Sri Chathuranga Vallabha Nathar temple, Poovanur, Tiruvarur

Sri Chathuranga Vallabha Nathar temple is located in the village named Poovanur, in the district of Tiruvarur, in the state of Tamil Nadu in South India. The main deity of this temple is Chathuranga Vallabha Nathar (Lord Shiva) and his consorts are Two Ambicas –Rajarajeswari and Karpagavalli. The festival deity of this temple is Pushpavaneswarar.

The holy tree of this temple is Jack tree. The holy waters of this temple are Pamani, Ksheera Pushkarini and Krishna Kushtahara theertham. The agamam or pooja of this temple is known as Karana Agama. This temple is nearly 1000-2000 years old in this region. The historical name of this place is Pushpavanam.

As per the local legends and pundits, “The Lord of the temple is praised by saint Gnanasambandar in his Thevaram hymns. This is the 103rd Lord Shiva temples on the southern bank of Cauvery praised in Thevaram hymns.”

There are many festivals that are celebrated in this temple. That are Panguni Uthiram in March-April, Vaikasi Visakam in May-June; 10 day Chithirai Mother Chamundeeswari festival commencing from the first day after new moon day in April-May; Aavani Moolam in August-September; Maha Shivrathri in February-March, Aadi Pooram in July-August; Margazhi Tiruvadhirai in December-January; Karthikai Deepam in November-December; Thai Poosam in January-February and Aipasi Annabishekam in October-Novemberare celebrated in this temple.

It is to be remembered that Lord of the Temple is a swayambu murthi. The shrine is open from 6.00 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. and from 4.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m for pilgrims and devotees.

It is to be noted that Lords Brahmma, Lord Vishnu, Vinayaka, Muruga, Indira, Agasthya and Sages Sukha Muni had largely worshipped this Lord in this particular temple performing pujas and rituals.

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