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Paadal Petra Sthalam


Paadal Petra Sthalams are the 275 Siva temples that are revered in the Tevaram (Teva+Aaram = God’s Garland) verses of the Nayanars, with at least one verse dedicated to the specific temple. Other temples that are mentioned in passing in the verses of Tevaram are referred to as Vaippu Sthalams.

Paadal Petra Sthalams are located primarily in Tamil Nadu. The geographical distribution of these temples is as follows:

  • Kaveri Vada Karai (Chola Nadu): 63 [Tamil Nadu]
  • Kaveri Then Karai (Chola Nadu): 128 [Tamil Nadu]
  • Pandya Nadu: 14 [Tamil Nadu]
  • Kongu Nadu: 7 [Tamil Nadu]
  • Nadu Nadu: 22 [Tamil Nadu]
  • Tondai Nadu: 31 [Tamil Nadu]
  • Malai Nadu: 1 [Kerala]
  • Tulu Nadu: 1 [Karnataka]
  • Vada Nadu: 5 [North, from Andhra Pradesh to Nepal]
  • Eezha Nadu: 2 [Sri Lanka]

Some Paadal Petra Sthalams are in the carousel below. Click on the temple details at the bottom of each image to read about that temple.


Here is a map of Paadal Petra Sthalams, Vaippu Sthalams and Divya Desam temples, classified as whether visited by me or not. You can use this to identify the location of these temples.

On this site, we have categorised these temples in terms of the above regions, as also by districts in the state, so that visitors can consider grouping some of these temples while on a visit.

Even though this blog is focussed on temples in Tamil Nadu, our plan is to visit relevant temples in other states (or countries) as well (such as the Vada Nadu and Eezha Nadu Paadal Petra Sthalams).

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