Punniyakottiyappar Temple, Thiruvidaivasal in Tiruvarur (Tamil Nadu)

Sri Punniyakottiyappar temple is located in the village named Thiruvidaivasal, in the district of Tiruvarur, in the state of Tamil Nadu in South India. The primary deity of this temple is Punniyakottiyappar (Lord Shiva) and his consorts are none.

The holy tree of this temple is none. The holy water of this temple is Krupa 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 Thiruvidaivasal.

According to the Hindu religious scholars and pundits, “The shrine is praised in the hymns of saivite saints Sundarar and Appar. This is a shrine sung in Thevaram hymns on the northern banks of Cauvery. The important festivals of this temple are feeding of Saint Gnanasambandar by Mother Parvathi in the month of Purattasi – September-October, Aipasi Annabhishekam in October-November, all the days of Ekadashi, Shivrathri in February-March, Sankranti, Jalabhiseka, Kartika Purnima, Arudra Darshan or Margazhi Tiruvadhirai in December-January celebrated with grand rituals and pujas.

It is an ancient temple in this region that is most sought after by the devotees and pilgrims. This temple is open for all the Hindus from early morning hours to mid – noon and later in the evening hours to dusk. During the auspicious days and important religious days are marked with long hours for the pilgrims and devotees. Special pujas and rituals are conducted on the day of Shivarathri. This temple is thronged by all the local devotees and far away pilgrims on all religious events and festivals.

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