Palunkanda Nathar Temple

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Palunkanda Nathar Temple is a Hindu temple in the village of Thiruvaipadi near Thiruppanandal in the Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu, India.


The presiding deity is Shiva. The temple is associated with the life of Chandeshvara Nayanar, one of the 63 Nayanmars or Saivite saints.


According to legend, Chandesvara Nayanar was employed as a cowherd at Thiruvaipadi where he constructed a shivalinga and did pooja to the linga by offering the milk obtained from the cows.

Hymns in praise of the temple were composed by the Saivite saint Thirunavukkarasar in the Thevaram.