Palavadi Sastha Temple, Ambasamudram, Thirunelveli
Palavadi Sastha is one of the oldest Sastha shrines located near the banks of Tamirabarani. This beautiful temple is near Ambasamudram in Thirunelveli District of Tamilnadu. Sastha is Swayambu here who is very much pleased in sitting under a pala maram (jack fruit tree). Swami doesn’t have any swaroopam here. Instead he is worshipped in the form of a lingam. There are three lingams i.e. Sastha in centre and on either sides Poorna and Pushakalai - His consorts.
An idol of an elephant, his Vahana is found in front of Swami. There is a peetam nearby Sastha which is Lord Boothanatha. The temple also houses a huge figure of Parivara. Though there is a temple compound, Sastha is worshipped in the open space - just under the shelter of the Jack tree.. (Jack =Pala; i.e. Palavadi) without any sanctum sanctorum and Swami prefers to be in rain and sun than inside the Garbha graham.
The interesting and amazing fact about this temple - during any special puja to the Lord, after the puja, if he is satisfied with the worship, exactly three leaves from the Jack tree fall on the figures of Sastha-Poorna and Pushkala. Ambasamudram is 37 Kms from Tenkasi, 12 Kms from Veeravanallur, 47 Kms from Thirunelveli, 206 Kms from Madurai and 143 Kms from Thiruvananthapuram. Nearest Railway Station is located at Ambasamudram. Nearest Airport is located Madurai and Thiruvananthapuram.