Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Arthanareeswarar Temple, Veeracholapuram, Kallakurichi

Arthanareeswarar Temple, Veeracholapuram, Kallakurichi

Arthanareeswarar Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located in Veeracholapuram Village near Kallakurichi Town in Kallakurichi Taluk in Kallakurichi District of Tamil Nadu. Presiding Deity is called as Arthanareeswarar and Mother is called as Anubhambikai. The Temple is situated on the banks of Manimutharu River. The Temple is believed to be built during 12th Century AD by Cholas. The Temple conducts one Kaala Pooja and follows Kameega Agama.



Once, a Chola King went to Kasi and various sacred places to immerse his father ashes in the rivers in those places. Finally, he decided to immerse the remaining ashes in Manimutharu River here. He stayed near the river bank in the night. When he woke up in the morning, he was amazed to witness the ashes got turned into jasmine flower. Hence, the village was named Mallikarjunapuram and the temple was built on the river bank as per the inscriptions available in the Temple.

Veera Cholapuram:

Due to the poetess Avvaiyar efforts and the goodwill she earned from the kings, the triumvirate of ancient Tamil Nadu, the Cholas, Pandyas and Cheras attended the weddings of Angavai and Sangavai (the daughters of noted Tamil philanthropist and King Pari Vallal). It is believed that Chola King stayed here during their marriage. Hence, the place came to be called as Veera Cholapuram.

The Temple

This Temple is facing towards east with an unfinished Rajagopuram on the southern side. Nandi and Balipeedam can be seen facing the sanctum through window. The Sanctum Sanctorum consists of Sanctum, Ardha Mandapam and Maha Mandapam. Presiding Deity is called as Arthanareeswarar and is facing east. He is housed in the sanctum in the form of Lingam. Vinayaga, Dakshinamoorthy, Vishnu, Brahma and Durga are the Koshta idols located around the sanctum walls.

Chandikeswarar Shrine can be seen in his usual location. Mother is called as Anubhambikai. She is housed in a separate east facing shrine. Her shrine is situated to the left side of the sanctum. Nandi, Balipeedam and trisula can be seen facing her shrine. There is a Theertha well in front of her shrine.  There are shrines of Vinayaga, Muruga, Surya Narayana Moorthy and Bhairava in the Temple premises. Sthala Vriksham is Vilwam tree.

Temple Opening Time

The Temple remains open from 07.00 AM to 10.00 AM and 05.00 PM to 08.00 PM.

Pooja Timings

·        Kaala Santhi (08.00 AM)

·        Sayaratchai (06.00 PM)


Masi Magam, Aani Thirumanjanam, Navaratri, Deepawali, Thiru Karthigai, Thiruvadhirai, Maha Shivarathri and Panguni Uthiram are the festivals celebrated here. Monthly pradoshams are also observed here. 


The Temple is considered as Mukthi sthalam as the Lord offers salvation to those who worship him here sincerely. 


The Temple is located at about 7 Kms from Thiyagadurgam, 9 Kms from Kallakurichi Bus Stand, 10 Kms from Kallakurichi, 25 Kms from Chinna Salem Railway Station, 33 Kms from Ulundurpet and 148 Kms from Trichy Airport. The temple is situated on Salem to Ulundurpet Route. There are bus facilities available from Kallakurichi to this Temple.

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