Aatcheeswarar Temple, Achirupakkam, Kanchipuram

Sri Aatcheeswarar temple is located in the village named Achirupakkam, in the district of Kanchipuram, in the state of Tamil Nadu in South India. The main deities of this temple are Atcheeswarar and Umai Atcheeswarar (Lord Shiva), they are placed in two presiding in separate sanctum sanctorum and his consorts are Ilangili Ammai and Umayambigai.

The holy tree of this temple is Sara Kondrai. The holy waters of this temple are Deva, Banu and Conch theerthas. 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 Achu Iru Bagam.

According to pundits and scholars, “The temple is praised in the hymns of Saint Tirugnanasambandar. This is the 29th shrine in Thondai region praised in Thevaram hymns.” The festivals of this temple are 10 day Chithirai Brahmmotsavam in April-May, Shivarathri in Febraury – March, Vaikunta Ekadashi, Amavasya, Pournima, Navarathri, special pujas on new moon and full moon days are conducted in the temple.

It is to be noted that before Umai Atcheeswarar shrine, meditation Nandhi is present. it is to be remembered that noted Saint Gnanasambandar has largely praised in this shrine in his Thevaram hymns. Other deities in this temple are Mother-Goddesses Ilangili Ammai, Lord Atchipureeswarar, Achu Muri Vinayaka, Lord Srinivasa with Mother Alamelumanga Thayar and Umayambigai.

The temple is open for all Hindus from 6.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. It is to be remembered that it is the most sought after temple in South India.

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