Near Madurai, Tamil Nadu
Annual Brahmotsavam During March-April, Aadi
Pooram, Navaratri, Arudra Darisanam, Kartikai Deepam And The Kolattam
Tiruppoovanam is located near
, which has a beautiful
shrine dedicated to Poovana Nathar. This shrine is treated with great
reverence and there are several legends associated with Tiruppoovanam.
Manikka Vacakar has also sung of its glories and it is even referred to as
Dakshina Kailasam and a reference of this temple is also found in
Tiruvilayadal puranam. The Shivaganga royal family manages the temple.
Surya is said to have worshipped Somaskandar here. A devotee of Lord
Shiva, Sambandar, upon viewing each grain of sand as a Shivalingam refused
to set foot in the temple for the fear of trampling on them; Shiva is said
to have caused the Nandi to move aside, to allow him to have a Darisanam of
According to another popular belief Lord Shiva is said to have transformed
iron into gold and blessed a devotee by name Ponnaiyal, and the image made
by her for the temple is known as "Azhagiya Natha". Kali, Brahma,
Vishnu and Lakshmi are said to have worshipped Shiva here. King Nala is also
said to have visited this shrine.
About The Temple
The temple at Tiruppoovanam is built covering an area of about 3 acres.
There are separated entrances to the Shiva and Ambal shrines in this temple.
The main Gopuram rises to a height of 75 feet. Several of the tanks here are
considered to be sacred. Natarajar's tandavam here is known as "Brahma
The annual Brahmotsavam falls in the month of Panguni (March-April). Other
festivals here include Aadi Pooram, Navaratri, Arudra Darisanam, Kartikai
Deepam and the Kolattam festival in the month of Aippasi (October-November).
HOW TO GET THERE
Tourists can access Tiruppoovanam from
Madurai, which is well connected
by air, rail and road.
WHERE TO STAY
Accommodation is available at the economic and luxurious
hotels, lodges, devasthanam cottages and choultries in