Sabdarishiswarar Temple, Lalgudi

Sri Sabdarishiswarar temple is located in the upcoming town referred as Lalgudi, in the district of Tiruchchirappalli, in the state of Tamil Nadu in Southern India. The chief deity of this temple is Sabdarishiswarar (Lord Shiva) and his consort is Sivakamasundari.

The holy tree of this temple is Vilwa. The holy water of this temple is Changu theertham. The agamam or pooja of this temple is known as Kameeyam. This temple is about 500-1000 years old in this region. The historical name of this region is Lalgudi.   It is on the Ariyalur Road and 18 km from Trichy.

The primary festivals of this particular temple are Margazhi Tiruvadhirai in December-January, with a two day festival for Sundarar-Aadi Swathi star day in July-August  is grandly celebrated, Shivarathri in Feburary-March,  Deepavalli, Skanda Sashti in October-November, Tamil and English New Year days plus  Pongal are devotionally and dedicationally celebrated in this temple.            According to the historians, “During his invasion on Tamilnadu, Malik Gafoor, while passing through this region saw the workers painting the tower in red. He asked his commander in Urudu, “what is this Lal gudi (Lal-red and Gudi-Tower). His question became the name of the place then as Lalgudi. This is a very ancient temple.”

In this shrine, the Lord is a Swayambumurthi. According to the temple priest, the Changu theertham has the power to cure all the disease and heal too. The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. as per the local legends, “Those facing problems in marriage efforts, child boon and progress in education are advised to pray to Lord Sabdarishiswarar. Devotees pay their gratitude by performing abishek and offering vastras-clothes- to Lord and Mother.”

Address – Sri Sabdarishiswarar temple, Lalgudi, Tiruchchirappalli, Tamil Nadu

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