Thiru Payatrunathar Temple, Thiru Payathangudi, Nagapattinam
Thiru Payatrunathar Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located at Thiru Payathangudi in the Nagapattinam district of the Indian state of Tamilnadu. The presiding deity is known a Thiru Payatrunathar which means "Lord of the pulses" in Tamil. He is also known as Muktapureeswarar.
Lord Shiva helping a trader to avoid paying taxes:
The place was once a centre of export and import trade. Horses were imported from Arabia and pepper was exported in exchange. A trader brought pepper bags for export. He came to know that a duty was levied then for export of pepper. But no duty was levied on pulse export. The duty would eat out the profit of the trader. He prayed to Lord Shiva saying that he would have to meet with heavy loss if he paid the duty and begged him to convert the bags as containing pulses till he passed the check post. He slept there at night.
Merciful Lord converted the bags as containing pulses and also informed his devotee in his dream. The officials passed the bags after checking them. The trader reached Nagapattinam and sold his product for a profit. The trader simply spent his earnings in the service of Lord Shiva. Pulse in English means Payaru in Tamil. Lord thus became Tiru Payatrunathar and the place Tirupayattrur.
Bhairava worshipped Shiva here:
Bhairava is believed to have worshipped Shiva at the Thiru Payatrunathar temple.
Lord Shiva in the temple is a Swayambumurthy. The presiding deity is known a Thiru Payatrunathar which means "Lord of the pulses" in Tamil. He is also known as Muktapureeswarar. Mother is known as Kaviaganni. Lord Vinayaka of the temple is praised as Siddhi Buddhi Vinayaka. The temple is facing east. There are shrines for Lords Siddhi Vinayaka, Dakshinamurthy, Muruga with his consorts Valli and Deivanai, Viswanatha with Mother Visalakshi, Mothers Gajalakshmi and Mahalakshmi, Sage Bhairava Maharshi, Bhairava, Sun, Moon, Somaskanda, Veera Makali and Chandikeswara. Mother Veera Makali blesses devotees from her own shrine.
Temple Opening Time
The temple is open from 8.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and from 6.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.
Chitra Poornima-full moon day in April-May; Fridays in Aadi in July-August and in Thai covering January-February and Maha Shivrathri in February-March are the festivals celebrated in the temple.
The temple is praised by Saint Appar in his Thevaram hymns. This is the 78th Shiva temple on the southern bank of Cauvery praised in Thevaram hymns. Hymns in praise of the temple have been composed by the saint Appar in the Thevaram.
Bathing in the Karuna Theertham traders here pray to Tiru Payatrunathar and those suffering from vision problems and evil spirits pray to Mother Kaviaganni. Realizing their wishes, devotees offer vastras to Lord and offer Pongal-pudding nivedhana to Mother.
Sri Tirupayatrunathar – Muktapureeswarar Temple,
Tirupayathangudi – 610 101,
Phone: +91 – 4366 – 272 423
Mobile: +91 – 98658 44677
Tirupayathangudi is on the Tiruvarur – Thirumarugal route (10 Km). Nearest Railway Station is located at Tiruvarur and Nearest Airport is located at Tiruchi.