Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Viswanathar Temple, Sattur, Virudhunagar

Viswanathar Temple, Sattur, Virudhunagar
Viswanathar Temple is dedicated to Hindu God Shiva located at Sattur town in Virudhunagar District of Tamilnadu. Presiding Deity is called as Viswanathar and Mother is known as Visalatchi. Sthala Vriksham is Rudraksha tree. The Temple is almost 500 years Old.

The Temple
Presiding Deity is called as Viswanathar and Mother is known as Visalatchi. Muni Agasthya has a separate shrine in the temple remembering his visit to south to balance the plain level.  Special pujas are offered to the sage in the evening of Poornima-full moon day.  A puja is performed to Mother Durga on the last Friday of Thai month (January-February) called Sumangali puja for the welfare of married women.  Yellow thread, turmeric, bangles and articles of auspicious signs are offered to them as Prasad.
There is also a separate shrine for Sri Anjaneya. There is a temple for Badrakali Amman separately left of Lord Shiva shrine. There is a small Nagar (serpent) idol in the temple at the entrance of the temple. Couples facing problems of misunderstanding perform abishek to Nagar for reconciliation.

Special pujas are performed to Sri Mahasaraswathi in the temple with chanting of Sakalavalli Malai authored by Saint Kumaraguruparar for students for their progress in education besides a special Srividya Homa in day annually.  Mother Saraswathi is taken in procession around the temple. Students will be offered writing materials then.
There was a temple here for Lord Vinayaka many years ago. Later devotees raised a temple here for Lord Viswanatha and Mother Visalakshi and also for Sri Badrakaliamman.  Idols were also made for Sun and Moon seated in a car drawn by seven horses installed on both sides of the main tower – Rajagopuram. Pujas are performed to Sun in the morning and to moon in the evening. This is being continued.
On Tiruvadhirai festival day, the Aarati is offered to Lord Shiva with a design so arranged to emphasize the truth of Rupa, Arupa and Aruvuru by keeping Lord Nataraja before Lord Shiva with a mirror.  Eight forms of Mother Mahalakshmi – Ashtalakshmis – are carved in front of the temple. Rudraksha is the sacred tree of the temple.
Temple Opening Time
The temple is open from 5.00 a.m. to 10.30 a.m. and from 5.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m. On Fridays the temple is open till 12.30 p.m. in the morning hours.
Festivals
Margazhi Tiruvadhirai in December-January and all Poornima days (full moon days) are devotionally celebrated in the temple.
Prayers
Those facing problems after wedding perform abishek with milk to Nagar at the entrance of the temple. Sooner relieved from the doshas, devotees perform abishek to Lord and Mother and offer vastras.
Contact
Sri Viswanathar Temple,
Sattur – 626 203,
Virudhunagar District
Phone: +91 – 4562 – 299 800
Mobile: +91 – 94865 11699
Connectivity
Sattur is 73 km from Madurai on the Madurai – Tirunelveli Road. The temple is near the bus stand. Sattur Railway Station is the nearest Railway Station and it lies next to Bus Stand. The nearest airport is Madurai (77 km from Sattur) and nearest sea port is Thoothukudi (80 km from Sattur). 

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