Aamra Vaneswarar Temple, Mandurai, Tiruchchirappalli

Sri Aamra Vaneswarar temple is located in the village named Mandurai, in the district of Tiruchchirappalli, in the state of Tamil Nadu in South India. The primary deity of this temple is Aamra Vaneswarar (Lord Shiva) and his consort is Balambikai.

The holy tree of this temple is Mango. The holy water of this temple is Cauvery. The agamam or pooja of this temple is known as Kameekam. This temple is nearly 1000-2000 years old in this region. The historical name of this place is Aamravanam.

According to the local legends, “The temple is praised in the Thevaram hymns of Tirugnanasambandar and in Tirupugazh hymns of Arunagiriar. This is the 58th Lord Shiva shrine on the northern bank of Cauvery praised in Thevaram hymns.
The festivals of this temple are Sri Adi Sankaracharya Jayanti in Vaikasi-May-June, Tirukarthikai Deepan in November-December, Aipasi Annabishekam in October-November and Shivarathri in the month of February – March. Sun God worships Lord Shiva in Panguni month –March-April by spreading His rays on the Lord in the temple. The temple is widely open for pilgrims and devotees from 6.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and from 4.30 a.m. to 7.30 p.m.

In Tiruchi region, this is one of the Pancha (five) Shiva Temples. It is to be noted that Bhagwan Sri Adi Sankara and Sage Mrigandu had devotionally worshipped Lord at this temple. In the goshta-wall around the sanctum, Shri Sankara is facing towards south. With His consorts Valli and Deivanai, Lord Muruga graces the devotees and pilgrims from a separate shrine.

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