Aathmanaatheswarar Temple, Tiruvalampolil, Thanjavur

Sri Aathmanaatheswarar temple is located in Tiruvalampolil village, in Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu in South India. The primary deity of this temple is Aathmanaatheswarar, Vadamooleswarar (Lord Shiva) and his consort is Gnaanambigai.

The holy trees of this temple are Banyan Tree (not available now) and Bael tree. The holy water of this temple is Kaveri. 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 this temple, several festivals are celebrated in this temple. They are Sivarathiri, Avanimoolam, Markali Tiruvatirai, sashti, Aipaci Annabishekam, Navarathiri and Karthikai Somavarams. According to the local legends, “Here the Prime Deity Aaathmanaatheswarar, the self-manifested deity (swayambu) stands facing west and blesses. This is a place worshipped by the ashtavasus and is also one of the sapta sthanas.”

The temple is broadly open for devotees and pilgrims from morning 7 till noon and from 4’o clock in the evening upto 8’o clock. The other deities in the temple complexes are Lord Muruga with his Consorts Valli and Deivanai, Moola Vinayakar, the Navagrahas,  Panca Lingam, Kasi Visalakshi, Chandikeswarar, Nataraja, Dakshinamurti and Kasi Viswanathar.

According to local legends, “Prayers are offered to the Lord to cast off the obstacles in marriage proposals, to beget issues and to have the best acquisition in knowledge and education. After the fulfillment of the prayers, people complete their vow by conducting ‘abhishekam’ (Sacred Bath) to the Deity and adorning Him with new clothes.”

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