Thursday, January 5, 2017

Palani Andavar Temple, Thiruthangal, Sivakasi, Virudhunagar

Palani Andavar Temple, Thiruthangal, Sivakasi, Virudhunagar
Palani Andavar Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Murugan, located in Thiruthangal, a town in the outskirts of Sivakasi, in Tamilnadu. The temple is dedicated to Palaniandavar, which is found near the entrance of the Shiva temple built on a small hillock. Arumugha Tambiran was an ardent devotee of Muruga. He used to travel to Palani carrying a Kavadi and returned to Thiruthangal the same day.

As years rolled by, Thambiran found it difficult to travel all the way to Palani. He used to ascend a few steps and then return. While cooking food one day, lord Murugan showered gold coins in his route. He took up the gold coins and built the shrine of Palani Andavar. The place where he breathed his last is marked by a mutt and his articles are still maintained.

In the Same hillock another two temples are there for Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva - Sri Ninra Narayana Perumal Temple and Sri Karunellinathar Temple. Small Vana Durgai Amman Temple is located very close to this hillock.

The temple is located at about 4 kms from Sivakasi, 20 Kms from Virudhunagar, and 20 Kms from Srivilliputhur.  Frequent buses are available from Virudunagar, Sivakasi and Srivilliputhur. Mini buses ply every 5-10 mts between Sivakasi and Thiruthangal. Nearest Railway Station is Thiruthangal Railway Station, which is found in Virudhunagar - Tenkasi Railway Lane. The nearest airport is Madurai Airport, located 45 km northeast of the town.

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