Palaivananathar swamy Temple – Papanasam

Palaivananathar swamy Temple – Papanasam

Palaivananathar swamy Temple is an important Hindu temple in Papanasam. It is one of the important Shiva Sthalas in Tamil Nadu. Shiva, this structure is famous for its architectural grandeur and historical significance. The temple is a fine example of Dravidian architecture and a testament to the rich heritage and to the skill and craftsmanship of the Chola craftsmen. The main sanctuary is dedicated to the presiding deity Lord Palaivananathaswamy, along with other deities like Goddess Brihannayaki Amman. The complex of the temple follows Agama rules with various mandapams and shrines for various deities. There are two festivals are held in the temple, attracting devotees from all over the world like Brahmotsavam, Maha Shivaratri and Arudra Darshanam that welcomes thousands of devotee across the world for celebration.

History of Palaivananathar swamy Temple

The temple’s complex was originally built by the Cholas while the crafts and the structure of the temple is believed to be constructed by the Vijayanagar Empire.

Speciality of Palaivananathar swamy Temple

The Speciality of Palaivananatha swamy Temple lies in the belief of the people. It is believed that if people worship here during the Tamil Month of Purattasi, they will be cleansed of all their sins from their birth and their previous birth as well.

Visiting time – 6.00 am – 11.00 pm, 4.30 PM – 8.30 PM

Dress code

It is suggested to dress modestly. Ladies are suggested to wear only sarees, chudidhar, and kurtis. For Men Dhotis, shirt are preferred and trousers and short dresses should be avoided.

How to reach Palaivananatha swamy Temple?

By Air – Trichy airport is the nearest to reach Palaivananatha swamy Temple covering 92 km.

By Train – Tanjore railway station is the nearest to reach Palaivananathar swamy Temple covering 32 km

By Road – All road ways in Tamil Nadu are well- connected to reach Papanasam through NH226.


1. What is Paadal Petra Sthalam?

Paadal Petra Sthalam means temples that are sung in verses and mentioned in a book of devotional poetry called ‘Thevaaram”

2. What is the Oldest Shiva temple in Tamil Nadu?

Mangalanathaswamy Temple in Ramanathapuram is the oldest temple in Tamil Nadu (3000 Years Old)

3. Why should one visit Palaivananatha swamy Temple?

This is one of the Navakailasa temples and considered to be most powerful in cleansing of the sins.

4. Which Shivan temple must be visited for good health?

Vytheeswaran Koil in Tamilnadu is a Shiva temple that must be visited by the people to acquire good health.

5. What are the famous temples near Palaivananatha swamy Temple?

Patteeswaram temple and Sri Ramalingaswami Temple are the famous temples near Palaivananatha swamy Temple.