Friday, October 7, 2016

Agastheeshwarar Temple, Agathiyampalli, Nagapattinam

Agastheeshwarar Temple, Agathiyampalli, Nagapattinam
Agastheeshwarar Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva, located in Agathiyampalli town in Nagapattinam district in Tamilnadu. Agastheeshwarar is revered in the 7th century Tamil Saiva canonical work, the Tevaram, written by Tamil saint poets known as the nayanars and classified as Paadal Petra Sthalam, the 276 temples revered in the canon. The place Agathiyam palli is about 48 Kms from Nagapattinam and about 3 Kms from Vedaranyam.

It has several inscriptions dating back to the Chola period. The temple has six daily rituals at various times from 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., and three yearly festivals on its calendar. The annual Brahmotsavam (prime festival) is attended by thousands of devotees from far and near. The temple is maintained and administered by the Hindu Religious and Endowment Board of the Government of Tamilnadu.

Legends
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History
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The Temple
Agastheeshwarar temple complex has three prakarams (outer courtyard) and a three-tiered Rajagopuram (gateway tower). The central shrine faces east and holds the image of Agastheeshwarar (Shiva) in the form of lingam made of granite. The shrine of Parvathi faces west. The granite images of the deities Ganesha (son of Shiva and god of wisdom), Murugan (son of Shiva and god of war), Nandi (the bull and vehicle of Shiva) and Navagraha (nine planetary deities) are located in the hall leading to the sanctum.

As in other Shiva temples of Tamilnadu, the first precinct or the walls around the sanctum of Agastheeshwarar have images of Dakshinamurthy (Shiva as the Teacher), Durga (warrior-goddess) and Chandikeswarar (a saint and devotee of Shiva). The second precinct is surrounded by granite walls. There is an image of Agasthiyar within the first precinct. The temple tank inside the temple is called Agni Theertham.

Agasthya Muni sanctum is seen next to Ambal Sannidhi. Sthala Vriksham is Agathi. Importance of the temple is Yama worshiped in this place and attained Mukthi. The Navagrahas are in a line facing towards same direction.

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.
Worship & Religious Practices
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Contact
Agastheeshwarar Temple
Agathiyampalli, Nagapattinam District
Phone: +91-4369 - 250 012
Connectivity
Agathiyam Palli is about 48 Kms from Nagapattinam and about 3 Kms from Vedaranyam. Nearest Railway Station is Agathiyam Palli and Nearest Airport is located at Trichy.

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