Sri Arthanareeswarar Temple, Tiruchengode, Namakkal

Sri Arthanareeswarar temple is located in the village named Thiruchengode in the district of Namakkal, in the state of Tamil Nadu in South India. The primary deity of this temple is Arthanareeswarar (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 none.

According to the local legends and scholars, “The glory of Lord of the temple is praised by Saints Tirugnana Sambandar and Tirunavukkarasar in their hymns. This is a Shiva temple on the southern bank of Cauvery praised in “Thevaram hymns”.

The important festivals that are grandly celebrated with much festivity are Maha Shivarathri in February-March, Aswathi star day in Masi (February-March), Sabthasthanam festival in Chithirai (April-May), Panguni festival (March-April) with special pujas, Tirukalyanam (wedding festival) in Vaikasi (May-June), Aadi perukku and Aadi Pooram (July-August) and Tirumanjanam in Aani (June-July).

During the Mahamagam festival take bath or dip in the tank. It is a popular festival celebrated once in 12 years as the Kumbh Mela in South. The temple’s timings are between 6.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and 4.00 to 930 p.m for devotees and pilgrims.

During all the important religious days and auspicious days are marked with long hours in this temple. Special puja and rituals are also marked on the day of Shivarathri with great dedication and devotion.

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