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|Proper name||Sri Veerattaaneswarar Temple|
|Location||Panruti, Tamil Nadu, India|
|Architectural styles||Dravidian architecture|
The Thiruvathigai Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva. It is situated at Thiruvathigai Village which is about 2 kilometres east from the town of Panruti. Veerattaaneswarar is the presiding deity.
The Thiruvathigai Temple was originally built as a Jain temple by the Pallava king Mahendravarman I in the 6th century AD. However, on his conversion from Jainism to Hinduism, Mahendravarman demolished the existing temple and built a temple to Shiva in its place. The temple contains some remaining Jain artifacts.
There is also another Shiva temple and a Vishnu temple nearby believed to have been constructed from the remains of the demolished Jain temple.
According to the legend[specify] Thirugnana Sambanthar was glorified by the cosmic dance of Shiva. Appar's sister Thilakavathiyar settled here during her later years and devoted her lifetime service to Shiva. Afflicted by a painful illness, Thirunavukkarasar prayed for relief at this temple where his sister Thilagavathiyar served and was cured. Legend holds that this temple is the place where Shiva destroyed three rakshashas and the three cities[specify] created by them. Saranarayana Perumal, another name of Vishnu, is the one who gave the arrow[specify] to Shiva for killing the demons. The Saranarayana Perumal temple is also located in Panruti.
The temple is located at South Arcot district 2 km from Panruti.
- V., Meena (1974). Temples in South India (1st ed.). Kanniyakumari: Harikumar Arts. p. 44.
- Reference from Tamil Nadu tourism department