Paranjothi Easwarar Temple, Thanjakkur, Sivaganga

Sri Paranjothi Easwarar temple is located in the heart of Thanjakkur in the district of Sivaganga, in the state of Tamil Nadu in South India. The main deities of this temple are Paranjothi Easwarar (Lord Shiva) and his consort is Gnanambikai.

The holy tree of this temple is none. The holy waters of this temple are ganaga theertham. The agamam or pooja of this temple is known as Kameeyam. This temple is nearly 1000-2000 years old in this region. The historical name of this place is Aadhi Vilwa Vanam.

The main festivals of this shrine are  New Moon days, Jupiter and Saturn transition days, 13 day Panguni Uthira festival in March-April; Shivarathri day in Febraury – March, English and Tamil New Year Day, Margazhi Tiruvadhirai in December-January  and Arudra darshan in December-February, Deepavalli, 13 days; monthly Pradosha pujas and Pongal are celebrated in the shrine that drawing huge number of crowd.

According to the local legends, “Those aspiring to achieve scholarship worship in the temple.  Those facing skin problem, bathe in the tank here and worship Lord for relief. Devotees perform abishek to Lord and Mother and offer vastras.” Manikavasagar is largely associated with this temple.

The temple is open for all the devotees and pilgrims from 6.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and from 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.

In this temple, Lord Rama, Maraivanan, Indirani wife of Indira, Sri Gautama, Lakshmana, Thanjai Vanar, Sages Agasthya, Sri Hanuman, and kings Maran had darshan of Lord.  According to the Hindu pundits, “Noted Tamil poet Poyyamozhi Pulavar prayed Lord Shiva here for a scholarly achievement and got relieved of his poverty.”

Address: Sri Gnambikai-Paranjothi Easwarar Temple, Thanjakkur-630 610, Sivaganga district. Tamil Nadu

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