Satyavakeeswarar Temple, Anbil, Tiruchchirappalli

Sri Satyavakeeswarar temple is located in the village named Anbil in the district of Tiruchchirappalli in the state of Tamil Nadu in South India. The primary deity of this temple is Satyavakeeswarar (Lord Shiva) and his consort is Soundarya Nayaki.

The holy tree of this temple is Banyan tree. The holy water of this temple is Gayatri 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 Anbilandurai.

According to the Hindu religious pundits and scholars, “The Lord of the temple is praised in Thevaram hymns of Saints Tirugnana Sambandar and Tirunavukkarasar. This is the 57th Shiva temple on the northern bank of Cauvery praised in holy hymns.”

The important festivals of this temple are Panguni Uthiram in March-April, Masi Maha Shivrathri in February-March, Margazhi Tiruvadirai in December-January, New Year days according to Georgian calendar and Hindu traditional calendar, Deepavalli, Pongal and other religious important days and auspicious days.

Lord Shiva is a swayambumurthy in the temple. The temple is open from 6.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. and from 5.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m for devotees and pilgrims. The nearest other temple are Tirumandurai Shiva temple and Saptha Risheeswarar temple at Lalgudi.

In this temple complex, other deities are Mother Visalakshi in the prakara, Muruga, Bhairava, Viswanatha and Bkshadana. A well-crafted sculpture largely depicting Lord Brahmma’s penance is very near the Dwarapalakas. In the temple, those devotees and pilgrims suffering from hearing troubles pray and worship to Lord Vinayaka.

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