Achaleswarar (Vandarkuzhali) Temple, Arur Araneri

Sri Achaleswarar (Vandarkuzhali) temple is located in the village named Arur Araneri, in the district of Tiruvarur, in the state of Tamil Nadu in South India. The main deities of this temple are Achaleswarar and Araneriyappar (Lord Shiva) and his consort is Vandarkuzhali. The festival deity of this temple is Araneriyappar.

The holy tree of this temple is Pathiri. The holy water of this temple is Sangu teerdam. 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 Arur Araneri.

As per the local legends, “Saivite saint Thirunavukkarasar has praised the temple in his Thevaram hymns.” The festivals of the temple celebrated are Tiruvadirai in Margazhi (December-Jaanuary), Vinayaka Chaturthi, Vaikasi Thiruvadhirai in May-June, Margazhi Tiruvadirai in December-January, Aipasi Annabishekam in October-November, Purattasi Navarathri in September-October, Thai Poosam in January-February, Mondays of Karthikai Tamil month covering November-December and Maha Shivrathri in February-March and Mahasivarathri in February-March.

According to the Hindu religious scholars and pundits, the temple’s specilaity is that the shade of the main deity would directly fall only eastward in this shrine. On the other hand, the construction of the shrine is after the larger model of the Thanjavur Pragadeeswarar temple. The temple remains open throughout the day during all the auspicious days and religious important days for the devotees. This temple is easily accessed by the devotees and tourists as the spot can be reached by road. There are direct bus service to this temple from the district head quarters and other part of the towns.

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