Thenupuriswarar Temple, Patteeswaram - Festivals
The most important festival of the temple is the Muthu Pandal (Pearl Tent) event in the month of Aani-June-July. This is a festival remembering the event of Lord Shiva offering this Pandal to Saint Gnanasambandar through his Bhooda Ganas. It is almost a spiritual drama showing the mercy of Lord to the child saint. It begins at 12.00 a.m. on the day when child saint Gnanasambandar comes to the tent in Patteeswaram with his followers and sings the hymns. At night Lord Patteeswarar and Mother Palvalai Nayaki comes in procession in a pearl palanquin. The child saint also follows in procession. The festivals would be so alive pleasing devotees.
Vaikasi Visakam in May-June beginning on the Vishakham star day with Panchamurthis (five deities) coming in procession to Tirumalairajan River offering theertham to devotees and return to temple granting darshan to devotees; Margazhi Panchamurthis procession on the new moon day, offering the Koti Theertham, an event remembering the relief of the Sayahati dosha to Lord Sri Rama; Aani Thirumanjanam to Lord Nataraja in June-July; Aadi Pooram Mother Palvalai Nayaki procession in July-August; Avani abishekam to Lord Nataraja in August-September; Vinayaka Chathurthi pujas and special abisheks in the same month; and Aipasi Annabishekam in October-November; Masi Magam and Maha Shivrathri with four time pujas at night in February-March; Sandalwood paste Alankarams to Durga Matha in Panguni Uthiram in March-April; Monthly Pradosha days, Deepavali, Pongal, Tamil and English New Year Days are the many festivals celebrated in the temple with special pujas and aaradhanas.
Processions of Five Utsava Murthis:
In the annual ten-day festival in Margazhi (December-January) the five Utsavar Murthis are taken out in a procession. Another ten-day festival is held in Vaikasi (May-June) when the five Utsava Murthis are again taken out in a procession.
The Navarathri Festival with the Durga Puja in September-October is a big occasion in this temple.
Muthu Pandal Festival:
The Muthu Pandal Festival held in Aani (June-July) is a beautiful occasion. The deity is taken around in the exquisite palanquin of pearls.
The ten-day thanksgiving festival honors King Chitrasena of Kaambeeli. He had no children and to liberate himself from the sins of his previous birth, he came here with his wife, took a bath in the sacred tank and prayed to Shiva. Pleased with his prayers, Lord Shiva appeared before him in Vaikasi (May-June) and blessed him with a child. As a thanksgiving to the Lord, the delighted king started the grand 10-day festival in Thai (January-February).