Attala Sokkanathar temple, Melaperungarai, Ramanathapuram

Sri Attala Sokkanathar temple is located in the village named Melaperungarai in the district of Ramanathapuram, in the state of Tamil Nadu in South India. The primary deity of this temple is Attala Sokkanathar (Lord Shiva) and his consort is Angayarkanni. The festival deity of this shrine is Pradosha Nayanar.

The holy tree of this temple is Sarakondrai tree. The holy waters of this temple are Well water. The agamam or pooja of this temple is known as Karana Agama. This temple is nearly 500 years old in this region. The historical name of this place is Melaperungarai.

The main festivals of this temple are 13 day Brahmmotsavam in connection with Masi Magam in February-March, Offering Sugarcane to elephant on Thai Pongal (January), Shivarathri in Vaikasi (May-June), Karthikai (November-December),Thiruvadhirai in Margazhi (December-January) Annabishekam in Aipasi (October-November), Aippasi annabhishekam, Markali Tiruvathirai, Pongal, Deepavalli, New Year days, Brahmotsavam is celebrated in Vaikaasi Visaakam, and masi month. In this temple, special pujas and rituals are conducted to Lord and His Mother.

The temple is open for all the devotees and pilgrims from 7.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and 5.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. according to the local legends and pundits, “Lord Shiva, on a square seat in the sanctum sanctorum appears as if made of Rudraksha pearls, hence He is known as Rudraksha Shiva.” The main dities of this temple are Ambica as the hunter-woman, Sri Anjaneya, Lord Anugnai Vinayaka, Lord Muruga, Yoga Bhairava without His dog vehicle, Lords Maha Vishnu, Aiyappa, and Navagraha the 9 planets. These deities are in separate shrines within the temple complex.

Address: Sri Attala Sokkanathar Temple, Melaperungarai, Parthipanur, Ramanathapuram Dist. Tamil Nadu

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