Paadal Petra Sthalams


1. Thalapureeswarar, 2.Kripanadeswarar, both facing east


1. Amirthavalli, 2 Kripanayaki, both facing south

Other Deities

Agastya, Pulathiyar, Naalvar, Sekkizhar, Vallabha Vinayaka, Meenakshi Chokkanadar, Mahalingam, Gajalakshmi, Muruga with consorts, Prasanna Venkatachalapathi, 63 Nayanmar, Bhairava, Nataraja, Navagraha, Surya, Chandran. Sanctum Niches, Thalapureeswarar – Vinayaka, Dakshinamurthy, Lingotbavar, Brahma, Durga. Sanctum Niches, Kripanadeswarar – Dakshinamurthy, Mahavishnu, Brahma, Chandikeswara.

The original name of Thirupanankadu is Vanparthaan Panangattur. This is a large temple with two main deities and goddesses. Both the Sanctums of the main deities are in the form of Gajaprastham (back of a reclining elephant). The main entrance is through a gateway and straight ahead is the sanctum of Kripanadeswarar with a 3 tiered gopuram at the entrance. To your left is the Sanctum of Thalapureeswarar. There are 2 flagstaffs and 2 large Nandis outside each of the Sanctums. At the entrance of the Thalapureeswarar Sanctum are carved Sage Agastya and Palmyra Palm Tree on either side. At the entrance of the Kripanadeswarar Sanctum are carved Sage Pulasthya and Palmyra Palm Tree on either side. Both the Goddess shrines are next to each other facing south with the Palliyarai in between. There are two Palmyra Trees (male and female) on either side. The two original Holy Trees are outside the temple adjacent to the Kottai Muneeswara Temple. The Mantapa in front of the Sanctums have many pillars with beautiful carvings including Nagalingam, Rama, Vali, Sugreeva, Yoga Dakshinamurthy, Anjaneya, Sundarar, Manickavasagar, Thirugnanasambandar, Thirunavukkarasar, Garuda, Venugopala to name some. When seen from the Pillar of Rama you can see the images of Vaali and Sugreeva in another Pillar, but not vice versa. The Temple Tank is nort-east of the temple and has an idol of Goddess Ganga on its banks.

Holy Water (Theertham) – Jadagangai

Sacred Tree (Sthala Vriksham) – Panai (Palmyra Palm – Borassus flabellifer)


Sundarar (8th Century CE) has visited and rendered Hymns for the lord here at Thirupanankadu. 22 Inscriptions have been found here belonging to Rajendra I, Kulothunga Chola I and Vijayanagar Kings. The name of the lord is mentioned as Thirupanankattudaya Nayanar and the name of the place as Kaaliyur Kottathu Kazhumalanattu Thirupanankadu.


In order to bless Sage Agastya, the drops of water from the Lords matted hair is believed to have formed the Theertham (Holy Water tank) here at Thirupanankadu. Thalapureeswarar is the Lingam worshiped by Sage Agastya and Kripanadeswarar was worshiped by Sage Pulasthiyar.


Thirupanankadu is 9 mkilometers west of Dusi, which is about 8 kilometers south of Kanchipuram in the Vandavasi Road. Just before Dusi take the Arcot Road that gies via Ayyangar Kulam and drive for 7 kilometers. Two kilometers before Vembakkam Village take a right towards north at the Temple Arch to reach Thirupanankadu.

Stay and Food

None locally. Closest is Kancheepuram for food and stay.

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