Abathsagayeswarar Temple, Aduthurai, Thanjavur

Sri Abathsagayeswarar temple is located in the village named Aduthurai, in the district of Thanjavur, in the state of Tamil Nadu in South India. The main deity of this temple is Abathsagayeswarar (Lord Shiva) and his consorts are none.

The holy tree of this temple is none. The holy water of this temple is Krupa Theertham. The agamam or pooja of this temple is known as Kameeyam. This temple is nearly 1000-2000 years old in this region. The historical name of this place is none.

In the Thevaram hymns of Tirunavukkarasar, the temple is largely praised. In Thevaram hymns on the northern bank of Cauvery River, this particular temple is praised.

The main festivals of this temple are Arrow festival in Purattasi (September-October), Shivrathri in February-March, Tiruvadhirai in Margazhi (December-January) and Panguni Uthiram in March-April. These festivals are celebrated in a grand manner in this temple. The statue of Lord Shiva appears in a pleasant handsome person riding on His bull vehicle, giving brightness to all the four directions and with the sacred ash on His body.

It is to be noted that there are only few Lord Shiva that has such shrines that is largely dedicated to Navagraha (9 planets). The temple is largely open for pilgrims and devotees from early morning to mid-noon and later in the mid-evening hours to late night. The Lord graces as a swayambumurthy in this temple that is the temple’s specialty. With their respective vahanas-vehicles, the Navagrahas are attractively and beautifully well-designed.

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