Thursday, October 6, 2016

Aakkoor Thanthondreeswarar Temple, Nagapattinam

Aakkoor Thanthondreeswarar Temple, Nagapattinam
Akkur Thanthondreeswarar Temple is a Hindu temple located at Akkur in Nagapattinam district of TamilnaduIndia. The presiding deity is Shiva. He is called as Thanthondriappar. His consort is known as Valnedunkanni. Lord Thanthondreeswarar is a swayambumurthy. This is the birth place of Sirapuli Nayanar, one among the 63 celebrated Saivite Nayanmars.  He attained salvation also here.

This is also one of the sacred places where Lord Shiva granted Wedding Darshan to Sage Agasthya.  It is one of the shrines of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalams - Shiva Sthalams glorified in the early medieval Tevaram poems by Tamil Saivite Nayanars Tirugnanasambandar and Tirunavukkarasar.

Legends
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The Temple
Presiding deity is called as Thanthondriappar or Thanthondri Eswarar. Urchavar is Aayirathil Oruvar (one in a thousand). Mother is called as Valnedunkanni. Thala Vrikshams are Kondrai, Arecanut and Vilwa. Theertham of this Temple is Kumuda theertham. Aagama of this Temple is Karana Agama. Lord Muruga in the temple is praised in the Thirupugazh hymns of Arunagiriar.  

This Shivastalam is a “Maadakkovil” built by Ko Chengata Cholan, at an elevation, which is also known as Shankharanyam. This temple is also known as Thanthonri maadam – that which appeared on a self-made hill.
Sirappuli Nayanar:
This is the birth place of Sirapuli Nayanar, one among the 63 celebrated Saivite Nayanmars.  He attained salvation also here. Sirappuli Nayanar is associated with this temple. A shrine is dedicated to him, in the temple.

Temple Opening Time
The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and 4.00 a.m to 8.30 p.m.
Festivals
Thiruvadhirai in Margazhi (December-January) is the important festival in the temple. Monthly Shivarathri, Pradosham. Karthikai deepam, Poornimas are the festive days in the temple.
Literary Mention
Saint Gnanasambandar had praised the Lord of the temple in his Thevaram hymns. In the hymns, the saint says, “My Lord in Thanthondri Madam graces with his Than Kondrai garland and the sacred ashes, He rose furious against Yama the Lord of Death and made him tremble, He is the Lord of Vedas and its six Angas and the rules for performing the yajnas.” This is the 46th temple on the southern bank of Cauvery praised in Thevaram hymns.
Tirugnanasambandar describes the feature of the deity as:
நன்மையா னாரணனும் நான்முகனுங் காண்பரிய
தொன்மையான் தோற்றங்கே டில்லாதான் தொல்கோயில்
இன்மையாற் சென்றிரந்தார்க் கில்லையென்னா தீந்துவக்குந்
தன்மையாற் ஆக்கூரிற் றான்றோன்டி மாடமே.
Prayers
This is a place considered sacred for performing remedial rituals for removal of any evil and adverse effects faced by the devotees. Devotees perform Parvathi Homa to conclude wedding proposals successfully. Those seeking child boon perform Santhana Gopalakrishna Homa.
For removal of adverse effects on children, people use to offer their kids in adoption to other, and get them back again. Those seeking child boon perform archanas with white lotus flowers.
People also celebrate their 60th birth day in the temple.  Devotees perform Sahasranama (chanting 1000 names of the Lord) archana to Lord Bhairava on the Ashtami the 8th day of the new moon fortnight.
Contact
Sri Thanthondreeswarar Temple,
Akkur- 609 301,
Nagapattinam District
Mobile: +91- 98658 09768, 9787709742, 75022 22850
Connectivity
This Shivasthalam temple is located 16 Kms to the east of Mayiladuthurai on the Mayiladuthurai - Tarangambadi road. Another paadal Petra sthalam Tiruthalaichangadu is at a distance of 2 Kms from here. Nearest Railway Station is located at Mayiladuthurai and Nearest Airport is located at Tiruchi and Chennai. 

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