Lord Shiva

In the Hindu mythology, Lord Shiva is the Destroyer and the most important one in the Holy Trinity, the other two being Brahma the Creator and Vishnu the Protector. Lord Shiva has always fascinated his followers by his unique appearance: he has not two but three eyes, has ash smeared all over his body, has snakes coiled up around his head and arms, wears tiger and elephant skin, leads a wild life in the cremation grounds far removed from social pretenses, and is known for his proverbial anger.

Lord Vishnu

He has four arms and is male: The four arms indicate his all-powerful and all-pervasive nature. His physical existence is represented by the two arms in the front, while the two arms at the back represent his presence in the spiritual world. The Upanishad Gopal Uttartapani describes the four arms. Title has been given since some of these facts may be shocking for someone, soothing for devotees and interesting for others. Some of these facts may be known to someone but unknown to other.

Lord Brahma

In Hinduism, Lord Brahma is the first god of the Trinity (Brahma, Vishnu, and Mahesh). He is the creator of the universe. But, he is not worshipped as Lord Vishnu and Shiva. There is only one temple dedicated to him, which is the Pushkar temple of Rajasthan. And many temples are dedicated to Vishnu and Shiva. There is no corner of India where there are no temples of Vishnu and Shiva.

Tiruppanantaal Temple

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About Temple
Tiruppanantaal Temple is an Upadesa Stalam with Shiva facing West and Ambal facing East. This shrine is also known as Taalavanam. This temple is the 39th in the series of the Tevara Stalams located in Chola Nadu north of the river Kaveri.

Description: This Shivastalam is an Upadesa Stalam with Shiva facing West and Ambal facing East. Sambandar is said to have visited here after visiting Tirucheignalur. He is said to have proceeded to Tiruppayatrankudi from here. This shrine is also known as Taalavanam. Tiruppanantaal is considered to be the 39th in the series of the Tevara Stalams located in Chola Nadu north of the river Kaveri.
Of the 275 Shivastalams six shrines are associated with Panai maram (Palm Tree). They are Panaiyur, Panankattur, Puravaar Panankattur, Cheyyar, Tirumazhapadi and Tiruppanantaal.

Legends: Shiva is said to have bent forward to allow an anxious devotee Tatakai to adorn him with a garland. The river Manni is said to be a derivation from its original name Subramanya nadhi. The fact that it is an Upadesa Stalam renders significance to this shrine. Bhrama was absolved of the blemish of having made the false declaration of having ascended to the top of the column of fire that Shiva manifested himself as, here.

The Temple: This temple is also a Maadakkoyil built at an elevation.Lofty fortress walls and towering Rajagopurams with several images adorn this temple. The Vimanam here is crowned with 3 kalasams. Raja Raja Chola II is known for his grants to this temple. Kungiliyakkalaya Nayanar is associated with Tiruppanantaal, he is said to have straightened the tilted Shivalingam by virtue of his ardent devotion to the deity.

Images of the stalapuranams associated with Tatakai and Kungiliyakkalaya Nayanaar are seen carved in the 16 pillared hall. This shrine is under the able administration of the Dharumapura Adhinam. Six worship services are offered each day.

Legends: Shiva bent forward to allow a devotee to adorn him with a garland. The river Manni is a derivation of the name Subramanya nadhi. Being an Upadesa Stalam makes it an important shrine. Brahma was absolved of the stain of making a false claim of having ascended the column of fire where Shiva manifested himself.

Temple: This temple is built on an elevation. High fort walls and towering Rajagopurams with many images adorn this temple. The Vimana has three kalasams. Raja Raja Chola II gave many grants to this temple. Images of the stalapuranams are carved in the 16 pillared hall

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