Ponvaithanaathar Temple, Chithaaimur, Tiruvarur

Sri Ponvaithanaathar temple is located in Chithaaimur in Tiruvarur district of Tamil Nadu in South India. The main deity of this temple is Ponvaithanaathar (Swarna Sthaapaneswarar) (Lord Shiva) and his consort is Akilaandeswari.

The holy tree of this temple is Aathi tree. The holy water of this temple is Swarna Pushkarini. The agamam or pooja of this temple is known as Kamiya akamam. This temple is nearly 1000-2000 years old in this region. The historical name of this place is Thiruccirremam.

According the local legends, this is the 106th holy place in the southern banks of Kaveri, celebrated by Thevaram. The important festival of this shrine is Vaikaasi visaakam that is celebrated with great devotion and dedication. There are temples dedicated to Lord Shiva in the vicinity. During all the days of auspicious and religious importance, this temple is thronged by Hindu devotees.

It is to be noted that special pujas, rituals and homams are conducted according to the Vedic practices. The temple is kept open for devotees from early morning to mid-noon and later in the early evening hours to dusk.

Special rituals and prayers are conducted on all the festival days such as Shivarathri in Feburary-March, Amavasya, Pournima, Deepavalli, Pongal and New Year day according to the Hindu traditional calendar and Georgian Calendar. In this temple, there is a large beehive and there is a story related to it. It is said that sage Brahma rishi took the form of a bee and went through the closed door of the temple in order to worship the Lord.

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