Aatkondeeswarar temple, Peddanaicken Palayam, Salem

Sri Aatkondeeswarar temple is located in the village named Peddanaicken Palayam, in the district of Salem, in the state of Tamil Nadu in South India. The main deity of this temple is Aatkondeeswarar (Lord Shiva) and his consort is Akhilandeswari. The festival deity of this shrine is Chandrasekhar. The holy tree of this temple is Vilwa. The holy water of this temple is Vasishta River. The agamam or pooja of this temple is known as Kameeyam. This temple is nearly 500 years old in this region. The historical name of this place is Brugan Nayaki Puri.

In this temple, special pujas and rituals is conducted on all the festive days such as Sani Peyarchi-Saturn planet transition days, Vaikasi Visakam in May-June; Chitra Poornima in April-May; Aadi Pooram in July-August;  Navarathri in September-October; Vinayaka Chaturthi in August-September and Maha Shivrathri in February-March are the festivals celebrated in the temple.

The temple remains open as per the temple time schedules from 6.00 a.m. to 9.00 a.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. with great devotion and dedication. According to the Hindu religious scholars and pundits, “The Avudayar-the seat or the peeta of the Shivalinga is of a lotus design. It is noteworthy that Lord appears with His forehead eye. As a tradition, procession deities are made in sitting postures. The one in this temple and the Ambica idol is in standing forms. Lord Arthanareeswara-combined form of Shiva and Shakti appear on a trident.” In this shrine, Sri Vinayaka is praised as Lord Maha Ganapathy.

Address: Sri Aatkondeeswarar Temple, Peddanaicken Palayam, Salem district. Tamil Nadu

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