Sri Sri Swamiji's birth kshetra is Cuddalore. The historical name of Cuddalore is Thiruppadharipuliyur. Lord Shiva in this shrine is Sri Padaleeshwarar, and Ambal is Sri Periyanayaki. This shrine is one of the paadal petra sthalams (shrines sung by Saivite saints called Nayanmars) by Sri Thirunavukkarasar.

 

 

It is in the prahara surrounding Ambal's sannadhi that the palliyarai (retiring chamber of the Lordships) is situated in all other Shiva Temples. The unique feature of this kshetra is that, the palliyarai is situated in the prahara surrounding the sannidhi of Sri Padaleeshwarar.