Agneeswaraswami Temple, Thirupugalur, Nagapattinam

Sri Agneeswaraswami temple is located in the town named Thirupugalur, in the district of Nagapattinam, in the state of Tamil Nadu in South India. The primary deity of this temple is Agneeswarar (Lord Shiva) and his consort is Karundharkuzhali.

The holy tree of this temple is Punnai. 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. Thirupugalur is the historical name of this place.

ThiruGnanasampanthar is noted poet associated with this temple. With special pujas for the Lord and the Goddess, the festivals that are celebrated in this temple are Deepavali, Pongal, Tamil New Year’s day, the 10 day Appar Festival in Chithirai month (April-May) on the Sadhayam star day, Pradosha day (13th day from the New Moon or full moon day,   Aadi Amavasya-new moon day in July-August, Shivrathri in February-March,  Chitra Poornima in April-May, Annabishekam in October-November and Tirukarthikai in November-December.

According to the local legends, “Sage Appar, also known as Thirunavukkarasar attained salvation in Thirupugalur at the ripe age of 81. He always held a small instrument in his hand called Uzhavaram to remove the thorny bushes to make the way easy for the devotees coming to this temple.”

The temple is opened from 5.30 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m for all the devotees and pilgrims. It is one of the most sought after ancient temple in this particular region that is often visited by devotees’ and pilgrims from far and near.

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