Iluppaikudi Thanthondreeswarar Temple in Sivaganga

Sri Thanthondreeswarar temple is located in the town named Iluppaikudi, in the district of Sivaganga in the state of Tamil Nadu in South India. The main deity of this shrine is Thanthondreeswarar (Lord Shiva) and his consort is Soundaryanayaki. The festival deity is Panchamurthy. The holy tree of this temple is Vilwa. The holy water of this temple is Bhairavar Theppam. The agamam or pooja of this temple is known as Shivagama. This temple is nearly 500 years old in this region. The historical name of this place is Iluppaivanam.

The most important festivals of this temple are the Brahmmotsavam in Chithirai (April-May), Tamil New Year day falling almost on April 14 marked with a wedding festival, Vaikasi Visakam in May-June, Skanda Sashti in October-November, Shivarathri in Vaikasi (May-June), Tirukarthikai in November-December, Shivrathri in February March, Thai Poosam in January-February, Karthikai in November-December, Deepavalli, Annabisheakam in Aipasi (October-November) and English New Year day are celebrated with much devotion and dedication in this shrine. The temple is open for devotees and pilgrims from 6.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.

According to the Hindu religious scholars and pundits, “There is a Kutty Vinayaka (Tiny Vinayaka) sculpture in the pillar of the front mandap just one inch size with fingers, eyelids, nails etc. very shown with minute clarity and workmanship. Lord Dakshinamurthy in the Shiva shrine goshta wall graces devotees with a crown, a different form. Mother Varahi sculpture is on a pillar before Ambica shrine.” It is one of the most frequently visited ancient temples in this region by the devotees.

Address: Sri Iuppaikudi Devasthanam, Sri Thanthondreeswar Temple, Iluppaikudi-630 202. Ariyakudi Post, Sivaganga district Tamil Nadu

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