Padampakkanathar Temple, Tiruvottriyur, Thiruvallur

Sri Padampakkanathar temple is located in the village named Tiruvottriyur, in the district of Thiruvallur, in the state of Tamil Nadu in South India. The main deities of this temple are Padampakkanathar, Ottreeswarar, Aadhipureeswarar, Puttridam Kondar, Ezhuthu Ariyum Perumal, Thiagesar, Anandathiagar (Lord Shiva) and his consorts are Vadivudai Ambikai, Vatta Parai Amman and Tripura Sundari.

The holy trees of this temple are Magizham and Athi. The holy waters of this temple are Brahmma and Nandhi Theerthams. The agamams or poojas of this temple are known as Karanam and Kameekam. This temple is nearly 1000-2000 years old in this region. The historical name of this place is Tiruvottriyur.

According to the local legends and pundits, “A host of devotee poets had sung the glory of Lord of the temple – the great Naalvar Tirugnanasambandar, Tirunavukkarasar, Sundarar and Manickavasagar, Saint Thiagaraja Swamigal, Muthuswami Dishithar and Marai Malai Adigalar.   This is the 20th Shiva temple in Thondai Nadu region praised in Thevaram hymns.”

The most important festivals of this temple are Makara Sankranthi (Pongal) in January , Masi festival in January-February,  Mahasivarathri in January-February, Thirukarthigai in November-December, Oonjal festival on all Fridays, Vaikunta Ekadashi, New Year day, thiru karthigai, masi magma, Navarathtri days, Amavasya and pournima.

In the temple, Lord Shiva is Swayambumurthi who graces the devotees and pilgrims. This temple is know for having each and everything in two forms like two puja procedures-Karana and Kameeka, two presiding deities-Aadhipureeswarar and Ottreeswarar; two sacred trees-Athi and Magizham; two Mothers-Vadivudai Ambikai and Vattaparai Amman and two sacred springs-Brahmma and Nandhi theerthams.

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