Anandathandavapuram in Mayiladuturai taluk has many specialities. Birth place of composer Gopalakrishna Bharati, who has sung several songs in praise of Siva, it is also the place where Manakancharu Nayanar attained mukti. Legend has it that obliging Sri Ananda Siddhar, the Lord appeared in his famous cosmic dance form. Hence the name of the village.
Sri Bharadwaja rishi is said to have stayed in the village to do penance. Anandathandavapuram is the abode of Sri Brihannayaki Kalyanasundari Ambal sameda Sri Panchavatiswarar. The temple tank called Amrita Bindu tirtham is believed to cure ailments; especially people afflicted with leprosy take a dip in the waters for speedy recovery.
The Panchavatiswarar temple has been renovated and is ready for consecration on May 29, 7-7.45 a.m. All the shrines from Vinayaka to Anjaneya have been built and the new Rajagopuram beckons devotees. The project costing Rs. 16 lakhs has been executed with the help of local residents and philanthropists. Contributions in the from of cheques and drafts, drawn in favour of Sri Panchavatiswarar Narpani Manram, may be sent to A.V.N. Raman, C/O V. Swaminathan, Agraharam, Anandathandavapuram Post, Mayiladuturai taluk, 609103. Phone 04364)225732.