalai – Kalugasalamoorthy temple – 92 km
  • Tiruchendur – Subramanya swamy temple – 106 km
  • Kovilpatti – Poovanatha temple – 114 km
  • Kanyakumari – Bhagavathi Amman temple – 106 km
  • Mandaikadu – Bhagavathi Amman temple – 122 km
  • Suchindram – Thanumalayam temple – 109 km
  • Thiruvattar – Adikesava temple – 129 km
  • Srivilliputhur – Andal /Nachiyar temple – 115 km
  • Srivilliputhur – vaidyanatha temple – 115 km
  • Sathuragiri – Sundaramahalingam temple – 146 km
  • Virudhunagar – Chokkanatha temple – 163 km
  • Sasthamcotta – Dharmasastha temple – 130 km
  • Oachira – Parabrahma temple – 150 km
  • Sabarimala – Dharmasastha/Ayyappa temple – 191 km
  • Aranmula – Parthasarathi temple – 143 km
  • Malayalappuzha – Malayalappuzha Devi temple – 130 km
  • Kaviyoor – Mahadevar temple – 157 km

Nearest Bus Stations :

  • Surandai – 35 km
  • Tirunelveli – 47 km
  • Kalakkad – 45 km
  • Tenkasi – 35 km
  • Ambasamudram – 10 km

Nearest Railwaystations :

  • Ambasamudram – 8 km
  • Kalikadayam – 15 km
  • Alwar kurichi – 12 km

Nearest Airports :

  • Madhurai – 211 km
  • Coimbatore – 409 km
  • Cochin – 262 km
  • Trivendram – 157 km

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