Hill temple and Paadal Petra Sthalam near Madurai, associated with Murugan’s learning of the pranava mantra from Lord Siva
This feature explores the various legends around Bhikshatanar – the form of Siva as a naked, wandering mendicant
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.
Temple on the banks of the Kollidam river, considered the birthplace of Nandi
Pancha aranya kshetram near Kumbakonam, where Sambandar’s difficulties in reaching the temple are reimagined as part of the boat festival every year
Beautiful Chola temple near Mannargudi connected to Sibi Chakravarti, Suryan and Daksha’s yagna
Where Siva revealed to the world, the secret to a happy marriage!
One of 4 temples where Nagaraja, lord of the Nagas, is said to have worshipped Lord Siva on Mahasivaratri
Paadal Petra Sthalam and the birthplace of Nambiyandar Nambi, without whom we would not have the Tevaram!
Where Siva as Guru, initiated Parvati to the truth of OM, the Pranava Mantram
A Siva temple where Yama is accorded higest priority and respect; and where you can go only if the Lord wishes so!
Paadal Petra Sthalam, and Ashta Veerattanam temple associated with Siva culling Daksha’s head
Where Indra was absolved of his sins for killing demons and having Sage Dadhichi part with his spine
One of the earliest Siva temples in Kumbakonam associated with the legend of the Mahapralayam (great floods)
Temple with exquisite sculptures and architecture, where the story of Ardhanari comes to life
Home of the original maragatha lingam from the legend of Muchununda Chakravarti
A Sapta Vitanga Sthalam and Paadal Petra Sthalam created by Brahma, where Bheema and the Navagrahas have worshipped Lord Siva
Maadakoil built by Kochchenga Chola, with the legend of Valian, the bird, who was blessed by Lord Siva with the Mrityunjaya mantram
Paadal Petra Sthalam where Airavata worshipped Siva and caused a rain that flowed like a river