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Sri Aatkondanathar temple
Moolavar: Aatkondanathar
  Urchavar: -
  Amman / Thayar: Shivapurandevi
  Thala Virutcham: Vilwa
  Theertham: -
  Agamam / Pooja : Shivagama
  Old year: 500 years old
  Historical Name: -
  City: Iraniyur
  District: Sivaganga
  State: Tamil Nadu
  Karthikai Champaka Sashti and Tirukarthikai in November-December; Margazhi Tiruvadhirai in December-January and Maha Shivrathri in February-March are the festivals celebrated in the temple.  
 Temple's Speciality:
  Lord Aatkondanathar is a swayambumurthi. Lord Muruga appears on His peacock vahan in the prakara. His consorts also appear on their respective peacock vahans individually, a totally different form in this temple. Generally Lord Muruga and His consorts grace the devotees together on a single peacock vahan.  
Opening Time:
  The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 5.00 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.  
  Sri Aatkondanathar Temple, Iraniyur, Sivaganga Dist- 623 212.  
  +91- 4577 - 265 645, 98424 80309. 
 General Information:
  This is the one of the Ashta Bhairava Sthalas.  Sri Vithaka Vinayaka is the Sthala Vinayaka.  The Vimana the tower above the sanctum sanctorum is of one  petal type-Ekadala Vimana.
  People with high temperament pray here to correct themselves.  Devotees also pray for security of job, high yield in farming and progress in business.
Thanks giving:
  Devotees offer Vadamala to Lord Bhairava and perform abishek to Lord and mother offering vastras. 
 Greatness Of Temple:
  Lord Aatkonda Nathar is a swayambumurthy.  We believe in the tradition of worshipping the Vimana and Towers of the temple respecting them as the very deity inside when the doors of the temple are closed.   The temple has the wonderful structure facilitating darshan of the deity and also the Vimana simultaneously from the front mandap.  People celebrate their 60th and 80th birth days here.   Special abisheks are performed to Lord on Masi Magam star day in February-March.
Mother Shivapurandevi graces the devotees with two hands only facing south.  When Lord Vishnu took the Narasimha incarnation in a furious form, Ambica, sister of Lord Vishnu also became furious which reflected at nine spots in pillars in the mandap in front of the shrine, the symptoms visible even now.  There is also an Ashtalakshmi Mandap in the temple.
Lord Bhairava in the shrine near that of Ambica appears with long side teeth with His dog vahan turning left.  Karthika Champaka Sashti festival is dedicated to Him in November-December.  He graces from the sanctum sanctorum for six days during this festival and taken in a palanquin procession.  Students pray to Lord Bhairava for achieving high ranks in studies.  Lord Dakshinamurthi graces in the goshta mandap shouldered by 4 lions.
Kubera the lord of wealth and Vayu Bhagwan had worshipped in this temple according to the history of the place. Both appear on a Horse Vahan.   There are also shrines for Navagrahas the nine planets and Mother Gajalakshmi.  As this is the place where Lord Shiva helped Lord Vishnu cleansing his His dosha for killing Iraniya, the place is named Iranianur.
  Temple History:
  Lord Narasimha incurred a dosha for killing demon Hiranya.  He worshipped Lord Shiva here for relief.  Lord Shiva granted darshan to Lord Narasimha and cleansed Him of His dosha.  As requested by Vishnu stayed here in the name of Aatkonda Nathar.  He is also praised as Narasimheswarar for the relief He granted to Lord Narasimha.
Special Features:
  Miracle Based: Lord Aatkondanathar is a swayambumurthy. Against the general tradition of Lord Muruga appearing with His consorts Valli and Deivanai together on a peacock Vahan, quite differently, the three grace the devotees separately sitting on their own peacocks.
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