Friday, February 26, 2016

Alanthurai Nathar Temple, Thirpullamangai, Thanjavur

Alanthurai Nathar Temple, Thirpullamangai, Thanjavur
Alanthurai Nathar Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located at Thirpullamangai (also called as Vellala Pasupathi Koil) in Papanasam Taluk in Thanjavur District of Tamilnadu. The Temple is also called as Brahmapureeswarar Temple / Pasupatheeswarar Temple. Presiding Deity is called as Brahmapureeswarar / Alanthurai Nathar / Pasupatheeswarar, Vada Theertha Nathar and Mother is called as Alliyankothai / Soundara Nayaki.

The Temple is believed to be more than 1500 years old and the temple is situated on the banks of Kudamurutti River, a distributary of river Cauvery. The temple is also one of the 70 Maadakovil built by 2nd century Chola King, Kochengat Chola. Mada Kovil Temples are built with elevated structure where elephants cannot reach the sanctum, in the Chola empire.

This temple is one of the 7 shrines associated with the Saptha Matrikas (Madhas / Mangais) around Ayyampettai / Pasupathi Koil area in the Thanjavur – Papanasam (Kumbakonam) route. This Temple is associated with Mother Chamundi. The temple is incarnated by the hymns of Thevaram, the 7th century Tamil literature and is classified as Paadal Petra Sthalam. This is the 133rd Devara Paadal Petra Shiva Sthalam and 16th Sthalam on the south side of river Cauvery in Chozha Nadu. Tirugnanasambandar has sung hymns in praise of Lord Shiva of this temple.

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The Temple
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Temple Opening Time
The temple remains open from 06.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and 04.00 p.m. to 08.30 p.m.
Mahasivarathri in February-March, Aipasi Annabishekam in October-November and Margazhi Tiruvadhirai in December-January are the festivals celebrated in the temple. This Temple is one of the seven places forming seven Holy Kshetras in and around Pasupathi Koil where the annual Saptha Sthanam festival is held in the month of Panguni. The Deities from the main temple Chakkarapalli are taken in a procession in very huge “kannadippallakkoo” weighing more than 2000 Kgs by bearers on bare foot over more than 40 Kms in two days nonstop except for few hours halt at Kudamurutti river sands for the fireworks show at 4 am.
Religious Significance
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Literary Mention
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Excellence in education, prosperity and happy conclusions in marriage talks are the prayers submitted to the Lord. Devotees perform abishekam with vastras to the Lord.
Alanthurai Nathar Temple,
Pasupathi Koil – 614 206,
Thanjavur District
Phone: +91 9791482102 / 8056853485
The temple is located at about 1 Km from Pasupathikoil Bus Stop, 3 Kms from Pasupathikoil Railway Station, 4 Kms from Ayyampet Railway Station, 12 Kms from Papanasam, 15 Kms from Thanjavur, 12 Kms from Thiruvaiyaru, 14 Kms from Thingalur, 12 Kms from Thirupazhanam, 26 Kms from Kumbakonam and 68 Kms from Trichy Airport. The Temple is situated at Vellala Pasupathi Koil, at about 1 Km West of from Pasupathi Koil bus stand. Devotees are advised not to be confused with other Pasupatheeswarar temple at Kallar Pasupathi Koil at 500 meters south of Pasupathi Koil bus stand. The Temple is situated on Thanjavur – Kumbakonam Road.