Piranmalai

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Piranmalai
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Piranmalai is located in Tamil Nadu
Piranmalai
Piranmalai
Location in Tamil Nadu
Name
Other names உமாமகேசுவரர் கோயில்
Tamil அருள்மிகு கொடுங்குன்றநாதர் திருக்கோயில்
Geography
Coordinates 10°14′19″N 78°26′13″E / 10.23861°N 78.43694°E / 10.23861; 78.43694Coordinates: 10°14′19″N 78°26′13″E / 10.23861°N 78.43694°E / 10.23861; 78.43694
Country India
State Tamil Nadu
District Sivaganga
Locale Tamil Nadu, India
Elevation 609.6 m (2,000 ft)
Culture
Primary deity Kodunkundranathar(Shiva), Kuyilamritanayaki(Parvathi)
Important festivals GrandBrahmotsavam & Chittirai Thiruvila
Architecture
Architectural styles Dravidian architecture

Piranmalai (Tamil: பிரான்மலை) refers to a hilly village cum temple located in Tiruppathur Taluk in Sivagangai District, Tamil Nadu State, India. Kodunkundreeswar and Bhairavar temples are located in this village.

Piranmalai is a fortified hill at an elevation of over 2,000 feet. This is a last outcrop of the Eastern Ghats, with a Bhairavar temple and five peedas in the rocks of the hill called the Pandava Therthams, is also sacred to the Muslims with a dargah of Waliullah Sheikh Abdullah Shaheb on its peak. At the foot hill, there are traces of a moat and Fort Marudhu, which was pulled down in early 19th century.

One of the seven Vallals, Paari ruled this area. The barren hill is believed to have been covered with dense jungle in the days of Maruthupandiar's rule from late 17th century to 1801. It was part of a large jungle that extended from the Eastern Ghats to the Palk Straits.

This is a vast hill temple reached by a flight of steps in the Pandya Kingdom. The Marudu brothers of Sivagangai associated with Kalayar Kovil have made several contributions to this temple.

The hilly village includes five areas (Piranmalai Main, Mathagupatti, Pudupatti, Pappapatti, Adiyarkulam).

Mythology[edit]

Piranmalai is said to have been ruled by Paari Vallal. Piraanmalai is said to be a block of Mount Meru, which got blown off during a fierce tussle between the serpent king Aadiseshan and the wind God Vaayu(as in Tiruchengode). Since this hill is in the form of a Sivalingam, it is also called Prachandragiri and Katoragiri. Bhrama, Saraswati, Subramanya and Nandi are believed to have worshipped Shiva here. Shiva is believed to have revealed a vision of his marriage with Parvati to Agasthya Muni here. Lord Shiva in this hill temple is known as Mangaibaagar(also called MangaiNayagar) and Goddess Parvati is known as Thenammal. In this hill, there is a natural stone carving that depicts the marriage of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati . It shows Lord Mangaibaagar is holding hands with Goddesss Thenammal .

Temple structure[edit]

This vast temple covering an area of about 30 acres (120,000 m2), with three prakarams(outer courtyard) has 5 beautiful vimanams and an attractive Rajagopuram. There is a Mandapam called as Devasaba mandapam. There are 3 shrines in this temple representing the states of Bhūmi(Earth), Antariksham(Space/Sky) and Swargam(heaven). The presiding deity lord shiva is called as are also 57 Theerthams in this temple.

Poems on this temple[edit]

Sambandar composed the Thevara Pathigam here.

Festivals[edit]

The grand Bhrammotsavam is celebrated in the Tamil month of Chittirai. The Ugra Bhairavar Shrine here witnesses a special festival in the month of Thai. Other festivals here include Kartikai Deepam, Arudra Darisanam, Vinayaka Chaturthi and Navaratri.

Location[edit]

The bus service to Ponnamaravathi from Madurai Anna bus stand goes via this village Piranmalai. There are also several bus service available from singampunari which was 7km away from here. This temple is located 20 km from Tiruppathur.

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