The Thiruvadigai Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva. It is situated at Thiruvadigai Village which is about 2 kilometres east from the town of Panruti. Veerattaaneswarar is the presiding deity. This is one of the 275 Padal Petram Sthalams.
The Thiruvadigai Temple was originally built as a Jain temple by the Pallava king Mahendravarman I in the 6th century AD.
However, on his conversion from Jainism to Hinduism, Mahendravarman demolished the existing temple and built a temple to Shiva in its place. The temple contains some remaining Jain artifacts.
There is also another Shiva temple and a Vishnu temple nearby believed to have been constructed from the remains of the demolished Jain temple.
According to the legend Thirugnana Sambanthar was glorified by the cosmic dance of Shiva. Appar's sister Thilakavathiyar settled here during her later years and devoted her lifetime service to Shiva. Afflicted by a painful illness, Thirunavukkarasar prayed for relief at this temple where his sister Thilagavathiyar served and was cured.
Legend holds that this temple is the place where Shiva destroyed three rakshashas and the three cities created by them. Saranarayana Perumal, another name ofVishnu, is the one who gave the arrow to Shiva for killing the demons. The Saranarayana Perumal temple is also located in Panruti.
Thiruvathigai Temple is located in Thiruvathigai village which is 2 kilometres away from Panruti town, Cuddalore District in Tamil Nadu. Panruti is 24 km (15 miles) away from Cuddalore.
Buses are available from all places in Tamil Nadu to reach this temple in Thiruvathigai village in Panruti town.
Nearest Railway Station is Panruti town. Buses and Taxis are available to visit this temple in Thiruvathigai village.
After reaching Chennai airport travel up to Cuddalore by train or by bus. And from Cuddalore travel up to Thiruvathigai village to visit this temple. The nearest airport is Chennai International Airport, located 200 km (120 mi) away from Cuddalore. Cuddalore to Panruti is 24 kms. Then From Panruti town travel up to Thiruvathigai village to reach this temple.