Poolanandeeswarar Temple, Chinnamanur

Sri Sri Poolanandeeswarar Temple is based in the popular town known as Chinnamanur, in the district of Theni, in the state of Tamil Nadu in Southern India. The primary of this temple is Poolanandeeswarar (Lord Shiva) and his consort is Sivakami.

The holy tree of this temple is Poola tree. The holy water of this temple is Surabi theertham. The agamam or pooja of this temple is known as Kameeyam. This temple is nearly 500-1000 years old in this region. The historical name of this spot is Harikesanallur.

The most important festivals of this temple are the Tamil New Year day falling almost on April 14  marked with a wedding festival, 10 day Chithirai festival drawing a huge crowd in April May;  Vaikasi Visakam milk pot in May-June; Tirukarthikai in November-December,  Aani Tirumanjanam in June July, Shivrathri in February March,  Lord selling fire wood in Aavani-August-September; Thai Poosam in January-February, Deepavalli, Purattasi Navarathri in September-October; English New Year day,  Aipasi Skanda Sashti in October-November; Skanda Sashti in October-November, Margazhi Arudra Darshan in December-January; Karthikai in November-December;  and Panguni Uthiram in March-April are celebrated with lot of devotion and dedication in this temple.

According to the local legends, “Shivalinga in the temple is a swayambumurthi with a cut scar. Mother is seen with a face ever sweating. The great marvel of the temple is that the Lord looks as tall as the view or bhakti of the devotee. The symbol of an armour is seen on the body of the Lord showing that a king embraced him once. If the bones of the dead are dissolved in Surabi river, they become stones, according to belief.” During all the important religious days and auspicious days are marked with long hours in this temple.

Address – Sri Sri Poolanandeeswarar Temple, Chinnamanur, Theni, Tamil Nadu

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