Agnipureeswarar Temple, Vanniyur, Tiruvarur

Sri Agnipureeswarar temple is located in the village named Vanniyur, in the district of Tiruvarur, in the state of Tamil Nadu in South India. The chief deity of this temple is Agnipureeswarar (Lord Shiva) and his consort is Gouri Parvathi.

The holy tree of this temple is Vanni. 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 Tiruvanniyur.

As per the local legends, “Saint Tirunavukkarasar in his Thevaram hymn advises those in misery to think of Lord Shiva in Vanniyur for redressal of their grievances.  This is the 62nd Shiva temple on the southern bank of Cauvery praised in hymns.” The important festivals of this particular temple are Masi Magam (February-March), Vaikasi Visakam (May-June), Shivarathri in February – March, Vaikunta Ekadashi, Pournima, Amavasya, Vinayaka Chathurthi and other Shiva related festivals.

The temple is open from 7.30 a.m. to 8.00 p.m for pilgrims and devotees. Other deities of this temple are Mother Gajalakshmi, Balasubramania, Vinayaka, Shivalinga, Rishabaruda, Mother Gouri, Saint Appar and Agni. On festive days and all religious plus auspicious days, the temple remains open for long hours for the devotees and pilgrims. It is to be noted that the lord of this temple is a swayambumurthi. Even thanks giving pujas and rituals are wholeheartedly performed in this temple by the devotees and pilgrims. It is one of the most sought after Hindu temple in this region.

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