Gnanasambar As mentioned above the most important festival of the temple is remembering the Pearl Umbrella event. (June-July). During the festival, at 12.00 noons, Gnanasambar is taken in prcession under the shadow of pearl Umbrella while the Lord along with His Consort comes in another pearl umbrella http://www.dinamalar.com/koil_english/25_%20Thenupureeswarar%20Temple%20_%20Thirupatteewswaram.asp It is known in history that Appar & Gnanasambar were the political force behind establishment of Saivism in Tamilnadu with strength http://groups.yahoo.com/group/esuvadi/message/6364