Sorimuthu Ayyanar Temple, Mundhunthurai, Papanasam – Karaiyar Dam in Tamil Nadu

Sri Sorimuthu Ayyanar Temple is a famous temple situated in Mundanthurai in Tamil Nadu. The main deity in this temple is Lord Shiva, who is worshipped as Sri Mahalinga Swamy. Due to the significance of Lord Ayyanar, this temple is called under the name, “SORIMUTHU AYYANAR TEMPLE”. Lord Ayyanar is a form of Lord Dharma Shasta and he has some temples in South India.

Lord Ayyanar appears beautifully, and his head looks in the form of slanting posture. The temple is maintained by a Zamindar family, and during Amavasya and Pournami days, large number of devotees would visit this temple from all parts of Tamil Nadu. During festival occasions, people used to build temporary tents to stay in the temple for a few days, and they also used to cook using their own vessels, in order to get the divine blessings of Lord Ayyanar.

During festival times, lot of special buses are operated to this temple, and the temple is located amidst full of natural beauty. This temple is situated on the banks of the holy River Thamirabarani, which adds much more specialty to this temple.

Sorimuthu Ayyanar is worshipped as Kuladevata and also as an Ishta Devata by many families who live nearby this place. Those Family who are not aware of their original kuladevata, can also consider Lord Sorimuthu Ayyanar as their Kula Devata. Since Lord Sorimuthi Ayyanar is considered as an aspect of Lord Ayyappan, those who are participating in theS abarimala yatra, would come to this temple, in order to have the darshan of Lord Ayyanar. Lord Ayyanar in this temple got the name as “SORIMUTHU”, since he used to make the rain to shower in all the seasons, and would make the infertile lands into fertile, through his divine look.

Here, Sorimuthar, as he is fondly called by his beloved devotees, is worshipped along with his two consorts – Pushkala and Poorna, and his divine attendants such as Sri Sangili Bhootham, ThoosiMadan, ThulasiMadan, Pechi, Isakki and Pattavarayan are also worshipped here. Apart from the main shrine, shrines of Lord Vinayaka, Bhairava and Ma Shakti Devi are also found in the temple. After their prayers are fulfilled, the devotees used to make offerings to the holy Lord Ayyanar, either in cash or in kind. Childless couples are suggested to visit this temple, in order to be blessed with a pious child.

“OM SRI SORIMUTHU AYYANARE NAMAHA”
WRITTEN BY
R.HARISHANKAR

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