Arasaleeswarar Temple, Ozhindhiampattu, Viluppuram

Sri Arasaleeswarar temple is located in the village named Ozhindhiampattu, in the district of Viluppuram, in the state of Tamil Nadu in South India. The chief deity of this temple is Arasaleeswarar (Lord Shiva) and his consort is Perianayaki.

The holy tree of this temple is Arasu tree (Peepal tree). The holy water of this temple is Vamana Theertham. The agamams or poojas of this temple is known as Karanam and Kameekam. This temple is nearly 1000-2000 years old in this region. The historical name of this place is Arasili.

According to the local legends, “The Lord of the temple is praised in the Thevaram hymns of Tirugnanasambandar. Says the saint, Arasili is the abode of Lord who drove away Kala the God of Death, who conquered cupid (Manmatha) the deity of passion and lust, living on the alms offered by others, wearing Kondrai flower and tortoise garlands and sacred ash sprayed over His body. This is the 31st temple in the Thondainadu region praised in Thevaram hymns.”

The important festivals of this temple are Maha Shivrathri in February-March, 10 day Vaikasi Brahmmotsavam in May-June, Tirukarthikai in November-December, Shivarathri day in Feburary-March, Vaikunta Ekadashi, Pournima, Amavasya, Navarathri, Deepavalli, Pongal, New Year day in Tamil and English calendar. Lord Shiva is swayambu murthy in the temple.

The temple is open for all the Hindus from 6.00 a.m. to m7.00 p.m. continuously. In this temple, Vinayaka is largely praised as Lord Varasiddhi Vinayaka. The Rajagopuram is of a 3 tier structure in this shrine.

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