Iraniyur Aatkondanathar Temple, Sivaganga

Sri Aatkondanathar temple is located in the village named Iraniyur, in the district of Sivaganga, in the state of Tamil Nadu in South India. The primary deity of this temple is Aatkondanathar (Lord Shiva) and his consort is Shivapurandevi. The holy tree of this temple is Vilwa. The holy water of this temple is Brahmma theertham. 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 none.

The main festivals of this shrine are Karthikai Champaka Sashti, Shivarathri in Feburary – March, Tirukarthikai in November-December;, 11 day Chithirai Tirunal festival in April-May,  Margazhi Tiruvadhirai in December-January, Aadi Perukku day in July-August, on Pradosha days-13th day of new moon or full moon days, Margazhi Tiruvadhirai in December-January, Aadi Pooram in July-August, Bikshadanar festival on Bharani star day in Thai-January-February, special pujas on new moon and full moon days Aadi-July-August,  Pradosha Puja is celebrated twice a month, Panguni Uthiram in March-April; Mahalaya in Purattasi-September-October, New Moon Days in Thai-January-February,  Vinayaka Chaturthi and Karthikai Mondays in November-December.

According to the local legends, “Lord Aatkondanathar is a swayambumurthi. Lord Muruga appears on His peacock vahan in the prakara. His consorts also appear on their respective peacock vahans individually, a totally different form in this temple. Generally Lord Muruga and His consorts grace the devotees together on a single peacock vahan.” The temples remain widely open for all from 6.00 a.m. to 12.00 a.m. and from 5.00 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.

Address: Sri Aatkondanathar Temple, Iraniyur, Sivaganga Dist- 623 212. Tamil Nadu

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