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Sri Agastheeswarar temple
 
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Moolavar: Agastheeswarar
  Urchavar: -
  Amman / Thayar: Dharmambal
  Thala Virutcham: Poolai
  Theertham: Shiva Pushkarani
  Agamam / Pooja : Shivagama
  Old year: 1000-2000 years old
  Historical Name: Vithanapuram - Meaning Vidhai in Tamil. As oilseeds were supplied from this place. Oilseeds are also Kottai in Tamil.
  City: Kottayur
  District: Tiruvarur
  State: Tamil Nadu
 
     
Singers:
     
   
     
 Festival:
     
  Tamil New Year Day falling almost on 14th April, Fridays in Aadi month-July-Augst, Purattasi Navarathri in September-October, Fortnightly Pradosha Pujas, New moon days, Margazhi Arudra Darshan in December-January, Masi Magam and Maha Shivrathri February-March, Panguni Uthiram in March-April are the festivals celebrated in the temple.  
     
 Temple's Speciality:
     
  Lord Agastheeswara is a swayambu. Abisheks are offered to all idols in the temple. The temple in its dilapidated condition was renovated by Saint Arutchithar Padagacheri Ramalinga Swamigal and restored to its earlier glory.  
     
Opening Time:
   
  From 8.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.  
   
Address:
   
  SrimAgastheeswarar Temple, Kottayur post, Valangaiman taluk, Tiruvarur – 614 404.  
   
Phone:
   
  +91 9626384387 
    
 General Information:
     
 

Theerthakulam is on the left side of the eastern entrance.  Lord Agastheeswara facing east with one Kalasa and Chelli Amman with one Kalasa in a separate shrine facing south grace the devotees.

Saints Appar and Tirugnana Sambandar are in the Maha Mandap facing north. Lord Nardana Vinayaka is facing east in the Mahamandap.  This hall has the facility to accommodate 100 devotees.  Lord Nandhi and the Balipeeta are at the entrance.  Behind the temple on the left side is the shrine for Lord Kubera Vinayaka and Lord Muruga on the right with one Kalasa each.  On the south is Lord Dakshinamurthy while Lord Lingodhbava is on the west. Mother Durga on the north and Lord Chandikeswara in the south have their shrines.  There are 6 kalasas in the temple. The temple has a history of above 1000 years, the new temple had its consecration celebrated in the year 2014 February 9.
 
     
Prayers
    
 

Those physically and mentally weary, incurring the wrath of Mothers pray to Lord  for recovery of health.

 
    
Thanks giving:
    
  Devotees offer Nivedhanas with milk porridge (Paal Payasam in Tamil) and blackberry on Mondays and on full moon days. They perform milk abishek to Lord Agastheeswarar and Mother Dharmambal during the Chandra Hora time and also offer garlands of Marikozhundu flowers. 
    
 Greatness Of Temple:
     
 

This is one of the temples built by Cholas.  The temple enjoys added reputation as Santhana Ramar, Yamunambal and Alangudi Guru Bhagwan temples are also close by.

 
     
  Temple History:
     
 

Those who know the secret of the five energies – earth, water, fire, air and space – and their merger into one another and their functions are praised as sages.  During the wedding of Lord Shiva and Parvathi, every one from the three worlds assembled at Kailash mount and due to the heavy weight, north began to sink and the south began to rise.  Lord Shiva, to balance the level of the earth, asked sage Agasthya to go south to set right the imbalance.  The sage sought time to see Lord’s marriage function and then proceed, Lord Shiva said that any delay in his departure to south would cause the north to sink in sea, the sage obeyed and left the marriage venue forthwith.  Lord promised Agasthya that He would grant him the wedding darshan later.  The sage journeyed non-stop worshipping the Lord.  This place also was on his route.  As the sage worshipped Lord here, He is praised as Agastheeswarar.

This is one of the 108 temples built by Cholas.  Due to lack of maintenance, the temple was covered with wild bushes.  Renovations were carried out then installing new idols with the permission of HR & CE.  The consecration took place on February 9, 2014.

 
     
Special Features:
     
  Miracle Based: Presiding Lord in the temple is a swayambu. Saint Arutchithar Padagacheri Ramalinga Swamigal was solely instrumental for the total renovation of the ruined temple and restoration of its glory.
 
     
     
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