11 October 2012

Shiva Temples - Pancha Aranya Sthalams--Haridwarmangalam

The Five Shiva Temples are which collectively make the Pancha Aranya Sthalams are:

1. Sri Mullaivananathar Temple
2.  Sri Satchi Nathar Temple
3. Sri Paathaaleswarar Temple
Tiru Aradaipperumpazhi
4. Sri Aapathsahayeswarar Temple
Tiru Erumpoolai[Alangudi]
5. Sri Vilvavaneswarar Temple

Lord Shiva

These Temples signify the Five Temples of Lord Shiva,  surrounded by forest. 

Pancha - 5 , Aranyam,Vanam - Forest

It is believed that one should see all the five Pujas in these five temples in a single day and get the Blessings of Lord Shiva.   One can make a tour of these temples called PANCHA ARANYA STHALANGAL. in a single day by keeping to the following timings:  

  • 6.00 am – Mullaivananathar—Thirukkarugavur.
  • 8.00 am – Satchinathar swamy –Aavalivannallur
  • 12.00 pm – Paathaaleswara swamy—Tiruaradai Perumpazhi [Haridwara Mangalam]
  • 5.30 pm –Aapathsahayeswarar Temple, Tiru Erumpoolai [Alangudi]
  • 8.30 pm – Vilvavaneswarar- thirukkollampudur

More on the temple[Haridwaramangalam] which falls third among the five Pancha Aranya Sthalams.


3.  Haridwaramangalam

Haridwaramangalam is the third among this group of temples to be visited between 11am and Noon.

Name of the TempleArulmigu Paathaaleswarar Alayam 

Period of origin: 
Before 7 th Century. Thirugnanasambandar had sung in Devaram.

Location of the Temple: Tiruaradai Perumpazhi[Haridwara Mangalam]

Name of deity:

Moolavar[Lord Shiva known as] : Paathaaleswarar

Ambal [Female Deity] Alangara Nayagi

Pathigam: Sambandar

Sthala TheerthamBrahma Theertam

Sthala vrikshamVanni


This place is one of the Pancha Aaranya Sthalam known to be VANNIVANAM.

It is believed that Lord Vishnu in his Varaha avatar [wild boar] went deep into the earth searching for the feet of Shiva. Finally, not finding it, he gave up and returned to this place and meditated on Lord Shiva.  There is a pit[now closed] outside the sanctum which is believed to have been made by Vishnu while coming out and hence called as Hari-dwara-mangalam. [hari = Vishnu dwara = Pit].

This temple was once in a forest of Vanni trees and today you will find that there is only two trees standing in the temple premises testifying itself as the Sthala Virksham.  

You will find that this temple has a three stage Rajakopuram east facing, Natarajar sabai, Pathanjali, Viyakabathar with sivagami are seen.
Inside the premises Vinayagar, Subramaniyar, Dhaksinamoorthy, Gajalakshmi and Ambal Shrines are there. On can find Two Vannimaram on both end of temple.

How to Reach:

This Sivasthalam Temple is situated 3 kms to the east of another Paadal petra sthalam at ThiruAavalivanallur and about 24 kms from Thanjavur.  Town Bus services is available from Thanjavur and Kumbakonam.  

Temple Timings:

7 am to 12 pm and 4 pm to 7 pm

Temple Address

Arulmigu Paathaaleswarar Alayam
Haridwaramangalam [P.O]


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