Mahalingeswarar Temple, Viralipatti, Odukkam Thavasi Medai (Dindigul)

Sri Mahalingeswarar Temple is located in the small village named Viralipatti, in the district of Dindigul , in the state of Tamil Nadu in Southern India. The main deity of this temple is Mahalingeswarar (Lord Shiva) and his consort is Maragathavalli, Manickavalli.

The holy tree of this temple is Vilwa. The holy water of this temple is well water. The agamam or pooja of this temple is known as Kameeyam. This temple is just 1000-2000 years old in this region. The historical name of this place is Viralipatti Odukkam Thavasi Medai.

The important festivals of this particular temple are Navarathri in September-October; Chithirai festival on Chitra star day in April-May; Vaikasi Visakam in May-June; Nama Shivaya Panchakshara Mantra initiation and Margazhi Sashti,  Skanda Sashti in October-November; Arudra Darshan on Sadayam Star day ( 3 festivals) in December-January plus New Year Days,  Deepavalli and Pongal are celebrated in the temple. Special puja and rituals are conducted in a grand manner on the eve of Shivarathri day.

The temple is open for all the Hindus from 6.00 a.m. to 10.00 a.m. and from 6.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. According to the local legends, Following Shivarathri, the rays of Sun fall on the presiding deity continuously for 30 days in the mornings and on Sri Bhairava in the evenings. On all the festive days and auspicious days, the shrine remains open for the whole days for the pilgrims and devotees. This village is situated in a remote area of this district but the shrine can be reached by taxi and buses.

Address – Sri Mahalingeswarar Temple, Viralipatti, Odukkam Thavasi Medai, Via Natham-624 304, Dindigul district, Tamil Nadu.

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