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Paraithurainathar Temple, Tiruparaithurai, Tiruchchirappalli

Sri Paraithurainathar temple is located in the village named Tiruparaithurai in the district of Tiruchchirappalli in the state of Tamil Nadu in South India. The primary deity of this temple is Paraithurainathar, Tharukavaneswarar (Lord Shiva) and his consort is Pasumpon Mayilambikai.

The holy tree of this temple is Parai tree. The holy water of this temple is Akanda Cauvery. The agamam or pooja of this temple is known as Sivagama. This temple is nearly 1000-2000 years old in this region. The historical name of this place is Akanda Cauvery.

According to the local legends, “The Lord of the temple is praised in the hymns of Saint Tirugnanasambandar. This is the 3rd temple on the southern bank of Cauvery praised in Thevaram hymns.” The festivals of this temple are the First Aipasi Thula Snanam in October-November, Vaikasi Brahmmotsavam in May-June and Shivarathri in February – March are celebrated in grand manner by the devotees and pilgrims.

The temple’s Specialty is that Lord graces as a swayambu Linga. On 18th Purattasi (September-October), the rays of Sun fall on the Lord. The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. and from 4.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m for pilgrims and devotees. Instead of Lord Lingodhbava,    Lord Arthanareeswara graces the devotees and pilgrims in the wall just behind the sanctum sanctorum.

It is to be noted that Lord Dakshinamurthy also graces the pilgrim and devotees in the Goshta wall. Outside the temple in a standing form, Lord Vinayaka largely praised as Parali Vinayaka graces.

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