Payaraneeswarar Temple

Udayarpalayam, Ariyalur


Main Deity : Payaraneeswarar.

Ambal : Narumalar Poonguzhal Nayagi.

Prominence of the Shrine : This temple is located in Udayarpalayam which is in Ariyalur District. This is one of the oldest Shiva temples dated back to 1400 years. The name of the deity is “Murkabureeswarar” in Sanskrit and “Payaraneeswarar” or Payaraneenadhar in Tamil. Here the Ambal is called as “Narumalar Poonguzhal Nayagi “” in Tamil and “Shakundalambigai” in Sanskrit. It is said that the Lord Ganesha here is called as ‘Vil valaitha Pillayar’ , bent the ‘kandeeba’ bow for Arjuna. A symbolic bow is seen in Lord Ganesha’s hand.

Temple History : Once upon a time A trader carrying pepper told a lie that it was only pulse, fearing the high tax for pepper on those days. He paid a small tax for pulse and he moved on. Crossing the nearby town Vridhachalam, he found the pepper has turned into pulse. He understood that it was only a punishment imposed on him by the Lord of the shrine Shiva, and offered worship there and got the pulse( Pulse is called as payar in tamil) back into pepper again. Hence the Lord of the shrine was called “Payaranee Nadhar or Payaraneeswarar” henceforth. The place was also called “Payaraneechuram”. This place is ruled many dynasties in different point of times like Pallavas, Cholas, Pandiyas and others. The last four centuries were ruled by Udayars and the place got the name Udayarpalayam.

Temple Timings : 6.00 am to 12.00 noon , 4.00 pm to 8.00 pm.

Nearest Town : Jayankondam.

Address : Sri Payaraneenadhaswamy Temple, Udayarpalayam, Ariyalur Dt.

Hotels Near Payaraneeswarar Temple, Udayarpalayam :

1.Sri ram lodge,

bus standroad,jayakondam.



2.Subha lodge A/c,

27,bus stand jayakondam.


3.Kumaran Lodge,

Chidambaram Road, Jayankondam.

Ph: 250218


4.PVR Lodge

Kadaiveethi, Jayankondam.

Ph: 250950


5.Murukan Lodge

Chidambaram Road, Jayankondam.

Ph: 250401

Resturants Near Payaraneeswarar Temple, Udayarpalayam :

1.Hotel Sundaram,

64/127-A, Trichy Road, Jayankondam- 621802 Near TNEB Office.

ph: (04331) 253516


2.Kamatchi Restaurant,

3, Eswari Complex, Otha Street,

Jayankondam- 621802 Near Jayankondam Main Bus Stand,

ph:(04331) 250800.

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