Iraavatheeswarar Temple, Tirukkottaaram, Tiruvarur

Sri Iraavatheeswarar temple is located in the village named Tirukkottaaram, in the district of Tiruvarur, in the state of Tamil Nadu in South India. The primary deity of this temple is Iraavatheeswarar (Lord Shiva) and his consorts are Vantamar Poonkuzhali and Sugantha Kuntalaambigai. The holy tree of this temple is Paarijaatham ( not available now). The holy water of this temple is Vaanchiyaaru and Sooriya Thirtham in front of the Temple. 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 Tirukkóttaaru.

According to the local legends, “This is the 53rd holy place at the southern banks of Kaveri, celebrated by Thevar”. The festivals celebrated in this temple are           Aarudhra Darisanam, Vaikaasi Visaakam, Shivarathri in February-March, Vinayaka Chaturthi,  Margazhi Tiruvadirai in December-January,  Purattasi Navarathri in September-October, Thai Poosam in January-February, Aipasi Annabishekam in October-November and Mondays of Karthikai Tamil month covering November-December.

The temple’s specialty is that Lord reveals and blesses the devotees and pilgrims as Swayambu Murthi. With its ivory tusk, the tradition is that Iraavatham (the Elephant) is worshipped the clouds in the sky and brought Ganges and largely performed pooja. The temple is open for pilgrims and devotees in the morning from 7.00 till 11.30 and from 6’o clock to 8.30 in the evening.

The devotees and pilgrims worship this particular deity to grant them the boon of good issues, good education and good marriage. People from far and near visit this temple with lot of devotion and dedication.

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