Patteeswaram Durga Temple also known as Thenupureeswarar Temple is located in Patteeswaram Kshetra about six km from Kumbhakonam, the temple-town of Tamil Nadu. Patti is believed to be the name of daughter of Kamadhenu, the sacred cow.
Nandi installed here, appears a little aside from the usual position in front of Shivalingam. Legend says that, Lord Shiva ordered Nandi to move, in order to get a clear view of his Bhakta (devotee), Thiru Gnanasambandhar coming to Patteeswaram Kshetra. It is said that Lord Shiva asked his attendants to create a canopy of pearls to offer shade to Gnanasambandhar.
Lord Shiva is called Thenupureeswarar and his consort as Somakalambikai. Sri Durga installed in Patteeswaram Kshetra is believed to have earlier been worshipped inside the fort during the reign of Cholas.
Durga appears as Simhavahini with her eight hands showing ‘Abhaya’. Rahu Kala Puja performed here is witnessed by hordes of devotees.