Located at Patteeswaram, the Dhenupureeswarar Temple, Tamil Nadu is associated with many legends. According to them, it is here that Goddess Parvati did penance to marry Lord Shiva while standing on one leg. This is also the place where Kamdhenu, the heavenly cow and later her daughter, Patti worshiped Lord Shiva by showering the lingam with their milk. The deity is named after Kamdhenu and the village is named after Patti. Lord Rama after killing Ravana came here to atone for his sin. Rishi Vishwamitra was given the Gayatri Mantra here and conferred the title of Brahmarishi.
A more contemporary legend states that when Thirugnanasambandar, the child saint visited the temple on a rather hot day, Lord Shiva instructed his Ganas to shelter his devotee by holding a pearl canopy over his head. Eager to see his devotee, the Lord also asked Nandi, his steed to move to the side. Nandi did so, and when you visit the temple, you will see the statues of Nandi towards the side and not in front of the sanctum, as it usually is everywhere else.
According to inscriptions, the idol of Goddess Durga was moved to this temple by a Chola King, from her shrine by the fortress gate. An amazingly beautiful temple with three prakarams, five towers and fine and intricate sculptures and panels, the temple should be visited if only for the artistic work done here.
|Timings||All days of the week 5:00 AM - 12:00 PM 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM|
|Visit Duration||1 to 2 hours|