Navarathri Greetings to all my friends.
This time, I am taking you to Patteswaram temple which is close to Swami Malai , One of the Aarupadai Veedugal of Lord Muruga, The presiding deity is Dhenu Pureeshwarar ( Siva) and His consort is Gnanambigai. The Nandi here, is found on the left side of the main entrance unlike other temples where we find it facing the Lord. It was as per Lord's wish that Nandi moved to one side as Siva wanted to have a look at Tirugnanasambandar, the child poet saint as he was approaching the temple. The legend has it that, this Sivalingam was consecrated by Lord Rama. There is a small shrine for Anjaneyar and there are separate shrines for Vinayagar and Subramaya. The Madapam in front of the Amman sannidhi has pillars embellished with intricate designs. The idols of of Kala Bhairavar and Vinayagar inside the temple are huge in size. The gates of the main temple are guarded by gigantic statues, Dwarapalakas of the Lord.
The Goddess Durga's idol situated on the Northern side is considered to be very powerful who showers her divine blessings like a mother, on all her devotees. Durga here is Santha swaroopi, has 8 hands and is sitting on Her mount Lion. The temple gets crowded on Tuesdays and Fridays and many perform Rahu puja here to ward off the ill effects of the planet. The Cholas were worshippers of Durga and the deity was installed here after the fall of Chola dynasty.
How to reach- This temple is very near to the Kumbhakonam town ( 5 km ) and is well connected by road. Many buses ply from the town and this temple is very close to Swamimalai temple.Nearest airport is Trichy and rail station is at Kumbhakonam. One would find good hotels in the town itself.