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This is one of the 276 Devara Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalams and 64th Shiva Sthalam on the Southern bank of the river Cauveri in Chozha Nadu (Thenkarai).Lord Shiva in this temple is a Swayambumurthi (self-manifested). This east facing temple has a single corridor and its main tower (Rajagopuram) has 3-tiers.
- Moolavar : Sivanandeswarar, Pranaveswarar
- Urchavar : Peranaweswarar
- Amman / Thayar : Mangalambikai
- Thala Virutcham : Vanni
- Theertham : Mangala Theertham
- Old year : 1000-2000 years old
- Historical Name : Thirupenuperundurai
- Location : Tirupandurai, Thanjavur,Tamil Nadu
This ancient temple is situated on the Arisilaru River ‘s southern banks. Therefore this location gets the name Perunthurai (“periya” in Tamil means large and “thurai” means bank of the river).
This place ‘s historical name is Penu Perunthurai, but it is now known as Thiruppanthurai. There are five stone inscriptions in this temple that date back to the periods of Karikal Cholan, King Parakesari, Raja Raja Cholan and King Veera Pandiyan, “Madurai konda.” This temple was reconstructed in granite during the time of King Karikal Cholan according to these stone inscriptions.
The name of the lord in the stone inscriptions is called “Sri Penu Perunthurai Mahadevar” and the name of the goddess is referred to as “Sri Malai Arasi Ammai.”