Agneeswarar Temple, Tirukollikadu, Tiruvarur

Sri Agneeswarar temple is located in the village named Tirukollikadu, in the district of Tiruvarur, in the state of Tamil Nadu in South India. The cheif deity of this temple is Agneeswarar (Lord Shiva) and his consorts’ are Panjin Melladi Ammai and Mrudu Pada Nayaki.

The holy tree of this temple is Vilwa. The holy water of this temple is Agni Theertham. 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 Keeralathur.

According to the local legends and scholars, “Lord of the temple is praised by Saint Gnanasambandar in his Thevaram hymns.This is the 115th Shiva temple on the southern bank of Cauvery praised in Thevaram hymns.” The main festivals of this particular shrine are Maha Shivrathri in February-March, Vaikasi Visakam in May-June, Deepavalli, Pongal, New Year days, Shanranthi, Masi month and Margazhi Tiruvadhirai in December-January are celebrated in the temple.

It is to be noted that Lord Shiva is Swayambu murthy in the temple. Navagrahas in Shiva temples usually do not look at each other but on the other hand, Navagrahas look different directions in this temple. Lord Muruga graces the devotees and pilgrims with a bow as Danus Subramania – Danus in Sanskrit language means bow. In this temple, Sani Bhagwan is holding a plough as if wholeheartedly respecting dignity of labour. The temple remains open for all the devotees and pilgrims from early morning to mid-noon and later in the evening hours to dusk.

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