Sri Aabathsahayeswarar temple, Alangudi, Thanjavur

Sri Aabathsahayeswarar temple is located in the village named Alangudi, in the district of Thanjavur, in the state of Tamil Nadu in South India. The main deities of this temple are Aabathsahayeswarar and Kasi Aaranyeswarar (Lord Shiva) and his consort is Elavarkuzhali. The festival deity of this temple is Dakshinamurthy.

The holy tree of this temple is a plant called Poolai. The holy waters of this temple are Amirtha Pushkarani and others. 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 Irumpoolai.

According to the local legends, “Sage Gnansambandar has praised the Lord in his Thevaram hymns. This is the 98th temple on the southern bank of Cauvery mentioned in Thevaram hymns.” The festivals that are grandly celebrated in this temple are Car festival for Lord Dakshinamurthy, in the month of Chithirai (April-May) transit day of planet Jupiter from one zodiac sign to the next with special pujas, Poornima day (Full moon day), Panguni Uthiram in March-April, Thai poosam in January-February, Deepavalli, New Year days and Pongal.

In this shrine, the main deity Aabathsahayeswarar is a Swayambu linga Murthy . This temple is also known as Dakshinamurthy Sthala by the Hindu religious scholars and pundits. There are separate shrines for emperor Mushukunda, Sage Viswamitra and Veerabadra in the temple complex. In the idol of Saint Sudarar, Scars of measles are found in this temple. The temple’s architecture of this temple has Dravidian temple architecture temple styles.

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