Othandeeswarar temple, Thirumazhisai, Thiruvallur

Sri Othandeswarar temple is situated in the locally named Thirumazhisai, in the district of Thiruvallur, in the state of Tamil Nadu in South India. The presiding deity of this temple is Othandeswarar (Lord Shiva) and his consort is Kulirvithanayaki.

The holy tree of this temple is Vilwa. The holy water of this temple is Theppam. The agamam or pooja of this temple is called as Kameeyam. This temple is just 1000-2000 years old in this region. The historical name of this place is Thirumazhisai.

The chief festivals of this particular temple are  Brahmmotsavam in Panguni _March-April, Chitra Poornima in April-May;  Vaikasi Visakam in May-June;  Tirukarthikai in November-December; Tiruvadhirai in December-January, Karthikai in November-December and Sani – Saturn transit days – occurring once in two and half years, Aani Tirumanjanam in June-July;  Masi Magam in February-March, Panguni Uthiram in March-April; Thai Poosam in January-February and 9 day Navrathri celebrations in September-October; are celebrated in the temple.

The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. to 8.00 p.m for all the Hindus. Other deities in this temple complex are Prasanna Vinayaka, Lord Nataraja, Lord Vishnu, Vrushaba Nayaka, Sani Bhagwan and Mother Ambica         . The temple’s tower is built in the model of Gajabrushta design. Devotees and pilgrims pray for total mental peace and wholehearted forgiveness for all types of wrongs committed in the present and past. They also perform special pujas and rituals to Lord offering vastras as Thanks giving. This temple was built by Chola king Karikal Peruvalathan during the flourishing Chola period.

Address – Sri Othandeswarar temple, Thirumazhisai, Thiruvallur, Tamil Nadu

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