The bathing ghats on Shanmuga Nadi River are located at a distance of three kilometres from Palani town and can be reached from Adivaram. During the solar and lunar eclipses and on the days of the waning moon (new moon) thousands of people who believe in Hindu mythology flock here to have their sins absolved in the purifying waters. Kavadi bearers have a bath here before marching to the temple.
The Shanmuga Nadi ghat is also a place for oblations to the dead; the devout perform the after death rituals to deceased ancestors. There are many shrines on the banks of the river near the bathing ghat and elsewhere.
Periya Avudayar Kovil of all these temples, that of Peru-Udayar (called Periya Avudayar Kovil) is by far the most important and deserves special mention. Located near the railway line on the banks of the Shanmuga Nadi is in sylvan setting.
In the dawn and dusk, the natural beauty of this river and the ghat nearby will take the tourists in the feelings that they are in Varanasi. The unpolluted and fresh atmosphere is favourable for the thinkers and the people who are long in city pent. The Devasthanam has put up a Kalyana Mandapam behind the temple.
The temple is dedicated to Peru Udayar or Brihadeesvarar a name that became a legend in the days of the king of Chola Dynasty, Raja Raja Chola or Rajaraja Chola I. The deity here is a Swayambhu linga and so, local belief is that it existed even before Bhogar. Only male gods are found in the temple. A majestic figure of Lord Dakshinamurti, a rare Rudran and other gracious images in stone, as also the 16 old inscriptions are notable here.
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(Last Updated on : 22-03-2013)
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